Urban and chic, Pigalle is a vibrant district that straddles the Ninth and 18th arrondissements of Paris; it’s most famous for being the birthplace of the legendary Moulin Rouge. From classic French bistros to tapas-styled buffets, here’s our pick of the seven best restaurants in Pigalle.
Paris is world-renowned for its gastronomic excellence, and Pigalle is a perfect, eclectic district to dive into to find out why. Whether you fancy a traditional French multi-course dinner, a filling burger or brunch, or a luxury meal, we’ve got you covered.
Restaurant, French, $$$
Le Pantruche, located at 3 Rue Victor Massé, is the best place to sample the classic bistro repertoire in the Pigalle neighbourhood, and it won’t break the bank either. As well as traditional fast food, there are luxurious signature dishes, our favourite being the oyster tartare drizzled in a delicious creamy lettuce soup (huître en tartare, crème de laitue). Inside, you’ll be treated with Le Pentruche’s charming interiors, evoking the simplicity of a 1930s aesthetic with rich oak- and chestnut-toned furniture.
If you fancy something a little heartier and more filling than oysters, then Le Dépanneur is the place for you. This French-Californian fusion restaurant draws influences from the coolest, most current street-food trends. Most visitors to this fashionable restaurant, which draws a young and hip crowd, tend to go for the organic burgers slipped inside fancy bread and served with artisanal-style chips – but healthy options of avocado-themed starters and home-made guacamole, quinoa-based dishes and vegan pizza with smoked mushrooms are also available.
Le Piano Perché, located at 8 Rue Aristide Bruant, serves traditional French cuisine with a slight hip and modern twist. There’s a rustic, homely feel to the interior design with rough exposed stone walls and comfy sofas to sink into, adorned with beautiful floral wall prints and oak furniture. The delicious menu pairings such as crab starters spiced up with ginger and avocado are bound to delight the senses. There’s also plenty of opportunity to sample traditional French dishes, such as foie gras and scallops.
If you’re seeking something a bit more adventurous than the French experience, then Ito Izakaya might just be your welcome escape. Renowned for being one of the best Japanese restaurants in town, this restaurant serves exciting Japanese food such as curried monkfish, ox-cheek croquette or risotto with kombu dashi. If you’re with a bunch of friends, the tasting menu, consisting of 10 tapas dishes, is a great option. As for the vibes, the lush and glamorous vintage geisha prints and paper-lantern interiors add to a quirky, relaxed feel, meaning you can while the night away until 2am.
If you’ve ever been to Paris, you probably know that some of the best restaurants are hidden inside hotels. Tucked away on the ground floor of The Grand Pigalle, this cute boutique hotel lies just 100 yards (91 metres) from Pigalle Metro Station, and is one of the best Italian restaurants in the district. The chef, Salomé Olivier, uses only the best seasonal ingredients and local produce to craft his well-loved pizza and pasta dishes. The restaurant also boasts an impressive wine list, with offerings from Israel to Australia to Greece and Slovenia to complement the meal.
Just a stone’s throw away from the famous Moulin Rouge, A la Cloche d’Or’s menu is a sophisticated manifestation of traditional French cuisine. The authentic home-made dishes, including the classic options of burgundy snails or roasted camembert, as well as more niche dishes like smoked herring fillets with potato and apple slices are bound to make your taste buds explode. Given the high-quality ingredients, good location and beautifully crafted dishes, it’s a very reasonably priced venue.
Treating yourself to brunch in Paris is a unique culinary experience that should not be missed. Another real gem in the hotel restaurant scene is Hôtel Grand Amour, one of the best places to go not too far from Pigalle. All the food is home-made from only the freshest seasonal products, and with a range of dishes on offer. You can tuck into eggs benedict, steak tartare or chicken and chips if you’re feeling somewhat famished, or opt for the vegetarian option, which includes a refreshing carrot salad, tandoori avocado, pumpkin velouté and passion fruit.