Reviewed: Le Coupe-Chou, Paris

Restaurant Le Coupe-Chou, Paris. By Packing my Suitcase.

Since February this year, I have been presenting a review every last Friday of the month. This month’s review is all about a little restaurant that I discovered in Paris, where I had lunch to celebrate my 3-year wedding anniversary with W.

Previous to my trip to Paris I spent some time trying to find a nice place to have a special lunch. We all know that the city of love have so many options that it might make your head dizzy. I wasn’t planning on going to those top fancy places where the menu costs at least 60€ per person. All I wanted was a little cozy restaurant, with great food and no absurd price.

Browsing the Internet, I remember reading recommendations by locals of nice places to eat in Paris without breaking the bank. And that’s when I found Le Coupe-Chou, located in the beautiful Saint-Germain-des-Prés. I took a look at their menu and decided it was the perfect place, so I made the reservation via email.

The restaurant was very easy to find, located in a quiet little street near the Pantheon. The inside is stunning, very antique, with details such as vintage soda siphons, a fireplace, old lamps and clock. Can this place be any more cosy?

IMG_8480Restaurant Le Coupe-Chou, Paris. By Packing my Suitcase.

Restaurant Le Coupe-Chou, Paris. By Packing my Suitcase.

Restaurant Le Coupe-Chou, Paris. By Packing my Suitcase.

Restaurant Le Coupe-Chou, Paris. By Packing my Suitcase.

Restaurant Le Coupe-Chou, Paris. By Packing my Suitcase.

Restaurant Le Coupe-Chou, Paris. By Packing my Suitcase.

We had the option to decide where to sit. Outside or inside? It was a hard decision, but we opt for sitting on the terrace, as it was simply the perfect summer day in Paris. We took a look at the menu, and decided to take their formule – menu of the day:

Bread and Chardonnay

Restaurant Le Coupe-Chou, Paris. By Packing my Suitcase.

Risotto with shrimps, marinated salmon and champignons

Restaurant Le Coupe-Chou, Paris. By Packing my Suitcase.

And a delicious dessert I have never tried before: Gratin of red fruits in Zabaglione (an Italian dessert made with egg yolks, sugar and sweet wine).

Restaurant Le Coupe-Chou, Paris. By Packing my Suitcase.

The risotto was not the typical Italian risotto, it was probably a French version, but it tasted amazing. The portion was perfect for my hunger, which surprisingly was not big as normally is. There was something very good about the shrimps’ flavour that I couldn’t figure what it was exactly. The dessert was something! It reminded me of crème brûlée. Amazing.

Restaurant Le Coupe-Chou, Paris. By Packing my Suitcase.

The verdict


Located in a tiny and quiet street of Saint-Germain-dés-Prés. Easy to find and near Notre Dame.


Cosy, chic, old and romantic. They play old songs from the times of kings and queens; it felt like I was in the times of Shakespeare.


I thought that the waitress was very friendly, especially when I asked to change the dessert of the menu of the day.




There are lots of amazing options on their menu, probably hard to decide. They also have menu of the day each day.


Great quality and delicious.


They offer many options. The wine was great!

Value for money

Great price for Paris, especially for a nice place like this.

How many suitcases does this restaurant deserve?


Restaurant Le Coupe-Chou, Paris. By Packing my Suitcase.

Le Coupe-Chou

11, rue de Lanneau

75005 Paris


About Allane

A Brazilian living in Germany. Married to W. mommy to a baby girl and a Golden Retriever. Traveler, writer, aspiring photographer, diver, wine appreciator, Formula 1 fan, avid reader of historical and young adult fictions books. City girl, nature lover, believer of a better world, one little change at a time.

  • I didn’t know Le Coupe-Chou and I used to live in Paris – it looks gorgeous and your gratin dessert sounds delicious

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

    • hahaha you’re sweet.
      I guess you both lived in the same town and never met each other! 😀 I hope you do next time you are in Paris!!
      The dessert was amazing!

  • Thank you dear 😀
    I hope you get to try their food when you visit Paris sometime 😀

  • Yes, it is a very nice place 😀

  • Probably 😀
    Me too!! That area is something!

  • hahaha me too!!
    Funny, I love cooking risotto, I think it’s a nice moment to think! 😀

  • It does look cosy, and the food looks amazing. I’m hungry now!

