Restaurants in Montmartre and Pigalle

Our recommendations for the best restaurants in Montmartre and Pigalle

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  • Photo tour: Montmartre eats

    The hilly trails of Montmarte and Pigalle are stuffed with culinary goodies. Click on the arrow above to start exploring some of our favourites. Think we've missed a great restaurant in Montmartre and Pigalle? Let us know in the comment box below.

    Photo tour: Montmartre eats
  • La Fourmi

    The terrace of La Fourmi [the ant], whose name is a wink to the nearby concert hall La Cigale [the cicada], is a summer sun-trap for pretty girls with cute haircuts and skimpy dresses, attracting a throng of Pigalle street singers come to serenade their charms. As soon as they launch into song, the venue’s crowd of arty bohos take up position behind the big bay windows of the big main room with its high ceilings and post-industrial décor – an enormous, yet warm and friendly wood-panelled space, with a stunning chandelier made of glass bottles.

    Come here to sip cocktails, glasses of wine and beers (€2.80 a pale ale) – all very affordable when compared to the neighbouring Café la Cigale or the Petit Trianon. The area is full of Parisians helping out at concerts at the Cigale, the Boule Noire, the Trianon and the Divan du Monde, so be prepared to fight your way through to get to the bar, and for the attention of the perfectly nice but overstretched staff. If, by a miracle, you get a table, there’s a menu of sandwiches, salads, charcuterie boards and some dishes of the day.

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    La Fourmi
  • Le Brébant

    The change that continues to sweep the Grands Boulevards is embodied in this prominent, round-the-clock bar-bistro. There’s a permanently busy terrace below a colourful stripy awning, and the cavernous, split-level interior has a cool neo-industrial feel. Prices are steep, so push the boat out and opt for an expertly made fruit daiquiri, or a Bonne Nouvelle of Bombay Sapphire gin and Pisang Ambon. There are rarer bottled beers too – Monaco, Picon and various brews from Brabant. A board advertises a decent range of proper eats: burger-frites (€15) and so on.

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    Le Brébant
  • Le Miroir

    This friendly modern bistro is a welcome addition to a neighbourhood where good-value restaurants are scarce. Big mirrors, red banquettes and a glass ceiling at the back give it character, while the very professional food and service reflect the owners' haute cuisine training. Expect dishes such as a salad of whelks with white beans, crisp-skinned duck and chanterelle mushrooms, and a petit pot de crème vanille with little chocolate cakes.

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    Le Miroir
  • Le Moulin de la Galette

    Montmartre was once peppered with flour-grinding windmills, and this modern restaurant (named after the Moulin de la Galette cabaret of which it was once a part) is set inside one of only two remaining mills – the other being private property just a few doors down on rue Lepic. A more more idyllic setting you will not find, with a sweet little courtyard draped in ivy. The food is contemporary French cuisine, such as pan-fried foie gras with lemongrass and juniper berries, or cochon de lait (suckling pig) with creamy potato purée. The desserts, such as caramelised figs and chocolate fondant, are beautifully presented. If you’re on a budget, opt for the set menus, and choose your wine carefully.

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    Le Moulin de la Galette
  • Le Sancerre

    It’s official: Le Sancerre, a once popular rock bar that attracted everyone from alcohol-fuelled transvestites to tourists and local bobos, has cleaned up its act.  Gone forever is the cheap beer and trashy music. Instead you’ll find a buzzing 1930’s style café with traditional fare and bourgeois punters who fight for a spot on the terrace. Fans of its former incarnation will undoubtedly be disappointed, but time moves on, and today’s Sancerre is far more suited to Montmartre’s yuppie residents.  It you’re in the area, pop by for a glass of chardonnay and the Sancerre’s special triple burgers (filled respectively with guacamole, cheddar and bacon) - possibly the only thing not to have changed.

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    Le Sancerre
  • Pétrelle

    Jean-Luc André is as inspired a decorator as he is a cook, and the quirky charm of his fresco clad dining room has made it popular with fashion designers and film stars. But behind the style there's some serious substance. André seeks out the best ingredients from local producers, and the quality shines through. Everything is à la carte and changes with the seasons: dishes might include marinated sardines with tomato relish, rosemary-scented rabbit with roasted vegetables, deep purple poached figs and a rather luxurious tournedos Rossini, consistently and perfectly pink.

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    Pétrelle
  • Poussette Café

    Fed up with the impracticalities of pushing her pram (poussette) into the local café, mother of two Laurence Constant designed her own parent- and child-friendly establishment. This upmarket salon de thé caters for the harassed parent (herbal teas, smoothies, quiches and salads) and demanding baby (purées, solids and cuddly toys).

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    Poussette Café
  • Rose Bakery

    This English-themed café run by a Franco-British couple stands out for the quality of its ingredients – organic or from small producers – as well as the too-good-to-be-true puddings: carrot cake, sticky toffee pudding and, in winter, a chocolate-chestnut tart. The DIY salad plate is crunchily satisfying, but the thin-crusted pizzettes, daily soups and occasional risottos are equally good choices. Don't expect much beyond scones in the morning except at weekends, when brunch is served to a packed-out house. The dining room is minimalist but welcoming.

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    Rose Bakery
  • Coq Rico

    © Anthony de Anfrasio & Patricia Westermann

    From the man behind successful restaurants Drouant and Mon Viel Ami, Antoine Westermann’s ‘bistrotisserie’ (a pimped rotisserie, if you like) feels like a chic mountain chalet retreat. His gourmet poultry dishes are served in an elegant white-walled space lined with sleek banquettes, in the heights of Montmartre’s Rue Lepic. We started with a gooey boiled egg, whose crunchy soldiers came with delicious truffle-infused butter, and ‘la planchette de béatilles’ – nibble-sized pieces of chicken heart, gizzards, and sticky chicken wings. Then the main event, the birds: a perfectly roasted portion of Challans chicken with succulent gravy and crunchy frites, and a juicy helping of guinea fowl with crispy golden skin, served on a bed of caramelized sauerkraut with velvety mashed potato, the sweet cabbage bringing out the bird’s subtle gamey flavour.  To finish up, a gargantuan chocolate millefeuille and an iced Grand Marnier mousse with a sharp orange salad.

