Picking up from last week’s French Friday: Non to McMona Lisa I wanted to offer better suggestions for eating American food in Paris. I understand that visitors to Paris may not like French food and would prefer to eat something they are more familiar with, but rather than go to a restaurant that you can visit anytime you want (a.k.a. McDonald’s) why not try some outstanding American food restaurants that are unique to Paris?
It is difficult to find an American breakfast in Paris (pancakes, waffles, etc). Some hotels have it, but you will pay an arm-and-a-leg and it is not that good. So what to do? Head over to Breakfast in America an American diner where you can get loaded up before walking all over Paris!
Looking for some Cajun? Check out Thanksgiving. It’s an American grocery store (expensive – like $8 for Oreos – wait until you get home) and Cajun restaurant.
Need a bagel (I craved bagels while living in France!) or a milkshake? How about a New York brunch? Then check out Coffee Parisien (sorry no website: 2 locations: 4, Rue Princesse  and 7, Rue Gustave Courbet ).
For a little American atmosphere, but not necessarily American food, you can head over to:
Harry’s New York Bar – this is an American hang out I have talked about before which holds a mock vote whenever there is a presidential election.
Joe Allen Restaurant – they have a mixture of French and American food. You can get steaks and burgers as well as pecan pie and cheesecake – two things you definitely cannot find easily. In the three years, I lived in France, I never found cheesecake anywhere!
So there you have it. If you aren’t a big fan of French food, or you are on an extended stay in Paris and get a taste of home, now you have some options!
Word of note – as someone who adores French food, I have never tried any of the above restaurants. I am going off of friends recommendations – French and Swiss friends who get a hankering for bagels or pancakes and want the good stuff!
A bientôt !