Top 20 non-touristy restaurants in Montmartre


Originally published by Jordan in December 2019 and updated by Vanessa on April 2023 and Ian S in March 2024

A trip to Paris definitely isn’t complete without a visit to the iconic Montmartre neighbourhood. 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 neighbourhood.

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 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 20 non-touristy restaurants in Montmartre!


1. Le Jardin d’en Face

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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 give this place an intimate, cosy feel and also make 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 essence of a classic French bistro.

The menu choices ranging from freshly 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!

practical information:
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

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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 cuisines in all of Paris. Chef Frederic Paul Chartier was trained under the iconic French Chef, Alain Ducasse and his cuisine are 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

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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 centre 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 is on the Sacrée Fleur menu. Famous in the neighbourhood for its meats, Sacrée Fleur has quite a 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 definitely 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 11:45 AM//2 PM
Open for dinner Monday – Saturday from 7 PM//11 PM
Price range: €€

4. Babalou

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While a pizzeria may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you picture Paris, this local favourite 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 neighbourhood go-to. I hope it will become one of your favourites, too!

practical information:
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: €
Website: BABALOU

5. Seb’on

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 chef updates the menu to incorporate fresh seasonal ingredients and perfectly balanced flavours 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 cosy 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.

practical information:
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: €€€
Website: SEB’ON

6. Hardware Société

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If you’re in Montmartre 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.

practical information:
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: €€
WEbsite: Hardware Société

7. La Vache et le Cuisinier

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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 is much more complicated in France.

practical information:
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: €€ Search Flights Image

8. Le Caulaincourt

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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 favourite.

practical information:
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: €€€

9. Abattoir Végétal in Montmartre

This one is for vegans! Currently, it’s the only vegan eatery in the entire Montmartre district. The restaurant has done plant-based dining so well that most of their clientele aren’t even vegan themselves — and most of them are locals!

The menu has a range of dish options spanning from juicy burgers to saucy hotdogs; salads and falafel plates, and even buddha bowls and raw soups. The space has an Alice in Wonderland style to it. You feel healthier just by stepping inside.

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Abattoir Vegetal is also open until 11:30 pm which is unheard of for late-night vegan dining in Paris, particularly in Montmartre. Usually, there is nowhere to get decent veggie-based food at this hour in this neighbourhood. 

Top 5 Places for Vegans in Montmartre

price range: €

10. la Bouillon de Pigalle in Montmartre 

Bouillons are typically affordable mass eateries in Paris, that date back to the medieval times when working-class folk needed to be fed throughout their shifts of manual labour. They are known for being cheap and festive — and this is what la Bouillon de Pigalle is bringing back to this neighbourhood. 

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The bouillon will open at 12 pm and 300 guests will be seated immediately. The waiting queue is simply one of waiting for the restaurant to actually open, and not so much for a table to open up. Contrary to how it sounds, this is not actually a tourist trap!

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Most of these dishes will not cost you more than €4. Yes, full-plated meals of herring, Pot au feu, lamb shank, marrow and potatoes all for under €5 a meal. There are sides available that run at about €1:50 each. Desserts including eclairs and ice cream with toppings start at just €2.90.

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ADDRESS: 22 Boulevard de Clichy, 75018 Paris, France
price range: €

11. La Bossue in Montmartre

The fact that la Bossue is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays is the bane of many Montmartre residents’ existence. Their clientele consists of regular diners who have been coming to this cafe for years.

On the days they are open you’ll likely wait a few minutes for a table. La Bossue is a cafe run with traditional French cuisine. I enjoy la Bossue most for breakfast, but they are open until 7 pm allowing for lunch and early dinners.

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Sunday is the day you want to aim for at la Bossue! Book in advance and take part in their spectacular end-of-week roast. Dishes range from sweet to savoury and come in at just €24 per head. Do not (I repeat, do not) try to show up here without a booking on a Sunday — you will not be served until Wednesday!

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practical information:
price range: €€
website: LA BOSSUE

12.  Le Café de la Poste

A cute cafe

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Le Café de la Poste is the perfect place to mingle with the locals and get a true taste of Montmartre life. Their address is 76 Rue Damrémont, 75018 Paris, France. They open daily from 7 am to 2 am. 

