Top 12 brasseries in Paris

Updated by Jordan on 16/12/2019

Paris is a city of wonders, and one of its most famous attractions is the delicious French cuisine. After a long day of sightseeing, there’s no better reward than a tasty meal at one of the top 12 brasseries in Paris! Brasseries are a Parisian institution, so  you should definitely plan to have a meal at one during your stay.

Brasseries became popular in the 1800’s, because the theaters and concerts in Paris started having shows later in the evening. Traditionally, brasseries were open late in order to serve classic French fare to the après-spectacle or after-show crowds. These days, brasseries are still open late and offer a variety of traditional and delicious French food. This article is all about my top 12 brasseries in Paris, I hope you’ll enjoy!

1. Brasserie Flo

Photo courtesy of Brasserie Flo

The first pick for my top 12 brasseries in Paris is Brasserie Flo, tucked away on a quiet street in the bustling 10th district. Their refined and comforting French cuisine goes perfectly with the cozy feel of Brasserie Flo. This place specializes in Alsacienne cuisine, from the Northeast region of France, though they also offer traditional French brasserie fare. Here you can treat yourself to anything from fresh oysters to sauerkraut to hearty brasserie classics like entrecôte steak. And don’t forget to try one of their amazing homemade desserts!

practical information: brasserie flo – 7 Cour des Petites Écuries, 75010 
metro station: chateau d’eau
opening hours: open daily 12PM//3PM and 7PM//11PM
price range: €€

2. Chez Jenny Brasserie

Photo courtesy of Chez Jenny Brasserie

This brasserie also offers Alsacienne specialties in addition to typical brasserie dishes. Chez Jenny offers a laid back atmosphere and delicious food! Their cozy vibe and huge menu of tasty dishes make Chez Jenny one of my top 12 brasseries in Paris. Regional specialties like sauerkraut, French onion soup and Foie gras are the true standout dishes, but everything on the menu is worth trying!

practical information:
chez jenny brasserie – 39 Boulevard du Temple, 75003 paris
metro station: temple
opening hours: open daily 12PM//midnight
price range: €€

3. Brasserie Barbès

Photo courtesy of Brasserie Barbes – Sourced from their website

The Brasserie Barbès is definitely the largest place on my top 12 brasseries in Paris.  Recently renovated, the building has four floors, including a restaurant, their own brewery, a full bar and a rooftop terrasse!

Set in the hipster Barbès neighborhood in the Northern part of the city, you can’t get much more Parisian than this place. The incredible space and modern decor combined with their fresh takes on French and international dishes have made Brasserie Barbès a local favorite. Whether you opt for their more traditional meals or decide to spice things up, you’re sure to love this cool brasserie.

practical information:
brasserie barbès – 2 Boulevard Barbès, 75018
metro station: barbès-rochechouart
opening hours: open daily 8:30AM//2:30AM
price range: €€

4. Brasserie Balzar

Photo by Brasserie Balzar

Next up on my list of top 12 brasseries in Paris is the iconic Brasserie Balzar in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Decorated in a true Art Nouveau style complete with ornate mirrors and wood finishings, the place has a classic brasserie vibe. Once you step in the door, you’ll feel like you’re in Jazz Age Paris. Traditional dishes like beef tartare and seared scallops are expertyly prepared by the chef. This classic menu compliments the antique decor  for the ultimate brasserie experience.

practical information:
brasserie balzar – 49 Rue des Écoles, 75006
metro station: cluny la sorbonne
opening hours: 8:30AM//11PM daily
price range: €€€

 

5. La Coupole

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La Coupole is a veritable Parisian institution and definitely one of the top 12 brasseries in Paris. Established in 1902, this brasserie was one of the favorite haunts of the Left Bank intellectuals during the 20th century. Serving up some of Parisians’ favorite food to this day, you can feat on oysters, foie gras, or escargot under a beautifully-painted ceiling and lavish fixtures.

practical information:
la coupole – 102 Boulevard du Montparnasse, 75014 paris
metro station: vavin or raspail
opening hours: 8:30AM//midnight daily
price range: €€€

6. Auteuil Brasserie

Photo courtesy of Brasserie Auteuil – Sourced from their website

This chic brasserie located in Paris’ ritzy 16th district focuses on fresh Italian products, and the result is an incredibly tasty menu. All of the ingredients are imported fresh from Italy and cooked with modern French flair.  So you can seriously taste the difference! Succulent Parma ham, creamy burrata, wood-fired pizzas, and fresh fish dishes are all on the menu at Auteuil Brasserie.

