The best North African restaurants

Where to taste the best African food in Paris...

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Fancy some spice and exoticism on your plate? Try one of these hand-picked restaurants: Whether you’re hankering after a chicken tagine, a spicy merguez couscous or a sweet and sugary pastilla, sustenance is nigh with our list of the best North African restaurants in Paris…

The best North African restaurants...

Chez Omar

  • Price band: 2/4

The once-fashionable Omar doesn't take reservations, and the queue can stretch the length of the zinc bar and through the door. Everyone is waiting for the same thing: couscous. Prices range from €11 (vegetarian) to €24 (royale); there are no tagines or other traditional Maghreb mains, only a handful of French classics (duck, fish, steak). Overstretched waiters slip through the crowds with mounds of semolina, vats of vegetable-laden broth

  1. 47 rue de Bretagne, 3e
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Le Souk

  • Price band: 2/4

Potted olive trees mark the entrance to this lively den of Moroccan cuisine. Start with savoury b'stilla, a pasty stuffed with duck, raisins and nuts, flavoured with orange-blossom water and sprinkled with cinnamon and powdered sugar. Don't fill up, though, as the first-rate tagines and couscous are enormous. The tagine canette (duckling stewed with honey, onions, apricots, figs and cinnamon, then showered with toasted almonds) is terrific. For

  1. 1 rue Keller, 11e
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Les Caves du Petit Thouars

  • Price band: 1/4

This micro-bar in the heart of the Temple area stands in stark contrast with the trendy dives that crowd the Marais. Despite the influx of hipsters, the Formica tables haven’t moved, the prices haven’t soared, and the menu hasn’t changed. You can still drink beers at union prices (€2.50) and some excellent wines by the glass (€2.50 to €3.50), or by the pichet (small carafe). Food is homemade dishes like marinated chicken skewers,

  1. 12 rue Dupetit-Thouars, 3e
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La Médina du Marais

  • Price band: 3/4

Traditional eastern cosiness characterises La Medina du Marais, a rather romantic North African restaurant on Rue des Gravilliers between Etienne Marcel and Arts et Metiers Metro stations in the hip Marais area of central Paris. Wood beam ceiling, stone walls filled with oriental objects, candles on each table – it’s a seductive, laidback scene. La Medina du Marais’ menu is built around classic, earthy Moroccan dishes like fresh lamb cous

  1. 77 rue des Gravilliers, 3e
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Le 404

  • Price band: 2/4

404 restaurant in Paris' supercool Marais exhibits all the vibrant flavours and colours of North Africa. Retrofitted into a 16th century building, 404's interior is all Berber, with pouf seating, exposed beams and stones, tooled leather and authentic artifacts. It's got the air of a charming dive with smiling waiters and culinary treats awaiting. The menu features well-executed dishes like couscous, tagines, and grilled meats. The wine list also

  1. 69 Rue des Gravilliers, 3e
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