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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! For a crash course in the Paris dining scene, sign up for a guided food tour.

Find the Best Restaurants in Paris

  • #1
    Mayfair Garden
    #1 of 18,657 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 861 reviewsTripAdvisor (861)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Pakistani, Contemporary
    33 rue de Longchamp Champs eylees trocadero, 75116 Paris France
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  • #2
    Il Etait Un Square
    #2 of 18,657 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 3348 reviewsTripAdvisor (3348)
    $ - $$ | French, Steakhouse, European
    54 rue Corvisart, 75013 Paris France
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  • #3
    La Table de Colette
    #3 of 18,657 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 127 reviewsTripAdvisor (127)
    $$ | French, European
    17 rue Laplace, 75005 Paris France
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  • #4
    Boutary
    #4 of 18,657 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1126 reviewsTripAdvisor (1126)
    $$ | French, Seafood, Gastropub, European, Fusion
    25 rue Mazarine, 75006 Paris France
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  • #5
    Pur' - Jean-Francois Rouquette
    #5 of 18,657 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1155 reviewsTripAdvisor (1155)
    $$ | French, European
    5 Rue de la Paix Park Hyatt Paris, 75002 Paris France
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  • #6
    Bistrot Instinct
    #6 of 18,657 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 132 reviewsTripAdvisor (132)
    $ - $$ | French, European
    rue de Picardie, 75003 Paris France
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  • #7
    Pardi
    #7 of 18,657 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 113 reviewsTripAdvisor (113)
    $ - $$ | French, European
    85 B boulevard de Magenta Marché Saint Quentin, 75010 Paris France
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  • #8
    Tra di Noi
    #8 of 18,657 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 151 reviewsTripAdvisor (151)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean, Sicilian, Southern-Italian
    5 rue Vasco de Gama 19 Avenue Félix Faure, 75015 Paris France
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  • #9
    Via Emilia
    #9 of 18,657 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 393 reviewsTripAdvisor (393)
    $ - $$ | Italian, European, Emilian, Northern-Italian, Mediterranean
    22 rue la Bruyere 22 rue la Bruyère, 75009 Paris France
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  • #10
    Pianovins
    #10 of 18,657 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 124 reviewsTripAdvisor (124)
    $$ | French
    46 rue Trousseau, 75011 Paris France
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  • #11
    Epicure
    #11 of 18,657 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2828 reviewsTripAdvisor (2828)
    $$ | French, European
    112 Rue Du Faubourg Saint-Honore Le Bristol Paris, 75008 Paris France
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  • #12
    Chez Pitou
    #12 of 18,657 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 109 reviewsTripAdvisor (109)
    $ - $$ | French, European
    28 rue Tholoze, 75018 Paris France
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  • #13
    New Jawad Longchamp
    #13 of 18,657 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2130 reviewsTripAdvisor (2130)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Pakistani
    30 rue de Longchamp, 75116 Paris France
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  • #14
    Signature Montmartre
    #14 of 18,657 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 339 reviewsTripAdvisor (339)
    $ - $$ | French, Asian, Korean, Fusion, European
    12 rue des Trois Freres, 75018 Paris France
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  • #15
    Le Faham by Kelly Rangama
    #15 of 18,657 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 87 reviewsTripAdvisor (87)
    $$ | French, Cajun & Creole, Fusion
    108 rue Cardinet, 75017 Paris France
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  • #16
    La MiN
    #16 of 18,657 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 485 reviewsTripAdvisor (485)
    $ - $$ | French, International, Gastropub, European, Seafood
    45 rue de Montreuil, 75011 Paris France
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  • #17
    Jean Yves of Chef Jean-Yves' Table
    #17 of 18,657 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 221 reviewsTripAdvisor (221)
    $$ | French, Asian, Fusion, Gastropub
    75011 Paris France
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  • #18
    Frog & Underground
    #18 of 18,657 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 839 reviewsTripAdvisor (839)
    $ - $$ | Brew Pub, Bar, Pub, American
    176 rue Montmartre, 75002 Paris France
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  • #19
    Le jardin du Kashmir
    #19 of 18,657 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 511 reviewsTripAdvisor (511)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Pakistani
    60 rue Legendre, 75017 Paris France
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  • #20
    Les Apotres de Pigalle
    #20 of 18,657 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2201 reviewsTripAdvisor (2201)
    $ - $$ | South American, Brew Pub, European
    2 rue Germain Pilon, 75018 Paris France
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