Restaurants In Paris – Guide To Eating In The City Of Food

Neighborhood bistros, lively brasseries, intimate cafés, Michelin-starred restaurants, bars and terraces; they're all included in this Restaurants In Paris guide to dining and drinking. Choosing where to eat — and making the best choices — can be a bit confusing. But it's a good kind of confusing, if you know what we mean.

And, don't worry, here we're going to share our hard-earned experience (well…actually it was fun) and Insiders tips. Speaking of tips, here's another one. It's important to call the restaurant to confirm on the day of your reservation. (Or have your hotel concierge call for you). Many restaurants in Paris require this. If you don't confirm, you may lose your reservation. We've seen it happen!


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10 Ways To Find The Perfect Paris Restaurant

10 Ways To Find The Best Paris Restaurant

Wouldn't it be great to know how to find the best Paris restaurants that serve the 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.

Guide to the Best Paris Restaurants

Best Paris Restaurants Guide

We've eaten at a lot of great restaurants in Paris and we love to talk about our experiences. On our list of Best Paris Restaurants are the special ones. The restaurants where culinary memories are created. We like to think of them as the places we'd go if we had one last meal on Earth: the restaurants we urge friends and family to go when they are in Paris.


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The 6 Best Historic Brasseries in Paris

Historic Brasseries in Paris

Brasseries in Paris are big, brightly lit, packed with Parisians, and serve meals all day long. The best ones have fascinating histories and still feature authentic period decoration. They're open all day long and — unlike Paris cafes and restaurants — you can order a meal at any time of day.

To experience Paris dining history, and to tuck in a hearty meal, read our reviews of six historic brassieres.

5 Michelin-Starred Restaurants

Top Michelin-Starred Restaurants

The Michelin Red Guide to restaurants is the only guide book that matters to the top chefs of France. We know, we've asked them. During our time in Paris we've eaten at a fair number of restaurants that have been awarded the highest accolades by Michelin. Among those, we have a few favorites. We'll share those secrets.


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6 Historic Paris Bistros You're Going To Remember

6 Historic Paris Bistros You're Going To Remember

Bistros, it can be said, are at the very heart of Parisian dining. Some are smaller, family-run affairs, with the menus still scrawled on chalkboards. Others are more elegant, with white linens and servers clad in black and white. But what they all have in common is classic, hearty bistro fare. Like cassoulets, foie gras, herring with waxy yellow potatoes, boeuf bourguignon, and creme brûlée.

Eating at a great bistro is like a little vacation in itself, and creates memories that will stay with you. Here are six of the best memory makers.

Explaining Bistros, Brasseries and Cafés

Bistros, Brasseries and Cafes

These dining establishments of Paris define the culinary landscape of the city and are a historical link to the past. Restaurants, bistros, brasseries & cafés in Paris 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. Read our guide to learn how to tell them apart, and to discover some of our favorites.


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Ten Historic Bars, Bouillons & Brasseries

Ten Historic Bars, Bouillons & Brasseries

In Paris there's only a blurred line between bars, bouillons, brasseries, and other eating joints. In our collection we've sought out the most evocative of the historic eateries and watering holes — places that have an interesting history and a real Parisian period decor. Our list starts with bars founded in the modern era — 1911 — and stretches all the way back to 1614.

10 Old-Fashioned Paris Restaurants Serving the Classics

10 Old-Fashioned Paris Restaurants

What with all the current talk about New Paris, trendy restaurants, and vegan menus, it's somehow comforting to know that there still is a solid core of old-fashioned restaurants in Paris, serving up traditional fare. Think juicy escargots, roast leg of lamb, foie gras, duck confit, and ripe cheeses. Here are our top 10 picks for old-style restaurants. When we're hankering for traditional Paris, this is where we go.


Delicious 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 iconic Parisian foods.
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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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The Ten Best Bars In Paris – Classics To Cutting-Edge

The Ten Best Bars In Paris

Paris is not just about restaurants and bistros. There's a lively bar scene as well and, 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.

Stellar Paris Bistros at Amazing Prices

Stellar Paris Bistros at Amazing Prices

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 twenty-five years ago, changing the city's culinary scene forever. They still offer gourmet meals at affordable prices.

Splurge-Worthy Luxury Paris Restaurants

Luxury Paris Restaurants

A leisurely long lunch or dinner in a top-rated Paris restaurant gives a taste of the good life. A bevy of servers, all silently tending to your every culinary need. The setting will be opulent yet calming and the food will be inspirational. But, stuffy? Pas du tout. Not at all. We've always been struck by the care and attention the staff affords us and how everyone seems to be excited about serving such great food.

Le Train Bleu

Le Train Bleu

Named after a famous train of yesteryear that sped Parisians to the Cote d'Azur, restaurant Le Train Bleu is still found today at Gare de Lyon, and it's still just as magnificent as when it opened in 1901, following a recent multi-year renovation. You're going to be amazed at the restored gilding, carved moldings, chandeliers, paintings, and ceiling frescoes.


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The Hottest Paris Terraces

Paris Terraces

Let's take a virtual tour of the hottest Paris restaurant terraces — at least according to the Paris newspaper, Le Figaro. We've pared down Le Figaro's selection to our ten top favorites, found everywhere from the Palais Royal in the 1st Arrondissement, to St-Germain on the Left Bank, to way out in Belleville in the 20th.

Summer dining in the city is best on these hot Paris terraces. Eat with the locals, outside where the sun is warm and the views are spectacular.

The 100 Top Bistros In Paris

100 Top Bistros In Paris

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.

Where To Eat At Printemps Department Store

Where To Eat At Printemps

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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Dining in Paris – A Few Insider Tips

Paris Dining Tips & Etiquette

The French are a little different from us, so knowing some basic Parisian restaurant etiquette will make you feel more comfortable when dining in the City of Food. For instance —

Waiters in restaurants in Paris do not fawn over their customers. Don't mistake this for poor service, it's just another fascinating cultural difference. Most restaurants in Paris are small, so if you need the server just catch her eye — never snap your fingers.

Space is tight in central Paris and you'll find that many restaurants use up every bit of their precious space. You may find yourself side-by-side with other diners. Enjoy yourself, but try not to poke them with your fork!

Garçon is not the name of your server. That means "boy" in French. Instead call your server either Monsieur, Madame or Mademoiselle. (Tip: Mademoiselle refers to a young woman, so if you want to make a friend, opt for Mademoiselle !)

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