Q: Hi Playground — Do you have any recommendations for restaurants in Paris with authentic French cuisine for my foodie daughter? She’s going to Paris with her aunt for her 13th birthday and prefers a spot with great food (and reasonable prices) over a trendy place. They’re staying near the Place Vendome. Thanks! ~ Gretchen G.
A: Hi Gretchen, What a fabulous birthday adventure! You’re daughter is a girl after my own heart (and stomach). Paris is one of my favorite cities; I visit as often as I can, and love to try as many local bistros and brasseries as possible when I’m there.
Here are some authentic French spots for your teen gourmet (that won’t break the bank):
Angelina: Right near Place Vendome, this is the spot for the thickest hot chocolate in Paris and amazing pastries and croissants; since they open at 8am, it’s a great place to start the day with a decadent breakfast.
Laduree: On Rue Royale (also right near Place Vendome), this famed pastry shop serves a patisserie breakfast in a lovely jewel box space — that’s a good way to start the day (and then they can get some of their signature gourmet macarons to snack on later).
Pirouette: — A good option if you want to try modern French cuisine is to come here for a lovely long lunch when the charming restaurant offers a great lunch prix fixe. In the Les Halles neighborhood.
Breizh Cafe — Brittany style sweet crepes and savory galettes, in the Marais.
L’Ardoise — Steps away from Place Vendome, it’s one of my favorite spots for an authentic Parisian meal at a reasonable price. The name means “the blackboard” and the the daily prix fixe menu is written on the board everyday (menu is about 40 E).
L’Relais Entrecôte: If she likes steak, this is a fun spot — they only serve steak and crispy frites, napped with a delicious sauce and a green salad. The profiteroles for dessert are decadent, and there’s a location not far from where she’s staying as well.
L’Ange 20 — Very small, intimate dining space where you can watch the chef cooking. Best sure to get the 20 hour lamb (their speciality) if it’s available. It’s between the Marais and Bastille.
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