The Most Instagrammable Restaurants in Paris

From kitschy bars to leafy courtyards and a candy-pink hotel terrace that’s bound to make your grid pop, these are the best restaurants in Paris to visit for that perfect Instagram snap.

One of the most photogenic cities in the world, Paris really delivers on the holiday-snap front. From perfect panoramas of the winding Seine to spectacular skyline shots over dove-grey mansard roofs, even amateur photographers can capture the French capital's romantic allure with the quick flash of a smartphone. We've put in the legwork, exploring its countless boulevards and side streets, to pick out the best restaurants for your Instagram feed. From traditional 19th-century watering holes to sprawling plant-filled warehouses, these are the places to go with camera (or iPhone) firmly in hand.

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Café de Flore

Café de Flore has been an established Parisian hangout ever since Oscar Wilde began sipping his daily café noir at a table on the terrace in the late 1880s. Despite the café being famed for serving the best onion soup in the city, food isn’t the main drawcard here – that would be the quintessentially French atmosphere. Sit yourself down in one of the art deco red-leather-upholstered mahogany chairs (which apparently haven’t changed since the Second World War) and watch the world go by, à la française.

Address

172 Bd Saint-Germain, 75006

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Salon de Thé de la Grande Mosquée de Paris

Secreted away in a sun-blushed courtyard within the grounds of the 5th arrondissement’s Grand Mosque, this blue-tiled oasis brims with character (and deliciously fresh mint tea). Make a pit stop here en route from the Botanical Gardens to the National Museum of Natural History (or vice versa) to enjoy a sweet pick-me-up of syrup-doused baklava, or opt for a traditional Moroccan spread of couscous and tagines and linger over a long, lazy lunch.

Address

2bis Pl du Puits de l'Ermite, 75005

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Le Comptoir Général

Paris, France

A sprawling 65sq m warehouse on the banks of Canal Saint-Martin, Le Comptoir Général bursts with exotic plants, shabby-chic velvet armchairs and string lanterns that hang from the building's unusually high ceilings (and are ripe for that perfectly moody Insta shot). Ideal for all manner of occasions - from its family-friendly Sunday brunch to evening cocktails and end-of-the-party nightcaps - Comptoir (as it's known to locals) was dreamed up by Aurélien Laffon as a place to transport visitors across continents. Be sure to explore the whole, glorious space, from the kitschy, 1950s-Hollywood-style bar to the main room's tropical Caribbean paradise and the patio's leafy Mediterranean-village feel.

Address

80 Quai de Jemmapes 75010

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Derrière

Paris, France

With the feeling of your bohemian aunt's apartment that you use as a crash pad during Eurostar weekend getaways, this cosy restaurant is all kooky wall art, mismatched chairs and fringed red-velvet cushions. For "candid" action shots, step through Derrière's mirrored version of Narnia's wardrobe and into the hideaway smoking room. Even the loos are Instagram-friendly with their geometric mirrors hanging from chains and enormous washbasin.

Address

69 Rue des Gravilliers, 75003 Paris, France

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Hotel Grand Amour Terrace

Paris, France

With candy pink and white-striped awnings, tumbling ivy and black trellises, this is any fashion lover’s dream spot for sipping a café au lait while watching chic Parisiennes stroll in wearing cigarette trousers and click-clacking across the black-and-white checkered flooring. The sexy pink-hued bedrooms are equally ideal for snagging some coquettish pics if you’re looking for a place to stay.

Address

18 Rue de la Fidélité, 75010 Paris, France

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Alcazar

Paris, France

If you're on the hunt for the ideal palm tree aesthetic, head to Alcazar. Strung with fronds of all kinds, this warmly lit green-and-white space will have you feeling like you've stepped into a sophisticated urban jungle. To check out the restaurant from above, head to the equally leafy upstairs bar (complete with a requisite neon-pink wall sign).

Address

62 Rue Mazarine 75006

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PNY Le Marais

Paris, France

The millennial dream, this bubblegum-pink and aqua fantasy is what #instagoals are made of. Once you've finished devouring your panko-crusted portobello burger, snap away between sips of your equally photogenic Oreo milkshake.

Address

1 Rue Perrée 75003

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Monsieur Bleu at Palais de Tokyo

Paris, France

Black-marble columns, a copper wall, acid-green velvet booths… Monsieur Bleu nails the industrial-chic look. Whether you want a picture of your Moscow mule in front of one of the restaurant’s columns or a snap of the Eiffel Tower from the sought-after terrace, you might need to clear out some space on your camera roll for this one.

Address

20 Avenue de New York, 75116 Paris, France

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Loulou

Paris, France

Set in the Louvre’s courtyard amid meticulously trimmed hedges, Loulou sprawls out under a canopy of pristine white umbrellas shading a crowd of Sandro-clad couples sipping on Aperol spritzes as they take in the views of the Tuileries. The golden facades of the museum serve as the perfect backdrop if you’re looking for a little bourgeois glamour come lunchtime.

Address

107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

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Restaurant at L’Hotel

Paris, France

If sinking into a plush velvet chaise overlooking a fountain is your cup of tea, step into the courtyard at L’Hotel immediately. With copper hanging lanterns and silk wall drapes, it’s one of the most sophisticated places in Saint-Germain for a lunch break.

Address

13, rue des Beaux-Arts, 6th arr., 75006 Paris, France

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Ralph’s

Paris, France

Another Saint-Germain hotspot and truly something that no one should miss on a trip to Paris, Ralph’s is set in the glorious courtyard of, you guessed it, Ralph Lauren’s four-story Left Bank shop. Nestled between the surrounding buildings’ high arches, this restaurant is the perfect place to cosy up on a couch piled high with navy and white-striped cushions and enjoy a plate of crab cakes to switch up the usual tartare routine. If it’s a bit chillier outside, the restaurant’s indoor section is equally stunning, with dark oak panels, an enormous fireplace and English-inspired paintings of hunting scenes. And make sure to get a coffee or tea after your meal to get a tower of toffee-drizzled popcorn on the house – very Instagram-friendly.

Address

173 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris, France

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Restaurant Georges at Centre Pompidou

Paris, France

For seriously sculptural silver surroundings and, yet again, pink seating, Georges is an on-trend artsy locale. On top of its unique decor, which is basically an art installation, the restaurant is set on the top floor of the museum offering panoramic views of the city – Eiffel Tower, Sacré-Coeur, Grande Roue and Grand Palais included.

Address

6ème étage Palais Beaubourg Place Georges Pompidou, 75004 Paris, France

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Hôtel Costes Courtyard

Paris, France

If you like being surrounded by beautiful people just as much as beautiful settings, Costes is for you. A playground for all the PYTs of the fashion set, it’s the best spot to go for a burrata and cherry tomato salad (or go all out with their famous Crackers cheesecake – truly delightful) and people-watch. It’s no wonder so many stylish folks swarm here; the walls in the courtyard are painted a gorgeous muted cherry, Romanesque statues dot the tops of pillars and ivy tumbles from the balustrades lining the rooms above. If you want to keep the party going post-mealtime, retreat to the sexy bar decked out with dimly lit chandeliers and thick velvet curtains, or one of the candlelit library rooms for a nightcap before heading upstairs.

Address

239-241 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris, France

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Used Book Café at Merci

Paris, France

For a cutesy afternoon snuggled up with a book and a pot of mint tea, the library at Merci is a perfect place to stop after an exhausting morning spent browsing the expansive shop. Make sure to snap a pic of the iconic red Merci car parked outside the window on your way out.

Address

111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris, France

This article was updated on 25 January 2022.

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