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Last updated on 16th November 2022 by Lena
Are you chasing after fun Restaurants in Paris? Then this post is for you! I put together a list of fun places to eat in Paris. Restaurants with a unique flair, or a fun interior where you can enjoy your meal in a casual atmosphere. Because fine dining is not everything that there is. Not even in Paris.
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Paris is food heaven, that’s for sure! You find tons of amazing restaurants that will guarantee you the ultimate food experience.
But what if sitting down in a fancy restaurant with Eiffel Tower views is not really what you’re looking for? Especially if you’re traveling to Paris with kids or teenagers? I know how frustrating it can be to eat at a great (and pricey!) place but rather than enjoying the food and the wine, you are busy entertaining your kids. Or maybe upscale restaurants are just not your cup of tea.
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And well, many French restaurants do tend to feel a wee bit… stiff. It’s not easy to find fun and easy-going places in Paris where you don’t have to compromise on food.
Read on to know where to find fun restaurants in Paris! Places that even your picky eaters or bored teens will enjoy!
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What are the most quirky and fun restaurants in Paris?
I curated a list of places I love – because you don’t need to be a teenager anyway to like casual and fun places 🙂
This restaurant is specialized in Chinese noodles from the Sichuan region, and it’s my personal discovery of the year. The homemade noodles at TranTranZai come with a different garnish and with or without soup. It’s warm and tangy, fresh and comforting. If you don’t like spicy food, it’s not a problem. For each dish you can choose your level of spiciness, from 0-6. They also have a few other dishes and cater also to vegetarians.
Worth mentioning: is the fun interior, which makes it one of the cool restaurants in Paris. I could eat there every week.
Where is it? They have two restaurants in Paris: on 3 Rue de l’École Polytechnique (near the Panthéon) and at 94 rue Saint-Denis in Châtelet. No reservation needed.
#2 Dernier Bar avant la Fin du Monde
The last bar before the end of the world… This bar is as geeky as it sounds. From Star Wars and Marvel to Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, and Doctor Who. With film quizzes in the restrooms, a cozy common room with free board games to play, requisites from cinema and TV, and of course themed dishes and drinks. Perfect to spend a cool family lunch or afternoon tea, while playing some games. Click here for more info if you are looking for a cool restaurant in Paris.
Where is it? Le Dernier Bar is right in the center of Paris, Metro Châtelet. Close to Notre Dame, Pont Neuf, and the Rue de Rivoli.
#3 Le café des Chats – the Cat Café
It is what it sounds like – a tea house with cats. 11 of them to be precise! Well, the 11 cats are owning the place, and they generously let you hang out to enjoy a cuppa.
Le café des chats is a classic Parisian tea house with a good choice of teas and coffees, and of course cake and pastries. However, they do serve as well classic french brasserie dishes like Croque Monsieur or a salad with goat cheese. If that’s nothing your kid would possibly eat – they do serve burgers as well, even veggie burgers!
Where is it? Metro Bréguet – Sabin or Bastille. The Café des Chats is also close to the Place de Vosges.
#4 La Maison Rose
If you are looking for a cool and trendy restaurant in Paris that is in the Montmartre area, the Maison Rose is the place to be. This very Instagrammable restaurant probably popped up already on your social media feed.
I ate there during the summer, and I was very skeptical. Thinking that it wouldn’t live up to the hype and that I end up lunching in a tourist trap. But Not. At. All. I had a delicious meal, the waiter was very friendly and forthcoming, and the surroundings were just beautiful. I warmly can recommend this place.
Where do you find it? 2 Rue de l’Abreuvoir
#5 La ReCyclerie
One of the most people and environment-friendly eateries in Paris. La ReCyclerie serves foods and drinks but is way more than that: an urban farm, a “repair café”, a place of humanity and conversations, room for exploration, nature, and well-being. For everyone interested in zero waste and sustainability.
Where is it? Metro Porte de Clignancourt, not too far from Montmartre and the Fleamarket at Port de St.Ouen
#6 The Meltdown
Another geeky place in Paris, with a high focus on video games and e-sports. The Meltdown is equipped with several gaming PCs, consoles, and arcade machines that are free to play as long as you are buying a drink or a snack.
Where is it? Metro Ledru-Rollin, close to Bastille
#7 James Bún – Hanoi Street Food
.. and it feels like Hanoi! The place resembles a food stall, including the colorful little plastic stools that are so typical for Southeast Asia, the open kitchen, and of course Bó Bún, Banh Mih, and Phó.
