Every traveller to Paris arrives with one thing on their mind: French food.
The croissant aux amandes, the chocolat chaud, the crôques–and that’s just breakfast. The must-try list is a mile long, including butter-filled classic dishes like soufflé, soupe a l’oignan, boef bourgignon, steak tartare, canard a l’orange…so little time and so much to eat!
With all this pressure to make the most–culinarily speaking–of the trip, it should come as no surprise when you hit a wall and yearn for something different. Luckily, chefs come to Paris from all around the world to earn their chops. They stay to carve an authentic niche, and to create their own spin on hometown flavors. Whether you hail from the US, China, Thailand, India or Russia (or simply grew up eating take out), these six restaurants will make you feel right at home.
Rich sauces with as much of a kick as you’d find in a Bangkok night market, Mali Cuisine Thai offers traditional dishes like Pad See-Ew and Panangs. The Chicken Green Curry and Spicy Pork Basil pack a sweet, spicy punch to soothe the soul, offering a taste of the warm, boat-laden waters of Thailand.
Mali Cuisine Thai
94 Avenue de Choisy, 75013 Paris
+33 1 44 24 28 51
Injera is the warm, sour flatbread that is the corner stone of Ethiopian cuisine. If you’re lucky enough to have visited the bustling Dire Dawa or Mekelle–or simply sampled Ethiopian food–injera is a staple you simply cannot live without! Thankfully, the aptly named Ethiopia makes some of the most authentic injera, along with rich curries, lentils and other vegetarian delights in their quaint, inviting cafe. Whether you share your dishes family-style or visit for a quick lunch bite, this welcoming family-owned establishment is like coming home after a long and distant journey.
91 Rue du Chemin Vert, 75011 Paris
+33 1 49 29 99 68
3. Chez Mademoiselle
Russian cuisine is often be thought of as “cold weather food” perfect for warming the soul on snowy nights, and Chez Mademoiselle does just that. With steaming favorites like goulash, borscht–and of course Russian vodka–this bistro restaurant is full of old world charm to bring back all the fond memories of your Russian grandma’s home.
Chez Mademoiselle Paris-Astana
21 Rue Mademoiselle, 75015 Paris
+33 1 48 28 50 79
Japanese cuisine is a decadent marriage of art and flavor, and Sola is no exception. Come at lunch for an opulent treat of Chef Yoshitake Hiroki’s tasting sampler. Or come anytime for soft, buttery scallops, or delicate seared catch-of-the-day fish.
Pull up a chair, you’re in Chef Hiroki’s house and he’s ready and willing to wow you.
12 rue de l’Hôtel Colbert, 75005 Paris
+33 1 43 29 59 04
Spice and Lebanese cuisine go hand and hand, so it’s no surprise that Alkaram packs in heat! All dishes, from the chiche taouk to the juicy kebabs are accompanied with warm pita bread, and finished off with Turkish coffee. This restaurant serves up gracious Lebanese hospitality in the heart of Paris.
15 Rue Ferdinand Fabre, 75015 Paris
+33 1 45 33 00 00
6. Masala Dosa at Saravanaa Bhavan
Traditional Indian dishes are anything but ordinary at Saravanaa Bhavan, a purely vegetarian South Indian-style eatery with large portions and an inviting atmosphere. The masala dosa is a favorite of most diners, served with an array of sweet, sour and spicy chutneys. The hearty rasam, served with aromatic basmati rice has just the right amount of heat.
170 Rue de Faubourg Saint Denis, 75010 Paris
+33 1 40 05 01 01