Ethnic Food



15, rue Paul Bert, in the 11th. 01 43 67 68 08. A popular Argentine restaurant; naturally, steak is the star here.


British Sandwich

23, rue des Acacias, in the 17th. 01 40 68 00 12. Mon–Fri, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Anglophiles can lunch on sandwiches, soups and salads, then visit the grocery area to stock up on Marmite, cheddar and shortbread.

Rose Bakery
30, rue Debelleyme. 01 49 96 54 01. Tues–Sun, 9 a.m.–7 p.m.
46, rue des Martyrs, in the 9th. 01 42 82 12 80. Tues–Sun, noon–4 p.m.
Already a classic, this is where some people go for the salads and savory tarts, others for tea cakes and treats, and many for both.  


30, ave George V, in the 8th, across from the Four Seasons Hotel George V. 01 56 89 11 00.This is a fun place with cool decor, offering every type of Asian food—we used to bring the kids here. See also Chinatown, in the 13th.
Chez Vong
10, rue de la Grande Truanderie, in the 1st. 01 40 26 09 36. A beautifully decorated Chinese place that’s been around for years.  

Le Pacifique
35, rue de Belleville, in the 19th. 01 42 49 66 80. Daily, 11 a.m.–2 a.m.
Big and bustling, this is the place in Belleville for dim sum.

Les Pâtes Vivantes
46, rue du Faubourg Montmartre, in the 9th. 01 45 23 10 21. 22, blvd St.-Germain, in the 5th. 01 40 46 84 33. Mon–Sat, noon–3 p.m. and 7 p.m.–11 p.m.
Hand-stretched noodles, stir fried or in soup, are the draw at this fun and affordable Chinese restaurant, now with two locations. Read a full review here.  

Shan Goût
22, rue Hector Malot, in the 12th. 01 43 40 62 14. Tues–Sun, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.–11 p.m.
Delicate, refined Chinese food is on the menu at this nondescript room near the Gare de Lyon. Lo mein? Look elsewhere.

Eastern European

La Crypte Polska
Place Maurice Barrès, in the 1st. 01 42 60 43 33. Thurs–Sat, noon–3 p.m. and 8 p.m.–midnight.
It’s all about pierogi at this vast Polish restaurant in the center of Paris. 


Les Délices d’Aphrodite
4, rue de Candolle, in the 5th. 01 43 31 40 39. Daily, noon–2:15 p.m. and 7 p.m.–11:30 p.m.
The sunny cuisine of Greece is best enjoyed outside, so aim for a table on the lovely terrace.


Krishna Bhavan
24, rue Cail, in the 10th. 01 42 05 78 43. Daily, 11 a.m.–11 p.m.
Head to the neighborhood behind the Gare du Nord for the best Indian and Sri Lankan food in Paris. The rue Cail is a real restaurant row, and this is the place to choose.


1, rue Pierre-Leroux, in the 7th. 01 45 06 14 18. Won international restaurant of the year in Pudlo and offers exquisite Japanese, with good prices at lunch. But in general Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and London are the places to go if you love sushi—not Paris.

Guilo Guilo
8, rue Garreau, in the 18th. 01 42 54 23 92. Dinner only, call for details and reservations.
Sure it’s a challenge to get in (it doesn’t even have standard hours), but it’s worth the effort to secure a spot at the counter, where you will be treated to a series of beautiful and inventive dishes.  

52, rue de Longchamp, in the 16th. 01 56 81 08 80. 
14, rue Chabanais, in the 2nd. 01 42 60 50 95. Thurs–Tues, 11:30 a.m.–10:30 p.m.
This is a standout address for gyoza and ramen in the rue Ste.-Anne area. No reservations, but the wait is short.

4, quai d’Orléans, in the 4th, on Ile St. Louis. 01 40 46 06 97. Considered one of the very best Japanese places in Paris, Isami is worth checking out.  

26, rue Bayard, in the 8th. 01 56 62 70 70. For top sushi. They have three restaurants specializing in the cuisine of Kyoto.

Rice and Fish
2, rue Greneta, in the 2nd. 01 73 70 46 09. Mon–Sat, noon–6 p.m.; Thurs–Sat, 7:30 p.m.–11 p.m.
The name says it all at this playful sushi spot near Sentier. Read a full review here.  


Al Ajami
1, rue Lincoln, in the 8th. 01 43 59 55 37. Lebanese food since the 1920s.


30, rue des Bernardins, in the 5th. 01 43 26 10 20. Open daily for dinner, and Sunday for lunch and dinner.
This is the exception to the rule that Paris doesn’t do Mexican well. Anahuacalli is a bit expensive, perhaps because it has no competition. 

