You will be hard pressed to find cuisine that rivals that of the French. I have to admit when we were planning our trip to Paris, I was a bit worried about dining at tourist traps. However, almost everywhere we dined in Paris was mouthwatering and fairly inexpensive. (I had envisioned that all delicious French restaurants would be pricey-which was not the case) Almost all of our restaurant selections were chosen based on Parisian locals’ recommendations and man were they great. To help you out with your next trip to the city of love check out the Best Places to Eat in Paris France below!
Almost every breakfast (and dessert midday snack) was enjoyed at Au Petit Versailles. Only located 2 blocks from our hotel, this place was dangerous! Each morning we would wander half asleep to this cute little bakery for our morning almond croissant and Cafe au Last. The inside is decorated like that of, you guessed it, Versailles and is to die for.
Les Philosophes was perfectly located for us at less than a block away from our Hotel Paris Marais Caron de Beaumarchais. We had amazing French Onion Soup and the most drool worthy Beef Bourguignon which I am sure would give Julia Childs a run for her money. The atmosphere is lively (great for night life too), and the service hilarious and upbeat.
Les Bougresses is another restaurant located in Le Marais. This place was recommended to us by our hotel and was a bit hard to find but totally worth it! This place is also small (it seems like all the best ones are) and you will need a reservation. Although the service was not as friendly as other spots, the food more than made up for it. We went with a pre-fix menu of a prosciutto, caprese layered salad, a chicken + mushrooms in cream sauce entree and a chocolate raspberry dessert. YUM!
This was my favorite restaurant and dining experience during our trip. Au Vieux Paris d’areole is located just a block and an alley away from Notre Dame Cathedral and is one of the oldest restaurants in Paris (building was built in 1512!). This place is small, so you will need reservations, but extremely impressive! With rich reds, antique tables and couches, the interior is fabulously decorated. We went with the special of the night which included French Onion Soup and a delicious clam dish (similar to Rockefeller style). This restaurant is romantic and you must end you night with a stroll around Notre Dame when it is lit up!
This place was the perfect lunch spot and located right nearby Jardin du Luxembourg. This little cafe seemed like a Parisian favorite as everyone inside and outside seemed to be locals. My Mom and I both ordered the Croque-Provençal Salade (Ham, cheese, sweet peppers, onions, tomato and salad) and a half carafe of wine to share. So delicious and a fun atmosphere.
This restaurant is known for their breakfast/brunch and is located right in the Île de la Cité near Notre Dame Cathedral. This was our only sit down restaurant breakfast of the trip and I loved it. There is just something exciting about sipping a café au lait and people watching. I ordered the perfectly poached eggs Benedict.
Although not located in Paris, Le Foch still deserved to make the list. Le Foch calls the city of Reims home and is an easy train ride form Paris. This Michelin Star rated restaurant is the perfect kickoff to your time in the Champagne region of France and has uniquely paired food items presented in out of the box ways. You can see my full review of Le Foch-here.
Laduree is the place to be on the Champs Elysées. Everyone wants a taste of their famous macaroons! There are so many flavors and combinations to choose from. My favorites were the rose, lavender, caramel and chocolate flavors. Be prepared to wait in line and to save your box as a keepsake!
The Louis Philippe was the first restaurant we dined at after our long voyage. I ordered a Croque Madame salad with the best tasting cheese ever! The atmosphere was lax and casual and located right along the Seine.