My favorite places to eat and drink in Paris 15th

Commerce Café

Paris 15th is obviously not the most exciting district in the city for travelers. However the place is of certain interest for gourmets. It hosts many excellent restaurants and shops. Top executives and politicians – including president François Hollande – are taking apartments in the area strategically located between La Defense and Issy Les Moulineaux. Some chefs struck the goldmine. Restaurants are a bless for those with more money than time – preferring to get dinner out and not cooking.

Paris 15th is also my neighborhood. Although I love to cook and don’t have president’s purse, I tried several restaurants over the years.  Here is my pick. A non-exhaustive list of my favorite places to eat & drink around.

Bars & snack:

  • Au dernier metro* (70 boulevard Grenelle) : THE French bistro in the district.
  • La Bodega* (37 Rue Cambronne) : Spanish bar with excellent tapas. Live music on Friday and Saturday night.
  • Le Zinc (61 Avenue de la Motte-Picquet) : Friendly bar close to the Champs de Mars. You might spot Etchebest from La Cantine du Troquet and team who often go there before the service.
  • Le Commerce café (18 Place du Commerce) : Neighbors are regulars here, although it’s nothing remarkable. Service is one of the worth. But the nice terrace conveniently located in front of commerce metro and the good pizzas are just enough to make it a good place for hanging out.

Bistro restaurant:

  • Le Casse-Noix * (56 rue de la Fédération) : Traditional French cuisine by chef Pierre Olivier Lenormand. A menu according to the season. Affordable and good wines. A treat.
  • La Cantine du Troquet * (53 Boulevard de Grenelle) : Another Parisian table by Etchebest to taste South-West cuisine and its foie-gras, boletus mushrooms and piment d’Espelette. You might skip the dessert.
  • L’os à moelle (3 Rue Vasco de Gama) : Stéphane Schmidt brings his Alsatian origins to traditional recipes.
  • Les Trois garcons (165, rue de Javel) : Modern restaurant and good food. The outdoor terrace is a great bonus.

Gastronomic:

  • Le Ciel de Paris (33, avenue du Maine): Perfect for a romantic lunch or dinner overlooking Eiffel Tower and Champs de Mars. Go for a mille-feuilles for dessert.
  • Le Mûrier (42 Rue Olivier de Serres): Family restaurant. One of the best near Convention metro.
  • Bernard du 15 (62 Rue des Entrepreneurs): An old-fashion restaurant with classic interior and no froufrou that serves excellent traditional food and has good service.
  • Le Père Claude (51 Avenue de la Motte-Picquet): A well-known restaurant opened since 1988 serving the classics. Famous guests are regulars especially for Sunday lunch.

World Food:

  • Darai (4 Rue Violet): the Corean canteen to eat on a budget. Full inexpensive dinner starting from 9-10€.
  • Le Caroubier (82 Boulevard Lefebvre): Good Moroccan restaurant near Porte de Versailles.
  • Lin pour l’Hôte (49 Rue Olivier de Serres): A restaurant mixing skilfully French and Caribbean cuisine.

On the waiting list – Not tried yet :

  • Benkay (61 Quai de Grenelle): japanese gastronomic restaurant in front of the Seine.
  • Le Quinzième (14 Rue Cauchy): the one-star restaurant owned by celebrity chef Cyril Lignac. Expect a dinner about 100€ the menu and lunch about 65€.
  • Le Beurre Noisette (68 Rue Vasco de Gama): A bistro of excellent reputation.
  • Le Café du commerce (51 rue du commerce): one of the oldest bistro in the area for a classic Parisian experience.

Wouldn’t go again :

  • Stephane Martin (67 Rue des Entrepreneurs): a real disappointment with the service. A main dish that was excessively salty.
  • La Plage (Port de Javel Haut): Overpriced very basic food. The only reason to go is for the boat terrace and the great view.

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