10 Thai Restaurants to Try in Paris
Paris is full of exciting and diverse cuisines from all over the world. There’s not much you won’t find in Paris, and this incredible mixture makes it one of the best cities for dining out.
Thai food is no exception here, there’s really some of everything – from revisited upscale options to authentic street food stands. And if you thought Thai cuisine was only about Phad Thai, you’re in for a tasty discovery. Here are 10 Thai restaurants to try in Paris!
1. Street BKK
Situated in the heart of Paris’ chic Saint-Germain district, Street BKK promises authentic Thai dishes and a laid back vibe amidst a flood of art galleries and posh eateries.
As the name suggests, the focus here is really on street food, and the menu is separated into small dishes (for sharing) and mains which, in my experience easily feed two or more. There’s a street window to order, but also a few cozy tables inside, so you can dine in or take away.
The menu features classic Thai dishes such as Phad Thai and papaya salad, but there’s definitely some experimental flavors going on here. The Thai beef salad is bursting with spice and umami notes, and their Thai roast chicken is pretty hard to beat if you’re a satay fan. They’ve also got a selection of Thai and international beers on tap, for all of you beer lovers.
Street bkk – 73 rue de seine 75006
open daily 12:00-23:00
2. Mme Shawn
Mme Shawn has several locations around Paris, but my personal favorite is in the Marché Saint-Honoré, just next to the Place Vendôme. This is also the largest location in the city, and there are two floors of seating space inside, and a nice terrasse outdoors during the summer. Situated in one of Paris’ hottest shopping districts, Mme Shawn makes a great place to refuel after a day of (window) shopping.
The menu is quite extensive, and is definitely a Frenchified take on Thai food. From green curry to Thom Ka, there’s a little something for everyone here, and there are plenty of vegetarian options. While the food is good and the atmosphere calm, this isn’t the place for you if you’re on the hunt for super authentic Thai cuisine.
mme shawn – 40 place du marché saint-honoré 75001
open daily 12:00-15:00 and 19:30-23:00
3. Paya Thai Beaubourg
Paya Thai is situated in the heart of le Marais just steps from Centre Pompidou and Chatelet. At Paya, you’ll find a true taste of Thailand in Paris. Their extensive menu features just about anything you have in mind, and the portions are very generous. If you’re looking for big flavor, the som tam and massamam curry are both house favorites.
The cozy restaurant is decked out in traditional Thai decor, but it’s quite small, so reservations are recommended if you want to dine in. There’s also takeout and delivery options available here.
paya thai beaubourg – 68 rue Quincampoix 75003
open tuesday through sunday 12:00-14:30 and 19:00-22:00
4. Blue Elephant
Offering a self-described Royal Thai experience in Paris, Blue Elephant is definitely one of the top Thai restaurants to try in Paris. Located in the hip and trendy 11th arrondissement, the restaurant offers a spacious chilled out atmosphere and delightful cuisine.
Chef Nooror has been behind the Blue Elephant enterprise (they operate restaurants in several countries, and sell their products and recipes worldwide) since 1980. Over the years, she has attained the perfect balance of classic and contemporary, focusing on upgrading traditional Thai dishes.
Blue Elephant’s focus tends to be more on seafood, though meat and vegetarian options are available. Signature revisited dishes such as a Thom Ka with salmon are worth a try, and you can’t go wrong with either of their set menus. The dishes are authentic and hearty though, so come hungry!
blue elephant – 43 rue de la roquette 75011
open Tuesday through sunday 12:00-14:30 and 19:00-22:30
5. Basilic and Spice
Next up is Basilic and Spice, an authentic Thai restaurant in Paris’ Chinatown. The interior is simple and cozy, perfect for a relaxing and tasty meal. Their menu incorporates traditional Thai and Cambodian dishes doused in their own contemporary flair.
