14 Best Must-Visit Cafes All Around Paris

14 Best Cafes All Around Paris.

With a wide variety of restaurants, cafes, street markets and food trucks in Paris, it is sometimes hard to narrow down to the few restaurants that you should without a doubt taste and see while in the City of Light.

So..where are you heading to? Let’s check out the following neighbourhoods. 😉


Bastille, formally known as Bastille Saint-Antoine, a neighbourhood that played an undeniable role in the history of France. It has been used, for most of its existence, as a prison by the King of France. Though the original prison is now long gone, it still serves as a historical landmark, imbued with political symbolism for Parisians. Despite its dark past, Bastille has evolved into a neighbourhood lined with small private galleries for art lovers, grungy record stores for music lovers, and mouthwatering restaurants for foodies! Here are a few you have to try:


La Fée Verte

La Fée Verte (which means the Green Fairy) is a fascinating absinthe bar and café near the Bastille. In the day, it is a great place for a cup of coffee and lunch (think: burgers and beef bourguignon), at night it is the place to hang out and unwind with a drink. They have a great range of absinthe and it is still served in the traditional way, with a special absinthe spoon and cubes of sugar. Definitely a place to add to your list of must-visits.

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La Cantine Merci

La Cantine Merci, located in the trendy fairtrade concept store Merci, is all about healthy, balanced and nutritious lunches. Take your pick from their fresh and colourful salads, soup, risotto, vegetable tarts and much more. There is also a selection of vitamin-packed fruit cocktails – Merci does strike a good balance between plate and cup. Homemade deserts here are also delightful: “light” cheesecake and gluten-free chocolate sponge cake anyone? The dining space opens up into a garden, and the greens just brightens up the day, making it is a wonderful place to while the afternoon away.


Used Books Cafe

An ideal place for a spot of coffee or afternoon tea (Darjeeling, sencha, herbal teas, you names it) where you will find yummy bites such as organic soft-boiled eggs and rosemary scones. You may also choose a book from the 10,000 books in their library collection. The chance of discovering a new story is part of the thrill of the hunt in this unique bookstore-themed cafe. The cafe is also connected to La Cantine Merci.


Montmartre, otherwise known as The Mountain of Martyrs, is a culturally rich neighbourhood with picturesque bohemian architect lining the streets. Being 130 metres high, Montmartre is known as the 2nd highest point in Paris besides the Eiffel tower. Primarily known for the white-dome Basilica of the Sacre- Coeur and as a nightclub district, there are several highly-acclaimed restaurants that you should add to your must-visit list when going to Montmartre.

Le Coq Rico

Le Coq Rico, also called the bistro of beautiful birds, as perhaps you can tell, known for its flavour infused and succulent roasted chicken. Antoine Westermann serves his gourmet poultry dishes in an elegant and polished white-walled space with sleek black marble-top banquettes. There are different birds to choose from on the menu — chickens of different breeds from the various provinces of France, duck and guinea fowl. It generally takes about 45 minutes of waiting time if you order the chicken, and it arrives sizzling and roasted to perfection. There are very tasty appetisers to fill the time until the main event (the roasted chicken) arrives, which includes the soft boiled egg served with salmon egg & sea weed butter finger bread, and duck liver roasted with poppy seeds crumb and served with arugula salad, green apple & chicken jus vinaigrette.



Soul Kitchen

Tucked away on the corner of a street, upon entering Soul Kitchen, you are greeted with warm smiles and the whimsical interior design. You can tell almost immediately that there is good hospitality and food here just by looking at how so much attention is being paid to the decor of the cafe, such as the installation of paper butterflies, the vintage touch with old wine crates, a big bay window, trays overflowing with food, pretty coloured furniture and a huge chalkboard menu at the counter, giving the place a real homely atmosphere. It is helmed by three affable lady chefs who presents a selection of wholesome dishes from their ever-changing menu of homemade recipes prepared with organic local produce. A charming cafe with even more delicious food, Soul Kitchen is one place you would not want to miss.


