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What to Eat in Paris

Similar to many other international cities, Paris offers a surplus of restaurants that serve up everything from Asian fusion dishes to nouveaux bistro fare. And because France invented a widely adopted style of cooking, the food in Paris is très bien. Look for upscale establishments in the 1er arrondissement (1st district) and in Marais, as well as around Champs-Elysées and the Eiffel Tower. The 2ème arrondissement has a number of cheap eateries and cafes, as does Montmartre.

No matter where you choose to dine, you should sample some French staples like soupe à l'oignon gratinée (French onion soup), croque-monsieur (a grilled cheese and ham sandwich smothered in more melted cheese), steak frites (steak and french fries) and coquilles St-Jacques (seasoned scallops topped with cheese and bread curmbs served in a shell). Those with a sweet tooth should save room to try some of the following French desserts: macarons, pain au chocolat (chocolate croissants), puits d'amours (large puff pastries filled with vanilla cream and drizzled with caramel sauce) or crêpes (fixins' range from Nutella to bananas and berries).

For a meal on the go, pick up a baguette sandwich at a traiteurs or grab a quick savory crêpe at a crêperie or crepe stand. Chocolat chaud (hot chocolate), café crème (coffee with cream) and other drinks can be enjoyed at any of the city's many cafes. And if you want to save some euros, head to the local grocer and pick up some snacks for the day. Cheaper bistros and brasseries abound, but for some French fine-dining, splurge at Guy Savoy, Bistrot Paul Bert or Chez Andre, among other pricey yet delicious dining establishments.

Famed foodie Julia Child wrote "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" because French meal preparation is an art. Even the art of perfecting French specialties (wine, cheese, pastry) are a reflection of the time and care put into a meal. Likewise, linger over your French fine-dining experience, realizing that the food is meant to be savored rather than gulped. And remember, elbows off the table!

Find the Best Restaurants in Paris

  • #1
    Signature Montmartre
    #1 of 20,559 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 191 reviewsTripAdvisor (191)
    $ - $$ | French, Asian, Korean, Fusion, European
    12 rue des Trois Freres, 75018 Paris France
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  • #2
    Il Etait Un Square
    #2 of 20,559 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2716 reviewsTripAdvisor (2716)
    $ - $$ | French, Steakhouse
    54 rue Corvisart, 75013 Paris France
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  • #3
    Les Apotres de Pigalle
    #3 of 20,559 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1847 reviewsTripAdvisor (1847)
    $ - $$ | South American, Brew Pub, European
    2 rue Germain Pilon, 75018 Paris France
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  • #4
    Petit Boutary
    #4 of 20,559 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 221 reviewsTripAdvisor (221)
    $$ | French, Gastropub
    16 rue Jacquemont, 75017 Paris France
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  • #5
    Domenico's
    #5 of 20,559 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 138 reviewsTripAdvisor (138)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Sicilian
    8 rue Saint Lazare, 75009 Paris France
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  • #6
    Terra Mia
    #6 of 20,559 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 173 reviewsTripAdvisor (173)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean
    118 boulevard du Montparnasse, 75014 Paris France
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  • #7
    Epicure
    #7 of 20,559 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2637 reviewsTripAdvisor (2637)
    $$ | French, European
    112 Rue Du Faubourg Saint-Honore Le Bristol Paris, 75008 Paris France
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  • #8
    New Jawad Longchamp
    #8 of 20,559 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 994 reviewsTripAdvisor (994)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Pakistani
    30 rue de Longchamp, 75116 Paris France
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  • #9
    Jean Yves of Chef Jean-Yves' Table
    #9 of 20,559 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 186 reviewsTripAdvisor (186)
    $$ | French, Asian, Fusion, Gastropub
    75011 Paris France
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  • #10
    Boutary
    #10 of 20,559 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 881 reviewsTripAdvisor (881)
    $$ | French, Seafood, Gastropub, European, Fusion
    25 rue Mazarine, 75006 Paris France
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  • #11
    1000 & 1 Signes
    #11 of 20,559 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 124 reviewsTripAdvisor (124)
    $ - $$ | Moroccan, Middle Eastern
    76 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris France
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  • #12
    Kei Restaurant
    #12 of 20,559 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 903 reviewsTripAdvisor (903)
    $$ | French
    5 rue Coq Heron, 75001 Paris France
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  • #13
    La MiN
    #13 of 20,559 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 173 reviewsTripAdvisor (173)
    $ - $$ | French, Brew Pub, International, Wine Bar, Gastropub
    45 rue de Montreuil, 75011 Paris France
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  • #14
    Bateau le Calife
    #14 of 20,559 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2523 reviewsTripAdvisor (2523)
    $$ | French, European
    Amarre Port de Saints-Peres Pont des Arts, 75006 Paris France
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  • #15
    Pur' - Jean-Francois Rouquette
    #15 of 20,559 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1020 reviewsTripAdvisor (1020)
    $$ | French, European
    5 Rue de la Paix Park Hyatt Paris, 75002 Paris France
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  • #16
    Supernova
    #16 of 20,559 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 97 reviewsTripAdvisor (97)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    12 rue Reaumur, 75003 Paris France
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  • #17
    Via Emilia
    #17 of 20,559 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 278 reviewsTripAdvisor (278)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean, European
    22 rue la Bruyere 22 rue la Bruyère, 75009 Paris France
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  • #18
    Le Caulaincourt
    #18 of 20,559 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 305 reviewsTripAdvisor (305)
    $ - $$ | French, Mediterranean, European
    62 rue Caulaincourt, 75018 Paris France
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  • #19
    Le Gabriel
    #19 of 20,559 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 578 reviewsTripAdvisor (578)
    $$ | French, European
    42 avenue Gabriel Hôtel La Réserve, 75008 Paris France
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  • #20
    L'Arcane
    #20 of 20,559 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 249 reviewsTripAdvisor (249)
    $$ | French, European
    39 rue Lamarck, 75018 Paris France
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