Basilic and Spice focuses on – you guessed it- fresh herbs and spices, which make their dishes stand out. The presentation here is also super impressive, the Phad Thai comes wrapped in a banana leaf, and their shrimp salad comes in a hollowed out pineapple. Talk about a feast for the eyes!
basilic and spice – 88 avenue de choisy 75013
open tuesday through sunday 12:00-15:00 and 19:30-23:15
6. La Bauhinia
Now if you want to try a gastronomic Thai restaurant in Paris, you cannot miss La Bauhinia. Nestled within the luxe confines of the Shangri-La Hotel, this is definitely an option for those with larger budgets. But Chef Christophe Moret’s experimental renditions and exciting blend of flavors make the experience worth it.
Western influences are blended perfectly with classic Thai flavors in dishes like their signature ceviche. And if you’re not a meat eater, not to worry! Vegetarians and vegans can try the sumptuous vegan high tea offered by La Bauhunia. But just remember, reservations and a smart dress code are required.
la bauhinia – 10 avenue d’iéna
open daily 12:00-14:30 and 19:00-22:30
7. Tamarind Thai
When wandering the heart of the Marais, it can be tough to find somewhere to munch that’s non-touristy and won’t break the bank. Enter Tamarind Thai. This great little spot features excellent, authentic Thai food in a calm atmosphere. It’s so good that the locals tend to keep it for themselves.
Everything at Tamarind is cooked and served in the traditional Thai way; we’re talking entire lobsters cooked and served belly up and the Phad Thai comes wrapped in a banana leaf. And if you’ve got a sweet tooth, they make a mean Thai iced tea.
tamarind thai – 33 rue francois miron 75004
open tuesday through saturday 12:00-15:00 and 19:00-23:00
8. Bien Bien
Situated in the rather corporate Opera neighborhood, Bien Bien is popular with business people. But it’s also a great find for anyone in the neighborhood looking for delightful Thai food at very reasonable prices. Bien Bien offers a full range of comforting Thai dishes, but their soups are my favorites.
Their signature Tom Kha is the perfect blend of lemongrass, coconut, curry and of course, galangal. Top it with shrimp, or leave it vegetarian; both are tasty (and will only set you back €8,00). You can dine in, but at lunch time you may want to opt for takeaway as it gets very busy.
bien bien – 30bis rue bergère 75009
open monday-saturday 12:00-14:15 and 19:00-22:15
9. Thai Spices
You’ll find Thai Spices nestled in the Marais, just a stone’s throw from the historic Place des Vosges. The setting here is slightly more upscale, and the care with which the dishes are made reflects a special savoir-faire. The friendly staff are happy to recommend dishes according to your taste, and believe me, this place is a local favorite for a reason.
Of course, you’ll find traditional dishes on the menu, like papaya salad and Phad Thai, but you’ll also spot interesting renditions featuring bold Thai flavors. For example, try the gambas with mango salsa over sticky rice, or perhaps the Thai spiced beef. There are plenty of vegetarian options, too! Just make sure to get there early or make reservations – it’s often really busy!
thai spices – 5-7 rue de l’ave maria 75004
open monday through saturday 12:00 -14:00 and 19:30-22:00
metro: pont marie
10. Chez Neung
Chez Neung is somewhat of a Parisian institution. Thai Chef Neung first showed his culinary talent to Parisians when he opened a restaurant decades ago in le Marais. His restaurant earned numerous accolades for its authentic food and convivial spirit, and he decided to open Chez Neung in the Gobelins neighborhood.
Chez Neung features all the classic Thai dishes, but made with extra care in an authentic way. Enjoying a meal here is like being invited to a friend’s house for a home cooked meal, Thai style.
Prices are affordable and the atmosphere is very friendly and laid back. It’s hard to choose just one dish here, so I recommend trying a few and sharing them family-style! Their curry is excellent, so are their soups. But try for yourself and you might just discover a new favorite.
Well, there you have it! My picks for 10 Thai restaurants to try in Paris. I hope you’ll enjoy.
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