The menu proposes a great selection of burgers and steaks, including steak à cheval topped with a fried egg, snack foods, and cheese or cooked meat platters to accompany a bottle of wine from the well-stocked cellar. 

In keeping with the local spirit, the neighbouring tradesmen, including the fishmonger, baker, and patisserie supply Le Café de la Poste with fresh and high-quality produce.

A glass of wine at Le Café de la Poste can extend into the night with the occasional evening events organized around a good plate of traditional French cuisine.

practical information:
ADDRESS: 76 Rue Damrémont, 75018 Paris, France.
price range: €€
Website: Le Café de la Poste

13. La Mère Catherine

A food platter

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La Mère Catherine was founded in 1793. The French bistro fare is located at 6 Pl. du Tertre, 75018 Paris, France. They open daily from 7 am to 2 am.

The ambience of old Montmartre is captured in the paintings that line the walls and live musicians singing.  

Their menu consists of copious French classics, including onion soup bubbling with melted cheese, frog legs, and the famous apple pie known as tarte tatin. 

In the summer months, La Mère Catherine shares the Palace du Tertre with the artists, setting up a secluded terrace and providing an excellent spot to linger over a long lunch to the sound of the bells chiming from the nearby Sacré Coeur.

practical information:
ADDRESS: 6 Pl. du Tertre, 75018 Paris, France
price range: €€
website: La Mère Catherine

14. Moulin Rouge

Outdoor dining

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Moulin Rouge lights up the Place Blanche at night, which is an indispensable place to experience Paris. Their address is 82, Boulevard De Clichy 75018 Paris. They open daily from 7 am to 2 am.

The Moulin Rouge menu offers various options and recipes devised by Toulouse-Lautrec, who swore by his philosophy of food being an art. Be sure to try the Belle Epoque option comprising 1889 beef with French beans. 

The Moulin Rouge kitchen is also sensitive to changing lifestyles, proposing vegetarian and vegan options. With champagne flowing and red lamps glowing, dining at the Moulin Rouge is a perfect blend of gastronomy and tradition.

practical information:
ADDRESS: 82, Boulevard De Clichy 75018 Paris
price range: €€
website: Moulin Rouge

15. Les Tantes Jeanne


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Les Tantes Jeanne is a friendly restaurant, that welcomes meat lovers to a feast of tender cuts. Their address is 42 Rue Véron, 75018 Paris, France. They are open from Tuesday to Saturday from 6 pm to 10:30 pm.

The highly acclaimed Japanese Kobe meat features among the array of revisited French classics prepared with a creative twist and beautifully presented.

Look out for the chef’s special sweetbread cassoulet with cep mushrooms or duck breast with Sichuan pepper, and try out the selection of divine desserts including prune soufflé or fruit sorbet with champagne. This restaurant in Montmartre will be time well spent.

Well, there you have it! My recommendations for the top 15 non-touristy restaurants in Montmartre. I hope you’ve enjoyed this article, and I hope that some of these local favourites will become yours too. If you are interested in exploring the Montmartre area more, I recommend you check out our 90-minute free walking tour of Montmartre!

practical information:
ADDRESS: 42 Rue Véron, 75018 Paris, France
price range: €€
website: Les Tantes Jeanne


Visit Le Poulbot, the prettiest tiny French bistro in Montmartre, while in Paris. It delivers wonderful food in a charming setting. Le Poulbot’s founders, twin brothers Thomas and Mathieu Bellair, have focused on wonderful, typical French food.

Traditional onion soup, snails, boeuf bourguignon, and duck confit are served in a comfortable environment and with an excellent variety of biodynamic wines. You’ll enjoy a fantastic supper here on your stay in Montmartre and couldn’t be happier with your experience.

The eatery is a nice surprise in an area rife with tourist traps. Every day, you’ll find fresh items, traditional dishes always repeated the Poulbot way, French natural wines, and other tidbits that are frequently replenished. Delicious meal, a nice and inviting supper place, and courteous service. The environment is fantastic, cozy, and comfortable, with a lovely local. It’s a beautiful, character-filled eatery.