Middle Eastern

L’As du Fallafel
34, rue des Rosiers, in the 4th. 01 48 87 63 60. Sun–Thurs, noon to midnight; Fri, noon–7 p.m.
The all-time champion in the falafel wars of the rue des Rosiers, this is a place that everyone loves.

Chez Marianne
2, rue des Hospitalières-St.-Gervais, in the 4th. 01 42 72 18 86. Daily, noon–10 p.m.
Chez Marianne’s falafel ably competes with that of L’As, just around the corner, but it’s the mezes that keep visitors and families coming back to this Jewish quarter institution.  

27, ave Marceau, in the 16th. 01 47 23 02 20. Daily, 8 a.m.–midnight.
This grand Lebanese eatery has several locations around Paris.


If you try only one ethnic cuisine in Paris, make it Moroccan. Paris does fabulous Moroccan food.
Le Comptoir
37, rue Burger, in the 1st. 01 40 26 26 66. 

11, rue Faidherbe, in the 11th. 01 43 71 00 16. Le Souk
1, rue Keller, in the 11th. 01 49 29 05 08. 

North African

Le 404
69, rue des Gravilliers, in the 3rd. 01 42 74 57 81. Daily, 12:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.–midnight.
There’s plenty of cool at this couscous emporium, where people go as much for the scene as for the tagines.

12, blvd St.-Germain, in the 5th. 01 44 07 23 66. 
Tues, 7:30 p.m.–11 p.m.; Wed–Sun, noon–2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.–11 p.m.
One of the classic addresses for couscous in Paris, L’Atlas is an elegant choice on the left bank.

Chez Omar
47, rue de Bretagne, in the 3rd. 01 42 72 36 26. Mon–Sat, noon–2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.–11:30 p.m.; Sun, 7 p.m.–11:30 p.m.
Perennially packed, Chez Omar is quite simply an institution. The no-reservations policy is a boon for those of us who hate to plan in advance, but be prepared to wait for a table. Oh, and bring cash.

Northern European

Café Suédois
11, rue Payenne, in the 3rd. 01 44 78 80 20. Tues–Sun, noon–6 p.m.
Duck into the Swedish Cultural Center for Nordic snacks in the northern Marais.

La Petite Sirène de Copenhague
47, rue Notre Dame de Lorette, in the 9th. 01 45 26 66 66. Tues–Fri, noon–2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.–11:30 p.m.; Sat, 7 p.m.–11:30 p.m.
Top-notch north country ingredients are on full display at this chic showcase of Denmark’s cool-climate cooking.


18, rue Jean Nicot, in the 7th. 01 53 59 96 96. 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Tues–Sat, 11 a.m.–11 p.m.
Pata negra, the great Iberian ham, is the star at this exquisite épicerie. Take your treats to go, or take a seat at the counter for an apéro and a snack.

45, quai des Grands Augustins, in the 6th. 01 43 54 31 33. Tues–Fri, 7 p.m.–midnight; Sat–Sun, noon–2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.–midnight.
This is the address for creative Spanish cooking. Booking is imperative.

Les Piétons
8, rue des Lombards, in the 4th. 01 48 87 82 87. A real tapas bar that is fun and affordable.


24, Place Etienne Pernet, in the 15th. 01 40 60 09 31. Rated highly.

Blue Elephant
43–45, rue de la Roquette, in the 11th. 01 47 00 42 00.Generally considered to be the best Thai in Paris. This group also has a cooking school in Thailand, as well as other restaurants around the world.

Le Cambodge
10, ave Richerand, in the 10th. 01 44 84 37 70. Mon–Sat, noon–2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.–11:30 p.m.
Go early or be prepared to queue at this Canal St.-Martin favorite.


13, rue de la Montagne Ste. Geneviève, in the 5th. 01 43 26 22 19. A friendly, affordable place where you can sample some cuisine from the land of the Dalai Lama.


 Pho 14
129, ave de Choisy, in the 13th. 01 45 83 61 15. Daily, 9 a.m–11 p.m.
A bare-bones but good address for pho in the Chinatown of the 13th.

Le Rouleau de Printemps
42, rue de Triptille, in the 20th. 01 46 36 98 95. Thurs–Tues, noon–3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.–11 p.m.
There are spring rolls, bien sûr, and big bowls of bo bun at this popular Vietnamese address in Belleville.

Song Heng
3, rue Volta, in the 3rd. 01 42 78 31 70. Mon–Sat, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
There are only two items on the menu at this always-crowded spot: bo bun and pho. You can’t go wrong, particularly for under 10 euros.

Tan Dinh
60, rue de Verneuil, in the 7th. 01 45 44 04 84. Has very friendly service. See also Chinatown, in the 13th.