Saint-Germain-des-Prés is one of the four administrative quarters and the quarter has a large number of bookstores, publishing houses and several famous cafes that you have to visit.

Les Deux Magots

The name of the restaurant is actually dervied from two chinese figurines. Founded in 1812 and later expanded to its current location, the two statues that adorn the cafe now stand as witnesses to that era. In 1885, the cafe started serving alcohol and acted as a hotspot for many intellectual elites such as Earnest Hemmingway, Arthur Rimbaud, and Paul Verlaine. Then in 1933 with creation of the Prix des Deux Magots, the cafe asserted its literacy vocation that lead to many famed artists to visit such, as Elsa Triolet, Louis Aragon, André Gide, Jean Giraudoux, Pablo Picasso, and others. As one of the oldest cafes in Paris, it attracts people from different background from the world of politics to the world of fashion, arts and literature and not forgetting you travelers as well.

City Crepes Cafe

If you come to Paris and do not eat a crepe, it will have been a wasted trip. At the City Crepes Cafe, you can build your own crepe or order one straight off the menu! If you are interested to find out where you can go to learn how to make other french pastries, you can check out this crepe making class with locals in their homes in Paris!

Boulangeries Paul

Looking for bite in Paris? Paul is the place to go! Serving your everyday Parisian pastries, baguettes and cakes that are price friendly and waiting for tourists like yourself to snap them up! After collecting your snack, head over to the banks of Seine or the Luxembourg Gardens and enjoy your breakfast or lunch with a view 😉

Pere Lachaise & Menilmontant

There are countless of ways in which you could possibly soak up the Parisian culture. One of them would be visiting the Pere Lachaise cemetery. This neighborhood is tucked away in a little-known stretch of Paris, protected from the hullabaloo of the city but at the same time close enough to all the major attractions, this is where you can get a taste of the real Paris.


Decorated with soft orange light, bright, clean wooden floors and tables with cushioned chairs, this cafe is designed to promote an intimate and cosy dining experience, as well as absolutely sublime brewed coffee. Your Parisian coffee-break should indeed be spent here. Clint is also known for its excellent service, where you will witness baristas and waiters coming up to you, talking to you and at the same time allowing for visitors to have their own private time, making tourists feel like a local in a foreign land.

L’ Artiste

Walking along the pavements of the 11th arrondissement and you will come across a restaurant that has colourful beach umbrellas and rattan chairs fanned out inviting you to come in to enjoy a cup of coffee. L’ Artiste offers a myraid of options at their brunch buffet, from croissants to chicken drumsticks! Everything that you could possibly hope for to eat during brunch. For tourists that cannot speak French, have no fear for the staff here at L’Artiste are fluent in english and service is fast and efficient.

La Bellevilloise

Imagine a huge warehouse, air-conditoned, with a transparent roof that allows light to pour in at any time of the day- now you should be picturing la Bellevilloise! There are huge trees planted around the warehouse, with their leaves out on display and the scent filling the warehouse mixed with the delicious mix of sweet and savoury food cooking in the kitchen. This unique place, the la Bellevilloise, used to be a building to house the capital’s first workers, but has since turned into a bar, restaurant, club, exhibition space and a place to host regular film and music festivals. Food, service, atmosphere and people, La Bellevilloise has got it all right.

Champ Elysses

Champ Elysses  is known for its theatres, cafés and luxury shops, and for the military parade that takes place each year on the avenue on 14 July to celebrate Bastille Day.

Cafe Kousmichoff

Cafe Kousmichoff is the famous house of tea that sells Kusmi tea, which are Russian-styled teas and tea blends. You can come here for an afternoon tea or coffee as they offer a wide range of Kusmi aromatic teas along with a selection of cakes. The design of the cafe invokes a sense of serenity and freshness, a good place for lunch, afternoon tea as well as dinner. When you eat you will be on the upper level and you can eat and sip your tea whilst peering out of the window and looking at people go by on the Champs Elysees!

