Discover the diversity of flavours in the best restaurants of Paris, serving food as delicious as the romantic city itself.
Paris is known for the grandeur of its architecture, iconic museums, artistic treasures, chic boutiques and everything that is romantic. The city's gastronomy is an extension of Parisians’ intimacy with art, tradition and love.
Paris offers a wide range of cuisines from around the world, including Asian, North African, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Jewish, as well as regional French. Variety extends not only to types of dishes, but also to the styles of establishment. You can find everything from three-starred Michelin restaurants and trendy bars, to traditional family-run restaurants and hidden street food joints.
Although you come across amazing restaurants in every corner of Paris, the area around the Louvre and Bastille stand out for the diversity they offer.
We understand that it is tough for visitors, and even residents, to zero in on one particular eatery in Paris. To ease the burden, we have come up with a list of top-notch destinations so you can make the perfect choice.
Epicure is the most reviewed and one of the best-rated Paris restaurants on TripAdvisor. Winner of three Michelin stars, it is located in the luxurious Hotel le Bristol, not far from the Palais de L'Élysée.
The menu is a little on the expensive side, but the exquisite dishes are worth the price. Choices range from prawns with caviar to typical duck foie gras, which can be enjoyed in sumptuous settings, surrounded by gardens and decked in Haussmannian furnishings.
112 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris
L’As du Fallafel
L’As du Fallafel is a street-food joint located in the Le Marais neighbourhood of Paris. This is the go-to place for people who love Middle Eastern and North African cuisine.
The specialty of the house is a crispy, freshly made falafel sandwich. You can also have shawarmas stuffed with falafel or the meat of your choice, accompanied with hummus, roasted eggplants, cabbage, radish, tomato and cucumber.
34 Rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris
As you might imagine from the name, the Saïgon Panthéon is a popular Vietnamese restaurant, and is run by a Vietnamese family.
You can enjoy traditional Vietnamese dishes with a French touch. Dishes are cooked using authentic spices and fresh produce, and are served in a relaxed environment, with a good selection of wines.
27 Rue Descartes, 75005 Paris
Chez Nicos is located in the Latin Quarter, which is one of the cheaper area of Paris. It is family-run with warm hospitality, and specialises in sweet crepes and salads.
The crepes are delicious, generous in quantity and reasonably priced, so you may find yourself visiting more than once. They also serve a great range of panini, and there’s takeaway available in case you prefer to savour your food in your hotel or apartment.
44 Rue Mouffetard, 75005 Paris
If you are looking for a casual dining experience, this is the place to be. Thoumieux has a classical interior with red banquettes, black marble tables and mirrors reflecting decorated light bulbs.
The chef, Sylvestre Wahid, presents a small but delightful selection of dishes, including sardines with sliced bread, squid with crispy bacon slices and Périgord truffles. Don’t forget to save a space for some lemon tart.
Adeline Grattard is a young chef with a culinary gift. She selects a handful of ingredients and creates magic with them, combining the best of East and West. Lobster goes with tofu and maize sits comfortably with oysters.
As well as exciting food, Yam'Tcha is renowned for different types of tea, which is an interesting alternative to wine. Pick a table overlooking the kitchen and relish the preparation as much as the dishes themselves.
121 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris
This extraordinary restaurant overlooks the Eiffel Tower and is run by talented chef, Pascal Barbot. It is small, has zen-style decor, a modern kitchen and impeccable service.
Dishes are as pleasing to the eye as they are to your taste buds. Part of the experience is that you don’t actually get to choose what you want to order. Each day the chef uncovers a surprise menu, so you get to go on a unique culinary voyage.
4 Rue Beethoven, 75016 Paris
Macéo opened its doors in 1997 in an 18th century building with a beautiful view of the Royal Palace. If you love vegetarian food, you will love this place, too.
Chef Thierry Bourbonnais uses seasonal ingredients to create flavoursome dishes. Highlights include scallops marinated with seaweed oil on a bed of quinoa; and for fish lovers, wild sea bass with carrots.
15 Rue des Petits Champs, 75001 Paris
Ze Kitchen Galerie
This restaurant delivers both creativity and innovation, in decor as well as food. Furnished with steel tables and chairs and contemporary art, Ze Kitchen Galerie has a modern outlook with a jovial and romantic atmosphere.
Typical French cuisine is served with modern Asian nuances. Each dish is special in its own way, but if you are looking for recommendations, we suggest you try malloreddus with Thai herbs, or monkfish with an eggplant jam and vierge sauce.
4 Rue des Grands Augustins, 75006 Paris
Huitrerie Régis offers a balance between product and price. It is located next to Boulevard Saint Germain and has a modern, cosy and casual atmosphere.
The restaurant is renowned for its seafood, especially oysters brought directly from the famous oyster cultivation area, Marennes-Oléron. You can’t enjoy a meal properly without sampling the impressive selection of white wine, which perfectly complements the seafood.
3 Rue de Montfaucon, 75006 Paris
Les Tablettes reflects the Mediterranean roots of its owner, Jean-Louis Nomicos. He describes the lively interior as “a basket from the field, a market basket, a basket that represents the Mediterranean sun”.
The menu features contemporary French cuisine with a Provençal influence. Dishes that stand out include Barigoule, a combination of squid and artichokes prepared with white wine, lemon and herbs; veal gizzards with a lemon pulp confetti; and macaroni with black truffles and foie gras.
16 Avenue Bugeaud, 75016 Paris
This is one of the most loved vegetarian restaurants in Paris. It is always bustling, but is inexpensive, and if the sun is being cooperative, you can sit on the terrace and enjoy your meal “en plein air”.
The menu at Végét'Halles includes delicacies such as mushroom foie gras with caramelised onions, balsamic eggplant with coconut milk, and crispy soy hamburger.
41 Rue des Bourdonnais, 75001 Paris
Le Jules Verne
This gourmet restaurant is located on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. The iron-hued interior blends perfectly with the metallic structure of this iconic symbol of Paris.
Le Jules Verne has one Michelin star and is also included in the Gault Millau guide.
The cuisine is fine dining, boasting 3-course lunch menus and 5-6 course dinner menus. Dishes include seared large langoustine, early vegetables, shellfish reduction and roasted pigeon, white and green Swiss chard.
Eiffel Tower, Avenue Gustave Eiffel, 75000 Paris
La Boucherie les Provinces
"And a rib for mademoiselle…? To take away or to eat on the spot?" No, this isn’t fiction. Surely there can be no better place to sample meat dishes than in a butcher’s shop...
Christophe Dru has added a restaurant to his grandfather's impressive boucherie. Choose from the menu, or from the window, and enjoy your favourite cut with potatoes and salad, and a glass from the restaurant’s fine collection of wine.
20 Rue d'Aligre, 75012 Paris
Food tours and cooking classes
You can indulge in food tours or cooking classes for a more intimate experience of Parisian gastronomy.
French cooking class in Paris
Walking food tour in Paris
Paris food tour with lunch and wine tasting
Food and drink deals in Paris
Feature image: Le Jules Verne