Top 8 non-touristy restaurants in Montmartre
Article updated by Jordan on 13/12/2019
A trip to Paris definitely isn’t complete without a visit to the iconic Montmartre neighborhood. Perched atop a hill in Northeastern Paris, this area was once a Bohemian village on the city’s outskirts. Today, Montmartre is still home to many artists but also hosts some of the most popular Parisian monuments. Winding cobblestone streets, the magnificent Sacré Coeur Basilica and of course, the art-filled Place du Tertre are just a few of the sights to be discovered in this neighborhood.
Since Montmartre is one of the most visited places in the city, it’s overflowing with tourist traps, and it can be hard to find a good place to eat. What many people don’t know, is that Montmartre is actually home to some of the best restaurants in the city, you just need to know where to look! Of course, you’re bound to work up an appetite after a day of exploration, so read on to discover our list of the top 8 non-touristy restaurants in Montmartre!
1. Le Jardin d’en Face
This charming little restaurant is located on a quiet, unassuming street just minutes from the Sacre Coeur. A handful of tables and an antique interior gives this place an intimate, cozy feel and also makes it our pick for one of the top 8 non-touristy restaurants in Montmartre.
Part wine bar and part restaurant, Le Jardin d’en Face is the perfect combination of laid back atmosphere and exquisite dining. The daily specials feature the chef’s inspiration and the freshest items, while the menu captures the true essence of a classic French bistro.
The menu choices ranging from fresh caught fish to heartwarming classics like roast duck and potatoes are all equally delicious. The friendly staff will be happy to recommend the perfect glass of wine to accompany your meal, and don’t forget to save some room for some traditional French dessert!
le jardin d’en face – 29 Rue des Trois Frères 75018
metro station: abbesses
opening hours: open nightly for dinner 8PM//midnight
price range: €€
2. La Boîte aux Lettres
The next up on our list of the top 8 non-touristy restaurants in Montmartre is truly a local legend. At La Boîte aux Lettres, you’ll find some of the best modern yet elegant French cuisine in all of Paris. Chef Frederic Paul Chartier was trained under the iconic French Chef, Alain Ducasse and his cuisine is always full of inspiration.
The handwritten menu changes weekly since Chartier incorporates seasonal ingredients into every dish. With choices like foie gras, decadent lemongrass linguine, and a very tempting rotation of revisited classics, it can be hard to decide!
Luckily, if you’re as indecisive as I am, the restaurant has a special menu called “pour les indécis” which literally means “for the indecisive”. Each dish on the 3-course menu is hand picked by the chef himself which only adds to the local charm. La Boîte aux Lettres is also very affordable! A weeknight dinner menu costs 25 € and includes a starter, main dish and a dessert, which is pretty exceptional in Paris.
practical information: la boite aux lettres – 108 Rue Lépic 75018 paris
metro station: lamarck caulaincourt 75018 paris
Opening hours: open for lunch Monday to Saturday from 12PM//2:30PM
Open for dinner Monday to Saturday from 7PM//11PM
price range: €€
3. Sacrée Fleur
If you’re looking to try traditional French food during your time in Paris, look no further than the Sacrée Fleur! Located just a ten minute walk from the center of Montmartre, this restaurant is somewhat of a local institution. You’ll love settling into this classic French bistro atmosphere for a delicious homemade meal.
Everything from expertly cooked frog legs and classic escargot to succulent steaks and delicious desserts are on the menu at Sacrée Fleur. Famous in the neighborhood for their meats, Sacrée Fleur has quite the variety of meats, all accompanied by house made sauces. And if you’re in the mood for something sweet, their crème brulée is one of the best I’ve ever tried, while their tarte tatin is definite a must-try.
The restaurant also has a well-stocked wine cellar, featuring French wines exclusively from independent vineyards. Tables fill up quickly, especially on weekends so be sure to arrive well before closing time in order to snag a place.
practical information: sacré fleur – 50 Rue de Clignancourt 75018
metro station: porte de clignancourt
opening hours: Open for lunch Monday – Friday 11:45AM// 2PM
Open for dinner Monday – Saturday from 7PM //11PM
price range: €€
While a pizzeria may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you picture Paris, this local favorite is well worth a visit. Italian comfort food with a French twist is what you’ll find at Babalou. Located on Rue Lamarck, the restaurant is just a short walk from all the main sights in Montmarte. So, it’s the perfect place to refuel with a tasty meal after a day of sightseeing. In my opinion, Babalou has one of the best pizzas in Paris! This is probably because they use a traditional Napoli-style oven coupled with tried and true home recipes.
