While the typical Parisian bistros with their striped and colored awnings and antique tile floors may look appealing, they’re often just tourist traps in a cute disguise. But still, Paris is Paris, so finding a great place to eat shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Here’s some of the addresses we’d recommend!
Trying to squeeze in a quick lunch between visiting an art gallery and heading for one of the boutiques we’ll discuss further on? Get something on-the-go, at Cosi for example, the kind of cool local spot you’re looking for. Like us, it has been around since 1989. Unlike us, they specialize in delicious home-made focaccia sandwiches. You can create your own variation or go for a sandwich off the menu. Don’t be shy and ask for the “Naked Willy”, with ricotta cheese, nuts and grilled vegetables… We’re drooling already.
As mentioned, St. Germain is a cosmopolitan neighborhood and that’s definitely reflected in the restaurants there. Kodawari Yokocho sticks out in that sense. Close your eyes while eating and it’ll feel like being in the middle of Tokyo. Not only because of the heavenly ramen they serve, but also because everything – scents, sounds and decor - will transport you there. Be prepared to queue though!
Now, if you’re planning on going all out and gastronomic, we’ve got something for you too. SHU Paris, is a place you’d easily pass by without even noticing it. But once you find it and manage to descend via the small door, you’ll arrive in Japanese fine dining heaven. Forget about makis and sushi, the specialty here is kushiage, small bites on sticks, made fresh and on the spot. You’ll get to taste foie gras, shitake mushrooms and quail eggs like never before. Special mention for the crab claws!