They have 3 restaurants in Paris – click here for more info.
#8 Hard Rock Café Paris
It’s a classic that shouldn’t be missing on the list of where to eat with your teenager in Paris. The Hard Rock Café in Paris is like any other Hard Rock Café in the world, you get exactly what you expect, plus a gift shop. Burgers, pulled pork, apple pies, music, and the exhibition of original items from the music industry. It’s definitely a safe bet!
Where is it? Metro Grands Boulevards or Richelieu-Drouot, close to Opéra Garnier
#9 Hank Burger (vegan!)
Craving burgers but need a vegan option? Head over to Hank Burger in the Marais! Hank Burger is a vegan-only place, with no eggs, and no cheese. Only veggie products. They even have a gluten-free burger, if that’s what you need! They are delicious and one of the most popular vegan addresses in Paris!
Where is it? Metro Rambuteau, close to the Centre Pompidou and the Picasso Museum.
#10 Dans le Noir
The name of the restaurant is “in the darkness”. You need to take the name of this restaurant literally, as you will indeed enjoy your dinner in complete darkness.
It might be a bit creepy, but you get an entirely new perspective on flavor and tastes. Just know that it’s not that cheap and nothing for fuzzy eaters – it’s an organic gastronomic menu. Check here for their menu and prices.
Where is it? Metro Rambuteau, close to the Centre Pompidou and Les Halles.
Cool Paris Restaurants: Mama Shelter, La Felicità and Pizzeria Populare
#11 La Felicità – a cool place to eat in Paris
Craving Italian food in a location that is perfect for showing off on your Instagram account? Head over to La Felicità!
La Felicità is basically made for being captured. It’s a spacious Italian indoor food market in an old train station. You get delicious Pizza and amazing Italian salads. Pasta and pastry.. and the coffee! The decoration is spectacular – it’s full of plants, carpets, and plenty of seating areas, and did I mention that they have 2 full-size train wagons?
Felicità is also a good place to sit down, log in to their Wi-Fi, and get some work done.
Where is it? Metro Chevaleret or Bibliothèque Francois Mitterrand, not too far from Jardin des Plantes and Bercy.
#12 Mama Shelter
One of the best restaurants in Paris with kids
Mama Shelter at Porte de Versailles is one of my favorite restaurants when eating out with my family or a bigger group. They have a more classic restaurant on the first floor and a wonderful Italian Pizzeria on the rooftop. It’s a very spacious restaurant and there is enough space for a stroller.
For me, it’s one of the best family restaurants in Paris. Already due to the space, but it’s a rather busy place and no one bothers if the kids are not 100% silent. There is even a little table football and it’s a families favorite, especially on weekends.
Did I mention that you get one of the best Pizzas in Paris here? Not surprising, though, as it belongs to the Mama group. The run also the Felicitá and the Pizzeria Populare, to name a few.
Nice Extra: you have a nice view of the Eiffel Tower from there! It’s one of the best casual restaurants in Paris, so you certainly need to make a reservation.
Where is it: 20 Av. de la Porte de la Plaine
#13 Baguett‘s Café
If you are looking for a charming brunch spot and trendy restaurants in Paris, head to the Baguett’s Café . It’s one of these cozy Instagram places that serve avocado toast and chai latte’s, and that you find everywhere these days. But that are also excellent and serve insanely yummy food.
The Baguett’s Café is right by the Louvre and the Palais Royal, so a good place to build up some strength before heading to some of Paris’ most famous sights.
I tried a few dishes in this café, but the pancakes with bacon and egg were by far the best ones. Just thinking about it makes me want to go back.
They don’t take reservations, and you might need to queue a bit, but it usually goes rather quickly.
Where is it? 33 Rue de Richelieu
#4 Gossima Ping Pong Bar
That bar is one of a kind. Have some food, a drink – with or without alcohol, well.. and a ping pong match! The Gossima Ping Pong Bar opens already at 4 pm, and you can stay easily away from the nightlife scene.. if you want to! It’s certainly a fun way to end a sightseeing day in Paris!
So there you have it, our list of the 14 fun and trendy restaurants in Paris. If you’re looking for a fun and relaxed evening out with friends or want to take the family somewhere special, any of these places will fit the bill nicely.
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