  • Looks like an adorable little restaurant! Franz just mentioned that he’d like to visit Paris! Might have to save this one!

    • yaaaay go Paris go Paris 😀
      I hope you guys make it there soon… and yes do try the restaurant and let me know what you think!

  • Looks very cosy plus I love the neighborhood! The indoor area is ideal for fall/winter! Will keep it in mind for the next tie I’ll visit Paris…indeed it’s difficult to find a budget friendly quality restaurant in Paris!

    • Glad that you liked it!
      You are right, the inside is perfect for fall/winter… so cosy! That was my first thought when I saw the place 😀
      I hope you like it when you try!

  • This looks like the perfect place for a special dinner. I love the review and great pictures. The risotto looks delcious!

  • Yes, exactly 😀 I love finding places like this one!

  • Happy that you liked it Cathy 😀
    If you ever go let me know what you thought!

  • I hope you like it 😀

  • Glad you liked it!
    I hope you try it once you visit Paris 😀

  • Thank you Sabrina!! Happy that you like it 😀

  • It was a great choice 😀
    It does feel great when you find something nice!!

  • Gin

    The atmosphere looks nice and this baguette… hmm it looks so tasty. I miss crispy bread so much. I can’t wait to go back to Belgium in September for a little crispy treat 🙂

    • hahaha already missing Belgium? 😀
      I love a crispy bread too!!

      • Gin

        I just miss the bread and the cheese :p

        • hahaha then that’s good, so you have something to look forward before going there every time 😀

  • Hanne

    This looks just delcious! A great review! I will for sure have this resturant on my list next time I travel to Paris! Love the old style!

    • Thank you Hanne!! Yes, do include it on your list.
      I also looove the old style 😀

  • Nihar Pradhan

    At the outset sorry Allane for coming late, yes was little tied up on different fronts, couple of weeks have been hectic. Nevertheless, it is always refreshing to visit here and enjoy the lovely delicacies and description of wonderful places you keep bring week after week, it is indeed exciting and truly refreshing.

    Yes, restaurants are about the ambiance and taste and the service, cost is not necessary to be prerequisite for getting all this, and we need to scan and we need to search and we can get the one with all these attributes and COUPE-CHOU is exactly what you discovered and yes, most of us love to be taken back to the beauty of past and it is indeed nostalgic, the chic and the cozy makes all the difference when get what you want…delicious desert and yes every place has its own flavor and when desert gets it twist we get the taste…

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend.

    • Dear Nihar, no need to apologize for that 😀
      Things have also been busy around here too.
      I am happy to know that you keep enjoying my weekly posts.

      Le Coupe-Chou was indeed a great restaurant, definitely I great find in Paris 😀

      I wish you a great week. A very productive one 😀

      • Nihar Pradhan

        Thanks Allane for understanding…yes, things are fine and weeks are more hectic this days. Missing our conversations and though keep enjoying you lovely post. Will catch up will all your pending posts.
        You too have a more creative week…

  • 😀 it was fantastic!!

  • It is a great restaurant Stephanie. I hope you might try it when you are in Paris 😀

  • Ohhh that’s sounds amazing. If you have the chance to try it, do it 😀

  • Thank you so much Jennifer 😀
    Yes it was a great meal! <3

  • Mabel Kwong

    That actually looks like a very light risotto. It looks so…pure too, all white and fluffy 😀 The texture of the risotto looks similar to porridge and congee I ate in Malaysia as a kid. So, maybe I will like this dish if I get to try it!

    Looks as if you took a lot of photos of the restaurant 😀

    • hahaha you are right, it looks like porridge!! I used to eat in Canada, but I hated it! Fortunately the risotto tastes way better 😀

      • Mabel Kwong

        Hahaha. Maybe the porridge you ate in the past was very lumpy and clumpy. I tend to like porridge that is soft and thin. That is very nice but maybe you don’t like that 😀

        I love risotto too – minus cheese on top!

        • hahahah probably!! But I found the taste a bit weird.
          Ohh noo, you don’t like cheese? W hates it, but he doesn’t mind the grated cheese on top of things 😀

          • Mabel Kwong

            I looove cheese but sometimes it makes me sick and full D: I love pizza, so I love my cheese. And burgers too 😀 Hopefully we see you reviewing more cheesy foods at some point!

          • hahahaha sounds great 😀