11 Carpaccio – La Royal Monceau

A one Michelin-star Italian restaurant in Paris. Its design of beige curtains, tall glass windows and soothing coloured furniture gives off a Silician baroque style that opens onto a lovely glass conservatory drenched in light. The II Carpaccio celebrates the intricate flavours of mouth-watering and sophisticated dishes crafted from the freshest seasonal products, and the chef gives a very personal interpretation of traditional family recipes from many of Italy’s regions. Here tourists and travelers alike can eat and enjoy the Italian flavours.


A French luxury bakery established in 1862. Laduree is known for its double decker macarons, of which fifteen thousand of them are sold everyday. You can also head down to the cafe and enjoy some snacks and afternoon high tea! Its light blue painted walls and classic design will take you back to that era, including all their cutlery and plates!

In addition to eating macarons and other lovely treats, you may also want to experience macaron making and learn about other French pastries with local home chefs, and take the Paris experience home with you.

Know of any other cafes in Paris that are unique and have great food? Leave a comment below! 🙂

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Top 5 Must-Try Food Trucks in Paris

Top 5 Must-Try Food Trucks in Paris

Food trucks have never been popular in central Paris, however there has been an increased liking for such food. I believe it owes its success to the authentic, fresh and high-quality products that each food truck tries to offer to its consumers. Packed in a small truck, shouting across heads to get the order to the cook and most importantly how it is cooked freshly on the spot.


Food trucks have been gaining so much traction that the Paris Authority agreed to allocate 40 food truck spots located in different arrondissements of Paris. With so many food trucks to try, here are some of the most famous food trucks in Paris that have amazing reviews and long queues to prove the quality of their food. 

1. Le Camion qui fume

In 2009, Californian Chef Kristin Fredrick went to a well-regarded French culinary school and after she graduated launched Le Camion qui fume, which was one of the food trucks that started off the trend across the globe of gourmet food truck burgers. You don’t need to see long winding lines of salivating Parisians to know that this is one of the best food trucks in Paris. The truck acts a nomad, travelling from spot to spot everyday, to places such as la Madeleine, Porte Maillot, Canal St-Martin, MK2 Bibliothèque, and in front of the Musée d’Orsay! Before you go looking for the truck be sure to confirm on their website and Facebook pages! 

2. Cantine California

Is anything worth standing up queuing for 40 minutes and paying €11 for? The short answer is definitely yes when it comes to Cantine California! They serve a slice of America on four wheels and the local Parisians are hungry for it!!! Catine California’s menus include burgers (we reccommend the unmissable Tex-Mex option!) and tacos. A bite into the juice-filled beef patty and buttered buns is sure to induce a foodgasm indeed. Of course, they not only excel in the department of mouthwatering food, but service as well. This cosmopolitan food truck team will serve you an ultimate spot-on, unforgettable experience. There are a just a few things to note:the long queues, waiting time as well as the little amount of standing tables for you to eat on! But take this opportunity to stroll around paris, for all you know you might find a hidden gem 😉 

3. Le Réfectoire 

Being in Paris, you should definitely want to soak in the Parisian culture. Le Réfectoire provides you with the opportunity to do just that. Burgers prepared by them are served with the most French flair in Paris. Their food includes typical French cheeses like comté, raclette, homemade mayo and grilled goat's cheese with honey to Frenchify your burger. Standing in line waiting for your turn to order your burger can be dehydrating to some and Le Refectoire  understands, so they have concocted a deliciously rehydrating drink called the ‘’rehab lemonade’’ to satisfy your needs! 

4. Classico Argentino 

A little piece of Argentina on wheels as they would call it. Serving you fresh ingredients straight out of a truck that goes beyond the simple ingredients of steak and ceviche and instead serve superior, delicious empanadas. Constantly in competition with tapas as a choice of snack in Paris, the Classico Argentina has come up with countless of creative ways to stay relevant and be one of the best food trucks! So you must try to decide for yourself! Tapas or Classico Argentino?  

