Things to do in Paris: Where to eat near the Louvre

By Doni Belau, Founder of Girls’ Guide to Paris

Of all the things to do in Paris, going to the Louvre is on the top of nearly everyone’s must-do list. I personally tire of it because the place is so huge it can overwhelm which is why I recommend taking THATLou’s Treasure Hunt at the Louvre (what it stands for). Hers is one of the cleverest and most compelling ideas I’ve run across in all my time in Paris and it’s really a must in order to bring the Louvre down to a palatable size.

Cafe Marly
Café Marly, photo credit Girls’ Guide to Paris

Whichever way you enjoy the Louvre, whether you are scavenger hunting or just making a regular visit, after several hours of ingesting culture, you’ll likely be famished. And after all that walking you won’t want to walk far, but at the same time you will NOT want to get stuck in a tourist trap either. Here are my best suggestions for any and every type of meal, drink or snack within 10 minutes of the Louvre. Bon Appétit!

A hearty lunch

In proper Parisian style, sit down for an elegant hot lunch prepared by one of the best chefs in town at La Régalade Saint Honoré but do book ahead for Bruno Doucet’s homemade terrines and fair prices.

ADDRESS for La Régalade: 123, rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris +33 (0) 1 42 21 92 40

It’s Raining

Like often happens in Paris, you are about to exit the Louvre and it’s pouring rain but your tummy is grumbling. Never fear, head back inside and ask for directions to the Richelieu wing. Head to the Café Richelieu, which serves the famous Angelina hot chocolate (and their complete menu). Sit back and sip the rich chocolaty-ness and take a sandwich while you wait out the rain. Just take IM Pei’s escalator (photographed on the THATLou website) up the 1st floor, where you’ll find it opposite the Middle Ages treasures.

ADDRESS: The Louvre, bien sûr!

Fried Chicken at Verjus bar a vin
Fried Chicken at Verjus bar à vin, Photo Credit Girls’ Guide to Paris

Just a Sandwich

Some days I can’t be bothered with a sit down meal for lunch. Why not head over to the scrumptious Verjus bar a vin, which serves wonderful wines by the glass and a fried chicken sandwich to die for, which you can take to go. If it’s sunny why not enjoy it on the Pont des Arts bridge?

ADDRESS for Verjus: 52, rue de Richelieu, 75001 Paris +33 (0)1 42 97 54 40

Brunch

For a quick brunch before heading over to the Louvre or a little cupcake to give you energy after your tour, walk over to Oh Mon Cake on the rue St. Honoré. After fueling up you’ll be ready for some shopping in the neighborhood!

ADDRESS for Oh Mon Cake: 154, rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris +33 (0) 1 42 60 31 84

Just Drinks

They can be rude and very Parisian, but the Café Marly – if you can capture a seat on the terrace – has the best view of the Pyramide at the Louvre in Paris. I do not recommend the food, however, as it is formulaic.

ADDRESS for Café Marly: entrance found from Passage Richelieu, or at 93, rue de Rivoli 75001, tel +33 1 49 26 06 60)

Kunitoraya
Kunitoraya, photo credit: Le Figaro

Sick of French?

Book into this superb Japanese bistro for lunch or dinner. Less than a 10-minute walk and a world away from all the French food you’ve been having, Kunitoraya on rue Villedo serves up delicious udon noodles, sashimi, bento boxes and sushi. The menu is much more affordable for lunch.

ADDRESS for Kunitoraya: 5 rue Villedo 75001 Paris +33 (0)1 47 03 33 65

A Stellar Meal

If you’ve had the foresight to plan ahead, then reserve at least a month in advance for dinner at Spring restaurant. You’ll enjoy a superbly creative meal prepared for you by the now famous American chef who took Paris by storm, Daniel Rose. Prix-fix – no choice menu – with an excellent wine selection.

ADDRESS for Spring Restaurant: 6, rue Bailleul, 75001 Paris +33 (0) 1 45 96 05 72

Le Fumoir
Le Fumoir, ©L’Internaute Magazine, Maxence Boyer

Drinks and a snack

Just behind the Louvre you’ll find a stand-by spot to prendre un verre (take a glass), the ever cozy Le Fumoir, which actually has pretty solid food as well. Happy hours are from 6-8pm when all cocktails are reduced to 7.50

ADDRESS for Le Fumoir: 6, rue de l’Amirale de Coligny 75001, Tel +33 (0)1 42 92 00 24

Doni Belau is the founder of Girls’ Guide to Paris and simply adores writing about her favorite things to do in Paris.