Paris has many stereotypes with some that are more true than others. What is undeniable is that French cuisine is one of the best in the world.
Since the average stay is usually around 3 nights in Paris, choosing the correct restaurants can be daunting. Every night is precious to try something amazing.
This guide will take you to the 7 best restaurants in the city from a Frenchman’s perspective.
Last updated: 9/2/20
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Some associate ” Best” with expensive, but as you will see that is not always the case. You will find all shapes and sizes in this list. See which one suits you and go for it.
The list is not from best to worse or vice versa. They are all the best in their own way. Enjoy!
1. Les Marches €€
Why the Best: Open every day of the week and close to the Eiffel Tower, Les Marches brings you back in time when things were simple. Family owned with no extra frills besides, good, traditional French cooking.
The chefs take extreme care in each dish and it shows when it hits your mouth. Go back in time when you were a boy in France and your grandma was cooking. That is the best way I can explain your experience here.
What is it near: Eiffel Tower
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2. Baieta €€€
Why the Best: It is true that this restaurant has a Michelin star, but that’s not why I listed it. It is not based on Parisien fare, but on Southern France’s wide bouquet of flavors. You can feel that you are in the Mediterranean when you walk in and taste the food.
Baieta means ” Kiss” in the Niçois dialect and their goal is to make it just as pleasant. The 7 course tasting menu with accompanying wine will run you 150€, but it is worth every Euro cent. Leave the cold and grey of Paris for a few hours and be kissed by the warmth of the South.
What is it near: Notre Dame
Address: 5 Rue de Pontoise, 75005 Paris
3. L’Oiseau Blanc €€€€
Why the Best? When writing an article like this, I usually avoid hotel restaurants so as to promote individual establishments. I will break my rule here, because I feel that this restaurant is simply divine. It has a Michelin star and definitely deserves it.
Their 5 course tasting menu will cost you 185€ ( excluding drinks) which is steep, but well worth it. Everything is immaculate and perfect. The dress code is chic/elegant and I almost forgot to tell you- It is a rooftop restaurant with a 360 degree view including the Eiffel Tower and pretty much the rest of the city.
If you are going to splurge one night, this is the place to do it
What is it near:: Arc de Triomphe
Address: 19 Avenue Kléber, 75116 Paris
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Why the Best? When you walk in, you might be wondering why I added this to the best list. The restaurant is very unassuming and most people walk past it, never knowing of the Delicious meals they will be missing. Quality/ Price ratio is outstanding and I would say that in other restaurants of this quality you are paying almost double.
The cuisine is a mixture of some classic dishes with a lot of new twists for the modern diner. The chefs usually come out to say hi and ask how everything is going and make sure you get the créme brûlée or the cheese plate for dessert!
What is it near: Paris Catacombs
Address: 89 Rue Daguerre, 75014 Paris
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5. Camille €€
Why the Best? Camille is definitely under the radar, which makes it even more interesting to visit, since you won’t find many tourists here, just local frenchman having a good meal.
The cuisine is classical French, so if you have been eating New Age, Fusion or non traditional French fare, and are saving yourself for the right place, welcome.
Perennial favorites such as Escargot, Filet de Boeuf with Béarnaise sauce, Magret de Canard ( Duck) and of course the Tartare are all dishes that will have your belly, and your wallet, thanking you.
What is it near: Marais
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6. Sacrée Fleur €€
Why the Best? Be aware of the many tourist traps that you will find in Montmartre- there are too many to count. I highly recommend when you are in this area to take a bit of a walk and eat here. The food is great, the staff are super friendly- what else do you want in a restaurant?
Full disclaimer- this is a meat restaurant. Their speciality is meat and they are proud to say it. If you haven’t already tried at this point, then I recommend trying the frog’s legs here as well.
What is it near: Sacré-Coeur Montmartre
Address: 50 Rue de Clignancourt, 75018 Paris
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7. Le Bistro du 11 €€
Why the Best? I know I know, this was an article about Paris, but Versailles is not far away and most people will visit Versailles during their stay, so I wanted to add it. Plus, so many people have asked me where to eat in Versailles, I decided to slip this one in here.
The cuisine is Modern French and the menu is not big at all. The price/quality ratio is super and the staff are very accommodating. If you happen to be in Versailles, don’t miss the chance to eat extremely well for a good price.
What is it near: Versailles
Address: 10 Rue de Satory, 78000 Versailles
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