5. Glaces Glazed 

Heard enough about savoury food trucks? Here is one that finally can satisfy your sweet tooth and offer an escape from the heat during summer! What makes this so special is that it does not just serve you the normal vanilla, chocolate, pistachio etc…if you want to try something new, this is the exact truck you should hunt down!! Flavours that will stun and wow your taste buds from the colour, the soft texture and even the names such as ‘Highway to Ale’ (flavoured with beer!) or even the ‘Black sugar Sex Magic’ which is a well-mixed sorbet made with dark chocolate, wasabi and ginger, and what better ice cream to try in the city of love than the ‘Tunnel of love’, infused with wood strawberries and topped with sancho berries, it's definitely a sight to see. They not only serve ice cream, they sell ice lollies too, with a more grown-up twist, such as absinthe and an apple liqueur flavour named ‘’Smells like Teen Spirit’’. All these unorthodox flavours and ice cream names are bound to instil some form of uncertainty, but give it a try! It's so popular for a reason! It's well blended, delicious and simple ice cream art that you’ve got to try! 

Thats all for now! If you have tried any other food trucks in Paris that I didn't mention above, leave a comment below! I would love to hear about them 🙂 

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Exploring Venice as a Vegetarian

Exploring Venice as a Vegetarian

It is not easy to find vegetarian restaurants in Venice amidst all the seafood, pizzas, cicchetis and gnocchi. But We like a challenge here at BonAppetour, so we have dug up the best vegetarian restaurants to satisfy all your veggie needs.

1. La Zucca


With a rating of 4.5 on Tripadvisor, La Zucca is easily one of the best restaurants that offers vegetarian food. You can start your meal with a Tagliatelle with tomatoes and eggplant from its ever changing menu and finish with mouthwatering strawberries and cream topped with chocolate sauce. If your companion isn't a vegetarian and would love a fix of meat, there is also the choice of a juicy duck thigh with apples.

2. Bar Rialto da Lollo 

This is the place that you need to go to for breakfast if you are in Venice. Bar Rialto da Lollo has the best tramezzini (sandwiches with white bread). Located near the Rialto Bridge, it is the perfect place to start your day of adventure. It has a wide array of sandwiches with very affordable prices of around 2 euros. Not to mention the serving size is huge too.

3. Bone Robe


In a cozy cafe setting, each order is cooked on the spot. With fresh and seasonal ingredients, their food is healthy and hearty. Their handsome chef is an added bonus. *wink wink*

4. Le Spighe

This is one of raved-about vegetarian places to eat. Le Spighe is not solely a restaurant. It is mainly a health food store that also sells vegetarian foods. You can choose from the dishes on display which changes everyday according to what the chef cooks. It is priced based on weight. If you have a specific allergy, don't be afraid to tell the chef so that you can work out which is the best dish for you.

5. Walter's Cooking Class

Why eat out when you can customize and learn to whip up your own venice-inspired vegetarian concoction using the freshest ingredients right off the market. Walter, a professional tour guide, chef and blogger, can take you on a tour of the local Venetian markets, choose the best vegetables and teach you how to make your own gourmet vegetarian meal. Doesn't that sound fantastic?

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7 Secret Recipes from Arab Locals

7 Secret Recipes from Arab Locals

People can sometimes be hesitant and anxious about trying new food, especially if it contains ingredients you have never heard of. Middle Eastern cuisine, owing to the vastness of the land and the people it originates from, is rich beyond comprehension, both in taste and ingredients. Also, it’s vegan heaven! Arab countries offer tasty traditional food to tourists around the world. Whether its Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Dubai or Ajman, you will get the chance to enjoy the best, tasty and traditional Arab food everywhere. But if you still want to make middle eastern wonders at home, the following seven are the most traditional recipes of Arab cuisine which you must try at least once in your life!

1. Manakeesh

Manakeesh is the Arabic pizza of sorts. It is made of authentic Arabic Lebanese flat breads, topped with an exquisite selection of marinated meat, vegetables, and a multitude of Arabic spices and herbs. It is difficult to think of a lavish breakfast table in the middle east without a manakeesh at its centre. Here is the low down on how to make this delicious Arabic food.


