Heading to Paris and want to try something that is truly extraordinary? The food in Paris is already incredible, but why not try some especially unique restaurants. Here are the 9 most unique and extraordinary dining experiences in Paris!
Pro Travel Tip: Looking to enjoy the best food in Paris? We recommend joining our Le Marais Food Tour to enjoy some local delicacies, including falafel, oysters and champagne. Also, check out our article on the top things to do while in Paris!
Not Your Typical Restaurants in Paris
While we all love traditional French bistros, sometimes we need to spice things up. This list was made for those who are always on the lookout for the next cool thing, who dare to go against the grain, and who want to have interesting stories to tell when they get back home. Read on to discover nine unique restaurants to try in Paris.
Dans le Noir?
€€€ | Dining in the Dark
“Dans le noir” translates to “in the dark”, which perfectly describes the main idea of this restaurant. Diners here will literally eat in the dark, unable to see anything they’re tasting. This is an incredible sensory experience, as your senses of taste and smell are heightened once your sense of sight is taken away. Waiters are present to guide you to tables and make sure everything goes smoothly, but we’re not joking when we say you’ll be eating in a pitch dark room.
As far as food goes, eighty percent of their ingredients are certified organic, and the chef cares about making sustainable choices. While the food is good here, the emphasis is really on the dining in the dark experience, so don’t expect Michelin quality cuisine. This is one of our favorite unique restaurant experiences in Paris!
Address: 51 Rue Quincampoix, 75004 Paris | Tel: +33 1 42 77 98 04
Hours: Sun – Fri 7:30PM – 9:45PM | Sat 6:30PM – 10:30PM
€€€ | Dinner by Bus Tour
We know what you’re thinking, but trust us – this experience is much cooler than it might sound! On Bus Toqué, you’ll be served a five-course French dinner while being driven around Paris in a fancy tour bus, complete with an audio guide and all. While you will obviously be dining with mostly tourists, the experience is unique and very fun.
They have a variety of options, but if you purchase their ‘Paris by Night’ dinner, the pick-up location is right on the Champs-Elysées, making this a potentially great way to end your afternoon of strolling around the Arc de Triomphe.
Address: 67, avenue des Champs Elysées 75008 Paris | Tel:+33 6 21 40 20 41
Hours: ‘Paris by Night’ dinner 8:30PM – 10:30PM
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Sur Un Arbre Perché
€€€ | Dinner with a Swing and a Massage
Have you ever thought about starting your meal with a massage? It’s possible at this cozy restaurant. Sur Un Arbre Perché offers shiatsu massages before your lunch or dinner, done in a separate room in the restaurant, which are incredibly relaxing and actually a fun way to start out your meal.
In addition, you can request to be seated at a table with swings instead of chairs. This unusual seating arrangement is a fun idea for couples or groups of friends traveling together who are looking for something different.
Address: 1 Rue du 4 septembre, 75002 Paris | Tel: +33 1 42 96 97 01
Hours: Mon – Fri 12PM – 2:30PM | 7:30PM – 12AM | Sat 7:30PM – 12:30AM | Sun 12PM – 4PM
€€ | Biggest Restaurant in Europe
This Italian spot is located in Station F, the world’s largest startup campus. More than 1,000 startups call this place home, and in the middle of it all there’s a collection of eclectic restaurants waiting to be tried. La Felicità is part of the infamous Big Mamma group which serves unbeatable Neapolitan pizzas and pastas at affordable prices. The entire space takes up over 48,000 square feet, making it the biggest restaurant space in Europe with eight kitchens and three bars (cocktails and a biergarten area). On Friday and Saturday nights they usually feature live music, and there’s a cool zone featuring games like foosball and pinball machines. If you’re looking to hang out with a hip and young crowd in an eclectic space with amazing pizza, this is your spot.
Address: 5 Rue Eugène Freyssinet, 75013 Paris
Hours: Every Day 11:45AM – 11:30PM
Nos Ancêtres les Gaulois
€€ | Medieval Theme
Those who want to experience what it was like in the olden days will love this next spot, a medieval themed eatery on the city’s Ile Saint Louis island. The restaurant has a very entertaining ambiance, with waiters dressed in costume, singing and even ax throwing. While some of the acts can be a bit corny, this is great fun for anyone willing to let lose and enjoy the awesome medieval vibe. The food is solidly good, and the menu features all you can eat appetizers and unlimited wine refills.
This is a large restaurant which seats up to three hundred clients. It’s one of the best choices on our list if you’re traveling with a bigger group or as a family – kids will love it!
Address: 39 Rue Saint-Louis en l’Île, 75004 Paris | Tel: +33 1 46 33 66 07
Hours: Every Day12PM – 3PM | 7PM – 12AM
Le Wagon Bleu
€€ | Dining On The Orient Express
Le Wagon Bleu is a restaurant set in a refurbished 1925 Orient Express train carriage. This is definitely an intimate space and makes a great date night spot while on vacation. The dark blue upholstery mixed with the rich wood surroundings give an old school, elegant vibe that manages to not feel stuffy. On Friday and Saturday nights, Le Wagon Bleu becomes a dance space and small club.
The food here is also a bit unique. Le Wagon Bleu serves Corsican food (Corsica is a French island), which is not always easy to find, even in France. This means you’ll see lots of seafood but also Italian influences and meats on the menu. They also offer over forty different Corsican wines.
Address: 7 Rue Boursault, 75017 Paris, France | Tel: +33 1 45 22 35 25
Hours: Mon – Fri 5:30PM – 12:30AM | Sat – Sun 12PM – 12:30AM
Le Café des Chats
€€ | Cat Café
Missing your pets while on vacation? Or maybe you just love cats? Come to Paris’s one and only cat café located in the city’s hipster neighborhood. Inside you’ll find multiple cats napping, playing or roaming around the café next to your table. They have even been known to hop on a few tables if you’ll let them.
Besides the cats, the café has an antique vibe to it, with lots of furniture and books sprawled around. True to its name, Le Café des Chats is more a café than a restaurant, so we recommend coming here for light meals or a coffee.
Address: 9 Rue Sedaine, 75011 Paris
Hours: Sun, Tues – Thurs 12PM – 10:30PM | Fri – Sat 12PM – 11PM
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Le Jules Verne
€€€ | 1 Michelin Star | Eating on Top of the Eiffel Tower
What’s more unique than eating in a restaurant on the Eiffel Tower? If you can get a reservation at Le Jules Verne, which is not easy, this is the ultimate dining experience. Le Jules Verne is a one Michelin Star restaurant located on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. With panoramic views and great food, this is one of our favorite unique restaurants in Paris.
Read our article on making a reservation at Le Jules Verne and other Eiffel Tower restaurants to book your spot.
Address: Eiffel Tower | +33 8 92 70 12 39
Hours: Every Day 9:30AM – 10:30PM
Coco de Mer
€€ | Dine With Your Feet in the Sand
Sometimes you need a bit of relaxation after walking around a big city all day. At Coco de Mer, the owners have designed the restaurant to make you feel like you’re eating in the Seychelles. Underneath all of the dining tables is a floor of sand you can literally sink your feet into, complete with pictures of tropical fish lining the walls. The food is also inspired by Seychelles cuisine, with options like beef curry, garlic prawns, and coconut cake for dessert to tempt your taste buds. If you’re a traveler who loves tropical vibes, this is a fun restaurant to try while in town.
Address: 34 Bd Saint-Marcel, 75005 Paris | Tel: +33 6 20 26 77 67
Hours: Mon 6:30PM – 12AM | Tues – Sat 12PM – 2:30PM | 6PM – 12AM