Neighborhood bistros, lively brasseries, intimate cafés, Michelin-starred restaurants, bars and terraces; they're all included in our Paris restaurant guide to dining and drinking. Deciding where to eat — and making the best choices — can be a bit confusing in a city replete with great restaurants. Not to worry; here we're going to share our experience and Insiders tips to make sure you have a memorable culinary experience.
Wouldn't it be great to know how to find the best Paris restaurants that serve classic French dishes and are filled with locals, not tourists? It turns out that the quest is easier than you might think. Start right here, with 10 tested Insiders tips. We'll help you find restaurants that feel like you've discovered them.
Bistros, brasseries and cafés — these dining establishments of Paris define the culinary landscape of the city and are a historical link to the past. Along with restaurants, they have been around for centuries, reaching back to 1686 when Procope served their first bowl of French onion soup. Today they remain the staple of French dining and are found in every quartier of the city. In our guide we reveal how to tell them apart, where to find them, and to share some of our very favorites.
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On the other end of the dining spectrum from bistros, a long lunch or dinner in a top-rated Paris restaurant provides a taste of the good life. The setting may be opulent, but always exceptional, and the food will be inspirational. These are the Paris restaurants that excel at all aspects of the dining experience — from the ambience, the service, the menu, the wine to a certain je ne sais quoi. We're happy to share our selection.
Some of our most memorable restaurant experiences in Paris have been in those places where the chef/owner is in the kitchen. In this guide to Paris bistros, we explore a few stellar chef-run restaurants in the City of Food, some of which opened over thirty years ago, changing the city's culinary scene forever. They still offer gourmet meals at affordable prices.
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Paris has always had great bistros, but now it's official! The Mayor's Office and the City of Paris recently recognized 100 stellar bistros that exemplify "the spirit of Paris" and "represent the diversity and richness of Parisian cuisine." We'll take you on a virtual tour of a selection of our personal favorite bistros, and then point you to the complete list.
Paris is not just about restaurants and bistros. There's a lively bar scene where, over the past years, fun & funky cocktails have become a thing, with new cutting-edge bars serving them throughout the city. From the banks of the Seine to the top of the Marais, here are our picks of the best bars in Paris.
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Shop, but don't drop. After trying on all those shoes at the Printemps department store it's time to take a break, refresh, and re-fuel at one of the cafes located inside the store. There's an outpost of Ladurée that may tempt you, or you may want to sit under Printemps famous Belle-Epoque dome at Brasserie Printemps. We take a look at seven dining options.
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We've compiled a list of 14 Paris dining tips you should know before entering your first bistro or brasserie. The French have definite customs when it comes to dining. Knowing some basic Parisian restaurant etiquette will make you feel more comfortable when dining in the City of Food. But, before you click to the main article, a few pre-tips, if you will—
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