  • 2 ¼ lb flour
  • 2 cup of warm water
  • Fresh zaater oil
  • 2 tbsp dry yeast
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup grated akawi cheese
  • 1 tbsp salt


  1. Stir yeast in ¼ cup of warm water and leave it aside for an hour to become active.
  2. Add 1 tbsp of salt in flour, along with some olive oil over it. Add the remaining cups of water on it and mix them together into a soft dough.
  3. Roll out the dough into a medium sized thickness and spread the fresh zaater oil all over the surface  
  4. Place the dough on the baking sheet and top it up with 1/3 cup of grated akawi cheese.
  5. Bake in your oven for about 6 min at 650 F.
  6. Serve with fresh tomatoes and pickled cucumber.

2. Humus

Humus is a traditional, local Arabic dip. It is mostly served with warm pita bread.  It is a popular cuisine from Arab locals especially in Turkey, Morocco, Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Israel.


  • 2  lemon juice
  • 3 tsp sesame seeds
  • 300 gm chickpeas
  • 2 chopped garlic cloves
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 1 tsp olive oil (for garnishing)
  • 1 tsp Paprika (for garnishing)
  • Spring parsley (finely chopped for garnishing)


  1. Soak chickpeas for overnight and boil in a deep saucepan until tender.(cooking time : 135 – 140 min)
  2. Reserve the cooking water.
  3. Grind chickpeas in a blender with lemon juice, garlic, salt and sesame seeds.
  4. Add cooking water into the blender and blend the mixture to make a dip of soft creamy consistency.
  5. Garnish with parsley, paprika and olive oil.

 3. Kabsa

Kabsa is a exuberant looking family of dishes made from basmati rice, meat, vegetables, and a unique blend of spices. Kabsa originated from Yemen and is served as a traditional dish in Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Qatar, Jordan and Kuwait. Kabsa can be made in a number of ways, the recipe differs in almost every household!  But as long as it looks grand, you got your kabsa right.


  • 1 kg chicken (cut into pieces)
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 sliced onion
  • 12 oz tomato puree
  • 2 medium chopped tomatoes
  • 4 chopped cloves of garlic
  • 2 grated carrot
  • 1 grated orange
  • 4 cloves
  • 4 Cardamom
  • 3 Cinnamon sticks
  • Pepper and salt to taste
  • 1 kg rice
  • ¼ cup Raisins
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds


  1. Saute 2 medium sliced onion until it begins to brown.
  2. Add chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, chicken pieces and garlic and stir for 5 min over low heat.
  3. Stir in 3 cups of hot water, grated orange, grated carrot, salt, pepper and spice.
  4. Cook over medium heat for about 20-25 min, until chicken is done.
  5. Set aside to keep warm.
  6. Stir rice into the liquid in the pan and cook.
  7. Cover the pan over low heat for about 35-40 min or until liquid is absorbed.
  8. Put rice on a serving platter, with chicken pieces spread all around.
  9. Toss almonds and raisins over and serve.

4. Matchbous

Matchbous is an Arabian cuisine made from spiced lamb, tomato, rice and stew. Matchbous is a classic Khaleji dish. With the very first bite of your Matchbous, you will experience a burst of intriguing taste stemming from intense flavour of cooked rice and lamb. To broaden the spectrum of your taste, you need to give this recipe a try.


  • 2 tsp ghee
  • 1.5 kg lamb shoulder
  • 2 roughly chopped onions
  • 1 tsp Baharat
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 peeled tomatoes
  • ½ tbsp powdered loomi
  • 3 pieces of cassia bark
  • 2 cups of rice
  • ½ cup coriander (chopped)
  • Water (750 ml)
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 6 cardamom pods


  1. Saute the onions in a large pan, over a medium heat, until they turn transparent.
  2. Add turmeric and Baharat and cook until the onions and spices are thoroughly mixed.
  3. Coat the lamb pieces with spices, cook until the lamb browns.
  4. Add salt, tomatoes and the other spices.
  5. Cover the pan and simmer for about 15 min.
  6. Add coriander and water to the pan.
  7. Cover the pan tightly and cook over a low heat for about 2 hours, or until the meat is tender.
  8. Add the rice, bring the pan to the boil. Cook for about 20-25 min over a low heat, until the rice is cooked.
  9. Turn off the heat and remove the cover.
  10. Stir the mixture.
  11. Serve with green salad and yogurt.

