The Marais is one of the most popular places to visit in Paris and with good reason. The historic district in the heart of Paris is filled with charming streets, alluring squares like the Place des Vosges, wonderful museums like the Musée Carnavalet, art galeries and excellent boutiques. While the area does have a wide range of restaurants, many of these are either below-average cafés or quick cantine-style venues which don’t necessarily provide a welcoming and pleasant setting. To avoid having a bad meal and help you find the perfect restaurant to suit your desires and budget on your next trip, we’ve brought together the top selection of where to eat in the Marais. 

Best Marais Restaurants for Lunch

These venues are also a great option if you’re looking for vegetarian-friendly restaurants in the Marais.

Le Loir dans la Théière

A neighborhood favorite since 1996, Le Loir dans la Théière is a cozy and reasonably priced lunch spot. Decorated in mismatched armchairs, sofas, old posters, and other flea-market finds, the restaurant was inspired by a story in Alice in Wonderland, illustrated on the mural in the second room. I usually choose one of their inventive quiches, but I can also be tempted by their salads and daily specials – all of which are made in-house and using seasonal ingredients. No matter what I pick, I always save room for a piece of their incredible pies and cakes.

Breizh Cafe

Satisfy your hunger while strolling in the Upper Marais at this famous creperie. The word for “Brittany” in the Breton language, where crepes traditionally come from, Breizh Cafe has a few branches around the city, but this is their original venue in Paris. It stands apart from other creperies courtesy of its exceptional-quality ingredients, which are mostly organic. The menu has creative versions of classic buckwheat flour   crepe recipes, like the one I had on my last visit — le Vendangeur, which included Fourme d’Ambert blue cheese, grapes, pine nuts, pine honey, and salad with cider vinaigrette.

Breizh Cafe in the Marais.
Breizh Café, photo by Sammy Royal

Le Used Book Café

Combine some shopping in the Upper Marais with a laid-back lunch at the literary-inspired café of the Merci concept store, Le Used Book Café. Surrounded by shelves packed with 10,000 books, the atmosphere couldn’t be cozier as you enjoy modern lunch time fare from soups and salads to terrines and cheese plates.

The interior of Merci concept store with floor to ceiling book shelves and wooden beams.
Le Used Book Café, photo by Sammy Royal


This modern café Griffon across from the National Archives is the perfect choice for lunch or tea time. It has a playful decor combining design items and flea-market furniture, but if the weather’s nice, I usually prefer to sit on its colorful courtyard terrace which overlooks a tower of the Medieval Philippe-Auguste city wall. The menu has inventive croque-monsieur sandwiches, light bites like vegetarian salads, daily specials, and decadent desserts.

Best Brunch Restaurants in Le Marais

The Used Book Café, included above, has a great breakfast menu so it’s also a good match for brunch. In addition, Griffon, also above, and Big Love, in the Italian section, do brunch on Sundays.


As you might guess by its name Benedict, this all-day breakfast spot specializes in eggs benedict — but with a twist. The menu features different benedicts, topped with ingredients like avocado, pulled pork, truffles, or prepared shakshuka style. Pas de problème if you’re not into eggs, they also have salads, burgers, and seasonal specials.

Benedict Restaurant in the Marais with a black exterior and neon sign.
Benedict restaurant, photo by Sammy Royal


Tucked away on a side street of the North Marais, the organic café Season is great for brunch. It has a selection of breakfast-style dishes, a whole section of decadent pancakes, avocado benedicts and toasts, salads, and other main courses. These all go well with their selection of fresh pressed juices, smoothies, or “super-lattes,” including my favorite — cacao, coconut, and turmeric.

The modern interiors of Season restaurant in the Marais.
Season, photo by Sammy Royal

Best Cheap Restaurants in Le Marais

L’As du Fallafel

A Marais institution since 1979, this is no ordinary falafel shop. L’As du Fallafel shot to stardom after American musician Lenny Kravitz declared it one of his favorite places on the planet. It’s worth the wait for one of their mouthwatering, overflowing falafel sandwiches. They have some tables inside, but I usually take my sandwich to enjoy in the nearby hidden Parc Rosiers-Joseph-Migneret or on one of the benches found around the corner in the little plaza on Rue des Hospitalières Saint-Gervais.

A falafel sandwich topped with tahini at L'As du Falafel in Paris's Marais.
L’As du Falafel, photo by Sammy Royal


If you’re looking for a different street food option in Marais, try this creative Israeli sandwich shop, located a mere few paces from the Rue des Rosiers. Miznon serves up a changing array of pita sandwiches stuffed with roasted eggplant, ratatouille, boeuf bourguignon, or kebab-style lamb. Despite these tempting options, I usually revert to my favorite, “la Blanche,” filled with roasted cauliflower, tahini, tomato salsa, and spring onion.

Miznon restaurant in Le Marais.
Miznon, photo by Sammy Royal

Best French Restaurants in Le Marais

Les Philosophes

Located in the heart of the Marais, this is one of the best places for a classic French cuisine in the Marais. Sitting around classic bistro tables, waiters in black and white deliver well-prepared traditional French food like soupe gratinée à l’oignonboeuf tartarecanard confite, beef bourguignon, mousse au chocolat and tarte tatin. Although the dining room at Les Philosophes is charming, in the warmer months I try to grab a table on its outdoor terrace facing the lovely pedestrian street, Rue du Trésor.