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    Coq Rico
  • La Balançoire

    La Balançoire’s devilishly delicious details are a large part of its charm. Big wooden tables hold magnetised knives and forks in pretty patterns, a swing (the ‘balançoire’) sways gently in the doorway, jars of sweets and pickles are dotted about and mixed in with bits and pieces from second-hand markets, all creating an atmosphere of offbeat charm.

    But it’s really the big chalkboard menu that deserves full attention, and the wine list. The manager, Antonin, will recommend vintages to match your dishes, and his staff are as knowledgeable and attentive as he is. The food changes according to the season or the mood of the chef, all imaginative versions of traditional French recipes: cream of lentil soup, casserole-baked eggs with mushrooms, caramelised duck cottage pie, French toast with Nutella, caramel poached pear, or a selection of miniature desserts for the indecisive. Before you leave you may well be offered one of Antonin's secret potions: caramel-, jellybean- or bubble-gum-flavoured drinks. All very easy on the palate; much like La Balançoire itself.

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    La Balançoire
  • La Table d'Eugène

    Named for Parisian novelist Eugène Sue, the gourmet cuisine at La Table d’Eugène is actually affordable. Too bad for Eugène himself, who departed this life in 1857. The décor is, admittedly, charmless, but the men behind the scenes – Geoffroy Maillard and François Vaudeschamps – are both talented and driven.

    They cook up some magnificent food using simple flavours, all skilfully assembled and beautifully presented. There’s blue shrimp from Mozambique in a walnut crust, or ravioli of Bresse chicken with foie gras and morel mushrooms in a wine, cream and foie gras sauce. There’s a perfectly cooked pork chop with a truffle emulsion, accompanied by the marvellous house speciality, a risotto with macaroni and boletus mushrooms. It’s all faultless.

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    La Table d'Eugène
  • Rouge Passion

    Two bright upstarts (Anne and Sébastien) determined to make their mark on Paris's bar scene are behind this venture – and they're going about it the right way. Offering a long list of wines (from just €3), free assiettes apéros (peanuts, olives and tapenades on toast) and decor that is perfect vintage chic, the formula is spot on. A small but mouthwatering selection of hot dishes, salads, cheese and saucisson platters (set lunch menu €20, mains from €15) help soak up the wine. Look out for the tasting classes, given by a guest sommelier.

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    Rouge Passion
  • Trattoria Pulcinella

    Italian fever has seized the north side of Montmartre’s Butte: there’s Trattoria Pulcinella on rue Eugène Sue, La Pulcinella and Locanda Pulcinella pizzeria on rue Damrémont; and as if that weren’t enough, another Italian, L’Angelo, has recently opened too. That’s a lot of choice; but don’t be daunted. The locals have already discerned the best. They keep coming back to Trattoria Pulcinella – for its generous plates of antipasti (€15), fine-based pizzas laden with fresh toppings (€12-€16), hearty pasta dishes (€14) and seriously delicious tiramisu (€6). Reserve a table before 8pm, or order a glass of sparkling lambrusco to pass the time while you queue. 

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    Trattoria Pulcinella
  • Guilo Guilo

    Guilo Guilo knows how to get you excited. The new darling of Paris's Japanese cuisine scene won't let you in unless you phone them up, book a table, then patiently wait for three weeks. By the time we'd sat down to sample its much vaunted set menu, we were positively gagging for a portion of raw fish and seaweed.

    So if we tell you that the ensuing meal didn't quite live up to our expectations, that's not saying much. Yet mingled with the panoply of exotic savours exuded by the restaurant's imaginative dishes was a marked taste of disappointment. It's not for want of variety: over the course of the meal we were treated to grilled eel, fried fois gras, onion tempura, abalone sashimi, small unidentified fried fish, green tea tiramisu and salsify truffles. A curious assortment, then, and not consistently good – the chefs didn't quite pull off the tuna maki sushi, for one.

    The layout, which has seats arranged around an open kitchen, allows diners to watch chef Eiichi Edakuni and his team photogenically chopping away at their fish and veg. Yet seeing as the restaurant only offers one set menu, the spectacle soon becomes repetitive. Which brings us to the core problem with Guilo Guilo: it all feels a bit gimmicky and trend-obsessed, which explains the steep price tag (€45 for the set menu, excluding drinks) but doesn't justify it. Worth a detour if you're a fan of Japanese food with a twist, but not if you're a purist.

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    Guilo Guilo
  • Soul Kitchen

    A little canteen snuggled up against the Montmartre steps, Soul Kitchen is a delightful café-restaurant overseen by three charming, inspired lady chefs – just the sort of place you’d want as your local. You’d come and drink a creamy coffee and read the news of a morning in the company of the local retirees, and come at midday to eat lunch in great company, choosing from excellent ever-changing menu of homemade recipes made with organic local produce. In the afternoon, you’d hang out with your laptop and a pastry, or just sip a good glass of red before heading on elsewhere.

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    Soul Kitchen

Photo tour: Montmartre eats

The hilly trails of Montmarte and Pigalle are stuffed with culinary goodies. Click on the arrow above to start exploring some of our favourites. Think we've missed a great restaurant in Montmartre and Pigalle? Let us know in the comment box below.


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