Just finished visiting the Louvre and your hunger has snuck up on you? We get it – we’ve organized and run thousands of Louvre tour and we they definitely leave you hungry. Not to worry, our local foodie Erica has carved out this list of the best restaurants and places to eat near the Louvre in Paris.
We’ve vetted and tested everything from French, Israeli, French-American, pizza, restaurants on the Seine, and even a supermarket!
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14 Unique Restaurants to Eat Near the Louvre
Eating Near the Louvre Tips:
1, Many restaurants are closed one to two days per week near the Louvre.
2, Always make an RSVP or call ahead.
3, There are some cool restaurants in the area that are also expensive. If you are looking for something cheap to eat you should check out Franprix. If you want sit-down but not so expensive you should check out Ripaille. Both are listed below. Enjoy!
€€ | French | Outdoor Seating on the Seine! | Family Friendly
If you’re looking for a place to relax and have a cold beer or glass of wine with a great view, then this is the place to be. Be aware, this place is best for outdoor seating. The structure is basically a shipping container that is well decorated but still cool inside. I would probably eat inside.
They even have an app that allows you to order from the table and sends you a message when your drink is ready at the bar. For those who don’t speak French well, this app ensures you get exactly what you want without the stress.
Maison Maison is perfect for quick bites to eat or lounging afternoons with a drink. The restaurant portion is only open on weekends, but the bar, with its doors opening right on to the banks of the Seine is always a perfect pit-stop. They have really cool small dishes and tons of outdoor seating. Check out the pics.
Address: 16 Quai du Louvre, Paris
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 12 p.m. – 11:30 p.m., Monday: 3 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
La Regalade Saint-Honoré
€€€ | French | Upscale
Make an RSVP at a place like Le Regalade, you are in for a treat. You will be sitting wall to wall with other people, feasting on duck hearts with oyster mushrooms or hachis parmentier, “shepherd’s pie” made with rabbit in lieu of ground beef. And then, you too will be in foodie heaven.
Address: 106 Rue Saint-Honoré | Tel: +33 1 42 21 92 40
Hours: 12:15 – 2:30 PM & 7:15 – 10 PM (9:30 PM Sundays)
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€€€ | Israeli Contemporary | Chic
Super charming restaurant serving fresh ingredients and seasonal dishes. It can get a bit loud, but it’s never a dull moment inside. We recommend starting with deconstructed kebabs or the spicy tuna tartare with fennel, cilantro, capers and pistachios. Next, sea bream black pasta, and for a fun dessert, try the deconstructed snickers bar. Afterwards, head to the bar downstairs for a couple of cocktails and music!
Address: 9 Rue d’Alger, Paris
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 7 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | 7 p.m. – 11:30 p.m
Le Grand Vefour
€€€€ | French Upscale | Of Historic Importance
Napoleon and Josephine used to eat here. That’s how far back this restaurant goes. And the magnificent décor confirms that. You’ll feel like Napoleon and Josephine (as long as you made a reservation) or Victor Hugo or Collette (who ate here regularly, too) as you approach your table. Some never stop talking about the fresh fish, others will go on and on about the cheese selection while others still will be telling their grandkids about the desserts. The experience of eating at Le Grand Vefour is seemingly everlasting. Like eating a great meal in an Oscar-winning movie.
Address: 17 Rue de Beaujolais | Tel: +33 1 42 96 56 27
Hours: Mon – Fri 12:30 – 2 PM | 8 – 10 PM
Le Louvre Ripaille
€€ | French Bar & Restaurant | Outdoor Seating | Family Friendly
This is a very typical little Parisian style restaurant very close to the Louvre. They serve heavy French dishes as well as lighter appetizers. It’s very good and also the best sit-down value in the area. If you don’t want to break the bank sitting Palais Royal then this is a great option to fill the stomach with a good meal and move on.
Address: 1 Rue Perrault, Paris
Hours: 12:30 – 2:30 | pm 7 – 10 pm Closed Sunday)
Restaurant Du Palais Royal
€€€€ | Michelin Star | Outdoor Seating
Looking for a fancy meal in an upscale French setting that makes you feel like royalty? The tasting menu paired with wine is a popular favorite, along with the “amuse-bouche” and the octopus. Indeed, your wallet will be lighter, but your memories heavier with one more beautiful experience in Paris.
Address: 110 Galerie de Valois |Tel: +33 1 40 20 00 27 |
Hours: Tues – Sat 12- 2 PM | 7 – 10 PM
€€€ | Super Chic | Great Value
If you’re willing to walk 10 minutes (or hop on a 5 minute uber), it is very much worth eating at Les Foodies. This fusion restaurant demonstrates the creativity you just saw in the Louvre, blending eastern cultures, while still keeping it French.
