Top 5 non-touristy restaurants in Montmartre
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 Cathedral 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 5 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 5 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!
Open for dinner daily from 8:00 PM-Midnight
2. La Boîte aux Lettres
The next up on our list of the top 5 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.
Open for lunch Monday to Saturday from 12:00 – 2:30 PM
Open for dinner Monday to Saturday from 7:00 – 11:00 PM
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.
Open for lunch Monday to Friday from 11:45 – 2:00 PM
Open for dinner Monday to Saturday from 7:00 – 11:00 PM
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!
Open for lunch daily from 12:00 – 3:00 PM
Open for dinner daily from 6:00 – 11:00 PM
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.
Open for lunch on Sundays from 12:00 – 3:00 PM
Open for dinner Wednesday to Saturday from 7:00 – 11:00 PM
Well, there you have it! My recommendations for the top 5 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!
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