When Burger King reopened its doors in St Lazare (the flagship resto) at at the end of 2013, no one knew they were on to something so big. After a 15 year absence it appears that the fast food chain increased Parisians’ appetites and desire for Le Whopper. Three more BK restos (can we even call them that ?) have opened in Paris and 400 are to open nationwide. (It was rumoured that before his extravagent wedding Kanye West wanted to buy his wife 10 Burger Kings restaurants in Europe. Say no more !).
Which all goes to show that there is something big with burgers here. Rather surprising considering it wasn’t so long ago that these ‘trop Américain’ patties were frowned upon and the thought of resorting to a Mc Doh’s was unheard of. Nonetheless today Parisians have deemed the burger ‘très chic!’
That said, let’s take a look at the French burger or ‘burgie’ as they’re called here. For starters it’s not cheap. In fact, you’ll be surprised to find any burger for less than 13€. But for those of you who crave a good greasy spoon experience in Paris, here are the best of the bun joints you’ll find.
H.A.N.D. (Have A Nice Day)
With fashionista like waitresses and good looking guys lurking arounnd, H.A.N.D. is always a good hotspot to go to at any time of the day. French owners bring a bit of Brooklyn to Paris with juicy creative burgers that start around 14€. Just beware of the hipsters. H.a.n.d. 39, rue Richelieu 75001 Tel : 01 40 15 03 27, Metro 1, Palais
Here’s an old timer that’s been serving burgers and fries since1972. Located in the heart of Etienne Marcel (1st arrond.), large brick walls, a bar with stools and a noisy jukebox create the New York ambiance. Expect to pay about 23€ for a cheeseburger with a healthy portion of fries. They also do veggie and vegan burgers and a swell Thanksgiving dinner in case you’re craving turkey around end of November. Joe Allen, 30 Rue Pierre Lescot 75001, Tel: 01 42 36 70 13, Metro 4, Les Halles. Open every day.
Breakfast In America
Now for a real American Diner in Paris. Known for being one of the best burger spots Paris, BIA serves it all. Blueberry pancakes with maple syrup, locally baked bagels, milkshakes, the works. Brunch is packed and the atmosphere is always lively. Plus with burgers starting at 10€ the prices are well within everyone’s budget. So popular there are now two, 17, rue des Ecoles 75005, Métro: Cardinal LeMoine or Jussieu or 4 rue Mahler, 75004. Open every day.
If you’re looking for the ‘Hotel de Costes’ of burger spots, head to Ralph’s. Their famed black angus burger with heirloom tomato is a well-known favourite inside the swanky Ralph Lauren store in the swanky St. Germain neighborhood. Which means you’ll enjoy good burger at a swanky price of €27!
Ralph’s 173 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006, Metro: St Germain des Près
Le Camion Qui Fume
This burger craze goes beyond the bistros popping up everywhere. A few years years ago Paris got its first foodtruck with the launch of Le Camion Qui Fume (The truck that smokes). Kristin Frederick, a Californian graduate from culinary school decided to introduce the French to food trucks…American style. For just €10, go for the the classique, a brioche bun with a thick, juicy patty, cheddar, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and mayo. Just be prepared to wait! There’s always a line! To catch the truck’s location every week, check out the website http://lecamionquifume.com.