100 best restaurants: Street food

We walk you through the finest, freshest street food in Paris

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Street food: a simple concept, almost as old as streets themselves, which is now taking off in Paris despite a slow start. Prepared and/or sold on the city's pavements (to the extent permitted by the law), and designed to be easily eaten on the fly, this not-so-haute cuisine runs the gamut from sandwiches to kebabs, empañadas to dim sum, without ever breaking the bank. Read on for our picks of the crop, or head here for a fuller list.


Frenchie To Go

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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We love this New York deli-style takeaway sandwich bar, all in a simple and soigné décor of stone, wood and metal. It's the latest addition to the Frenchie family by Grégory Marchand and his team, so naturally wildly popular – come early to avoid the queues, and place your order at a large bar loaded with scones, cakes, cookies and muffins. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a seat inside, but more likely you’ll end up on one of the peaceful benches set around the streets and squares of Paris's ‘Little Egypt’. On our visit we finally decided on the Reuben Sandwich with pastrami (smoked in house and teamed with coleslaw... Read more

  1. 9 rue du Nil, 2e
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Paris-New York

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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In order to set itself apart from the rest of the ever-increasing wave of gourmet burger joints in Paris, the team behind Paris-New York needed to pay attention to detail. They’ve succeeded pretty well – an attractive décor, meats from artisanal producers Le Ponclet and five burgers on the menu to showcase their talents. On the beef side, there’s the Vintage Doublecheese (with excellent cheddar), the Morning California (cheddar, lettuce, avocado) and the Smoky Blue (bacon, blue cheese and caramelised onions), plus a chicken and a vegetarian option. It might seem like a minimalist selection, but the burgers are enormous... Read more

  1. 50 rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 10e
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Miznon

  • Rated as: 4/5

Just minutes away from the Rue des Rosiers and the every-popular As du Falafel, Miznon has wisely decided to stick to what it does best – pitta sandwiches – rather than try and compete with its chickpea-cooking neighbours. The original restaurant in Tel Aviv has been wining over customers for some time, and the Parisian branch follows the same formula – a charmingly basic décor featuring lots of boxes of fruit and vegetables, the same warm atmosphere, the same dishes cooked under the direction of head chef Eyal Shani. It’s a little more expensive than you might find elsewhere, but streets ahead in quality... Read more

  1. 22 rue des Ecouffes, 4e
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Urfa Dürüm

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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Fashionable Paris has swooned for burger vans, hot dogs and tacos, but perhaps the best of the street food was always here; in a Kurdish sandwich shop.Hidden away in the heart of Strasbourg Saint-Denis, Urfa Dürüm is a tiny wood-panelled venue where you are greeted at the entrance by the owner, flour and rolling pin in hand, busily preparing the flatbread dough. Further inside, meat grills in the stone oven. On the chalkboard menu, there are two choices of house speciality: Lahmacun or Dürüm. Lahmacun is a small wrap prepared like a pizza with minced meat, tomatoes and onions, and rolled up with salad... Read more

  1. 58 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis, 10e
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CheZaline

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

CheZaline offers a happy lunchtime alternative to microwaved leftovers or a sandwich from your local boulangerie – le sandwich de luxe. If you think you’ve got the wrong address on arrival, that’s normal. The patronne has changed almost nothing of the décor from the place’s former incarnation as a horse butcher, which gives a certain raw charm to what is now a quality deli. There’s not much space inside – just four places and bar for the lucky ones who can grab a seat – but there’s a welcoming retro atmosphere with the scales still in place and old-fashioned butcher's slabs on the walls. There are plenty of good things... Read more

  1. 85 rue de la Roquette, 11e
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Big Fernand

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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A brilliant little burger joint, which takes the traditional American burger and gives it the French terroir treatment. Nowhere’s been left out, with regional specialities from all over France wedged between delicious sesame seed buns from the bakery next door. There’s fourme cheese from Ambert, tomme cheese from Savoie, Saint-Nectaire cheese, Charolais and Blonde d’Aquitaine beef and more. The menu lists five house burgers, but you can also build your own. Choose from beef, chicken, lamb and veal and then add cheese, grilled vegetables, streaky bacon, sauces, herbs or spices. You order at the counter... Read more

  1. 55 rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 9e
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Le Petit Vendôme

