There are many restaurants in Paris! In fact, the city has more than 40,000 food restaurant! While most articles about restaurants in Paris will tell you the best and fanciest restaurants to go to we thought we would change it up a bit. Instead, we want to recommend the city’s strangest and weirdest restaurants! From eating in the dark to eating with cats, each of these are sure to give you an experience that you won’t forget!
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1. Dinner in the dark at Dans le Noir
There is no false advertising in this place you will literally be having dinner in the dark. In fact, it is so dark that you will not even be able to see your own hand in front of your face. It is a true experience where you will learn a lot about trusting your other senses and experience what it is like for the visually impaired. In fact, many of the waiters and waitress here are visually impaired and they will be the ones that guide you through your experience. You will walk, eat, drink, meet new people and more, all while not seeing. The people who will be guiding you are specially trained and you will be doing it with others who will be experiencing it for the first time with you! It is a really cool and unique experience!
- Address: 51 Rue Quincampoix, 75004
- Hours: Monday – Thursday 7:45 pm – 9:45pm & Friday to Sunday from 12:30 am to 1 pm and 7:30pm to 9:45pm
- Website: paris.danslenoir.fr
2. Dishes that look like Desserts at Prive de Dessert
Yes, you read that right. Located in the 9th and 12th arrondissements of Paris, this restaurant specializes in making all their dishes look like desserts. That’s right. No matter how savory of a meal you may have it will end up looking like scrumptious dessert! So why not try their “what looks like a churro” but in fact, tastes like fresh steak and cheese. Or their burger that looks like a French pastry? A bonus is that all these dishes are made with fresh produce and made on the day!
- Address: 4 Rue Lallier, 75009 Paris & 7 rue Théophile Roussel, 75012 Paris
- Hours: Monday to Friday from 7 pm to 11 pm & Saturday & Sunday from 12 pm to 2:30 pm & 7 pm to 11 pm.
- Website: www.privededessert.com
3. Mystery Meals at Mystery Cuisine
At Mystery Cuisine you will not have any set menu but rather you will be surprised with a 2-course meal. There are only 5 tables at this restaurant so it is an intimate setting and their food is known to be very gastronomical so you are sure not to be disappointed. The food here is a blend of the creativity and respective cuisines of their two chefs, who are French and Vietnamese and they both decide what to surprise their guests with. Their dishes are made with the highest quality ingredients and are presented in the most elaborate of ways. Better yet, they always get amazing reviews despite people never knowing what they are gonna get!
- Address: 37 Rue de Montpensier, 75001 Paris
- Times: Dinner is from 8 pm to 9 pm every day except Sunday and Monday.
- Website: www.mysterycuisine.fr
4. Le Cafe des Chats
Are you a fan of cats? If your answer is yes, then this is the place for you! Imagine enjoying your coffee and pastries while being surrounded by tons of cats! Inspired by the cat cafes that can be found all over Japan this cafe aims to serve you delicious teas, coffees, and pastries while you get to know some of their cats.
- Address: 9 Rue Sedaine, 75011 Paris
- Hours: Tuesday to Thursday from 12 pm to 10:30 pm, Friday and Saturday from 12 pm to 11 pm & Sundays from 12 pm to 10:30 pm
- Website: lecafedeschats.fr
5. Petanque and a meal at Les Niçois
Why not play the beloved French game (or watch it) while enjoying some tapas and drinks. While passing you may think this is a regular restaurant but in fact, there is a petanque ground inside the restaurant. So you can enjoy your food and drinks while getting a good game of Petanque in as well.
Just in case you are not familiar with it Petanque: it is a French game where there are two teams who play with two types of balls in a rectangle field. The aim of the game is to try and get the balls close to the target (another “neutral” ball).
- Address: 7 rue Lacharriere 75011
- Hours: 11:00 am to 2:00 am every day except Sunday at 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
- Website: lesnicois.com