The Best Restaurants In The 2ème Arrondissement, Paris

Photo of Marcia Aguirre
9 February 2017

Finding the perfect place to eat is a serious task in Paris. We’ve plunged into the heart of Paris: the 2ème arrondissement. Tucked behind the Louvre, this traditional neighborhood is home to some of the best French dining Paris has to offer. We guide you from mouth-watering to Michelin-rated meals. Bon Appétit!

Seared Scallops | Courtesy of Drouant

Drouant par Antoine Westermann

Restaurant, French, $$$
Ceviche | Courtesy of La Cevicheria
Founded in 1880, Drouant has hosted the famous French literary prize ‘Prix Goncourt & Renaudot’ for over 100 years. This 3-star Michelin chef creates exquisite selections like lamb shoulder confit, Angus skirt steak, and roasted langoustines. Drouant provides an elegant experience for dinner, and an outstanding option for brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

La Cevicheria

Restaurant, Healthy, $$$
Terroir Parisien
Terroir Parisien | © Courtesy of Groupe Yannick Alleno
At La Cevicheria, a cozy atmosphere and warm staff welcome you to taste this Peruvian specialty. The menu proposes a wide range of exotic fusion dishes like nikkei tuna ceviche with mango, avocado, coriander, and red onions, bathed in a sweet-spicy sauce. Try the ceviche paired with sweet potatoes, excellent guacamole and Mil Amores tortillas. If you are not a fish lover, there is an option of Peruvian ceviche made with meat, peppers, lemons, onions, herbs, and ginger oil. An excellent choice for a light and healthy dinner.

Terroir Parisien

Bistro, Charcuterie, French, $$$
La Fontaine Gaillon
La Fontaine Gaillon | © Pline/Wikicommons
The concept of terroir is extremely important to Parisians, as it places classic French recipes and products within distinct regions. These products are stamped as heralding from ‘protected origin’. The idea of origin is played upon here at Terroir Parisien, an avant-garde bistro. Rediscover the regional specialities, revisited with a divine touch of the modern. Try the delicious charcuterie, the Parisian hot dog, or bass rilletes. A fantastic place for lunch or dinner, with a spacious terrace and a cozy interior.

La Fontaine Gaillon

Restaurant, French, $$$
Nice - Aug10
Nice - Aug10 | © Fabien Agon/Flickr
La Fontaine Gaillon is a classy restaurant to see and be seen in; the private terrace has a central Renaissance-style fountain adorned with a sculpture, depicting a young Triton teasing a dolphin with his trident. This restaurant is intimate, elegant, and showcases a collection of delicate art. Here, classic French gastronomy is paired with seafood influences from Morocco and Sicily, a fascinating combination.

L'Ecaille de la Fontaine

Restaurant, Seafood
Paris. Le Grand Colbert
Paris. Le Grand Colbert | © Carmen Voces/Flickr
Situated near the Fontaine Gaillon, this venue belongs to Gérard Depardieu, and the main specialty is seafood. The chefs compose opulent seafood platters, while more modest eaters can enjoy the mussel soup with saffron, cherries and pistachio. This spot gives you an intimate glimpse into Depardieu’s personal life: intimate photos and items decorate the walls of the first floor. It is a great option for lunch or dinner.

Le Grand Colbert

Restaurant, Brasserie, French, $$$
This Parisian Brasserie was named after Louis XIV’s famous minister, Jean Baptiste; Le Grand Colbert, a man who found enlightenment through French cuisine. This restaurant is registered as a historical monument and is situated near la Place de la Victoires and the Palais Royal Gardens. Surrounded by several theaters, this spot frequently welcomes designers, artists and businessmen hungry for typical French brasserie food.

Le Petit Colbert

Bistro, French, $$$
Kartoffel Pizza
Kartoffel Pizza | © cyclonebill/WikiCommons
Le Petit Colbert offers a pleasant bistro atmosphere with traditional French dishes. Grand mirrors and the mosaic floor will whisk you back to old Paris. From the menu, try the tasty onion soup, the homemade duck foie gras and the organic beef tartare. To conclude the dinner, do not miss the vacherin: a meringue crust filled with crème chantilly and raspberry. Situated next to the Bouffes-Parisiens theater, we suggest this address after a theater show.

Villa Dondelli

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
Bringing Italy to Paris, Villa Dondelli is tucked away next to the Opéra. Meals here are 100 percent organic Italian, guaranteeing quality, high-end meals. The chef, whips up great classics, the Naples-born pizza-maker, spends 48 hours working up his special pizza dough. Without a doubt one of our favorites is the pizza Villa Dondelli, made with cream of white truffles, mozzarella, mushrooms, arugula, and parmesan.

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