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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With this location (a stone’s throw from the Rue de la Paix), you’d expect a smart address. So it’s a pleasant surprise to find Le Petit Vendôme on the Rue des Capucines, with its colourful frontage, neon signs, handwritten menu on chalk boards over the bar and hams strung from the ceiling. A huge queue stretches out of the door, putting off the casually curious. The waiting faithful are hypnotised by the promise of a rapide croute auvergnat (a speedy Auvergne snack), watching the generous layering of ingredients – Bleu d’Auvergne cheese? Garlic sausage? Country ham? Behind the bar, backchat and good humour... Read more

  1. 8 rue des Capucines, 2e
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Le Camion qui fume

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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Fancy one of the best burgers in Paris? Forget your posh napkins, tablecloths and seating, the Camion Qui Fume is Paris’s first American-style burger truck, run by Californian Kristin Frederick; and you only have to look at the long lines of salivating bobos to know that the burgers here are good. The secret lies in the ingredients: baker-made bread, top quality meat, hand-cut fries and real cheddar (for just €10). The truck’s nomadic concept is quirky too: driven to a different spot everyday (often place de la Madeleine, Porte Maillot, the Canal St-Martin, MK2 Bibliothèque and in front of the Musée d’Orsay)... Read more

  1. 200 quai de Valmy, 10e
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Peco Peco

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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Japanese cuisine seems to be becoming better and better presented in Pigalle; Momoka, Ito and Tsubame all opened in 2013 within a few streets of each other, and now here's Peco Peco. We came at lunchtime to try a donburi (€8.50), balls of rice filled with meat and vegetables – salmon, shiitake mushrooms, egg and peas, for example, or sweet and sour beef with rocket and ginger – paired with a bowl of soup for €3.50. Or if you want to really go for it, perhaps a Katsusandwich (€4.50) – a delicious snack with breaded pork, red cabbage and home made BBQ sauce piled into a fresh, crunchy baguette... Read more

  1. 47 rue Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, 9e
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Daily Syrien

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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Don't be put off by the newspapers in the window – this unassuming restaurant-cum-newagent, in the middle of the hip rue Faubourg Saint-Denis, has a class all of its own. The Middle Eastern menu is cooked by Ahmad, who grew up in Nawa in southern Syria and emigrated to Stockholm before coming to Paris with the idea of sharing the cooking of his homeland: hummus, salad, pickles, kibbeh ras (ground beef with pine nuts), falafel, labneh (strained yoghurt) with olive oil, mtabbal (aubergine dip), tabbouleh and more. A falafel sandwich ‘extra’ is put together as you watch: €5 for falafel, hummus, grilled aubergine... Read more

  1. 55 rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 10e
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Cantine California

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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Paris is gripped by a new trend. All it took was for one Californian to set up a burger van, and before you can say ‘viande hachée’, more and more food trucks are beetling around the crisscrossing streets of the capital. Cantine California, the new van from chef Jordan Feilders, is a gourmet slice of America on four wheels, and the Parisians are crazy for it. And perhaps you’d have to be crazy to stand in a queue for 40 minutes of your lunch hour, just to pay €11 for a burger. But, such is the power of the street, the new chic. Feilders’ menu covers burgers and tacos, including a Tex-Mex burger... Read more

  1. Place du Marché Saint-Honoré, 1er
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L'Epicerie du Verre Volé

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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‘Buffalo mozzarella, pesto Genovese and grilled artichokes’, ‘home made potted tuna, capers, artichokes and radishes’, ‘brawn with vinaigrette, sweet onions and Polish cornichons’, ‘horse tartare, herb mayonnaise and thai spice’, ‘smoked herring from Holland, radish puree, sweet onions, preserved lemons and cornichons’, ‘calf’s head pâté, gribiche sauce and watercress’… Even though it might seem like it, you’re not reading a high-end bistro menu – this is the list of sandwiches at l’Epicerie du Verre Volé, the deli branch of the wonderful canal-side wine bar and restaurant (there’s also La Cave du Verre Volé at 38 Rue Oberkampf)... Read more

  1. 54 rue de la Folie-Méricourt, 11e
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Fun Délices

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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Enter this cosy Chinese-Japanese joint on the Rue des Rosiers, take a seat at the surprisingly long bar, and cop an eyeful of the weird and wonderful machines that line the kitchen walls. These multi-coloured, oddly shaped cooking engines give some idea of the sort of exotic fast food that awaits you. Some dishes will be familiar to East Asian cuisine aficionados: nothing too strange about the bite-sized takoyaki (fried octopus donuts), for instance, which come with a dollop of mayonnaise in sets of six (€8). Some, less so: we weren’t too sure how to approach the oden (€5.50), portions of unidentifiable seafood... Read more

  1. 11 rue des Rosiers, 4e
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