3rd & 4th Arrondissement Restaurants
Wild & the Moon
55 Rue Charlot, 3rd
&A welcome addition to Paris's growing roster of health-centric restaurants, Wild and the Moon hits that sweet spot of tasty health-conscious food that is actually filling. The menu has been formulated by vegan nutritionists, with over half of it dominated by juices and tonics—adaptogenic coffee chaga shakes, blue algae smoothies, charcoal lattes, and golden mylks. The food centers around hearty, flavorful grain and lentil bowls packed with vegetables and topped with inventive miso-based vinaigrettes. For the traveler seeking a little balance with their crème brûlée, stocking your hotel room with a mini-bar-friendly assortment of the café's raw bars, chia puddings, cold-pressed juices, and zucchini muffins is never a bad call.
Raviolis Chinois Nord-Est Saint-Denis
115 Rue Sant Denis, 4th arr
So successful is the original Raviolis Chinois that it's now opened up a new spot not too far away in Saint-Denis. Again, don't expect much in terms of decor, however, this new location offers a little more dining territory and a longer wine list. In other words, their delicious Beijing jiaozi, of which there are always at least ten varieties, steamed or grilled, are made to be enjoyed in situ.
3 Rue Etienne Marcel, 3rd
The tiled, Belle Epoque interiors are enough to win you over at this small, traditional bistro. Steak frites are their classic go-to, though their seasonal veggie dishes don’t disappoint. An afternoon is also well-spent at their old-fashioned zinc bar with a perfect cocktail or kir royale.
49 Rue Volta, 3rd
You'd walk right by this nondescript sliver of a restaurant if you didn't know it was there. A smattering of oversize gold candlesticks, artfully dilapidated tile walls, perfectly gilded mirrors, slabs of marble, and rickety chairs will make you feel like you're eating in someone's wonderfully loved kitchen. And this kitchen just happens to serve Argentinian steaks accompanied by creamy guacamole, beans and rice, and heaping amounts of side salad.
32 Rue du Vertbois, 3rd
There are two schools of thought regarding L’Ami Louis: one is that it is an overpriced place for tourists and the other is that it is one of the best, most venerable bistros in Paris. We firmly in the school of the latter. It is small and wood-paneled, with an ancient oven and a sick wine list. We’re usually so full by the end that we walk back to the hotel.
6 Rue du Forez, 3rd
The focus here is on California-style organic vegetarian fare: healthy, wheat-free, veggie-centric dishes that don’t skimp on taste. The interior is all wood floors, stone walls, and mix-and-match seating. Come for lunch on weekdays, as dinner can get a little hectic. There's another location in the 10th.
22 Rue des Ecouffes, 4th
This tiny, super casual Tel Aviv transplant, located in the center of the Marais (known for its large concentration of falafel shops), doesn’t offer much in terms of seating other than a small communal table and a few counter seats, but what it lacks in accommodations, it more than makes up for in really good food. (You will most likely want to take your meal to go, anyway.) The menu offers loads of veggie options and is a cross between Israeli street eats and French cuisine: Think beef bourguignon pita with a side of whole-roasted cauliflower, washed down with beer or a glass of Israeli wine. For dessert, try the tarte tatin, also served in pita form.
Rose Bakery (Closed)
30 Rue Debelleyme, 3rd
Focused exclusively on breakfast and lunch (brunch in particular, packs out the house), Rose Bakery is now two Paris locations strong (plus an outpost in London’s Dover Street Market and Tokyo’s Comme des Garçons). Rose Carrarin crafts fresh, locally sourced ingredients into vegetarian-friendly salads and simple sandwiches that are significantly lighter than traditional French bistro fare. And did we mention that it’s a bakery? The bread, puddings, and cakes shouldn’t be skipped—even though Rose Bakery has British roots, the confections here can compete with Paris’s best. There's another location in the 9th.
57 Rue Charlot, 3rd
Rose Bakery alum Kaori Endo’s creative spin on traditional, Japanese bento boxes is a huge hit in Paris—and she has a mini-chainlet of restaurants to prove it. We like the Marais location best, as its bigger than her original spot in the 10th. There’s a grocery and takeaway in the front, and a handful of tables in the back, where you can feast on really beautiful plates of veggies, carefully prepared meat and fish, chirashis, and soup. There is also another location in the 10th.
Sacha Finkelsztajn La Boutique Jaune
27 Rue des Rosiers, 4th
Since 1946, the Finkelsztajn family has been holding down this yellow-fronted deli, which is known citywide for its rugelach, challah, strudels, bagels, and cheesecake. We go for the “Yiddish Sandwich,” which involves red pepper spread, babaganoush and sprats on a perfectly delicate “pletzel”—a soft, onion and poppy seed covered roll.
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