Whenever I take people to Montmartre, they always say to me “this is exactly what I thought Paris would look like.” It’s narrow winding streets, stairs, and classic façades are endlessly charming and there is always a new thing to see or stumble upon. Montmartre is a neighborhood that is constantly evolving and changing while remaining the classic Parisian quarter that it has always been. This explains why it is one of the most frequently visited neighborhoods in Paris. But don’t get caught out as a tourist by eating in one of the insanely touristy restaurants, here is a list of 5 of my favorite restaurants that will have you eating like a local.
This is a classic restaurant that I always take visiting guests to. It translates to ‘Father Theirry’s garden’; it’s teeny tiny and located on Rue des Trois Frères. Recently, it has become pretty popular with tourists as it was rated number 1 on Yelp, so they have their menus translated in English and the staff usually speak English as well. They have a small menu, but the items on it are incredible and won’t break the bank. The house specialty is their starter; oeuf cocotte with foie gras, and for mains they have duck, lamb, beef and can even make you a vegetarian option. Finally, their desserts are fabulous, trust me, get le Chocoblanc de Gabriel if you like white chocolate. Call ahead and make sure you reserve, as there is limited seating.
Le Petit Moulin is a secret gem, tucked away on Rue Tholoze. The staff are extremely friendly and knowledgable and the owner loves to chat with his patrons. They serve cheese and charcuterie plates and have an extensive wine and beer list for extremely reasonable prices. Drop in for a quick drink before dinner reservations or pass your evening here, either way, it’s a good call. If you make a reservation via la Fourchette or Trip Advisor, they often have a special running making it even more affordable. Win!
I’ve previously mentioned my love for the Hardware Société (you can read that blog post here ) but I thought it was worth mentioning again. They have the best brunch (and lunch) and are just a stone’s throw from Sacré Coeur so you can pop in to eat before or after getting your tourist on. They’ve got good food, good coffee and a great atmosphere. What more do you need?
Located in a traditionally ‘un-touristy’ part of Montmartre, Toloache is Franco-Mexican fusion. Yes. You read that right. They’ve got tacos, burritos, tortas and quesadillas with a blend of incredible ingredients from both cuisines: duck, shrimp, beef, nopal, red beans, chardonnay, Emmental, garlic, and more…. Honestly? It’s all great. They’ve got great guac and margaritas but they have an even better aesthetic. It’s got a classic cool-kid vibe that doesn’t try too hard.
I almost didn’t want to share Les Loups de la Butte with you…that’s how good it is. I wanted to keep the secret all to myself and the other locals that frequent it, but I can’t! With seasonal products and a menu that changes frequently as a result, you can’t go wrong eating here. They have cocktails, wines and beers that pair well with everything on their menu. Sit on the unassuming terrace during the day or cozy up in their homey interior in the evenings. You know you’re in the right place when it’s full of smiling Parisians.