Best French Street Food Spots in Paris

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Reading time: 0 minPublished on 4 January 2023

Fancy a street food experience in Paris? Yes, you heard that right! The street food scene here is exploding with unique flavours, innovative concepts and extraordinary talent. Nothing beats the experience of seeing your food prepared in front of you, the conviviality of interacting with the Parisian chefs while the food is being served hot for you to tuck in. Here’s our selection of some of the iconic street food joints that you must visit.

The Covered Market of Saint-Martin

Nestled in the heart of Paris, not far from the Place de la Républic, this is one of the last few closed markets of Paris, where locals and tourists alike visit for gourmet experiences. It is a perfect stopover for travellers wanting to recharge themselves during the discovery of Paris. This French street food haven is easy to locate thanks to its name stamped across the white-coloured stone archway. If you are craving some fresh seafood, then head to “Les Viviers de Noirmoutier” and feast on a seafood platter of crabs, langoustines, prawns and oysters. If you want to grab a quick bite, then head to “Le Réfectoire”, an open counter where you can gorge on some delicious juicy burgers and French-style hot dogs. Later, you can either wash down your food with some wine at Laurent Bouvet- cheese and wine shop or chug some beer at Des Tante- Emma-Läden- German grocery store and caterer. Opening Hours: Tuesday -Saturday 9am-8pm, Sun 9am-2pm, 31 rue du Château d’Eau, 75010

Rue des Rosiers

This French street food spot in the Marais area, within walking distance from Georges Pompidou, used to be an important artery for Jewish community. The rose bushes after which the street was named are gone, but the middle-eastern inspired food and cobblestoned streets take us back to that era. If you have a jam-packed schedule and want a quick bite, then try the falafel and shawarma sandwiches (vegetarian options available). L’As du Falafel is one of the most famous stalls with sandwiches exploding with fillings and sauces. Chez Marianne, another stall right around the corner, known for its deep-friend falafels, is a big hit with locals, especially with young students. Another hotspot for street food is Sacha Finkelsztajn (the yellow façade is hard to miss!), a Jewish caterer and bakery that specializes in apple strudel, latkes and classic Yiddish sandwiches. If the weather permits, then you could either go to the Place Jardin des Rosiers-Joseph Migneret or the Place des Vosges for some quiet time to enjoy your meal. Opening Hours: Varies according to the day of the week and the stall you want to visit

Marché des Enfants Rouges

If you are renting an apartment or staying in a hotel in the 3rd arrondissement, then you can stock your fridge with some local produce or go for a brunch here. This French street food market takes its name from red-coloured capes (colour of Christian charity for centuries) that were once worn by orphaned children housed in a former hospice. Today, all that remains of the hospital is the oldest food market where travellers take a break from the traditional French dining fanfare. We recommend you to start your visit at Alain Miam Miam's with his vegetarian and non-vegetarian crêpes, served in the form of a bouquet. L'Estaminet is another food stall popular with locals for its seasonal specialities- cold cuts from Auvergne, a selection of regional cheeses accompanied by a glass of wine from small wine domains. If you have a sweet tooth, then head to “La Petite Fabrique” for some gourmet cookies, raspberry tarts topped with candied fruits or chocolate mousse layered with pistachio, berries and pecans. Opening Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 8.30am-7.30pm; Sunday: 8.30am-2pm, 39 rue de Bretagne - 75003 Paris

The Covered Market of Saint-Quentin

Within walking distance from Gare du Nord, this closed market (recognizable by its green cast-iron arches) is a perfect layover for travellers before boarding their train. From South America, Europe to Africa, travellers can experience here international cuisines under one roof. As you enter this French food street enclave, you go could go straight to Alegria Brasil, a popular joint with the Brazilian expats. This pocket-sized kitchen, inspired by the taverns of Rio, serves some of the best feijoada (a national dish of Brazil) in Paris. If you are in the mood for African cuisine, then you can either head to “La Marrakech”, a Moroccan stall known for its wide selection of tagines (lemon chicken is especially good here!) or you can head to “Oh Africa” for some Yassa chicken, a mouth-watering Senegalese speciality and vegetarian sambusas. If you want to stick to eating something closer to home (European for the moment), then go to Chez Silvana for some spicy stuffed calamari, suckling pig or prawns flambéed in whisky. Opening Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 8 am-8 pm, Sunday 8 am-1.30 pm, 85 bis Boulevard Magenta, 75010

Avenue de France

Only a true foodie would venture this far from the city centre to taste some of the finest French street food. This spacious road running parallel to the river Seine, within walking distance from the Gare D’Austerlitz, is unlike any other landscape in Paris. In the last couple of decades, new offices, cultural centres and residential areas have sprung up, facilitating the emergence of the food truck culture. “Le Camion qui fume” was amongst the first to launch a food truck in Paris and was an instant hit with the locals. This food truck is literally on wheels, making rounds of Paris every day, serving some lip-smacking burgers, French fries and onion rings. “Le Brigade” is another food truck that serves the most succulent, perfectly cooked meat (the duck à la orange is really good!) accompanied with a generous dollop of sauces. If you want to experiment with your taste buds, then you should definitely make a beeline for the New Soul Food, known for its hybrid food (chargrilled chicken and fish) with flavours inspired by African, Caribbean and European cuisine. Opening Hours: Varies according to the day of the week and the stall you want to visit

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