Often I am asked to recommend places to eat in Paris. I am most often asked to recommend places near the Eiffel Tower. It’s true there are a few tourist traps but the areas around the Tower and the Champ de Mars are also highly residential and have some amazing local restaurants and cafes where you won’t get ripped off.
This is the area I lived in for a long time and where I spend at least one weekend a month so I can happily tell you my favourite haunts. Here is a little rundown of my top cafes near the Eiffel Tower.
Avenue de la Motte Picquet, just outside La Motte Picquet metro station. Both the lunch and breakfast menus here are fantastic. The coffee is great and the service is friendly. On weekend lunchtimes both the inside and the sheltered terrasse are packed full of local families and in the evenings it’s a popular destination for young Parisians with bags of style.
Distance from tower: approximately a 15 minute walk.
My favourite dish here: Goats cheese and spinach lasagne (totally delicious!)
On the corner of Avenue de la Motte Picquet and Avenue Suffren, this café attracts a slightly older, wealthier clientele than Le Zinc. It’s a stylish and sophisticated brasserie that serves amazing home-made jam with its breakfast. A great place to sit outside and people watch.
Distance from the tower: approximately a 15 minute walk.
My favourite dish here: the café gourmand (a coffee/hot drink with three mini desserts)
Located on the casual market street of Rue Cler, le Tribeca is my number one favourite place to go for lunch in Paris. And I’ll tell you why. They serve a goats cheese salad that is out of this world. Tonnes of veg piled high on the plate and on top, two enormous wedges of goats cheese that have been wrapped in light crispy filo pastry and deep-fried to crispy-gooey-cheesy perfection. Eat it. Eat it twice.
Distance from the tower: approximately a 12 minute walk.
My favourite dish here: the afore-mentioned goats cheese salad – it is my favourite dish in any restaurant anywhere in the world
Le Café de Marché
Next door to Tribeca on Rue Cler, the Café de Marché is a mainstay of the 7th arrondissement. For at least the last ten years I have never seen a lunchtime here when every table isn’t taken. Again, the best options here are the salads. Served in huge bowls with amazing couscous, sauerkraut and crudités, you will be stuffed to bursting.
Distance from the tower: approximately a 12 minute walk
My favourite dish here: any of the salads
On the corner of Rue Saint Dominique and Boulevard de la Tour Maubourg, this is a bit further afield but for any fans of tarte tatin, this should be a destination. For 8-9€ you can get a whopping, delicious slice of the deepest tarte tatin I’ve ever seen. The service here can sometimes be a bit slow and gruff but embrace it – I find it adds to the experience if I go in expecting it! The coffee is great and the tarte… oh, the tarte…
Distance from the tower: approximately a 20 minute walk
My favourite dish here: the omelettes, the French fries, the salads and the TARTE TATIN