Practical information
ADDRESS:  3 Rue Poulbot, 75018 Paris, France


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The Cabanon de la Butte invites you to sample its authentic French cuisine. If you’re in the Montmartre, stop into Le Cabanon de la Butte restaurant for a wonderful lunch in a pleasant, intimate setting with a welcoming environment.

You’ve come to the perfect location if you want to sample traditional French cuisine produced with fresh, high-quality, and seasonal ingredients. There’s something for everyone from meat, fish, sweet or salty.

What more could you want than to be a stone’s throw from the Sacré-Coeur and have a spectacular view of Paris’ rooftops? Yes, Le Cabanon de la Butte has a pleasant terrace which is ideal for enjoying a comfortable outside supper.

Practical information
OPENING HOURS: WED-THUR, AND SAT; 12-3 PM,6:30-10 PM/FRI;6:30-10 PM/SUN;12-4 PM,6:30-10 PM
ADDRESS: 6 Rue Lamarck, 75018 Paris, France


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This is an old-style bench/fireplace/family-owned special spot with a bit of outdoor seating right on the main route up to the summit. They provide a fantastic tasting menu where you may select your own starter, main course, and dessert. They have fantastic real cooking.

Choose the Onion Soup, Boeuf Bourguignon, and Chocolate Mousse if you want traditional French country dining. House wines are good and cheaply priced, and they have special bottles that are a little more expensive and of greater quality. Mixed platters are available for larger groups, and there is no rush.

You’ll have a nice time eating here in this small and cozy setting, yet the food is excellent and the pricing is affordable.

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ADDRESS: 25 Rue Gabrielle, 75018 Paris, France


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La Maison Rose, a unique and pleasant neighborhood table, serves a concise menu focused on fresh seasonal ingredients, influenced by French farm-to-table cuisine and Italian cucina povera.

The appetizers and small dishes invite tasting and sharing. Seasonal vegetables, excellent meats, poultry, and fish are included on the omnivorous menu. La Maison Rose, a staunch supporter of environmentally conscious trade, carefully selects its products and suppliers.

They focus on seasonal, local agriculture and help the local economy by collaborating with 18th district craftspeople. Just a word, there will be no plastic bottles or straws, no cans, no industrial drinks, only filtered water, local products, and distribution restrictions.

Practical information
OPENING HOURS: WED-FRI; 12-10 PM/SAT; 11:30 AM-10 PM/SUN;11:30 AM-9:45 PM
ADDRESS: 2 Rue de l’Abreuvoir, 75018 Paris, France
METRO STATION: Lamarck – Caulaincourt 


Signature Montmartre is one of the best restaurants in Montmartre. Chef Sungmi Lee, accompanied by outstanding pastry chef Kim Young Rim, makes subtle, contrasted Franco-Korean delicacies after learning about the trade in New York and Singapore (Atelier Robuchon).

Their guiding principle is taste above all else, as evidenced by “haemultang,” a fiery Korean stew of cod and seafood flavored with prawn oil and coriander. Signature Montmartre menus are built around French cuisine classics infused with Korean flavors, and they offer you the best of both French and Asian culinary cultures.

Treat yourself to the ever-changing tasting menu crafted with fresh ingredients, and you’ll understand why this restaurant is regarded as one of Montmartre’s best.

Practical information
ADDRESS: 12 Rue des Trois Frères, 75018 Paris, France

10 Foods To Try In Montmartre

Beyond the winding cobblestone streets, magnificent Sacré Coeur Basilica, and art-filled Place du Tertre that make Montmartre an iconic Parisian neighborhood, lies a hidden world of culinary treasures waiting to be discovered.

While this enchanting area draws visitors with its rich culture and history, a day spent exploring its captivating sights will undoubtedly work up an appetite. Many tourists find themselves overwhelmed by the abundance of touristy traps, unsure of where to find an authentic dining experience.

However, Montmartre harbors a wealth of local eateries serving up mouthwatering dishes that truly capture the essence of French gastronomy. From cozy bistros tucked away in enchanting alleyways to brasseries beloved by the Montmartrois themselves, I am eager to uncover the neighborhood’s best-kept culinary secrets.

