Where to Find South American Food in Paris
As an avid lover of South American cuisine I am confident in my knowledge of where to find it in and around Paris.
Somehow the many foods of this region made their way east and settled in the French capital. South American cuisine includes the regions of Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Chile and others.
Oftentimes in Paris the regions of Mexico and central America are included under the South American umbrella term.
Here are the best authentic and hybrid South American eateries in the city.
Homies in Paris
Because of strong Spanish influence in South America, tapas style dining is popular. At Homies you’ll dine on small plates of South American fusion foods carefully crafted by their chef, who was once part of Nobu.
I like to order four of the small plates for myself when dining here. The portions aren’t huge and you’ll be glad you got a bit extra. The tapas are best paired with your choice of cocktail or wine.
Their showstopper dish is the South American octopus main. Always tender, always flavorful. This is a full plated meal, not part of the tapas.
Homies is a popular dinner spot for those going to and coming from the Opera Bastille two blocks away. This is also why the restaurant is open until midnight daily, allowing theatre goers to dine after the performances as well as before.
This is the closest South American restaurant to the Place des Vosges; le Marais main public square. If you’re planning on doing a free guided walking tour of the area, request that it comes to an end just here so you can enjoy both the square and Homies.
OPENING HOURS: Monday TO Sunday – 7pm to 12am
ADDRESS: 13 Rue Beautreillis, 75004 Paris, France
METRO STATION: Sully-Morland
Ave Maria in Paris
Ave Maria is an interesting space with a predominantly South American menu, though they feature some global dishes as well. There is even an Indian main included.
Somehow it all works together in a wonderful fusion. The energy of the clientele reflects the menu; diverse, vibrant and open to whatever going!
Vegetarian options are limited at Ave Maria, there are only two of them. They can be adjusted to be vegan if necessary.
The outdoor seating at Ave Maria spills out of the restaurant and creates quite the festive scene on the street. The restaurant keeps its doors open until 2am every evening which means those who have been bar hopping through the Canal Saint Martin and Bastille areas usually flock here for late-night food before retreating home.
Ave Maria is one of the highest recommended spots in which to meet your Tinder date in Paris. As you sit in the restaurant take a moment to note how many people appear to be meeting with new people — it’s beautiful to witness!
OPENING HOURS: Monday TO Sunday – 7pm to 2am
ADDRESS: 1 Rue Jacquard, 75011 Paris, France
METRO STATION: Parmentier
Cevicheria Punchy in Paris
You’ll pay a bit more for South American food at Cevicheria Punchy than you might expect to in Paris. As the name suggests, this restaurant specializes in the dish known as ceviche.
In South America ceviche is a meal standard. It’s a dish of raw fish that is cooked using the acidity of freshly squeezed lime juice. Sometimes coconut or other meaty plants can be used in the place of fish as a vegetarian or vegan option.
This is the only South American restaurant in Paris to offer ceviche as both a starter and a main on their menu. It is customarily only served as a starter.
Cevicheria Punchy is situated in the south of Paris just west of Montparnasse. Dining here is best enjoyed with two or more people so that you can taste a variety of the plates.
OPENING HOURS: Tuesday to Saturday – 12pm to 2:30pm // 7pm to 11pm
ADDRESS: 32 Rue des Volontaires, 75015 Paris, France
METRO STATION: Vaugirard
El Sol y La Luna in Paris
Seemingly obvious, but the best South American food in Paris is harbored in the Latin Quarter (Read more about Discover walking tours). This area on Paris’ Left Bank gets its name for being a university district; back in the day, Latin was the number one subject taught in universities across Europe.
Thanks to the neighborhood, the food is affordable and portions are huge. You’ll be treated to complimentary South American bread as you are seated.
OPENING HOURS: Monday TO Sunday – 12pm to 11pm
ADDRESS: 31 Rue Saint-Jacques, 75005 Paris, France
METRO STATION: Odéon
Comptoir Montevideo in Paris
Finding interesting cuisines in the 1st arrondissement is tricky amidst the many, many French bistros that cling to the streets around the Louvre. Comptoir Montevideo is traditional Uruguay cuisine, and it’s wonderful.
From the food, to the atmosphere, to the service — they out do themselves daily.
This is the best South American restaurant in Paris for vegans and vegetarians. There are as many plant based meal options as there are meat inclusive ones, which is a rare occurrence in the French capital. I highly recommend the empanadas to start!
Because of its size and the location, a booking for dinner dining is recommended. You’ll receive 20% discount on your meals if you book with them online.
They stay open late which makes for a great evening of gallery and museum exploring followed by a South American feast.