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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!

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#1 La MiN

#1 of 20,259 Places to Eat in Paris

Ranked 5.0 out of 112 (112) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | French, Brew Pub, International, Wine Bar, Gastropub

45 rue de Montreuil, 75011 Paris France

45 rue de Montreuil, 75011 Paris France

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#2 Les Apotres de Pigalle

#2 of 20,259 Places to Eat in Paris

Ranked 5.0 out of 1746 (1746) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | South American, Brew Pub, European

2 rue Germain Pilon, 75018 Paris France

2 rue Germain Pilon, 75018 Paris France

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#3 Il Etait Un Square

#3 of 20,259 Places to Eat in Paris

Ranked 5.0 out of 2560 (2560) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | French, Steakhouse

54 rue Corvisart, 75013 Paris France

54 rue Corvisart, 75013 Paris France

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#4 L'Oliveto

#4 of 20,259 Places to Eat in Paris

Ranked 5.0 out of 129 (129) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | Italian, Mediterranean, European

38 rue de Buci Boulevard Saint Germain/Rue de Buci, 75006 Paris France

38 rue de Buci Boulevard Saint Germain/Rue de Buci, 75006 Paris France

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#5 ASPIC

#5 of 20,259 Places to Eat in Paris

Ranked 5.0 out of 709 (709) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$$$ | French, European, Contemporary

24 rue de la Tour D Auvergne, 75009 Paris France

24 rue de la Tour D Auvergne, 75009 Paris France

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#6 Epicure

#6 of 20,259 Places to Eat in Paris

Ranked 5.0 out of 2605 (2605) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$$$ | French, European

112 Rue Du Faubourg Saint-Honore Le Bristol Paris, 75008 Paris France

112 Rue Du Faubourg Saint-Honore Le Bristol Paris, 75008 Paris France

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#7 Petit Boutary

#7 of 20,259 Places to Eat in Paris

Ranked 5.0 out of 168 (168) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$$$ | French, Gastropub

16 rue Jacquemont, 75017 Paris France

16 rue Jacquemont, 75017 Paris France

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#9 Signature Montmartre

#9 of 20,259 Places to Eat in Paris

Ranked 5.0 out of 159 (159) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | French, Asian, Korean, Fusion, European

12 rue des Trois Freres, 75018 Paris France

12 rue des Trois Freres, 75018 Paris France

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#10 Pur' - Jean-Francois Rouquette

#10 of 20,259 Places to Eat in Paris

Ranked 5.0 out of 995 (995) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$$$ | French, European

5 Rue de la Paix Park Hyatt Paris, 75002 Paris France

5 Rue de la Paix Park Hyatt Paris, 75002 Paris France

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