10 Best restaurants in Saint-Germain-des-Prés
After spending the day discovering secrets of Paris, Saint-Germain-Des-Prés is a must-see district for its wide range of restaurants. Whether you are a food lover or simply curious to visit Paris through its culinary offer, you will enjoy this list of the 10 Best restaurants in Saint-Germain-Des-Prés as the start of your hedonistic tour of Paris.
1. Café de Flore
Founded in 1880’s, the Café de Flore is essential in Saint-Germain-Des-Prés as it embodies, with Deux Magots, the heart of the district and its history. Symbol of what is a literary café, the Café de Flore is well known beyond French borders as artists from around the world gathered through time on its bench seats and made their arts reached an unprecedented audience.
Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, Françoise Sagan were among customers. Nowadays the Café de Flore remains a mythical place as it’s featured in numerous movies and attracts a lots of tourists. The menu is simple and adequate to the place where you come to have a glimpse at the History of Paris.
172 boulevard Saint-Germain 75006 Paris
2. Deux Magots
Founded few years before the Café de Flore, Deux Magots is another parisian institution and entirely part of the identity of Saint-Germain-Des-Prés. Besides a large menu and wide range of drinks, its best asset is indisputably its view on the Abbaye of Saint-Germain-Des-Prés.
Home of numerous artists in the past such as Apollinaire, Louis Aragon, Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, Deux Magots is a special café in Paris as it witnessed the birth and awakening of so many contemporary arts. A worthy stop if you walk in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
6 place Saint-Germain-des-Prés, 75006 Paris
3. Brasserie LIPP
Founded before the Café de Flore and Deux Magots, Brasserie LIPP has nothing to envy to its neighbours. Serving more traditional French dishes, Brasserie LIPP is the perfect place for food lovers who want to have a taste of French cuisine.
The plus: in tribute to the founders’ roots, you can taste several types of delightful Alsacian choucroutes. With mirrors all around the walls of the restaurant reflecting lights and movements from customers and the crew at your service, you immerse yourself in a lively atmosphere suitable for a joyful diner and another glass of champagne after dessert.
151 boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris
4. Le Bonaparte – 42 rue Bonaparte 75006 Paris
With an excellent view on the Abbaye of Saint-Germain-Des-Prés, Le Bonaparte is a great place to enjoy a delicious meal in a modern restaurant. Renovated two years ago, wood is everywhere, including the structure of the lift, which gives a muted feel to the place. Thanks to the interior design, a stop in Le Bonaparte is smooth and welcoming.
Aside a qualitative and generous cuisine, Le Bonaparte put up nice pieces of art among maps of Paris, portraits of Napoléon and his wife Marie Louise. A great restaurant with its own character and a convenient advantage: a more peaceful terrasse than those of the Café de Flore and Deux Magots thanks to fewer people walking around.
42 rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris
5. Le Relais de l’Entrecôte – 20 rue Saint-Benoît 75006 Paris
At Le Relais de l’Entrecôte, only one question is interesting: how do you want you rib steak ? Rare, medium or well done are among the few words you will need to express in this temple of traditional rib steak.
Served with a walnut salad and fries, you won’t leave a single drop of the secret recipe sauce in your plate. Also, the menu offers an extensive list of desserts which shouldn’t leave you indifferent, especially if you are hearty eater. If you want to unveil its secret, Le Relais is opened every day.
20 rue Saint-Benoît, 75006 Paris
6. Au Coup de Torchon
A savoury and typical French restaurant, Au Coup de Torchon brings you a very high quality gastronomy in your plate for an affordable price. Wide range of wine, season’s vegetables and quality products are at the center of this warm bistrot. Named in honour of French actor Philippe Noiret, Au Coup de Torchon is own by his daughter, Frédérique. She has created a pleasant place where every food lover is welcomed, including vegetarians.
6 rue des Ciseaux, 75006 Paris
7. Sushi Tsukizi
The smallest restaurant in our list is the one that takes you the farther away. Indeed, after wondering in Saint-Germain-Des-Prés, you don’t expect to be transported to the other side of the world and yet Sushi Tsukizi takes you straight to Japan.
In this restaurant you are welcomed by true Japanese chefs, which is such an unusual thing for a Japanese restaurant in Paris that it’s important to underlining it. You eat at the bar, elbow to elbow with the person sitting next to you and watch chefs preparing your sushis in a traditional way.
Taste is unmatched in Paris if you want a sushi. A remarkable address to be missed under no circumstances. Make sure to book a place in advance as it has few seats but a big popularity.
2 bis rue des Ciseaux, 75006 Paris
One star in the Michelin Guide, Marsan is an expensive stop in your wondering in Saint-Germain-Des-Prés but if you can afford it, it’s an unmissable stop. Hélène Darroze, one of the few woman to have a star in the Michelin Guide takes you to an exquisite trip in her region and her amazingly subtle cuisine.
In an elegant and simple setting, she takes your senses for a seldom adventure and makes you discover the richness behind every product she proposes at her table. It’s a chance of a lifetime for your tastes buds to be overwhelmed so don’t miss it.
4 rue d’Assas, 75006 Paris
9. Chez Hanafousa
Located in a quiet street, Chez Hanafousa prepares teppanyaki dishes, which litteraly means ‘grilled on an iron plate’. Duck, chicken, Wagyu beef, gambas, scallops, anything can be cooked in this place. At the heart of the restaurant, this authentic Japanese type of cooking gives a special atmosphere to the place as chefs cook in front of you what you ordered.
This proximity enables you to witness the dexterity of your hosts up close and be amazed by the show and by the taste. As Sushi Tzukizi, your meal will be prepared by real Japanese chefs, another rarity in Paris.
4 passage de la Petite Boucherie, 75006 Paris
10. Taokan – 8 rue Sabot 75006 Paris
Dim sum lovers have their place in Saint-Germain-Des-Prés: Taokan. This Chinese restaurant is the best place in Saint-Germain-Des-Prés to enjoy these cantonese specialities. With a simple interior design, Taokan takes your palate in a journey to experience a part of chinese culture. Alongside dim sum, you can taste a wide selection of spicy beef, grilled squid, breast of duck with hoisin sauce and many other delightful dishes.
8 rue Sabot, 75006 Paris
Finally here are few addresses of tasteful adventures worth mentioning in Sain-Germain-Des-Prés in order to conclude your gastronomic experience in Paris :
To bring back home subtle and tasteful spices and peppers, make sure to visit Compagnie française des poivres et des épices – 7 rue de Furstemberg, 75006 Paris
Discover how you can cook eggs in a million ways at Eggs&Co. – 11 rue Bernard Palissy, 75006 Paris
Enjoy the warmth of the south of France with a tart from Saint-Tropez, simply irresistible – La Tarte Tropézienne – 3 rue Montfaucon, 75006 Paris
An absolute must-visit whilst in Paris, Macaroons at Ladurée – 21 rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris
For macrobiotic and vegetarian foodies, have a look at Guenmai – 6 rue Cardinale, 75006 Paris