If you’re traveling to Paris and looking for the best kosher restaurants to visit while in town, you’re in luck. While a lot of the restaurants that used to be there have closed down, there are still a generous amount of restaurants to choose from all over the city. While I can’t say I’d choose any of these over the Shangri-La’s L’Abeille or Michelin-rated Le Cinq, the selection is definitely better than most travel destinations have to offer.
If you’re in the mood for meat:
L’As du Falafel (4th)
This is where falafel dreams come true. Located in the Marais district, you can’t miss this heavenly spot with its line tailing down the street. This well-known joint offers takeaway and a less messy eat-in option. If the line is too long for your liking, don’t hesitate to take a whole ten steps to Mi-Va-Mi right across the street. #falafelwars
Right off the Champs-Elysées, this spot is number one on my list for a trendy and meat-centric meal. This French-inspired menu includes an abundance of foie-gras, different cuts of meat, and an assortment of fish and salads. The service was mediocre at best, but at this point my standards have crept very low. Small bonus is the armed guard stationed outside, although it’s unsure whether he’s employed by the restaurant or someone next door. Either way, very quaint, secure, and welcoming.
La Citadelle (17th)
I wouldn’t count much on the service here either, but the ambiance is nice and the food is pretty good. You’ll find plenty of meat options, similar to Kavod, plus a few fish and chicken choices. Foie gras and a nice wine are a must. The restaurant is small and can get busy, so I recommend calling to make a reservation in advance.
La Fille Du Boucher (17th)
If you’re craving a burger from a traditional French bistro, then this is your stop. This is what I would consider a man’s restaurant as the menu is pretty much only meat with the exception of two fish options that not even the waiter seemed so sure about. While we didn’t end up dining here, the service is meant to be great and the meat exceptional.
Restaurant Nini (17th)
You won’t find classic French fare here, instead expect a Tunisian (North African) dining experience. The menu consists of an array of cous-cous dishes and, don’t be surprised, meat. The atmosphere feels very homey and warm, but the food and service have some mixed reviews.
While I didn’t eat here myself, I’ve heard plenty of rave reviews. Indian food is certainly a hit or miss though, so make sure your mind (and body) are ready for a rather spicy experience. Here you’ll find menu items like fluffy naan bread, crunchy beef and vegetable samosas, and zesty chicken tikka masala. Proceed with caution. 🙂
If you prefer dairy:
L’Inte Caffe (8th)
A very centrally located Italian dairy restaurant. Expect to find great pizza, pasta, fish, and salad options on the menu.
Il Conte (8th and 16th)
With two locations, one by the Champs-Elysées and the other by the Arc De Triomphe, you can’t go wrong with this restaurant. I ordered takeaway to schlep along with me on the plane and the food was pretty good.
Jerry Levy (17th)
This cozy corner butcher is a great stop for fresh foie gras, charcuterie, and meats (obviously). They also offer Shabbat takeaway dishes. The takeaway options looked very Tunisian, think cous-cous, grilled meats, and saucey vegetables. The owner was here both times I visited and he was extremely helpful despite the broken english. Highly recommend stopping here!
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