While pizza is the star of the show at Babalou, they also offer other delicious Italian classics from pasta to salad to antipasti and tasty desserts. There’s really something for everyone here, so it’s no wonder this restaurant is a neighborhood go-to. I hope it will become one of your favorites, too!
babalou – 4 Rue Lamarck 75018
metro station: lamarck-caulaincourt
opening hours: Open for lunch daily from 12PM//3PM
Open for dinner daily from 6PM//11PM
price range: €
Hidden in plain sight right in the heart of Montmartre lies Seb’on. Offering excellent food and a casual yet chic atmosphere, this place is truly the definition of a hidden gem. Their handwritten chalkboard menu highlights French classics reinvented with a gourmet twist. Chef Sébastien Heloin trained under French greats at the likes of the Ritz and the Bristol, and his decades of culinary excellence really shine through at Seb’on.
Every week, the menu is updated by the chef in order to incorporate fresh seasonal ingredients and perfectly balanced flavors in each dish. The offerings are surprising yet not shocking, and the result is delicious. Everything is very imaginative from the starters to the desserts, choices like grilled octopus with sun artichoke purée, veal entrecôte with chestnut truffle sauce and even poached pear with salted almond cream are sure to satisfy.
Whether you’re looking for a great meal with friends, a special night with family, or even an impressive date location, Seb’on has you covered. There are just nine tables at Seb’on, so you’re sure to receive great, personalized service. The restaurant is cozy and intimate, definitely the perfect place for a romantic dinner! Since space is quite limited, be sure to reserve in advance so you’ll be able to get a table.
seb’on – 62 Rue d’Orsel 75018
metro station: abbesses
opening hours: Open for lunch on Sundays from 12PM//3PM
Open for dinner Wednesday to Saturday from 7PM//11PM
price range: €€€
6. Hardware Société
If you’re in Montmarte and looking for a good brunch, look no further than the Hardware Société. The concept behind this bright and friendly spot was born in Melbourne, and the same team brought some down under sunshine cuisine to Paris.
Easily one of the top 8 non-touristy restaurants in Montmartre, the Hardware Société serves up classic Aussie brunch fare all day long. You’ll find the place packed with locals, and some in the know visitors. Eggs Benedict, healthy smoothies, grain bowls and of course a mean flat white await you here.
the hardware société – 10 rue lamarck 75018 paris
metro station: lamarck caulaincourt
opening hours: monday – friday 9AM//4PM
saturday and sunday 9:30AM//4:30PM
price range: €€
7. La Vache et le Cuisinier
This next spot on my list of the top 8 non-touristy restaurants in Montmartre is actually just a 3-minute walk away from the Place du Tertre and the Sacré-Coeur. Talk about a hidden gem! La Vache et le Cuisnier is a simple restaurant serving up classic French dishes.
The laid back, no-frills atmosphere is matched perfectly with simple, yet tasty French cuisine. On the menu, you’ll find magret de canard alongside rabbit, or lamb tournedos; all of which are cooked to perfection.
Just a word of warning: Vegetarians should think twice before heading to this place, there aren’t a lot of options for you! And communicating dietary restrictions or asking for substitutions are much more complicated in France.
la vache et le cuisinier – 18 Rue des Trois Frères, 75018 Paris
metro station: anvers
opening hours: open nightly for dinner 7PM//midnight
price range: €€
8. Le Caulaincourt
Located just a quick hop from the Sacré-Coeur, Le Caulaincourt is a neo-classical brasserie where you’ll find plenty of locals. Chef Arachequesne has worked at a number of Paris restaurants before taking over at Le Caulaincourt. He manages to put a modern spin on the most classic French dishes.
The vibe is a little more upscale here, but stays within the realm of comfort and affordability (mains range from €19-€30). You can try dishes like confit pork loin with Chantarelles or Seared Bluefin Tuna with candied red beets. Everything is just as surprising as it is tasty. Though be sure to reserve for weekend evenings, as this place is a local favorite.
le caulaincourt – 62 Rue Caulaincourt, 75018 Paris
metro: lamarck cualaincourt
opening hours: tuesday – friday 7PM//2AM
saturday and sunday 12PM//2:30PM and saturday 7PM//2AM price range: €€€
Well, there you have it! My recommendations for the top 8 non-touristy restaurants in Montmartre. I hope you’ve enjoyed this article, and I hope that some of these local favorites will become yours too. If you are interested in exploring the Montmartre area more, I recommend you check out our 90-minute free tour of the neighborhood!
See you soon in Paris!