 5. Baklava

This rich pastry made with layers of filo and chopped nuts, held together by honey and syrup is bound to satisfy your sweet tooth! This beautiful dish drenched in light syrup is a gift from the old Ottoman Empire to the world. Even in the Middle East it is considered a ‘presentation’ dish and reserved for special occasions because of its expensive ingredients. (But don't worry, feel free to make it at home at impress at dinner parties!)


For the Filling

  • 8 oz finely chopped almonds
  • 4 oz finely chopped walnuts
  • 2 oz caster sugar
  • 2-3 tsp bread crumbs
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp cloves

For the syrup

  • 1 lb sugar
  • 16 fl oz water
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

For the cover

  • 5 oz unsalted butter
  • 12 oz packet filo pastry


  1. Mix all the ingredients under ‘filling’ in a bowl.
  2. Mix all the ingredients under ‘syrup’ together in a saucepan and bring it to boil, with continuous stirring for the sugar to dissolve.
  3. Simmer for 10 min.
  4. Leave it to cool.
  5. Brush a 12 x 10 baking dish with butter.
  6. Brush 10 sheets of filo with melted butter.
  7. Lay the sheets one by one on the dish.
  8. Now, spread the ‘filling’ in the dish.
  9. Now top it off again with further 10 to 12 sheets of filo and brush them with melted butter.
  10. Score the top layers into large diamond shapes with a sharp knife.
  11. Bake in oven (160 C) for about 1 hour or until the top turns golden brown.
  12. Remove from oven and pour the syrup over the top.
  13. Leave it for 5-6 hours to absorb the syrup.
  14. Serve.

6. Shanklish

Shanklish is a type of sheep’s milk or cow’s milk cheese in Arab cuisine, which is made into very small balls. The balls are then covered in za’atar, a typical Arabic herb, and Aleppo pepper. The balls are then stored and dried for a long period before they can be eaten. It has a strong flavor and odor.


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 3 quarts plain yogurt
  • 2 tsp crushed hot pepper
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt
  • Za’atar seasoning for coating


  1. Combine everything in a saucepan except the za’atar.
  2. Stir and boil the mixture until curds separates.
  3. Stain it through a colander, lined with cheese cloth.
  4. Shape the cheese into small balls, when its cool enough to handle.
  5. Dust a palte with za’atar and roll the shanklish in the spice to coat them.
  6. Refrigerate before you serve.

7. Falafel

Our very own recipe! Falafels from Operation Falafel are crunchy balls or fritters of chickpea or other pulses, deep fried until golden brown. They are commonly sandwiched in pita bread with tahini sauce and hummus in pita bread (delicious!) You don't know the true feel of a falafel until you have one for yourself. And we have just the place for you to get started: Operation Falafel, Dubai.


  • 1 chopped onion
  • 16 oz dried chickpeas
  • 2 chopped cloves of garlic
  • 3 tsp chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp flour
  • Salt
  • Oil (for frying)
  • Pepper


  1. Soak dried chickpeas in water for overnight.
  2. Drain chickpeas and place them in fresh water.
  3. Bring to a boil for 5 min.
  4. Let simmer on low for about 1 hour.
  5. Drain water from chickpeas and allow to cool for 15 min.
  6. Combine onion, garlic, flour, chickpeas, cumin, pepper and salt (to taste) in a bowl.
  7. Mash chickpeas and mix the ingredients together.
  8. Form the mixture into small balls (size of a ping pong ball) and then slightly flatten the balls.
  9. Fry at 360 degree in 2 inches of oil, until golden brown.
  10. Serve.

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