Where to Eat Croissants, Croque-Monsieur and Chocolate Soufflé in Paris

Don't leave Paris without eating at these bakeries, restaurants and cafes.

1. Du Pain et des Idées

Photo by Helen Cathcart/Alamy

This circa-1889, mirror-lined bakery is a true institution, serving up delectable treats— both sweet and savoury—from pretty pink praline escargots and banana-chocolate croissants to snack-sized buns stuffed with little chunks of bacon and creamy cheeses. Grab a couple of goodies and eat them on one of the benches along the banks of nearby Canal Saint-Martin.

District: 10e arrondissement

How to get there on Métro: Jacques Bonsergent


2. Bistrot Paul Bert

Photo by Hemis/Alamy

With sophisticated waiters and white-linen tablecloths, giant chalkboard menus, and iconic French dishes, this small, classic bistro has it all. Dive into pan-fried sole and beef tartare, plus enjoy a selection of wines from across France. Save room for delectably sweet chocolate soufflé or baba au rhum.

District: 11e arrondissement

How to get there on Métro: Ledru-Rollin

3. Les Deux Magots

Photo courtesy of Paris Tourist Office

Take a step back in history at this iconic Left Bank café. Founded in 1885 in the elegant Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighbourhood, this cafe was once frequented by intellectuals like Simone de Beauvoir, Janet Flanner and Jean-Paul Sartre. Sip a café crème and nibble a Croque-Monsieur while sitting at an elegant red leather banquet.

District: 6e arrondissement

How to get there on Métro: Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Fun fact: Les Deux Magot is a must-visit for fans of Ernest Hemingway, who was a regular at the café.

4. Frenchie

Photo by Virginie Garnier

One of the hottest tickets in a food-obsessed city is this hip, airy restaurant. When it opened in 2009, it joined a small movement committed to innovating local cuisine, serving up an ever-changing menu highlighting classic fare with an international twist. Pressed for time? There is Frenchie To Go takeaway.

District: 2e arrondissement

How to get there on Métro: Saint-Germain-des-Prés


[This story appears in the June 2018 issue of WestJet Magazine]