17 Best Restaurants in Around the Louvre, Paris


$ | Louvre Fodor's choice

Founded in 1903 and patronized by literary luminaries like Marcel Proust and Gertrude Stein, Angelina is famous for its chocolat "l'Africain"—an ultra-rich hot chocolate topped with whipped cream. The beautiful chestnut "Mont Blanc" pastry is the ideal accompaniment. Book well in advance online to avoid being disappointed.


$$$ | Louvre Fodor's choice

A favorite with the French and expats alike, this neighborhood bistro blends great dining with an inspired wine list and a handy location a stone's throw from the Louvre. Exquisite French ingredients are given an inspired, often slightly lighter, makeover by Chef Romain Roudeau, although hearty house-made terrines and foie gras as well as slow-cooked meat and game are frequently featured on the eclectic menu.

47 rue de Richelieu, Paris, 75001, France
Known For
  • great cheese selection from Neal's Yard and neighboring Madame Hisada
  • phenomenal wine selection on-site and takeaway
  • small space, so best to reserve in advance
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon., Reservations essential

La Régalade Saint-Honoré

$$$ | Louvre Fodor's choice

After taking over the original La Régalade, chef Bruno Doucet kept some of what made the old restaurant so popular (country terrines, reasonably priced wines, convivial atmosphere), but he also had a few tricks under his toque, notably creating a successful haute-cuisine-meets-comfort-food destination. With a good quality-to-price ratio, this chic bistro has evolved into a staple of the neighborhood.

123 rue St-Honoré, Paris, 75001, France
Known For
  • contemporary iterations of French bistro classics like escargots or beef bourguignon
  • comfort-food desserts like rice pudding or soufflé
  • good-value prix-fixe menu for lunch and dinner
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon., Reservations essential

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Le Grand Véfour

$$$$ | Louvre Fodor's choice

One of the area's most historic (and romantic) spots has welcomed everyone from Napoléon to Colette to Jean Cocteau beneath its mirrored ceiling and is still a contender for the most beautiful restaurant in Paris. This once-Michelin-starred spot has made a few changes of late, transitioning to an all-day menu of far more reasonable (but still delicious) fare.

17 rue de Beaujolais, Paris, 75001, France
Known For
  • gorgeous outdoor terrace overlooking the Palais Royal gardens
  • sumptuous historic decor dating from the 18th century
  • prix-fixe menu including an ever-changing plat du jour
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.


$$$$ | Champs-Élysées Fodor's choice

Two-Michelin-star chef Jean-François Piège is inspired by the Mediterranean Sea in this romantic dining room, the former stables of the mansion-turned-museum that is the Hôtel de la Marine. Floor-to-ceiling mirrors add grandeur to the soaring space, where a wood-fired oven turns out delicacies from land and sea. In warmer weather, guests can start with a cocktail at the celestial azure-blue bar, then dine by candlelight in the mansion's courtyard.

Restaurant du Palais-Royal

$$$$ | Louvre Fodor's choice

This stylish restaurant serves stunning gourmet cuisine to match its gorgeous location under the arcades of the Palais-Royal. Philip Chronopoulos's Michelin-starred menu often revolves around exquisite seafood, but there are also lovely meat-based options. Book in advance, especially in summer, when the terrace tables are greatly coveted.

110 Galerie Valois, Paris, 75001, France
Known For
  • mainly Mediterranean-accented choices
  • nostalgic amuse bouches from a young Greek chef
  • baba au rhum that evolves with the seasons
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed weekends. No lunch Mon., Reservations essential

A l'Epi d'Or

$$$ | Louvre

Jean-François Piège has breathed new life into A l'Epi d'Or, harking back to the '20s, when Paris was filled with delightful classic bistros. The allure of the old-fashioned zinc bar, tiled floor, and dark wood tables invites you in; the mastery of authentic French cuisine—such as duck confit with potatoes, house-made sausage, or veal blanquette—begs you to stay.

25 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Paris, 75001, France
Known For
  • simple and straightforward prix-fixe menu with a handful of à la carte options
  • daily comfort-food specials
  • homey, traditional dining room
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed weekends

Au Rocher de Cancale

$$ | Louvre

As its impressive facade attests, this café has a special history. It opened in 1846, when Balzac was a regular, and Rue Montorgueil was the place to buy oysters, though these days, the menu is more modern with salads, burgers, and brunch options, as well as a handful of classics like escargots and French onion soup.

