The Latin Quarter is one of the city’s most charming and iconic neighborhoods, and you’ll probably end up eating at least one of your meals here. Its streets overflow with restaurants and cafés, so how do you weed out the tourist traps? We’re here to guide you to the tastiest spots that rank as our top places to eat in the Latin Quarter.
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Best places to eat in the Latin Quarter of Paris
Le Méchoui du Prince
€€ | Moroccan Restaurant | Limited Outdoor Seating
You might miss this restaurant’s entrance if you don’t pay attention, but it’s far from a hole in the wall! Le Méchoui du Prince is a family run restaurant that has been serving quality Moroccan food in the Latin Quarter for nearly 50 years now. The owners describe walking inside as an authentic Arabian Nights experience because of their great decor and food.
You’ll find traditional Moroccan fare on the menu, such as tagine and couscous, as well as a selection of North African wines. This is a great alternative to French food while on your trip – Moroccan food is one of the most popular ethnic foods in Paris, and these guys do it right.
Address: 36 rue Monsieur le Prince, 75006 | Tel: +33 1 40 51 88 48
Hours: Mon 7PM – 11PM | Tues – Sun 12PM – 3PM | 7PM – 11PM
Bistro des Augustins
€ | Bistro | Some Outdoor Seating
Surround yourself in an old school Parisian bistro setting and celebrate because you’re about to have some of the best gratin ever. This place specializes in French comfort food, so think of potatoes combined with cream, cheese, bacon or chicken that’s delicious at any time of year. The restaurant is very small and no fuss, with a handful of tables set up outside on the street. Because you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more authentic bistro feel in the city, this is one of our favorite local spots and one of the top places to eat in the Latin Quarter.
Address: 39 Quai des Grands Augustins, 75006 | Tel: +33 1 43 54 04 41
Hours: 10AM – 2AM
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Les Crêpes de Louis-Marie
€ | Crêpe Restaurant | Outdoor Seating | Family-Friendly
If you can’t decide whether you want a savory or sweet crêpe, head to this spot and try both! It’s situated on one of the farther ends of the Latin Quarter but worth the walk, especially since it’s next to Place Monge and the Marché Mouffetard, two great open air markets.
All of the crêpes are made fresh and there’s vegetarian options available, so the menu will appeal to everyone in your travel group. The restaurant is casual and laid back, so it’s also a great choice if you’re traveling with kids. Don’t forget to try some cider while you’re there – the traditional pairing for crêpes!
Address: 1 Rue de l’Arbalète, 75005 Paris, France | Tel: +33 6 48 79 68 57
Hours: Mon – Fri 12PM – 2PM | 7PM – 9PM
€€ | French Restaurant | Family Friendly
Chez Gladines actually has five locations in Paris, but it’s far from being considered a chain. They specialize in Southwestern French food with Basque flair, so expect more dishes with ingredients like duck, peppers, and Basque sauce (a blend of tomatoes, onions, peppers and spices). The restaurant has a relaxed and casual feel to it with generous portions. It’s a great spot to head with kids or a group of travel partners.
Address: 44 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75005 | Tel: +33 146 33 93 88
Hours: Mon – Sun 12PM – 12AM
€€ | Japanese Restaurant | No Outdoor Seating
Kodawari Ramen is hands down one of the best and most authentic ramen restaurants in Paris. Because their noodles and broth are all home made, you can expect fresh flavors every time.
Besides the food, the ambiance is unbeatable. You’ll feel like you’re in a hidden spot in historic Tokyo, with a bustling vibe and the chance to see your food being prepared right in front of you. Be prepared though – since it’s one of the top places to eat in the Latin Quarter, this place is popular! They don’t take reservations, so arrive early or you’ll have to wait in line.
Address: 29 rue Mazarine, 75006 Paris | Tel: +33 9 70 91 12 41
Hours: Mon – Sun 11:30AM – 10PM
Au Petit Suisse
€€ | French Brasserie | Some Outdoor Seating
This is the spot for traditional French bistro food – nothing too fancy, but it’ll hit the spot. The croque monsieurs are always a good choice (a toasted ham and cheese sandwich), and so are their lambchops. Keep an eye out for their specials that change on a daily basis which will be shown to you on a black chalkboard, as they’re always made with what’s fresh from the market.
