Restaurant hopping in La Ville Lumière is the best way to recharge after a day of sightseeing or going on a Paris tour. From onion soup to quiche Lorraine, traditional French cuisine is celebrated the world over for its intense flavor and chic presentation. Read on to find an extensive list of Paris restaurants, divided up by districts. This way, you won't need to guess when it comes to deciding where to eat in Paris.
Latin Quarter Paris Restaurants
Chez Gladines is famous for its Basque cuisine, found in the southwestern part of France. The restaurant is now so well-known, it has five locations in Paris. A highlight of Chez Gladines' menu is duck confit, served with delicious potatoes.
Don’t expect elegance when you walk into Les Fêtes Galantes. However, the hole-in-the wall restaurant does feature fresh French cooking and terrific service. The walls are jam-packed with photos of satisfied customers and even the bras (yes, bras) of some women who celebrated their bachelorette parties here. The restaurant is ideal to enjoy with close friends or family and offers great fixed menu options.
Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris Restaurants
If you want to try frog legs on your trip to Paris, eat at Roger La Grenouille (literally “Roger the frog”). While in a touristy part of the city, the restaurant retains its authenticity by serving quality French food, including frog legs served in a classic butter and parsley sauce. Picasso once lived on the street the restaurant is located on, so make sure to take an after-dinner stroll to soak in the neighborhood ambiance.
Owned and operated by a fifth-generation butcher, this restaurant is the best place to go if you want to try French meat. But remember, the French usually like their meat very rare, so make sure to specify how you want your food cooked when you go.
Le Marais Restaurants
This place was created with two things in mind: seafood and wine. Seafood is popular in France (did you know that raw oysters are a popular Christmas dish here?), so don’t write off this small restaurant as non-French food. It only seats about 20 people and provides a charming and cozy atmosphere.
Le Quincampe is a true locals spot tucked down a quiet street in Paris. Their menu is only in French, but don’t let that discourage you - most of the employees speak English. The menu changes depending on what’s in season, so ask for your server’s recommendation.
Vin des Pyrénées is a long-standing Marais restaurant that went through a total makeover in 2017. The brasserie has maintained its old-school feel and is quickly making a new name for itself with twists on classic French fare. For example, their “croque-monsieur” sandwich with truffle gouda cheese is delicious. Yum! Plus, back in the day, people like French poet Baudelaire and American musician Jim Morrison used to eat here.
Delicious French classics like duck confit, beef bourguignon and lamb shanks are served up in this cozy restaurant. It only seats about 20 people, so you might want to come early, but the generous portion sizes and modest Paris pricing is outstanding.
Rooftop bars are somewhat rare in Paris, but the Le Terrass’ Hotel Bar is a good one. When in the Montmartre neighborhood, we recommend going up the seven floors to this hotel bar. It offers a large creative cocktail list (along with standard wine and hard alcohol options). Who doesn’t want to sip on good drink while overlooking Paris and the Eiffel Tower?!
You’ll have to go a few extra steps to get to this restaurant located at the top of Montmartre, which features one of the best views of Paris. Try their boeuf bourguignon and relax with the locals!
Le Petit Marcel is about as Parisian as it gets. The small café serves up simple, French dishes in an authentic brasserie atmosphere. The tables are usually placed pretty tightly together and it can get a little noisy,This is probably not the best choice for an intimate dinner. However, the ambience is charming and lively. They also serve a delicious breakfast if you want to stop by early in the day.
Located on a small side street, Le Hangar gets you away from the hustle and bustle of Paris so you can enjoy a relaxing French meal. Best known for their beef stroganoff, their terrines and foie gras is also celebrated.
It’s not easy to find a non-touristy restaurant close to the Eiffel Tower, but we’ve done it. This is a typical French brasserie, with checkered tablecloths and all. Their menu changes regularly, but you can’t go wrong getting a bistro favorite, like “steak frites” (steak and fries) or a good salad.
Best Paris Bars
When in Paris, it’s fair to say you might want to enjoy a glass of wine or two. This wine bar offers a selection of over 300 wines in a classy, chic setting that is extra Parisian. Small plates are also offered to pair up with your drink if you choose.
It doesn’t get any better than sipping a glass of wine at Rosa Bonheur sur Seine, a bar that’s actually a barge docked near the beautiful Alexandre III bridge. At night the bar turns into a lively place with loud music and dancing. If you aren’t a party animal, make sure you go early and grab drinks and charcuterie plates. You won’t regret the view.
Ask any Parisian, and they’ve probably heard of Le Baron Rouge. This is the ultimate casual spot for locals to sip on wine. During wintertime, they are renowned for their oyster selection. If you’re not there during winter, order some cheese and charcuterie plates to accompany your wine. Plus, this place is right next to the Marché d’Aligre, one of the most famous outdoor markets in Paris.
Bar Etna proudly serves natural wines, which are making their way into the French market. Feel extra cool sipping a glass of wine in this dimly lit and classy bar. They even offer a champagne and chocolate pairing option - it doesn’t get much better than that.
Crêpes in Paris
Locals flock to this small crepe stand on busy Rue Mouffetard (home to a great local outdoor market) and you should too. Don’t be scared away by a long line - the crepes don’t take long to make. Pick your favorite sweet or savory item off the menu and enjoy it as you stroll down the street, like the French do.
Sometimes it’s difficult to tell one crêperie apart from another. We’ve done the work for you by recommending La Petite Bretonne. Located in the Latin Quarter, this small establishment serves up both sweet and savory crêpes at affordable prices. Make sure you order some cider to go along with your crêpe