Bloody civil wars are in the origins of La Chapelle, Paris. The quarter became a refuge for the persecuted ethnic Tamils who fled Sri Lanka and settled in France in the 1980s. Today, La Chapelle is a cosmopolitan neighborhood, with flourishing South Asian, African and Maghrebian communities. This cultural landscape is blissful, and this mix of colors, spices, religious celebrations and festivals is always accompanied of smiles and generosity. Explore our guide to the best restaurants in the area
Restaurant, Indian, Vegetarian, $$$
This vegetarian restaurant serves South Indian fare in a calm, friendly atmosphere. Like the other nearby restaurants, you’ll find your choice of masala dosas, samosas and chapattis, with lassi and chai to drink. If you can’t decide what to eat, you can’t go wrong with the thaali special. At just eight euros, you’ll get an assortment of mini vegetable and curry dishes that won’t disappoint.
Krishna Bhavan, 24 Rue Cail, 75005, Paris, +33 1 42 05 78 43
Restaurant, Dessert Shop, Dessert, French
This neo-bistro is in the heart of the 10th Arrondissement. The décor is a vintage, woody industrial style. Le 52 serves fine and original dishes, and a short menu made with seasonal products with three or four choices of appetizers, entrées and desserts. There is an extensive breakfast menu and coffee from Café Coutume, a local café and roastery.
Restaurant 52, 52 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010, Paris
Restaurant, Asian, $$$
One of the most authentic diner-style South Asian restaurants in Paris, you can sample a choice of delicious Sri Lankan dishes here for a very good price. Water and chai are served in traditional metal cups, the waiting staff are always friendly, and you’ll feel the hustle and bustle of the place at any hour of the day.
Muniyandi Vilas, 207 Rue de Faubourg, 75010, Paris, +33 1 40 36 13 48
The Eden Flower
Restaurant, Moroccan, $$$
The Eden Flower
The Eden Flower serves customizable tagines and couscous, so the choice of many possible combinations for your dish is the main draw of this restaurant. The interior is small, and the outdoor area has a plastic awning, so it’s not a fancy place. But it is one where you can just go for a great Moroccan food.
The Eden Flower, 6 Rue l’Olive, 75018, Paris, France, +33 1 53 26 37 67
If you’re searching for a nice sit-down restaurant in the area, try this one, where a host of Sri Lankan dishes are on offer. Try a tandoori entrée or a plate of biryani rice, or choose the set menu with starter, main dish and desert. Make sure to save room for vattalappam, a traditional spicy coconut custard.
Shalini, 208, Rue du Faubourg, Saint-Denis, 75010, Paris, +33 1 46 07 43 80
Specializing in southern India cuisine, this is an ideal place for neophytes to discover these flavors in a cosy restaurant. Their freshly baked flatbreads are a speciality of the house. An excellent and pleasant restaurant with a good atmosphere, and all at a reasonable price.
Coffee Anjapper, 22 Rue Cail, 75010, Paris, +33 1 40 05 09 00
Restaurant, Chinese, Vietnamese, Asian, $$$
Hanouman offers a choice of Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai that will not leave you indifferent. The extensive menu and the clean look of the place will please real Asian food enthusiasts. The kapi fried rice, tripe soup, and the green papaya salad are simply delicious, and the reception is charming.
Hanouman, 32 Rue de Torcy, 75018, Paris, France,+33 1 46 07 25 79
Restaurant, Indian, Vegetarian
Indian food lovers, this is the place perfect to indulge your passion, with an extensive gourmet menu and reasonable prices. The place is huge, so you can go in groups even without a reservation. The service is impeccable and fast. The dishes are more spicy than in most Indian restaurants in Paris, especially the korma which is normally a mild dish. This place is recommended to those who want to eat Indian dishes that are not found in ordinary Indian restaurants. Plus, it’s cheap.
Chettinadu Mess, 15 Rue Cail, 75010, Paris, +33 1 40 36 88 87
Bakery, Bistro, Restaurant, Vegetarian, French, $$$
This restaurant serves food food at friendly prices. At the helm of this bistro are two very kind guys, Manu and Michel. Already famous in La Chapelle, they decided to open a venue with a local focus offering homemade style food and a good wine menu. Their organic vegetables come from Deux-Sevres, and their delicious fresh bread with brown crust, comes from the bakery next door.
Le Tout-Monde, 4 Rue Affre, 75018, Paris
We also advise you to taste the homemade fruit cocktail or a lassi – classic, delicious and ideal to calm the fire of the spices. The menu at Café Bharath is big and varied, with korma, vindaloo, masala, samosas, chapati. We recommend that you go in a big group and order ‘a la chinoise’, where everyone asks for a different dish and everybody shares. It’s definitely worthy trying.
Café Bharath, 51 Rue Louis Blanc, 75010, Paris, +33 1 42 09 35 84