Robert et Louise

Slightly under the radar, this is a local favorite restaurant, serving top-notch classic French dishes. It’s a particularly good option for steak lovers. With wooden beams and photos of its founders, Robert et Louise, the cozy dining room doesn’t look like it’s changed much since the restaurant opened in 1958. It specializes in wood-fired grilled meats, so you’ll find starters like foie gras, various main course options like steak, lamb chops, duck breast, some seafood and vegetarian dishes plus classic desserts like crème brûlée

The stone interior of Robert et Louise and patrons sat at the bar eating steak, roast potatoes and salad.
Robert et Louise

Best Italian Restaurants in Le Marais

Les Vitelloni

For excellent-quality Italian food within a cozy setting in the North Marais, seek out Les Vitelloni. An homage to a Federico Fellini film of the same name, you’ll find movie posters dropping the walls and cool old train benches as seating. I usually start with a mix aperitivo platter, before continuing with their signature dish, “olio, aglio, piccante” (spaghetti with olive oil, garlic, and chili flakes), and finish with the chocolate panna cotta.

A simple spaghetti dish from Les Vitelloni.
Les Vitelloni

Big Love

The Marais outpost of the Big Mamma group of modern Italian restaurants, here you’ll find the same Italian spirit and food as their other restaurants – but 100% vegetarian. Its monthly-changing menu might feature risotto with asparagus cream and lemon-roasted ricotta, truffle pasta, and Neapolitan-style pizzas made in the wood-fired oven with creative toppings, including one with vegan cheese.

Best Modern Restaurants in Le Marais


Located in the new fashionable boutique hotel, Le Grand Mazarin, and featuring eclectic decor, Boubalé is run by Michelin-starred executive chef Assaf Granit. His menu includes modern takes on Ashkenazi cuisine, well-suited for its location near the Marais’s historic Jewish quarter. You can enjoy these delectable dishes in the cozy dining room or the sublime winter garden. Finish off with a cocktail in its stylish cocktail bar or secret underground lounge.

Risotto plated on a colorful flowery plate at Boubalé.

Les Foodies

Tucked away on a small side street north of Hotel de Ville is the stylish contemporary restaurant Les Foodies. A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, chef Davide Galloni prepares a regularly changing menu of dishes blending the flavors of France and his native countries: Thailand and Italy. His creative menu features the likes of pink risotto with beets, scallops, and mussel mousse or grilled octopus with caramelized fennel, marinated tomatoes, chorizo, and Romesco sauce. In the evening they have a range of small plates, however, during the week at lunch, there’s a good-value two-course menu at 25 €.

A close up of a beautifully presented gnocchi vegetarian dish at Les Foodies.
Les Foodies


Hidden in a small courtyard next to busy rue Vieille du Temple is the secret culinary oasis Jaja . The countryside feel of the verdant terrace extends indoors thanks to its glass atrium. No matter where you sit, you’ll be treated to the creative modern bistro cuisine of chef Eduardo Gonzalez which could include green asperges vertes from the Loire Valley, capers, eggs and mustard sauce or a rack of veal from the Basque Country served with potato mousseline and peas. They also have a reasonably-priced lunch menu during the week with two courses for 21 € and three courses for 25 €.

The courtyard seating are of Jaja restaurant in the Marais, with a black frame and wooden floors.
Jaja, photo by Sammy Royal.

Grand Coeur

Nestled in the peaceful courtyard next to the Café de la Gare theatre and Le Centre de Danse du Marais, Grand Coeur is one of my go-to chic eateries in the Marais. The spacious terrace beckons in good weather or enjoy the serene and luminous ambiance of the interior along with delicious creative modern dishes such as fresh summer soup with yellow zucchini and pesto and pressed lamb shoulder with baby carrots and kumquats.

The courtyard terrace of Grand Coeur on a cloudy day.
Grand Coeur


Le Loir dans la Théière, 3 Rue des rosiers, 75004 Paris

Breizh Cafe, 109 rue Vieille du temple, 75003 Paris

Le Used Book Café, 111 boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris

Griffon, 55 rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75004 

Benedict, 19 rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75004 Paris

Season, 1 rue Charles-François Dupuis, 75003 Paris

l’As du Fallafel, 34 rue des rosiers, 75004 Paris

Miznon, 22 rue des Ecouffes, 75004 Paris

Les Philosophes, 28 rue Vieille du Temple, 75004 Paris

Robert et Louise, 64 rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris

Les Foodies, 6-8 square Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie 75004 Paris

Jaja, 3 rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75004 Paris

GrandCoeur, 41 rue du Temple, 75004 Paris


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Lily Heise

Lily Heise has been living in Paris for more than 10 years. When she’s not getting into romantic mischief, she writes on dating, travel, and culture. Her writing has been featured in Frommer’s Guides, the Huffington Post, Conde Nast Traveler, City Secrets, DK Eyewitness Guides, and other local and international publications. She is the author of Je T’Aime, Me Neither, and Je T’Aime… Maybe? lively novelized memoirs on her romantic misadventures, and continues to share dating tips, stories and travel features on her blog


  1. hi hello how are you doing, well done article thanks for sharing with us this useful info I recommend your blog,

  2. Amazing article about Marais, I would love to have a lunch there once in the near future. Greetings

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