78 rue Montorgueil, Paris, 75002, France
Known For
  • all-day service from 8 am to 2 am
  • sidewalk café with views over the bustling Rue Montorgueil
  • lovely dining room with panels showing scenes of 18th-century life

Bistrot Vivienne

$$ | Louvre

Set in the Galerie Vivienne, Paris's loveliest covered passage, this charmingly authentic 19th-century bistro feels both cozy and welcoming, and the food and drink are well above average. With all-day hours as well as a double terrace either inside Galerie Vivienne or on a picturesque street a few steps from the Palais Royal gardens, this is a satisfying spot for a quick coffee or glass of wine, a snack, or a full meal.

Café Kitsuné

$ | Louvre

This Japanese-inspired mini-chain of coffeehouses is the place to be seen during Paris Fashion Week. There are four locations in Paris: one at 208 rue de Rivoli, one at 2 place André Malraux with a full restaurant menu, one at 30 rue du Vertbois that also serves as a roastery, and this one—the original and persistent favorite, thanks in large part to the views over the Palais Royal gardens.

51 galerie Montpensier, Paris, 75001, France
Known For
  • branded apparel and coffee mugs
  • iced matcha lattes perfect for cooling down in summer
  • tasty cakes like shortbread, brownies, and babka including gluten-free options


$$$$ | Louvre

This spot is on Ina Garten's must-visit list in Paris, and it's not hard to see why. The succinct menu of seasonal cuisine is fresh and light, served in a simple dining room with lovely decor including wooden windowpanes and white marble tables.

34 rue de Richelieu, Paris, 75001, France
Known For
  • slight American accents on a contemporary French menu
  • delicious plant-based options
  • Paris's best fried chicken
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.–Tues. No lunch


$$$ | Louvre

Despite the chic, updated decor, this tiny, reliable bistro hasn't sacrificed substance for style. The servers are friendly, the wine list is small but well curated, and the dining is first-rate, with a three-course dinner menu (you can order à la carte, but it's less of a bargain) of original dishes marrying terroir-driven ingredients like Charolais beef, foie gras from the Landes, and organic eggs with contemporary touches and pretty plating.

28 rue du Mont Thabor, Paris, 75001, France
Known For
  • good-value prix-fixe menus
  • ever-changing traditional fare with contemporary twists
  • can be noisy and crowded due to its popularity
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed weekends, Reservations essential

La Dame de Pic

$$$$ | Louvre

This Michelin-starred establishment from Anne-Sophie Pic features a Provençal-accented menu of specialties from the chef's native Valence, with produce-driven dishes and Southern cheeses. The dining room leans into the chef's feminine side, with pale pink accenting the cozy space otherwise decked out in leather and wood.

20 rue du Louvre, Paris, 75001, France
Known For
  • open Sunday and Monday, when many other top establishments are closed
  • four-, five-, and seven-course prix-fixe menus with wine pairings
  • steps from the Louvre

La Poule au Pot

$$$$ | Louvre

When Jean-François Piège took over this restaurant overlooking the former Les Halles market, he gave it a much-needed makeover while also retaining its vintage appeal. Slide into one of the red leather banquettes and peruse the menu of exquisite upscale bistro classics hailing from the height of bourgeois bistro fare (the 19th century through the 1950s) with prices to match.

9 rue Vauvilliers, Paris, 75001, France
Known For
  • superb French classics, like frogs' legs and French onion soup
  • namesake "poule au pot"—stewed hen made from a recipe dating to 1935
  • house-made tarts for dessert
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.

Le Fumoir

$$$$ | Louvre

Equal parts café, bar, and restaurant, Le Fumoir is a timelessly popular place to sip coffee and read the paper or enjoy an after-dinner drink. Reservations are recommended for the prix-fixe dinner as well as for the copious Sunday brunch from Chef Henrik Andersson.

Maison Kayser

$ | Louvre

Once you're done with the Louvre, this little sandwich stand adjacent to the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel is probably the closest spot to snag something to restore you. Classic French sandwiches like ham-and-butter or tuna salad are served on fluffy baguettes reminiscent of ciabatta. They're joined by quiches, a handful of salads, and desserts.


$$ | Louvre

There's no shortage of Japanese restaurants around the Louvre, but this one is a cut above much of the competition. The menu has something for every palate, from warming donburi to sushi and sashimi. The black-and-white space is refreshingly bright and modern, and you can perch at one of the counters for a quick bite or settle in at a table. A no-reservations policy at lunchtime means you've got as good a chance as anyone at snagging a seat.