Paris's Montmartre district is legendary for its art history; romantically steep, winding streets; and traditional cabarets. But finding something decent to eat in this much-visited neighborhood can be a bit challenging. Tourist traps are numerous, overcharging unsuspecting visitors for food that is mediocre at best. Read on for the 10 best restaurants in Montmartre, with good choices for every type of traveler.
Le Coq Rico: For Excellent Chicken & Traditional Bistro Fare
This charming restaurant on Montmartre's Rue Lepic is beloved for its delicious chicken. It's even earned accolades in the Michelin guide for perfecting the art of roast Bresse chicken, resulting in a dish that's juicy and full of flavor. Chef Antoine Westermann presides over this local gem, which also serves a variety of terrines and patés, salads, and other traditional French dishes. The wine selection is also superb.
Le Moulin de la Galette: For Classic Montmartre Charm
For lunch or dinner in a classic Montmartrois setting, Le Moulin de la Galette is a good option. The restaurant, situated inside a genuine windmill dating to the 19th century, serves classic French dishes made with seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients. Current menu items include fish tartare with green apple, charcoal-grilled beef, and cheese-and-spinach-stuffed ravioli topped with champagne sauce. Fixed-price menus are available and are generally reasonable. The verdant garden seating area can be idyllic during spring and summer.
L'Arcane: For Discerning Gourmets
Nestled in a quieter area of Montmartre, this restaurant boasts one Michelin star and is widely considered one of the finest tables in the area. Chef Laurent Magnin serves a panoply of creative, elegantly-presented dishes that draw on classic French traditions and culinary influences from around the world. The fresh fish is especially noteworthy here. If your budget is limited, consider going for lunch, when a fixed-price menu offering a starter, main dish, and dessert is more accessible. For vegetarians, menu options remain limited at this restaurant.
Crêperie Brocéliande: For Families & Kids
French pancakes are easy to please even the pickiest eaters, including young diners. At the Crêperie Brocéliande, you can order the classic-but-delicious egg and cheese crêpe, or opt for one of the more creative, gourmet creations. Finish with a sweet pancake and top it with dark chocolate, salted caramel sauce, or lemon and sugar. Adults can enjoy a cup of traditional Bréton cider, too. This local favorite is also popular with tourists, so try to arrive early for dinner.
Grenouilles: For Quick, Delicious Deli Fare
If you're after something quick, delicious, and inexpensive, head to Grenouilles, a friendly café and deli in the heart of the area's busiest tourist center. It can be especially hard to steer clear of tourist traps in the heavy-footfall zones, so this address is good to keep on hand. Sandwiches made with fresh bread and ingredients sourced entirely from France are the deli's staple, but you can also choose among salads, quiches and other delights. You can take your food to go—but if you prefer to eat in, the simple wooden tables are perfect for enjoying lunch alongside a glass of beer or wine. This is another good option for young, picky eaters.
Etsi: For Fantastic Greek With a French Touch
If you're craving good Greek or Mediterranean food, beeline to this cheerful, family-owned table in the heart of Montmartre. Etsi serves traditional Greek cuisine with a French twist, from elaborate mezze platters of fresh vegetables, meats, fish, and cheeses to colorful salads and phyllo-encased pies. The desserts are known to be scrumptious, not to mention beautiful to behold. The wine selection at this cheerful "taverna" offers an excellent selection of bottles from Greece, France, and other regions. Expect a warm, cheerful ambience and plates full of color and flavor.
La Fourmi: For a Casual Brasserie Meal
Sitting at the meeting point between the Montmartre and Pigalle neighborhoods, La Fourmi is a favorite among artsy locals and young professionals. The enormous, high-ceiling bar and brasserie feels more Berlin than Paris, and the casual dining here is generally excellent. Tables are admittedly hard to come by, especially on weekends. If you do manage to snag one, tuck into a simple cheese or charcuterie plate, or choose from a simple menu of sandwiches, salads, steak with fries, and other light brasserie fare. There's also a delicious weekend brunch served here.
Le Discret: Charming Neighborhood Wine Bar & Table
This charming neighborhood wine bar is a favorite with Montmartre's residents, offering a large selection of French and international wines as well as a full food menu. Pair a glass of wine with a plate of aromatic French cheeses and crusty bread, or opt for a two or three-course meal. Everything here is thoughtfully presented and the wines are of excellent quality. This address will take you far away from the crowds of tourists and offers a more local experience of Montmartre.
Sale e Pepe: For Homemade Italian Cuisine
If you're looking for decent Italian food in Montmartre, head to the less-touristy side of the neighborhood to Sale e Pepe, a family-owned restaurant that serves delicious traditional dishes in generous portions. Choose from between seven or eight different hand-tossed pizzas every day, in addition to homemade pasta and gnocchi, salads, and scrumptious desserts drawn straight from traditional Italian recipes. This is another good choice for vegetarians and families traveling with kids, too.
Soul Kitchen: A Healthy & Vegetarian Lunch Option
For vegetarians (and especially vegans), it can be hard to find something healthy and fresh in tourist-centric areas like Montmartre. While Soul Kitchen is only open for breakfast, coffee, and lunch (unless you eat dinner unusually early), it's a solid choice for a delicious, meat-free meal or snack between sightseeing. Vegetarian and vegan wraps, salads, soups, and sandwiches are all made-to-order and prepared with seasonal produce. Smoothies and fresh baked goods are also wonderful here. The restaurant offers daily fixed-price menus and à la carte items, and the bright, airy dining room is pleasant and friendly.