Enduring Paris Bistros Found In The City's Historic Quartiers

Mention "Paris bistro" and what probably comes to mind is an image of a well-worn tile floor, a zinc bar, leather banquettes, bare wood tables hugging a wall fitted with Art Deco light fixtures, and all the French classics on the menu. When we dine in Paris, we're on a mission — to indulge in all the things we love but can't get elsewhere: authentic French foods with time-tested ingredients like canard; pigeon; ris de veau; wild game; runny, unpasteurized cheeses; dark and spicy pates; prunes aged in cognac; croissants so flaky they shatter into a million buttery crumbs.

So it's good news that there's a renaissance in Paris gastronomy, featuring both updated and traditional bistros with all the classic French dishes — in practically every arrondissement. In fact, there are so many enduring bistros that we've divided them into sections according to historic district.


The Most Popular Activities in the Marais

Marais Food Tour with Wine & Cheese Tastings
Walk through the historic Marais neighborhood with a food-expert guide to visit the top food & wine shops, tasting the best of Parisian food.
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Marais Semi-Private Discovery Tour
Experience the oldest part of Paris on this semi-private guided walking tour. Place des Vosges, the Jewish Quarter, food shops, and more.
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10 Enduring Paris Bistros In The Marais

10 Enduring Paris Bistros In The Marais

The Marais is not only everyone's fave neighborhood, it should also be included on everyone's list of favorite places to eat. That is, if these ten enduring Paris bistros are any indication.

Enduring Paris Bistros On The Left Bank

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The Left Bank is the Paris we dream about, and that's also true when it comes to dining in traditional bistros. These ten enduring Paris eateries on the Left Bank have stood the test of time… and of taste buds.

8 Enduring Paris Bistros In The 7th Arrondissement

Fontaine de Mars

The 7th Arrondissement is home to many Paris attractions, but also to a beautiful batch of bistros that continue to both charm and satisfy. Between Musée d'Orsay and the Eiffel Tower, here are eight restaurants you don't want to miss.


The Most Popular Food Tours in Paris

Discover the Food & Wine of the Marais
Visit the top food & wine shops in the historic Marais, tasting the best of French foods. There's plenty of sampling on this small-group tour.
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Cheese & Wine Tasting in a Paris Cellar
In the cheese-aging cellar of a Paris fromagerie you discover 7 classic French cheeses and the wines that pair with them. Lots of sampling!
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French or Foreign?

Duck at Les Cocottes

Although the Paris food scene has become a melting pot (to use an apt phrase) with a blend of international cuisines, when we travel to Paris sushi and Thai food are low on our list of places to eat. We're hungry for fresh oysters from Brittany; duck confit duck preserved in its own fat, browned to a crisp; potatoes sautéed in goose fat; cassoulet simmered for hours in a robust red wine sauce. And for dessert? Maybe flaky pastry filled with apples sprinkled with aged plum brandy or a warm creme brulée with a crisp layered of sugar.

Enduring Paris Bistros In The 1st Arrondissement

Fontaine de Mars

The heart of Paris — the 1st Arrondissement — may well also be the stomach of the city when you consider the food being served up at these traditional, popular, and long-lived restaurants.

9 Enduring Paris Bistros In The 11th & 12th

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The 11th and 12th Arrondissements are away from the center of things Parisian and certainly off the tourist track, but that doesn't make them any less of a food destination, as our collection of bistros shows.

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