People think it’s odd that there’s a craving amongst a certain crowd (namely transplanted Californians…but with a growing number of curious locals) in Paris seeking Mexican food. But like any city with an international population, a variety of ethnic food and places are welcome.
(And if you don’t believe me, I’ve been reading about the hordes descending upon the Italian food emporium that recently opened in Manhattan.)
Parisians, notably the younger set, are becoming more adventurous about Latin American foods and the quality of Mexican places is getting better, including a few joints that are rolling out their own tortillas. Even Chipotle has opened in Paris.
Here’s a list of places that I’ve been to, or were recommended to me, or that others have written about. I haven’t visited them all and where applicable, I’ve linked to people who have. You can also find reviews of Paris Mexican places on Paris by Mouth and Yelp.fr. If you have any recommendations or other places to add, please feel free to leave them in the comments.
3, Eugène Varlin (10th)
Tél: 07 86 39 63 46
Lunch is nearly impossible in this tiny spot with just two seats; most people take their meal out and eat by the nearby canal, in good weather. Homemade tortillas and friendly service. The hot sauce is quite good!
El Nopal (Barbra Austin)
El Nopal, Mexican taqueria in Paris (Adrian Moore)
El Nopal (Just Another American in Paris)
El Nopal (Meg Zimbeck)
Mexi and Co.
10, rue Dante
Tél: 01 46 34 14 12
Mexi & Co (About.com)
15, rue Dauphine (6th)
Tél: 01 46 34 44 69
26, rue François Miron (4th)
Tél: 01 42 77 59 40
I wasn’t wowed by this place, which is popular with a younger set because of their central Marais location, who come mostly for the Mojitos.
La Perla (Meg Zimbeck)
La Perla (The Puff List)
52, rue de Saintonge (3rd)
The tacos and tostadas are excellent; I recommend the soft tacos with spicy sausage filling. Mexican beers available and the plain white door in the back leads to a hip cocktail lounge.
Rice & Beans
22, rue Greneta (2nd)
Tél: 01 73 70 46 09
One of the best of the lot, serving fish tacos and burritos. (The photo at the top of this post was taken there.) The shared benches and tables fill up quickly, especially during lunch hour.
UPDATE: As for Fall 2012, Rice & Beans is closed.
Rice & Beans (Table à découverte, in French)
El Sol y La Luna
31, rue Saint Jacques (5th)
Tél: 01 43 54 41 56
Considered Latin American, it’s on this list because it features the flavors of Mexico and its neighbors. This friendly place is near Notre Dame and has specially priced lunch platters.
Beef Tacos and Chicken Quesadillas (Chocolate & Zucchini)
9, rue Annonciation (16th)
Tél: 01 45 20 88 16
127, rue Mouffetard (5th)
Boca Mexa (Croque-Camille)
30, rue des Bernadins (5th)
Tél: 01 43 26 10 20
Anahuacalli (Paris Missives)
Hacienda del Sol
157, boulevard du Montparnasse (6th)
Tél: 01 43 26 26 53
The sister restaurant to Anahuacalli, listed above.
48, rue Lafitte (9th)
Tél: 01 42 81 02 30
This lunch-only place is located near the business center of Paris. The energetic, friendly staff serves plump, respectable burritos, as well as soft tacos and salads, all available with various add-ins. (See photo, above.) Vegetarian options, too.
A Cactus in the Middle of Paris? (Jenni Does Dessert)
73, rue Crozatier (12th)
Tél: 01 43 47 26 69
Restaurant and épicerie, selling Mexican products, including salsas and fresh corn tortillas.
20, rue du Père Guérin (13th)
Tél: 01 45 88 56
O’Mexico (Life en franglais)
22, rue Arrivée (15th)
Tél: 01 43 38 12 27
I haven’t been since their move but the last meal I had here featured standard Mexican fare. We did manage to empty their margarita machine by ten pm, so let’s hope they got a bigger one in their new place.
Tacos & Tortas
94, rue Saint Honoré (1st)
Tél: 01 42 33 39 87
Respectable tacos with pork, chorizo, chicken, vegetables, and cactus (shown) on offer. They could dial up the spices, and give a few more chips with the guacamole, but the pleasant staff and sunny outdoor seating make this a good spot of Mexican in the center of Paris.
3, boulevard Saint Denis (3rd)
20, rue du Générale Guilhem (11th)
TéL: 01 56 98 05 18
Tacos, quesadillas, and even margaritas are featured at this taco spot on a scenic park. You can’t mix ‘n match, so go with a friend if you want to try an assortment.
37, rue Yves Toudic
Tél: 01 42 41 09 09
Tacos are the specialty here and you can mix and match everything, from carne asada to puerco al pastor (pork with chiles and pineapple.) Friendly service and outside seating.
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