I’ve called the right bank my home for the last three years. While I love the historic streets and charming artsy feel of the left bank, the right bank is where I spend most of my time. Since moving to the most beautiful street in Montmartre (in my opinion!), I’ve discovered some amazing neighborhood restaurants. I can’t wait to reveal my new home on the blog soon, but in the meantime, I thought I’d share some of my favorite neighborhood restaurants with you.
For two years I lived on rue Caulaincourt, a street that begins at the busy Place de Clichy and wraps around the hill of Montmartre, covered by tall arching trees, where artists like Renoir and Toulouse Lautrec once held their ateliers. One of my go-to restaurants during that time became an authentic Italian spot called Piazzitalia where they make Sicilian-style pizza. Another pizza spot I came to love is a bit further up the street, called La Pizzetta. I love Au Rêve for their Tuesday night €5 dinner, made fresh according to whatever the Chef found inspiring that day. Also on rue Caulaincourt is a cute restaurant called Les Novices, where items like risotto and scallops are affordable and delicious.
Marked by its hôtel particuliers (private houses) and cobblestone streets, Avenue Junot is my favorite street in all of Paris. You’ll fall in love with the Villa Leandre, a little dead-end street lined with private homes with pointed roofs and cobblestones. My new normal consists of iced matcha and eggs benedict on Sundays at my favorite new neighborhood spot, Marcel. Marcel has a great menu inspired by British and American cuisine, imagine fish & chips or cobb salad, and a cute grocery inside with some high quality items to take home.
Just next door to Marcel you’ll find a big gate, behind which hides the luxurious garden restaurant of the Hotel Particulier. With only 6 suites, this hotel is the definition of quaint. It’s garden is the perfect place to enjoy brunch or dinner in the warmer months. Hotel Particulier is also amazing because the owner is the only organic honey farmer in Paris. His honeybees happily live across the pathway from the hotel in his own private garden, and the honey he harvests is used by the hotel chef.
Below the Hotel Particulier, on the back side, is rue Lepic. I love this street for restaurants like Jeanne B, a gourmet epicerie and restaurant. Rue Lepic connects back to rue Caulaincourt at a corner where you’ll find the best boulangerie in Paris- Gontran Cherrier.
Two of my all time favorite Paris restaurants also happen to be located in my neighborhood- La Rallonge and La Table d’Eugene. These two spots are owned by the same family and are located next door to each other near the town hall of the 18th arrondissement. Serving entirely different menus, La Rallonge offers authentic tapas (some with a French flare) to share in a bustling atmosphere and mostly bar seating, whereas La Table d’Eugene is much more upscale offering a daily set menu as well as a la carte dishes for a traditional three-course meal. At either of these places, you must try the truffle risotto made with little pastas and a creamy truffle sauce- it’s to die for!
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