Join me travelers, on a delectable journey through ten must-try foods that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving more of Montmartre’s authentic flavors, long after your Parisian adventure has ended.

1. Crêpes

 Crêpes are a must-try food in Montmartre, Paris. The charming neighborhood, known for its artistic history and bohemian atmosphere, offers a delightful culinary experience with its iconic crêperies.

Whether filled with sweet treats like Nutella, and strawberries, or savory delights like ham and cheese, Montmartre’s crêpes showcase the French artistry of thin, delectable pancakes. Visitors often savor these delicious treats while strolling along the cobblestone streets or enjoying the view from the iconic Sacré-Cœur Basilica.

Indulging in crêpes in Montmartre becomes not just a culinary delight but also a cultural experience, adding to the charm of this vibrant Parisian quarter.

2. Coq au Vin

Coq au Van

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 Coq au Vin is a delightful go-to food while in Montmartre. The charming Parisian neighborhood, with its rich cultural history, hosts several bistros and restaurants where you can savor this classic French dish.

The hearty combination of chicken slow-cooked in red wine, mushrooms, and onions reflects the traditional and savory flavors of French cuisine.

Enjoying Coq au Vin in Montmartre adds a culinary dimension to your visit, allowing you to relish the dish amidst the artistic ambiance and vibrant atmosphere of this iconic quarter, making it a recommended experience for those exploring the diverse gastronomic offerings in the heart of Paris.

3. Bœuf Bourguignon

Bœuf bourguignon

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Bœuf Bourguignon, a classic French beef stew simmered in red wine with onions, carrots, and mushrooms, is a go-to food while in Montmartre. This iconic dish perfectly embodies the rich and hearty flavors of French cuisine, making it a popular choice among locals and visitors alike.

In Montmartre, known for its charming cobblestone streets and artistic heritage, numerous bistros and restaurants offer their take on this beloved dish.

Whether enjoying it in a cozy bistro tucked away in the winding streets or at a bustling café overlooking the iconic landmarks of Sacré-Cœur Basilica, indulging in Bœuf Bourguignon in Montmartre promises a memorable culinary experience that complements the cultural richness and vibrancy of this historic Parisian neighborhood.

4. Tarte Tatin

My mother's French tarte tatin

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Tarte Tatin is a delectable go-to dessert anywhere, and its allure is certainly not limited to Montmartre. This classic French pastry, renowned for its caramelized apples atop a buttery, flaky crust, is a beloved treat across France.

Its sweet, sticky perfection and warm, fruity flavors make Tarte Tatin a delightful choice in any French patisserie or restaurant. Whether served with a dollop of crème fraîche or a scoop of vanilla ice cream, this upside-down apple tart offers a heavenly combination of textures and tastes.

Its popularity extends far beyond specific neighborhoods, capturing the hearts (and taste buds) of locals and visitors seeking a quintessentially French dessert experience.

5. Ratatouille

Ratatouille in a pot. Beginning of cooking.

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 Ratatouille is undeniably a go-to dish, celebrated for its rich flavors and colorful medley of vegetables. This traditional Provençal stew, typically consisting of eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, and flavored with herbs, is a culinary masterpiece enjoyed throughout France.

Its hearty and wholesome nature makes it a popular choice in bistros and restaurants across the country. Whether served as a side dish, a main course, or in a delectable vegetable stack, Ratatouille showcases the vibrant, seasonal produce of French cuisine.

This savory and aromatic dish is a symbol of culinary expertise, providing a taste of the Mediterranean sun in every delightful bite, making it a cherished go-to food in diverse settings.

6. Soupe à l’Oignon

Soupe à l'oignon (onion soup

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Soupe à l’Oignon, or French Onion Soup, is indeed a beloved and iconic dish in French cuisine. This hearty soup is a comforting and flavorful delight that has become a staple in many Parisian bistros and brasseries.

The key ingredient, onions, are slowly caramelized until they develop a rich, sweet, and deeply savory flavor. The caramelized onions are then combined with a flavorful beef broth, often enriched with a touch of dry white wine.

The soup is then topped with a slice of crusty bread and a generous layer of melted Gruyère or Emmental cheese, creating a delicious contrast of textures and flavors.