Great for groups or a romantic meal for two, the brasserie’s bright interior is made cozy with lots of plants and greenery. Though they don’t serve traditional French fare, the stunning view and fresh food make Auteuil Brasserie one of the top 12 brasseries in Paris.

practical information:
brasserie auteuil – 78 Rue d’Auteuil, 75016 paris
metro station: porte d’auteuil
opening hours: open daily 8AM//2AM
price range: €€€

7. Bouillion Chartier

Photo courtesy of Bouillon Chartier

Time-honored traditions are front and center at Bouillon Chartier. The brasserie was created back in 1896, and based on a simple concept: offer quality French food at reasonable prices. Bouillon Chartier still has one of the most affordable menus in Paris, and the establishment has upheld their quality standards all along. Try their steak frites for a true taste of Parisian brasserie fare.

practical information:
bouillon chartier – 7 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 75009
metro station: grands boulevards
opening hours: open daily 11:30AM//midnight
price range: €

8. Le Dalí

Photo courtesy of Le Dali – Sourced from their website

Le Dalí is certainly the most upscale spot on my top 12 brasseries in Paris. But, the list wouldn’t be complete without it. Immerse yourself in a memorable dining experience from Michelin-starred chef, Alain Ducasse. Revisited French favorites take on a new level of excellence at this dreamy brasserie. A delicious fusion of French and Mediterranean cuisines come together seamlessly to complete the menu at Le Dalí. Due to high demand, reservations and a dress code are required, which you can check out on their website, linked below.

practical information:
le dali – 228 Rue de Rivoli, 75001
metro station: tuileries or concorde
opening hours: open daily 8:30AM//10:30PM
price range: €€€€

9. Le Grand Colbert

Photo courtesy of Le Grand Colbert

Another exquisite Parisian brasserie you should definitely try is Le Grand Colbert. There was a lot of competition to end up on this list of top 12 brasseries in Paris, but Le Grand Colbert has something special. They’ve been serving up refined French dishes like braised duck and roast lamb since the 19th century! Classic comfort food is served in a laid back yet chic environment, making Le Grand Colbert an all-time Parisian favorite.

practical information:
le grand colbert – 2 rue vivienne 75002 paris
metro station: richelieu-drouot
opening hours: open daily 12PM//midnight
price range: €€€

10. Polidor

Photo courtesy of Polidor

This little Parisian brasserie is nestled in the heart of the artsy Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood. White starched tablecloths, traditional decor, Parisian servers and of course, amazing brasserie fare landed Polidor a place on the top 12 brasseries in Paris. Steeped in well-mannered tradition, this quaint brasserie is one of my all-time favorites. Settle in for delicious food, incredible wine and friendly service.

practical information: polidor – 41 Rue Monsieur le Prince, 75006
metro station: mabillon
opening hours: open daily 12PM//2:30PM and 7PM//12:30AM
price range: €€

11. La Fermette – Marbeuf

Photo by Raoul Dobremel on Wikimedia Commons

Take a trip back in time to the heyday of Parisian brasseries at La Fermette Marbeuf. This cozy spot in Paris’ posh 8th arrondissement is done up in all out Belle-Epoque style, and the menu doesn’t seem to have changed much since the good old days either. Sit back in the Art Nouveau room and dine on classics like a cheese soufflé or terrine de campagne under the gorgeous painted glass ceiling. The experience here is that of a classic Parisian brasserie, and definitely one of the top 12 brasseries in Paris!

practical information:
la fermette marbeuf – 5 rue marbeuf 75008 paris
metro station: alma-marceau
opening hours: open daily 12PM//2:30PM and 7PM//11:30PM
price range: €€€

12. Au Pied de Cochon

Photo courtesy of Au Pied de Cochon – Sourced from their website

My guide to the top 12 brasseries in Paris wouldn’t be complete without at least one all-night option. Renowned for serving classic brasserie fare at all hours, Au Pied de Cochon is a restaurant everyone should try at least once. A veritable Parisian institutions, this place has been around since 1947 – and hasn’t closed since!

Situated in the lively Les Halles area, Au Pied de Cochon is a convenient place to refuel during a day (or night) of Paris exploration. The menu is simple and features classic French comfort foods like escargot and duck confit – all done extraordinarily well. You’ll find just as many locals here as tourists.

practical information:
au pied de cochon – 6 rue coquillière 75001 paris
metro station: les halles or etienne-marcel
open 24 hours a day 7 days a week
price range: €€€

So now you’ve read my list of the top 12 brasseries in Paris. I hope you found this article helpful and that you’ll enjoy discovering the quintessential French brasserie experience! Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like any more information about anything, or if you have some recommendations of your own. We love hearing from you!

See you soon in Paris, and bon appétit!

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