The prices are beyond reasonable. 21 Euros for the lunch menu (entrée, plat, and dessert). Not overpriced, not snobby, just really, really good food. The menu fluctuates based on fresh ingredients, but you will meet delights such as the smoked salmon croissant sandwich, crab ravioli or dried tomato gazpacho.
None of these encounters will disappoint you. This is culinary art at its finest, the ultimate pairing to the Louvre.
Address: 6-8 Square Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie Tel: +33 9 82 42 73 09
€€ | French-American | Local Favorite
Ellsworth is a go-to for French twists on American classic cuisine. Make a reservation before going for either lunch or dinner because this restaurant is almost always packed with a line out the door. Definitely start with the white asparagus and raw cream with truffles to segue into the amazing homemade fried chicken.
Address: 34 Rue de Richelieu, Paris, France
Hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. | 7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
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€ | Supermarket | Take Away
Whether you’re on a tight budget (the French just call it “on a budget”), or you just want to grab a quick snack and dart back to look at the Mona Lisa again, or you want to do what many French people do during lunchtime, a visit to Franprix might just be your thing. There is one about two minutes from Louvre.
Pick up carrot rappee (sliced carrots in vinegar), a President cheese (a round of cheese), a package of mini saucisson sec (dry salami), and even a small bottle of chilled wine or beer. There is no shame in spending under 5 euros to eat lunch, almost every local does it.
Hours: Mon – Sat 8 AM – 10 PM Sun 10 AM – 1 PM
Le Vin de Bellechasse
€€ | French Bistro | Family Friendly
Just on the other river bank sits Le Vin de Bellechasse, a classic French bistro serving up delicious plates by lovely staff. We recommend going for lunch as they do a 19 euro lunch meal that includes an entrée of the day OR dessert of the day + plate of the day + glass of wine or coffee. Regardless, the fries are a must. Our fave is the cod, which comes with vegetable purée and mashed potatoes. Get the cheesecake for dessert.
Address: 20 Rue de Bellechasse, Paris, France
Hours: Tues – Saturday 12 – 3:30 pm | 7 – 10 pm
€€ | Pizza | Eat-in or Takeout | Family Friendly
Iovine’s is the best pizza joint in Paris serving a wide variety of classics and specialized big pizza pies. If you’re in a rush, they also deliver and allow takeout. Why not grab a pizza and bring it down to the Tuileries garden just in front of the Louvre for a bite to eat?
Hours: Noon – 3 PM | 7 – 11 PM
€€€€ | Upscale Café | Connected to Louvre | Outdoor Seating
This restaurant has one great advantage above all the other restaurants in Paris for your particular situation – it’s located in the Louvre. If you’re anywhere near the Glass Pyramid and you see seats, you’re probably looking directly Café Marly. Let’s say you’re not in the mood for another event, food-wise you’re just looking for something to get you by, or let’s face it, you just can’t walk anymore. If so, Café Marly may be your place.
A simple croque monsieur or Madame (same thing but with an egg on it) with a glass of wine will do. Or perhaps, an Irish Coffee. The view is formidable. You’ll see many people snapping pictures while you sit peacefully with your food and drink, resting your sore legs. While you won’t write home about what you ate, you will be hard-pressed to forget what you saw. There is no restaurant in Paris that quite has this view.
Address: 93 Rue de Rivoli | Tel: +33 1 49 26 06 60
Hours: 8 AM – 2 AM
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€€€ | Japenese
The Louvre happens to neighbour Little Tokyo. If you’re into Japanese food, you can’t really go wrong on Rue de St.Anne.Sometimes, a steaming soup with noodles is best sipped quietly as you ponder on the great artwork you just saw. Whether Shoyu or Chasu is your choice adjective, your stomach will thank you for filling it with pork broth (and pork slices). These places don’t RSVP, but that means they have lines, sometimes going around the block. If you’re going there during lunch or dinner, be there early or plan on waiting 10-15 minutes. But being so close to the Louvre, you have the advantage of getting there before anyone.
Address: 31 Rue des Petits Champs |Tel: +33 1 42 86 03 83
Hours: 10:30 AM – 10 PM Closed Tuesday
€ | Breakfast | Café
An espresso shop that is a favorite of locals in Paris is right behind the Louvre in Little Tokyo. If you love great coffee, the black joy they serve here is one of the best (on Earth, not just in Paris). They also have cookies, gateaux, and all that, and for some people, that’s all they’re looking for in their pit stop to refuel for the Louvre. And for that group, you could not be in a better place for great coffee.
Address: 5 Rue Villédo |Tel: +33 1 42 61 33 14
Hours: Mon – Fri 8:30 AM – 5 PM
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