I ate at a small restaurant in Paris loved by the Kardashians. The cheeseburger was delicious and refreshingly unpretentious for an A-list hotspot.

Kim Kardashian at Ferdi in Paris, France in April 2014 (left) and the author's meal at Ferdi in November 2022 (right).

Kim Kardashian at Ferdi in Paris, France in April 2014 (left) and the author’s meal at Ferdi in November 2022 (right).Marc Piasecki/GC Images, Maria Noyen/Insider

  • Celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid frequent the Parisian restaurant Ferdi.

  • Over the years, the hole-in-the-wall restaurant in Paris has become famous for its $17 cheeseburger.

  • I tried it, along with loaded fries, and was surprised at how moist the medium-cooked burger was.

While in Paris recently, I had dinner at a small restaurant called Ferdi’s that has received an A-list clientele over the years.

The exterior of Ferdi in Paris, France.

The exterior of Ferdi in Paris, France.Maria Noyen/Insider

Since 2004, individual it has become a hub for various actors, models, and celebrities, including the Kardashians, Hadids, Owen Wilson, and Penelope Cruz.

The small hole-in-the-wall restaurant was founded by Alicia and Jacques Fontanier, who named their establishment after their son, Ferdinand, according to an interview the couple did with the new york times in 2007.

Speaking to the publication, Alicia described the menu as one that satisfies simple pleasures. “I’m hardly a professional cook,” she said. “So the menu consists of dishes that I knew I could do.”

According to Goop, Ferdi is also a favorite among the fashion crowd, as evidenced by his social media.

Ferdi is featured in various lifestyle publications and blogs, including Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop website. According to to GoopFerdi is “particularly big with a trendy crowd.”

Just take a look at Ferdi’s Instagram and you can see the kind of A-list clientele the hotspot attracts.

In 2017, Ferdi uploaded a black and white photo instagram photo of models Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, Joan Smalls, Lily Donaldson and Doutzen Kroes dining on Ferdi’s loaded burgers and fries.

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So my mission was clear: I was planning to try these iconic dishes.

The decor, consisting of children’s toys, gives Ferdi an unexpectedly playful and unpretentious vibe.

The interior of the Ferdi restaurant.

The interior of the Ferdi restaurant.Maria Noyen/Insider

I took my friend Amy, who was visiting Paris at the same time as me, to help me try out the menu at Ferdi’s.

But when we arrived, our attention was instantly captured by the restaurant’s eclectic decor. Miniature cars, string puppets and Playmobil toys lined all of Ferdi’s walls.

According to the New York Times, the unusual decor choice is the toys the founder’s son used to play with.

We sat at the bar, which gave us great views from our drinks.

The author was sitting by the bar.

The author was sitting by the bar.Maria Noyen/Insider

I’m a fan of the open kitchen aesthetic in restaurants because I love watching a meal being prepared. That’s why I loved that we sat near the bar.

It also made the space, which already felt relatively small, seem more intimate and less pretentious than I imagined a beloved A-lister restaurant would be.

My friend and I love margaritas so we started the night with the classic drink.

Insider's Maria Noyen.

Insider’s Maria Noyen.Maria Noyen/Insider

When I visited Ferdi, he had already been in Paris for four days and had drunk a fair amount of wine. So for drinks, I opted for one of the cocktails Ferdi offered.

Amy and I are fans of margaritas so we got them before ordering our meals. The salt rimmed drink costs 12 euros, about $13.

My meal consisted of the Mac Ferdi cheeseburger and naughty fries served with a homemade chili cheddar sauce.

The meal consisted of French fries, a cheddar hot sauce, and a hamburger.

The meal consisted of French fries, a cheddar hot sauce, and a hamburger.Maria Noyen/Insider

I ordered the same cheeseburger that Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and other models seemed to be eating when they visited Ferdi in 2017.

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When ordering the 16 euro burger, which is around $17, the waiter told me that the kitchen only makes it medium or rare. To play it safe, I chose medium, although I usually go for medium-rare.

The beef burger came topped with cheese, fried and raw onions, mustard, pickles and Ferdi’s special sauce.

For my part, I ordered the naughty fries, which came with a homemade chili cheddar sauce.

I thought dipping the fries in melted cheese and chili flakes was a fun alternative to ketchup and mayonnaise.

A potato chip dipped in cheese and topped with chili flakes.

A potato chip dipped in cheese and topped with chili flakes.Maria Noyen/Insider

I’m a big fan of ketchup and mayonnaise, but I have to say, I really didn’t think to order either when it came to these fries.

The cheese sauce wasn’t amazing, but it did provide a great gooey texture for the chili flakes. I also enjoy spices, so I was not fazed by the amount of chili flakes that covered each fry. My only real complaint is that the portion was a bit small.

I could barely stop to take a picture of the burger because it looked deliciously good, oozing with its sauce and cheese.

The hamburger before the author took a bite.

The hamburger before the author took a bite.Maria Noyen/Insider

To tell you the truth, I rarely order burgers in restaurants. In my experience, many restaurants try to distinguish themselves from fast food outlets by serving fancy burgers with overly elaborate buns. I much prefer the simplicity of a decent fast food burger.

That being said, I was pleasantly surprised by Ferdi’s cheeseburger.

The burger was sandwiched between two sesame loaded soft buns. It oozed cheese and sauce, but the perfect size so that I could pick it up and bite into it without spilling its contents.

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Any fears that the half-cooked burger would dry out quickly were allayed.

The burger was moist, despite being cooked at a medium temperature.

The burger was moist, despite being cooked at a medium temperature.Maria Noyen/Insider

Perhaps most surprising, given its medium rare, was how perfectly moist I thought the burger was. And it helped that there was a thick layer of Ferdi’s special sauce smeared on top.

Just like with the fries, I found that I didn’t really need to put ketchup or mayonnaise on the burger, which I usually do, because it was super flavorful.

For dessert, we ordered a pistachio cream dish that came with an assortment of “French children’s cookies”, and it was the perfect ending to our meal.

Dessert was a creamy pistachio dip and cookies.

Dessert was a creamy pistachio dip and cookies.Maria Noyen/Insider

Dessert was a wild card, as he wasn’t exactly sure which was the preferred option among Ferdi’s famous clientele. So I left the decision up to my friend Amy, who chose the pistachio cream dish. According to the menu, it comes with a “parade of French children’s cookies.”

The sugar cookies were all different textures and shapes, and we dunked them into the pistachio heavy cream with crushed pistachio bits.

Had we been given a larger portion, I think it would have been quite an awkward end to an already heavy meal.

But it was small enough to be a sweet treat to end the night.

While I think the hype behind Ferdi’s cheeseburger is justified, it’s the quirkiness of the restaurant that makes it a must for me.

The author ordered a margarita.

The author ordered a margarita.Maria Noyen/Insider

On Ferdi’s menu, there was a disclaimer that read, “Some nights we might have run out of burgers for second serve – we apologize.”

Before my meal, this disclaimer had me worried that I would miss out on the Ferdi experience if I didn’t have the cheeseburger.

But, while the burger I successfully ordered was delicious, I came to the conclusion that I would have enjoyed dinner if it hadn’t been available.

My friend Amy, for example, loved the restaurant and ordered homemade meatballs with roasted pine nuts and mashed potatoes.

On second thought, the best part of dining at Ferdi’s is the atmosphere. It’s intimate, quirky and fun, making it the perfect place for a dinner with friends or a date night.

And now that I know there’s a location in London, I’ll definitely be back, burger or no burger.

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