My Local Eats: Paris

Welcome to the first edition of My Local Eats, a guest post series in which foodies from around the globe share their favorite local places to eat and drink.

Today’s guest post comes from Edna Zhou, an American sports media journalist who is currently living in Paris. You all may know her from her excellent travel blog, Expat Edna. Edna is a good friend and fellow foodie so please, if she tells you to go to a restaurant and order a certain dish, just do it- she knows exactly what to eat in Paris. Also helpful for finding delicious grub in Paris is her post, 10 under €10: The best places to eat in Paris on a budget.

Without further ado…


Le Nemrod: The classic French brasserie

What to Eat in Paris by Expat Edna

Le Nemrod is where I take every visiting friend and family member to get a proper first taste of Paris. The decor, from the tables to the bar to the indifferent waiters, seems quintessentially Parisian — but more importantly, they serve the best croque madame I’ve found in the city. Ham, tomato, egg and warm melted cheese draped over over a large slice of poilâne bread: welcome to Paris. Can you pass the dijon?


51 Rue du Cherche-Midi, 75006 Metro: Rennes Open every day 7:00 am – 12:00 am


Sapporo: The Asian fix

What to Eat in Paris by Expat Edna

Baguettes and pain au chocolats are all well and good, but I start withering whenever I go too long without Asian food. I have favorite joints for each craving: Vietnamese, Korean, Thai…but when I’m particularly in the mood for Japanese, I get my fix at Sapporo on Rue Saint-Anne (an area also known as Paris’ Little Tokyo). The Japanese curry with kimchi is just what the doctor ordered on a gray and dreary Paris day.


37 Rue Sainte-Anne, 75001 Metro: Pyramides or Palais-Royal–Musée du Louvre Open every day 11:30 am – 10:30 pm


Breizh: Crêpes. Crêpes. More crêpes.

What to Eat in Paris by Expat Edna

If I lived in the Marais, I would be at this little crêperie every day. Breizh serves up galettes, cider, and salted butter caramel all in the Breton style; a meal here is simple yet filling and a party your tastebuds won’t soon forget. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but I’m especially a fan of the artichoke galette followed by a plain salted caramel crêpe — accompanied, of course, by a carafe of their dry artisanal cider.


109 rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Metro: Saint-Sébastien–Froissart Wednesday-Saturday 11:30 – 23:00 Sunday 11:30 – 22:00 Closed Monday and Tuesday

Tuckshop: For a chai and wi-fi

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A new find near Republique, Tuckshop is the latest in a string of Australian coffeeshops in Paris. What makes this one stand out though, is the chai lattes on offer, as well as the typically Aussie “avo on toast” (avocado, that is). Add in their scones with strawberry jam, rustic decor, and space for more than fifteen people to sit, and Tuckshop has quickly become my new favorite café to meet a friend or catch up on some work.


13 Rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010 Metro: Jacques Bonsergent or Republique Monday-Friday 9:00-17:00 Saturday 11:00-19:00


La Pompadour: The neighborhood boulangerie

What to Eat in Paris by Expat Edna

And in the truest sense of “My Local Eats,” La Pompadour is my local boulangerie, where I go a few times a week to pick up a demi-baguette, or the occasional tarte or espresso for breakfast. They were the fourth place finisher in the 2012 Grand Prix de la Baguette, and have the best pain au chocolat I’ve ever had in Paris. Best of all, because it’s out in the 16eme, I’ve never seen a tourist in there. I couldn’t ask for a better boulangerie as my ‘local’.


110 Rue de la Tour, 75016 Metro: Rue de la Pompe Monday-Saturday 6:30 – 20:00 Closed Sunday
Originally from Pennsylvania, Edna got her first taste of expat life at 18 and has been permanently abroad since graduating in 2010. She spent three years working in media and journalism in China and Singapore and has been based in Paris for the past year. When not freelancing in sports media, she’s writing about her travels at Expat Edna. You can also find her on facebook, and on twitter as @ednacz.
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Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley is an American travel blogger and freelance writer who moved to Paris at 21, traveled the world for a year and now lives in Denver. She's usually in pursuit of skiing, languages and perfectly ripe cheese. Her writing has been featured in National Geographic, Viator and Jetstar Australia.
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  1. All these places sound amazing! I’m already looking at train connections to Paris just to be able to eat at one of those restaurants soon. Or, make that all of them. Very delicious post, Edna! Thanks for sharing Ashley!
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    • I’m glad you liked it, and Edna truly does have unfailingly good taste in food! Come to Paris soon and we’ll all catch up over croque monsieurs :).

  2. Oooh, that toasted bread and cheese meal looks delicious. I’m gonna have to try and recreate that!
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    • I actually make croque monsieurs all the time, they’re really easy! I’ll have to put up the recipe soon :)

  3. That croque madame looks TO DIE FOR! The only time I went to Paris, I was just there for a long weekend and I don’t think I fully took advantage of great Parisian cuisine. I think that is a good enough reason to plan a trip back :)

    • There’s so much good food here it’s hard to try it all! I’ve been at it for years and still have so much on my Paris food-related bucket list :)

    • I’m so jealous of you, I am totally craving Asian food! We should clearly switch :)

  4. I loved dining out in French restaurants. They are so cozy and … French. My favourite one is without any doubts Le Nemrod. The classic French brasserie just made me so hungry!
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    • I haven’t been to Le Nemrod but I certainly would like to go!

    • I’m with you on that one! Also good- fried eggs. And really I like them on anything!

    • I would love to! Can’t wait to finally meet in person :)

  5. The Tuckshop looks amazing, just the kind of coffee shop I would love.
    I’m so jealous. The Boulangerie looks great too,,



    • Dear Gamma,
      I am sure you would love the Tuck Shop, you love little cafes where you can relax and read and sip tea (just like me!)
      Love, Ashley

    • Aw thanks Ashley’s grandma!

  6. I’ve been to Paris few times but it’s nice to have an idea for a next trip to this wonderful town. Thank you for your blog, I’m already looking forward to try cafe and your local boulangerie. :)

    • I’m glad you liked the post! Edna did a great job :)

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