When the weather is nice, you can enjoy a meal and some wine on their patio, which is directly across the street from the famous Luxembourg Gardens. It doesn’t get much more Parisian than that!
Address: 16 rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris | Tel: +33 1 43 26 03 81
Hours: Mon – Fri 6:30PM – 2AM | Sat – Sun 7:30PM – 2AM
La Tour d’Argent*
€€€€ | Elegant French Restaurant | Michelin Star
Trying to splurge on an extremely fancy dinner in Paris, or wanting an unforgettable night of French cuisine? Look no further than La Tour d’Argent. This Michelin star restaurant is famous for its food and amazing views of Notre Dame (the dining room is on the seventh floor).
A meal here can truly be described as a once in a lifetime experience for many. If you’re able to splurge and are thinking about celebrating a birthday or engagement while in Paris, we encourage you to make a reservation at La Tour d’Argent well in advance.
This is without a doubt the best restaurant on this list in the Latin Quarter. It has a Michelin star and an incredible view. That said, it is also the most expensive. If you can afford it, I would recommend you go!
Address: 17 Quai de la Tournelle, 75005 | Tel: +33 01 43 54 23 31
Hours: Thurs – Sat 12PM – 2PM | 7PM – 9PM Sun | 12PM – 2PM
€€€ | Elegant French Restaurant
La Truffière is dedicated to all things truffle! Their menu is creative and each dish comes with an impressive presentation so you’re left with a work of art on your plate. They also have an incredibly extensive, but certainly not cheap, wine list.
This spot is great for a date night or special evening in Paris, especially if you’re a truffle lover! There are three dining areas located inside, with the most impressive being their vaulted cellar dating from the 17th century. Because it’s not a large restaurant, we recommend calling ahead for reservations.
Address: 4 rue Blainville, 75005 Paris | Tel: +33 1 46 33 29 82
Hours: Tues – Sat 12PM – 1:45PM | 7PM – 10PM
€€ | French Bistro | Limited Outdoor Seating
A stylish yet cozy bistro run by a couple who strive to add a simple but personal touch to their restaurant’s atmosphere. All of the food is made from scratch and the menu changes daily, so while the food options may appear limited, remember that’s only because the chef is offering what’s fresh. This is a creative spot bursting with flavor, so add it to your list!
Address: 34 rue de La Montagne Sainte-Geneviève, 75005 | Tel: +33 1 42 02 87 83
Hours: Tues – Sat 7:30PM – 10:30PM | Wed – Sat 12PM – 2:30PM
€€ | Greek Restaurant | Limited Outdoor Seating
Just a short walk from the famed Panthéon building you’ll find La Crète. This restaurant has managed to remain out of the tourist limelight while being in incredibly close proximity to the charming Place Monge and Place de la Contrescarpe, so it’s a great place to stop and refuel while exploring.
Head in if you’re in the mood for top notch Greek food like grilled skewers, fresh fish and an amazing Greek salad. The decor is cozy and homey, and in the summertime they open up the doors so you feel like you’re eating outside.
Address: 85 rue Mouffetard, 75005 | Tel: +33 1 43 31 30 47
Hours: Mon – Sun 12PM – 2:30PM | 6:15PM – 10:30PM
Le Petit Châtelet
€€ | French Restaurant | Some Outdoor Seating
Don’t judge this place by its outside appearance or close proximity to the Notre Dame Cathedral, because it’s anything but a tourist trap. Le Petit Châtelet has been passed on from father to son for four generations now which is a symbol of these families’ love for their restaurant.
The spot offers a cozy and comfortable place to sit down and has an open fireplace inside where you can watch their meats being grilled (and which will give your dish a delicious smoky flavor). They offer some great 2 course and 3-course menu options as well. This is by far one of my top places to eat at in the Latin Quarter!
Address: 39 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 | Tel: +33 1 46 33 53 40
Hours: Mon – Sun 12PM – 2:30PM | 7PM – 11PM