Soupe à l’Oignon is a go-to dish for many Parisians and visitors alike, as it captures the essence of French comfort food. Its warmth and robust flavors make it a perfect choice for cool weather, and its simple yet satisfying nature has made it a beloved classic that continues to grace the menus of countless French establishments.

7. Foie gras

Foie gras, the decadent and controversial delicacy made from the fattened liver of a duck or goose, is indeed a go-to food in the charming Montmartre neighborhood of Paris.

This iconic French dish has been a staple in the area’s cozy bistros and brasseries for generations, enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.

Prepared in various forms, from silky terrines to rich pâtés, foie gras is often served as an appetizer or a main course, accompanied by sweet accompaniments like fig jam or brioche bread.

Its indulgent flavor and velvety texture have made it a beloved and sought-after delicacy, despite ongoing ethical debates surrounding its production methods.

For many, savoring foie gras in the quaint ambiance of Montmartre is an essential part of experiencing the authentic culinary traditions that have made this neighborhood a beloved gastronomic destination in the City of Light.

8. Macarons

a box of pink macarons with brown filling and brown macarons with yellow filling.

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Macarons are a quintessential go-to treat while in the iconic Montmartre neighborhood of Paris. These delicate French confections, with their delightfully crisp meringue shells and velvety ganache or buttercream fillings, are a beloved specialty of the area.

Strolling through the charming streets of Montmartre, visitors are greeted by the tempting displays of colorful macarons in the windows of renowned pâtisseries and boulangeries. From classic flavors like vanilla, chocolate, and raspberry to more inventive combinations, these dainty sandwich cookies are a must-try indulgence.

Whether enjoyed as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up or a sweet souvenir to take home, macarons have become a hallmark of the Montmartre experience, offering a delightful taste of French patisserie culture in every bite.

9. Duck Confit

Duck confit, a French culinary specialty of succulent duck legs slowly cooked in their own rendered fat, is a go-to dish while visiting the charming Montmartre neighborhood of Paris. This rich and flavorful preparation has been a staple in the area’s cozy bistros and brasseries for generations.

The tender, fall-off-the-bone meat and crispy skin of the confit duck legs are often served alongside potatoes sautéed in the flavorful duck fat, making for a truly indulgent and comforting meal. The dish’s roots in the French countryside add to its appeal, offering a taste of authentic, rustic cuisine in the heart of the city.

Whether paired with a glass of robust red wine or accompanied by a crisp salad, duck confit is a beloved culinary experience that embodies the soul of traditional French cooking, making it a must-try for any food lover exploring the delights of Montmartre.

10. Croissant au Beurre

Croissants au beurre

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The buttery and flaky croissant au beurre is an essential must-try treat while exploring the captivating neighborhood of Montmartre in Paris. These iconic French pastries have been perfected by the area’s renowned boulangeries and patisseries, which have been baking them to golden, crispy perfection for generations.

Montmartre’s croissants are renowned for their rich, buttery flavor and delicate, layered texture that practically melts in your mouth. Whether enjoyed for breakfast with a steaming café au lait or savored as an indulgent snack while strolling the charming streets, these heavenly pastries are a quintessential part of the Montmartre experience.

No visit to this enchanting Parisian neighborhood would be complete without indulging in at least one freshly baked, impossibly flaky croissant au beurre from one of Montmartre’s celebrated bakeries, a true taste of French culinary tradition at its finest.

Whether you’re a seasoned foodie or a curious adventurer, this guide promises to unlock the gastronomic wonders that lie within Montmartre’s unassuming corners. Savor the flavors that have been cherished by generations of locals, and let each bite transport you to the heart of Parisian culinary tradition.

From rich, creamy sauces to the perfect fusion of flavors, these ten dishes will leave an indelible mark on your palate, ensuring that Montmartre’s culinary magic lingers long after you’ve returned home, a treasured memory of your unforgettable Parisian escapade.

See you soon in Paris!

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  3. Swig Savvy’s Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottle – Learn more here

Check Amazon’s best-seller list for the most popular travel accessories. We sometimes read this list just to find out what new travel products people are buying.