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Top 3 food trucks in Paris: Should you try them?

which are the best food trucks in parisFood trucks have never been popular in central Paris and have been relegated to the outskirts.

The reasons are that they had an image of offering less than average quality food, Parisians don’t like eating standing up, and primarily, Paris city council never wanted to see a flock of competing businesses grabbing market shares  to its brick and mortar restaurants paying high local taxes.

But this has changed.

Then came the gourmet american style food trucks. The first one managed to start operations in 2011 under the smoking name “Le camion qui fume” (the smoking truck). The new food truck craze grew ever since with over 40 in the Paris region.

le camion qui fume food truck on place de la madeleine in 8th arrondissement of paris

Paris officials changed their mind too.

Facing the growing interest Paris city council finally decided to allocate 40 food trucks spots located in different arrondissements of Paris.

So what are those food trucks all about?

You will find two trends: The gourmet hamburger team with organic meat, hand cut fries, high end labeled French cheese and all the good products France has to offer. And then you have the world cuisine team from Vietnamese food to local French specialties like crepes and traditional French hand cooked meal in a jar.

Who are they for?

The food trucks in central Paris are primarily targeted at young French Parisian hipsters. They all have a website or a Facebook page where you can follow their location day by day, but none of them are in English which leads me to conclude that they are not too tourist aware.

la cantine california food truck on raspail market in paris

This shouldn’t stop you from giving it a try. Lets say you want to take a break from French food and there happened to be a gourmet burger truck close to where you stay, or on the way to your day tour, then go for it.

burger and fries ticket from le camion qui fume food truckAre they cheap?

Not really at $10 and higher a burger, there are cheaper options to eat in Paris.

Are they convenient?

No, scarcity of locations and popularity will create long waiting queues. About 50 minutes wait during peak hours, that sounds like very slow food to me. Most of them only have a couple of small stand up tables, so you will have to find a spot somewhere to savor.

long waiting queues in front the best food trucks in paris

Are the burgers good?

You can’t go too wrong with the taste, the whole concept relies on bringing to the streets fresh high quality products.

How to find them?

The best way to find these trucks for non French speakers is to use a food truck locating website named tttruck.com. Just enter Paris as a location, the day and time you want, and the site will return a Google map with the locations of the trucks for your criteria.

website to find food trucks in Paris

Which are the best burger food trucks in Paris?

There aren’t that many in central Paris at the moment but here are the ones standing out:

1- Le Camion qui Fume: The food truck that started it all, run by Californian chef Kristin Frederick. There are actually two of them now.

Locations: Most of the days for lunch and dinner the truck is standing in front of MK2 library in the 13th arrondissement, and on Place de la Madeleine in the 8th arrondissement. The exact addresses are:

MK2 Bibliothèque – 132 Avenue de France 75013 Paris (Click on link to open Google map)

Place de la Madeleine – 11 Place de la Madeleine 75008 Paris (Click on link to open Google map)

Website: http://lecamionquifume.com/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lecamionquifume

2- La Cantine California: It is hard to beat these generous all organic tacos and burgers, their hand cut fries also are addictive.

Locations: The truck navigates between St Honoré and Raspail markets, in the 6th and 1st arrondissements of Paris.

Marche Rapsail – Boulevard Raspail 75006 Paris (Click on link to open Google map)

Marché Saint Honoré – Place du Marché Saint-Honoré 75001 Paris (Click on link to open Google map)

Website: http://www.cantinecalifornia.com/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CantineCalifornia

founder of La Cantine California food truck

3- Le Réfectoire: Delivers Paris burgers with the most French flair. A large choice of typical French cheeses like Comté, Raclette and goat cheese to French style your burger.

Locations: The Réfectoire truck can be found at two locations, on Marché Popincourt in 11th arrondissement, and more out of the way from the city center in the 20th arrondissement on marché des Pyrénées.

Marché Popincourt – Boulevard Richard Lenoir 75011 Paris (Click on link to open Google map)

Marché Pyrénées – 284 Rue des Pyrénées 75020 Paris (Click on link to open Google map)

Website: http://www.le-refectoire.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeRefectoire

refectoire burger food truck in 11th arrondissement

In conclusion:

If your are planning to visit Paris and look for places to eat why not give a try to a French flavored burger if it is conveniently located near where you stay, but don’t go out of your way to eat there.

What are your other options for finger liking burgers in Paris?

So you don’t want to be outside or standing up while eating your delicious French burger? Try these instead:

Big Fernand: Forget fine dinning for an evening and enter the wonderful world of French gourmet burger at Big Fernand. Home made buns and French meat and cheese, you won’t be sorry.

Locations: Three addresses in Paris in the 1st, 2nd and the 9th arrondissement.

40 Place du Marché Saint-Honoré 75001 Paris (Click on link to open Google map)

32 Rue Saint-Sauveur 75002 Paris (Click on link to open Google map)

55 Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière 75010 Paris (Click on link to open Google map)

Website: http://www.bigfernand.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bigfernand

big fernand gourmet burger restaurant in paris

la Cantine California: Following its food truck success La Cantine has opened a brick and mortar address in Paris in the 3rd arrondissement, so now you can savor some of the best burgers in Paris and be seated.

Location: Your gourmet burgers conveniently located in the 3rd arrondissement in central Paris.

46 Rue de Turbigo 75003 Paris (Click on link to open Google map)

la cantine california gourmet burger place in 3rd arr