Paris has long been a mecca for foodies from all over the world. It’s for good reason, too. Paris has an almost countless number of restaurants to explore, from simple spots where you can grab a quick bistro lunch to the more upscale, classic restaurants that have been around for years. If you’re planning a trip to the City of Lights, here’s are 5 restaurants you shouldn’t pass up.
Chez La Vieille
If you’re looking for the kind of casual bistro experience that helped put Paris on the culinary map, check out Chez La Vieille. It’s a relatively new restaurant but has the charm you’d expect to find in a 20s bistro. The menu is classic-Paris and delicious, with selections like rabbit stew and a tomato anchovy salad. It’s a perfect Paris lunch stop.
If you’re looking to eat “where the locals eat,” Le 52 on the Right Bank of the Seine is a favorite among those who call Paris home. The menu consists not only of excellent food but also excellent times! If you play your cards right you’ll soon be on a first name basis with the servers and chatting up the locals in no time. Better download a good French translator app.
If you’re looking for a seafood experience, clamato has a seriously large menu to choose from. You’ll find both classic and a little more experimental dishes on the menu but they’re all delicious and the portions are perfect for sharing with others.
Bistrot Paul Bert
If you’re looking to chalk up a big, traditional French meal, Bistro Paul Bert is a must on your list of restaurants. The souffle is massive and the Côte de Boeuf is only prepared to serve two people (it’s also delicious!). Oh, and you probably won’t find a better tasting French fry anywhere in the world.
The crown jewel of this list, Epicure is a triple-Michelin star restaurant that represents everything that fine French cuisine should be. You can expect white tablecloths, gorgeous views and a meal that you will likely discuss for many years to come.