A classical concert at the magnificent La Sainte Chapelle can be a transcendent experience to make the spirit soar. However, the famous chapel’s location in one of Paris’ most popular tourist areas means that finding good food in the area, and for affordable prices, can be unduly distracting—unless, of course, you’re taking advantage of one of the appealing dinner and concert packages. Avoid the stress, and consider one of these reasonably priced eateries within easy walking distance of La Sainte Chapelle. They are all sure to leave you feeling both sated and inspired.
Le Christine delivers on the message that gastronomie (as opposed to bistrot or brasserie) can be both fun and affordable. Tucked away on a serene side street away from the relative chaos of St. Michel, the restaurant is recognizable by the giant fork hanging above their doorway. Indoors, the playful-but-polished theme continues with rustic wood beams overhead, whitewashed brick walls, soft lighting, and warm accent tones. The small menu ensures the freshest of ingredients and offers traditional French cuisine with a few modern touches. Guests can peruse a thoughtful selection of meat, fish, and vegetarian dishes. Or, whether indecisive or adventurous, try the tasting menu for a delectable assortment of house creations.
Café Louis Philippe
In business since 1810, Louis Philippe is the embodiment of the archetypal Parisian bistrot: casual and self-assured, while evoking a charming old world ambience. A spiral staircase climbs to the first-floor dining room, which features windows with lovely views to the Seine, and in good weather the open terrace becomes a choice place to sit. Visit in the afternoon for cake and coffee, or make this your evening post-concert stop to enjoy simple, unpretentious French food, including standards like andouillette, frog legs, boeuf bourguignon, and escargot.
And by the way, Johnny Depp fans might recognize Café Louis Philippe—one of the scenes of the 1999 movie The Ninth Gate was filmed here.
Francophiles will probably already know that a bouillon is not only a famous broth, but also a type of restaurant with a tradition dating back to the late 19th century. Bouillon Racine exemplifies this tradition focused on great food and great prices (and, of course, authentic bouillon) while speaking to a more than century-long history in the heart of Paris. The atmosphere here is Belle Époque Paris at its finest, and the décor alone will transport visitors to another era. The interior, which has not changed much since the restaurant opened, is in the typical Art Nouveau style with handsome fretted woodwork, beveled and wrought-iron mirrors, gold leaf details and floral motifs. Drink in the sumptuous scene—but be sure you leave room for dinner; the menu is no less decadent.
Le Bistrot de Maëlle et Augustin
Located near the beautiful Place des Victoires and the Louvre Museum, Le Bistrot de Maëlle et Augustin is slightly further removed from Île de la Cité than some of the other restaurant options, but the journey is well worth it to exchange the tourist scene for something more authentic. This charming little bistrot strikes the perfect balance between traditional and trendy. The menu features carefully crafted seasonal dishes by chef Jean-Loup, emphasizing locally grown ingredients. But don’t expect fine dining. It’s all about the neighborhood here. The restaurant is a popular lunch spot for locals, and its busy street location allows you to briefly immerse yourself in the substance of Paris’ everyday life.
08 Jan 2017