Montmartre and environs are known for many things: Sacré-Cœur, Place du Tertre, la Maison Rose, le Moulin Rouge, le mur de je t’aime… But a foodie haven? Not quite. While the neighborhood’s numerous bistros serving traditional French fare often leave much to be desired, there are a number of small restaurants in Montmartre serving excellent international cuisine. If you’re looking for something delicious and different, don’t hesitate to try one of these addresses:
Located on the other side of Sacré-Cœur with a bright yellow facade, La Colline d’Asie is a family-owned restaurant serving Southeast Asian cuisine. Their speciality is bo bun, a bowl of cold rice vermicelli noodles with pork or egg, nems (mini spring rolls), salad, and peanuts. It is light and fresh, the nems crispy and delicious. On the table are a range of garnishes such as soy sauce, sriracha, chilli, and pepper. The menu also offers my favorite Vietnamese soup: pho. The restaurant is always busy and the prices affordable.
21 Rue André del Sarte, 75018 Paris
Just around the corner from La Colline d’Asie, La Porteña – slang for “a woman from Buenos Aires” – is a traiteur-épicerie argentin. This small restaurant serves authentic, homemade, and generously sized empanadas. There are both meat and veggie options, both of which are served with salad and chimichurri sauce. Argentinian beer and wine are available, and takeaway is an option too.
Located near metro Lamarck – Caulaincourt is Bululu Arepera, a small Venezuelan restaurant specializing in arepas. An arepa is a Venezuelan version of a pita bread, made from ground maize (it’s gluten-free!). Having never tried one before, I was pleasantly surprised. Each corn pocket comes with meat, chicken, or plantains and is served with beans, avocado, or cheese. Chips with guasacaca (similar to guacamole), sugar cane or refreshing passionfruit juice, and a range of cocktails are also available.
20 Rue de la Fontaine du But, 75018 Paris
This tiny taqueria just behind Pigalle serves up the best tacos in Paris. I’ve tried almost everything on the menu: The choriqueso makes a great appetizer, the chilaquiles or huevos rancheros the perfect hangover meal (perhaps why they’re only available on Sundays), the sopa if you feel like something a bit “healthier”. They also make a mean hair-of-the-dog cocktail du jour.
5 Rue Duperré, 75009 Paris
If El Nopal does the best tacos in town, then Mr. Burritos easily does the best burritos. Choose your meat: pollo, carne, or chorizo. Or go the vegetarian route with nopalitos cactus. You have a selection of sauces – avocado, mild, and hot – and all burritos include rice, beans, cheese, and salad. You won’t go hungry, that’s for sure. Located on Rue Custine, there is the option to dine en terrasse, which is perfect for warmer days.
26 Rue Custine, 75018 Paris
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