French food isn’t all about haute cuisine and fine dining – some of the best food to be enjoyed in Paris can be bought for a couple of euros from a humble boulangerie. Here’s our pick of the gastronomic highlights.
The best café for a cup of coffee
Co-working is still a relatively new concept in the French capital, but this graphic, monochromatic space is where MacBook-toting freelancers start their day over espressos made with beans from Parisian roasters Lomi. Buy a cup or pay by the hour for access to Wi-Fi and a seat at the communal table.
Address: Café Craft, 24 rue des Vinaigriers, Canal Saint-Martin, Paris
The best restaurant for cocktails and dinner
The curving wooden interiors of this new hangout take their inspiration from surfing and skateboarding, but it’s the serious cocktails and market-driven menu that give the greater thrills. Unusual flavours are the draw here; try the Black Popeye, shaken with Chairman’s Reserve rum, amaro, bitters and absinthe. The dishes are no less imaginative, including fried whelks and duck tartare.
Address: Gravity Bar, 44 rue des Vinaigriers, Canal Saint-Martin, Paris
The best breakfast spot
Atop the marble counter of this brilliant bakery from master pastry chef Benoît Castel are delicate tarts and jewel-like fancies. Their prettiness contrasts with the raw interiors. Opt for perfect madeleines or go for full-on indulgence with Castel’s famous tarte à la crème.
Address: Liberté, 39 rue des Vinaigriers, Canal Saint-Martin, Paris
THE SUNKEN CHIP
The best fish and chips
How do Parisians do fish and chips? In this trendy metro-tiled restaurant with line-caught haddock or coley from Saint-Jean-de-Luz and thick, hand-cut, double-cooked frites. If you’re not married to tradition, swap the classic for a hake burger or monkfish nuggets coated in panko breadcrumbs, along with a local craft beer.
Address: The Sunken Chip, 39 rue des Vinaigriers, Canal Saint-Martin, Paris
The healthiest snacks
Call them hippies or early adopters, but the owners of this vegan canteen and shop have been turning out antioxidant-rich superfoods such as açai, Klamath algae and maca powder since opening in 2007. Pop into the cheery turquoise-fronted store for kale chips or raw cacao to munch on.
Address: Sol Semilla, 23 rue des Vinaigriers, Canal Saint-Martin, Paris
The best place for an apéritif
The area’s go-to pizza joint doubles as a pre-dinner spot for a turned-out crowd with bigger plans. Join them in sipping spritzes and Italian wines while tucking into plates of burrata and Parma ham.
Address: Piccoli Cugini, 34 rue des Vinaigriers, Canal Saint-Martin, Paris