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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
    Il Etait Un Square
    #1 of 20,857 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2814 reviewsTripAdvisor (2814)
    $ - $$ | French, Steakhouse
    54 rue Corvisart, 75013 Paris France
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  • #2
    Jean Yves of Chef Jean-Yves' Table
    #2 of 20,857 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 196 reviewsTripAdvisor (196)
    $$ | French, Asian, Fusion, Gastropub
    75011 Paris France
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  • #3
    Patchanka
    #3 of 20,857 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 85 reviewsTripAdvisor (85)
    $ - $$ | Barbecue, South American, Latin
    33-35 rue St Sebastien, 75011 Paris France
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  • #4
    Les Apotres de Pigalle
    #4 of 20,857 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1935 reviewsTripAdvisor (1935)
    $ - $$ | South American, Brew Pub, European
    2 rue Germain Pilon, 75018 Paris France
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  • #5
    La MiN
    #5 of 20,857 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 231 reviewsTripAdvisor (231)
    $ - $$ | French, Brew Pub, International, Wine Bar, Gastropub
    45 rue de Montreuil, 75011 Paris France
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  • #6
    Epicure
    #6 of 20,857 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2665 reviewsTripAdvisor (2665)
    $$ | French, European
    112 Rue Du Faubourg Saint-Honore Le Bristol Paris, 75008 Paris France
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  • #7
    Terra Mia
    #7 of 20,857 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 278 reviewsTripAdvisor (278)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean
    118 boulevard du Montparnasse, 75014 Paris France
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  • #8
    Boutary
    #8 of 20,857 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 928 reviewsTripAdvisor (928)
    $$ | French, Seafood, Gastropub, European, Fusion
    25 rue Mazarine, 75006 Paris France
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  • #9
    Bateau le Calife
    #9 of 20,857 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2565 reviewsTripAdvisor (2565)
    $$ | French, European
    Amarre Port de Saints-Peres Pont des Arts, 75006 Paris France
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  • #10
    Domenico's
    #10 of 20,857 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 215 reviewsTripAdvisor (215)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Sicilian, Southern-Italian
    8 rue Saint Lazare, 75009 Paris France
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  • #11
    Kei Restaurant
    #11 of 20,857 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 919 reviewsTripAdvisor (919)
    $$ | French
    5 rue Coq Heron, 75001 Paris France
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  • #12
    1000 & 1 Signes
    #12 of 20,857 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 134 reviewsTripAdvisor (134)
    $ - $$ | Moroccan, Middle Eastern
    76 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris France
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  • #13
    La Grange Aux Canards
    #13 of 20,857 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 264 reviewsTripAdvisor (264)
    $ - $$ | French
    23 rue Frederic Sauton, 75005 Paris France
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  • #14
    Via Emilia
    #14 of 20,857 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 292 reviewsTripAdvisor (292)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean, European
    22 rue la Bruyere 22 rue la Bruyère, 75009 Paris France
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  • #15
    Signature Montmartre
    #15 of 20,857 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 213 reviewsTripAdvisor (213)
    $ - $$ | French, Asian, Korean, Fusion, European
    12 rue des Trois Freres, 75018 Paris France
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  • #16
    Pur' - Jean-Francois Rouquette
    #16 of 20,857 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1035 reviewsTripAdvisor (1035)
    $$ | French, European
    5 Rue de la Paix Park Hyatt Paris, 75002 Paris France
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  • #17
    New Jawad Longchamp
    #17 of 20,857 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1075 reviewsTripAdvisor (1075)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Pakistani
    30 rue de Longchamp, 75116 Paris France
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  • #18
    Chez Cleopatre
    #18 of 20,857 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 318 reviewsTripAdvisor (318)
    $ | Fast Food, European, Greek, Middle Eastern
    46 rue Condorcet, 75009 Paris France
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  • #19
    Restaurant OXTE
    #19 of 20,857 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 114 reviewsTripAdvisor (114)
    $$ | French, Mexican
    5 rue Troyon, 75017 Paris France
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  • #20
    Le Gabriel
    #20 of 20,857 Places to Eat in Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 593 reviewsTripAdvisor (593)
    $$ | French, European
    42 avenue Gabriel Hôtel La Réserve, 75008 Paris France
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