The Best Cafes Near the Arc de Triomphe


 

Finding a cafe to eat in while around the Arc de Triomphe is no easy endeavor. Not because of lack of options, but rather just the opposite.

This part of the 8th arrondissement is saturated with gastronomic establishments all pining to take your euros. It’s a competitive cafe scene, and within a short walking distance of the Arc you’ll have access to many of Paris’ finest! 

Best Restaurants Near the Arc de Triomphe

Here are a few to keep an eye out for:

Naï Brasserie near the Arc de Triomphe in Paris

An authentic Lebanese cafe right next to the Arc de Triomphe — what more could you want? 

This place is renowned on the strip; known for platters and sweet treats galore. The owner is Lebanese and knows what he’s doing. The tradition and love of the cuisine can really be felt throughout this cafe, and I’m a huge fan of their very generous opening hours. 

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Whether you’re looking for an early breakfast before hitting the streets, or it’s midnight and your stomach is begging for some nutrients, Naï Brasserie will have you covered.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
OPENING HOURS: Monday TO Sunday — 7:30am to 1:30am
ADDRESS: 8 Av. de la Grande Armée, 75017 Paris, France
METRO STATION:T Argentine

L’Arc Café near the Arc de Triomphe in Paris

Quaint, cozy and doused in flowers, this street cafe is a dream stop if you’re wanting that ‘Emily in Paris’ coffee and cake experience. The staff speak English, so ordering from their impressive dessert menu is as easy as (creme) pie. 

While it doesn’t get much more Parisian than this, ironically one of their top selling dishes happens to be their homemade tiramisu. Trust the French to level up and Italian classic in the most unlikely of settings!

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There is a very festive energy here on a nightly basis, usually after 9pm. On weekends one never really knows what to expect at L’Arc Cafe; could be a queue around the block, or you could be the only soul in sight!

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
OPENING HOURS: Monday TO Sunday — 7am to 12am
ADDRESS: 27 Av. Carnot, 75017 Paris, France
METRO STATION:T Argentine

Le Mac-Mahon Cafe near the Arc de Triomphe in Paris

Another standard corner cafe in the heart of Paris’ 8th. Le Mac-Mahon is one of the more reasonably priced cafes in this neck of the woods, which means that locals still hang out here and there is a healthy ratio between them and the tourists. 

What can you expect from the menu? French classics and a hearty drinks list to match. They do phenomenal French fries, which isn’t saying much in the country after which this food is named, but there’s just something about these that has me ordering a second batch every time. 

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Service is fast, staff are friendly, and if you get there early enough, you can take advantage of their daily happy hour specials!

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
OPENING HOURS: Monday TO Friday — 7:30am to 11pm
ADDRESS: 17 Av. Mac-Mahon, 75017 Paris, France
METRO STATION:T Argentine

Café du Trocadéro near the Arc de Triomphe in Paris

This one is a longer walk from the Arc, in the direction of the Eiffel Tower. It’s worth mentioning, in my opinion, as something the foot traffic of the Arc de Triomphe is a little overwhelming and one finds more solace dining a bit further out.  

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Slap bang in the center of the Trocadero is the renowned Cafe du Trocadero. A traditional Parisian cafe, one can show up at this establishment at sunrise or midnight, and receive the same menus and service no matter the hour.

To cater to the foreign palate, the cafe has recently added some more modern dishes to their classic menu — a poke bowl being one of them!

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
OPENING HOURS: MONDAY TO SUNDAY — 7AM TO 2AM
ADDRESS: 8 PLACE DU TROCADÉRO ET DU 11 NOVEMBRE, 75116 PARIS, FRANCE
METRO STATION: TROCADERO 

Fleurus Café near the Arc de Triomphe in Paris

Cafe Fleurus is the perfect halfway point between the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. I usually recommend it to travelers who want to see both attractions in one day and plan to do so on foot. Taking a pitstop here for some refueling is a great way to break the excitement into two segments. 

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It’s all you need in a Parisian cafe: good food, friendly service and fast turnaround. The latter will come in handy when you’re on a swift street-walking schedule and the tourist attractions won’t wait! 

Interestingly enough, this cafe is renowned for their fish and chips. It’s one of the better servings to be found in a traditional cafe, and British travelers love coming here for that reason. I recommend their risotto with a side of fries — you can’t go wrong. 

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION
OPENING HOURS: Monday TO Saturday — 7am to 12am
ADDRESS: 39 Av. Kléber, 75116 Paris, France
METRO STATION: Victor Hugo