Top 3 Chicken Restaurants in Paris
Travelers to Paris always seem to be on the hunt for good chicken. The universal trustworthiness of the dish makes it a safe bet even in the most foreign of cities.
Narrowing down the top three best places to eat chicken in Paris is conflicting. Within the city alone you’re looking at cuisines everywhere from Turkey to Morocco, Algeria to Mexico, Italy to Corsica… and so it goes.
Naturally, each cuisine has their own preferred way of preparing chicken. Some, like the Portuguese, like it hot. Some deep fried (looking at you America). I find the Greek methods most pleasing; light grill, lots of lemon, lots of salt, more lemon.
Based on public recommendation and personal experience I am happy to dub the following three chicken restaurants as some of the top in Paris. Here’s where to go for your poulet fix.
1. Chez l’Ami Louis in Paris
32 Rue du Vertbois
When you want a dish done right, leave it to the people who have been in the business for almost one hundred years.
Chez l’Ami Louis is situated in Paris’ 3rd arrondissement, almost in the far north of le Marais. As your free guided walking tour takes you past the Metiers Art Museum, you’ll pass Chez l’Ami one block east.
Dining here is said to be a right of passage for newcomers to Paris. The restaurant was founded back in 1924 and has remained true to this location and neighborhood ever since.
There has always been controversy around this place. Some know it as the most famous bistro in the world, others as the world’s worst bistro. Since there are only 12 tables in Chez l’Ami, you’re experience here is left to luck of the day.
The menu is traditional French featuring everything from snails to foie gras. The chicken is where the chef’s speciality lies. People travel from all over just to try the famous rotisserie chicken dish accompanied by the scalloped potatoes.
It’s a crowd pleaser of note and almost totally makes up for the underwhelming service in the bistro.
Average cost: €300
2. Gumbo Yaya in Paris
3 Rue Charles Robin
In a stark pricing contrast to the afore mentioned chicken spot, our next spot takes us into the north of Paris’ 19th arrondissement, just west of the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont.
I love this little USA southern eatery that labels itself proudly as “soul food”. In the US south, food for the soul is usually comprised of none other than the finest chicken and waffles!
If you’ve never tried this sweet and savory meal hybrid you’ve been missing out. It’s a strange concept to most Europeans, the thought of combining a breakfast food with a fried dinner meat. But somehow it just works.
Gumbo Yaya’s menu consists of a variety of dishes that utilize either chicken, waffles, syrup or fries — or all four at once!
They do brunch plates that feature chicken with sides of waffles, avocado, beans and toppings. For lunch and dinner its chicken and chips, chicken and waffles, or chicken, waffles and chips.
And for dessert? You guessed it, sweet waffles with syrup to drown them in.
You might walk out of here a few meals closer to a heart attack, but Gumbo Yaya’s fried chicken is and authentic southern experience that doesn’t come by often in the French capital.
It is a walk in restaurant and it gets absolutely packed, particularly on weekends. Prepare to wait onwards from an hour if you arrive at peak time. Everyone wants in on this cuisine in this part of Paris.
Average cost: €20
3. Le Coq Rico in Paris
98 Rue Lepic
Le Coq Rico is a poultry only semi-fine dining restaurant situated a few blocks south of Dalid’s statue on the hill. Its right across the street from one of Montmartre’s last standing windmills, the Moulin de la Galette.
Each dish is oriented somehow around chicken, whether its the mac & cheese, the roast with salad or even the cream of chicken soup. With balanced seasoning and perfect sides, every meal here seems to be a crowd pleaser.
Unlike other chicken restaurants in Paris, le Coq Rico makes an ethical effort to use the entirety of the animal instead of just the most favored parts. They have dishes that make use of the heats, livers and other organs of the chickens that get used in their kitchen.
Their lunch rush runs between midday and 2:30pm. They reopen for dinner at 7pm daily.
Le Coq Rico is known amongst most locals in Paris as the “ambassador for chicken”. It’s the go-to when Parisian families want to dine out, especially with small children who love the macaroni and cheese dish.
They have a giant banquet table in the back which is a great thing to book out for a birthday or celebratory event.
Average cost: €35