The Louvre Museum is a must for most visitors to Paris, however, as with many heavily touristed sites around the world, the dining options right nearby can be rather bleak. Luckily a mere few blocks away you can have a delicious meal, both casual and sophisticated, at the following restaurants.
Located a short jaunt from the museum just north of the Tuileries Garden, you’ll find the Marché Saint Honoré and the new second branch of this popular restaurant and food shop of the North Marais, opened in July 2018. You can feast on their their daily changing seasonal dishes within its bright and airy interior or its terrace overlooking the little trafficked square. Alternatively, pick up their homemade salads and other meals to go or a selection of high quality French produce, meats and cheeses for a picnic in the park.
Address: 35 Place du Marché Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris
Formerly called Le Saut du Loup, the restaurant of the Musée des Arts Decoratifs, which occupies a wing of the Louvre, received a very stylish makeover and new name in 2016. A great alternative to the over-popular stylish go-to restaurant of the Louvre, Le Café Marly, this chic venue designed by team behind trendy Monsieur Bleu with the added touch of star designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, the sleek interior draws in a fashionable clientele, however, on nice days their large terrace overlooking the Tuileries Garden is the place to be. The menu features beautifully presented French and Italian Riviera cuisine with prices to match.
Address: 107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
A brief stroll north of the Louvre will grant you an exquisite modern lunch at this little sister of acclaimed Verjus, one of Paris’ first neo-bistros run by innovative Americans Braden Perkins and Laura Adrian.
Focused on small plates, at lunch they offer a restrained menu with the choice of a few starters, mains (including their famous buttermilk fried chicken) and desserts, all made with fabulously fresh seasonal ingredients.
Address: 34 Rue de Richelieu, 75001 Paris
Enjoy a casual lunch or ample brunch at this contemporary café next to the Palais Royal. Serving up one of the few brunches available during the week, you can also choose from a handful of organic egg dishes, avocado toast and a a soup, quiche and salad of the day or simply dip in for a great coffee and ham and croissant sandwich to go.
Address: 33 rue Richelieu 75001 Pyramides
We were big fans of renowned American chef Daniel Rose’s innovative restaurant Spring, which he closed in 2017 in favor of returning back to French basics at his two new endeavors, one being this revived classic bistro of the Les Halles district. He had big shoes to fill, those of spunky Adrienne, nicknamed ‘La Vieille’ (the old woman), who’d run the legendary establishment for more than 30 years, however, Rose’s team is proving more than apt at bringing French traditions into the 21st with perfect renditions of the likes of herring and potato salad and blanquette de veau.
Address: 1 rue Bailleul, 75001 Paris
Tucked away on a quiet side street near Place de la Concorde, this is the perfect lunch spot for health-minded art lovers. One of the best casual vegan restaurants in Paris, they serve daily bowls, salads, snacks and shakes throughout the day in their contemporary, eco-friendly dining room or taken to go.
Address: 32 Rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris
- Looking for restaurants elsewhere? Try Passerini or Wen Zhou.
- For the best cafes and restos near Paris’ major attractions, head to The Guardian.
Written by Lily Heise for HiP Paris. All photographs courtesy of Lily Heise except where noted. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, Tuscany, Umbria or Liguria? Check out Haven In.