French Food and Wine
Annie and Elyse LOVE food. Annie generally indulges more than Elyse, but we both have a great appreciation for well-made food. And that’s exactly what we want you to find in France and what you’ll hear us talk about in this collection of episodes. Dig in, don’t worry, listening to too many of our food episodes will not make you fat, especially if you listen while walking the dog or having a workout!
Eating Out in France
French Wine and Beer
French Wine Q&A for Beginners, Episode 162
An Exploration of French Wines, Episode 158
Food Markets in Paris, Episode 108
Wine Touring in Beaune, Burgundy, Episode 128
Le Musée du Vin or Wine Museum, Hidden Gems in Paris, Episode 124
The Saint Vincent Tournante Burgundy Wines Festival, Episode 98
Burgundy Region and Wine, Episode 57
French Wine Regions and Loire Valley Wines, Episode 28
Enjoying French Food Anywhere
French Food and Wine Culture
Annie and Elyse’s Favorite Great Value Restaurants in Paris
There are lots of restaurants in Paris and you could spend a lot of time researching every detail–if you’d like to do that, read reviews in French on Yelp, they are very informative.
The Restaurants We Go Back To
These are restaurants we go back to time and time again because they serve delicious food, treat their customers right, and offer amazing value for the dollar. We don’t have a commercial relationship with these restaurants, they don’t even know we recommend them, we just like them!
Eating on a Budget in Paris Without Eating Sandwiches and Kebabs Every Day
If you can pay 100€ per person per meal, you’ll eat like a king in Paris. But some of us can’t afford 100€ per meal! We don’t want to eat kebab and sandwiches every day either.
Chez Nous Wine Bar, 10 Rue Dauphine, 75006–There are expensive bottles but they will gladly bring you 20€-30€ bottles from a specific region of France. Tell them what you like, they will try to match it! Their appetizer plates are also a good value. This small, busy and can get loud. For a more peaceful experience, go right at opening around 6 PM.
Wine Tasting O Château, 68 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Paris, France–The sommelier will tell you all about the wine and they can serve some (stingy) appetizers. The wine lecture is interesting, the wine is good, the food not great.
Le Saint-Régis, 6 rue Jean du Bellay L’Île Saint-Louis 75004 Paris–Classic Parisian brasserie. Prices between 18€ and 30€ for lunch specials. They speak good English and you shouldn’t hold it against them because the place is also full of locals.
Bistro 1, 4 rue de l’école de Médecine, 75006 Paris–Classic Parisian bistro, not too crowded, friendly, great value for the money, 15€ for the lunch menu.
Specialties from the South West
Père Louis, 38 rue Monsieur le Prince 75006 Paris. They specialize in food from the South-West, they have a great wine list too. 20€-30€ for dinner, lovely staff, good for groups as well.
Grumpy French Chef
L’Auberge des Deux Ponts, 7 Rue Des Deux Ponts 75004 Paris +33 1 46 34 29 33–This restaurant is one of a kind. The owner is both the waiter and the cook. He will single-handily whip up an amazing meal for you. Don’t go if you’re in a big hurry and be aware that the man is not PC, he’ll tell you exactly what he thinks in French. Excellent value!
French Cafeteria Food
Cafétéria Galleries Lafayettes next to Opéra Garnier–This is a standard French cafeteria, but it’s a good French cafeteria. While you’re up there, also go to the roof terrace.
Crêperie de Josselin, 67 Rue du Montparnasse, 75014 Paris, France–There are crêperies all over Paris, this one is one I like. I wouldn’t go particularly out of my way for it, but if you’re in the area, it’s a good one.
Essaouira, Moroccan Restaurant, 16 rue Magdebourg 75116 Paris–Beautiful decor, classic Marrocan food, classic service, really close to the Trocadero, 22€-28€ for dinner.
L’As du Fallafel, 34 rue des Rosiers 75004 Paris–Very nice fallafels, but not the only good one in the area. Get there at noon sharp if you want any chance to sit down!
Bouillon Racine, 3 rue Racine, 75006 Paris–Classic French service, 30€ menu, good for a romantic evening or if you need a quieter, more roomy restaurant. Don’t go with young kids.