Where to eat in Paris
WHERE TO EAT IN PARIS
THE TOP RESTAURANTS IN PARIS AND BEST CAFES
The question of where to eat in Paris is one that the city`s inhabitants take very seriously. Paris, of course, is famed for its many fine dining venues - The abundant Michelin starred establishments to be found here, pay tribute to the many top restaurants to be found in Paris and the unrivalled fayre on offer.
French cuisine is widely regarded as one of the defining cornerstones of French lifestyle and culture, and the wonderful legacy of centuries of culinary development is one that it`s citizens rightly view with pride. The visitor will find myriads of venues from which to choose, and this can pose a problem, as the best are not always available at short notice without pre-booking
Our "Where to eat in Paris" guide below provides a choice of venues or culinary activities where booking availability and pricing is almost immediately obvious - they will often feature an added dimension to the dining experience in the form of entertainment, sightseeing, education and sometimes all three. Some concentrate almost solely on the quality of eating experience available and sometimes that is all that is required. Whatever your culinary preferences, we are sure that there is an experience below that will catch your eye, or stomach, or both! - Bon appetite Madames et Monsieur's.
STRUCTURE OF MEALS IN PARIS
Breakfast is the speciality of the city`s cafes with many open early to serve the population (or early rising visitor) before they head off to work or the hopefully short museum queue. "Le petit dejeuner" traditionally comprises of Croissants or tartines (sliced French bread) with jelly or jam with the delicious "pain au chocolat" (A pastry filled with chocolate) being a further favourite - all freshly baked and served with coffee or tea - The smell alone is worth getting up early for on a chilly morning.
Traditionally the Parisians have taken a two hour lunch "Le dejeuner" break, with many eating at the company or school/college supplied cafeteria. Office workers have also regularly been supplied with vouchers for use at local restaurants as part of their employment package. Shorter lunch breaks have become more common these days and on fine days it is not unusual to see many enjoying a takeaway or packed lunch in one of the cities many centrally located parks - On a fine day the visitor could do much worse than by following suit, perhaps with some fine cheese, tomatoes and a fresh baguette washed down with some sparkling water or perhaps a glass of wine.
"Al fresco" restaurant/pavement lunching is one of the best and therefore compulsory things to do in Paris - restaurants are normally open from noon till about 2.30am but may be closed on Saturdays and Mondays during the lunch period.
Dinner "Le diner" traditionally comprises three courses staring with the hors d`ouvre or entrée and followed by the main course - plate principal - with the sweet or cheese course to follow. The meals are traditionally accompanied by wine and bottled water although fruit juice is becoming an ever more popular alternative. Restaurants usually open relatively late at 7.30pm for dinner and cease taking orders after the hours of 10-11pm. Traditionally many of the top restaurants in Paris close on a Sunday, but it is always possible to find a good venue for dining, especially amongst the pizzerias and other ethnically themed restaurants.
SOME TOP CULINARY PARISIAN EXPERIENCES FOR YOU TO EXPLORE
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From under $50 pp - Lunch or dine in a pretty riverside restaurant after cruising the Seine on your glass encased boat - You will pass many of the famous monuments including the Eiffel tower - your tour will be accompanied by music with a personal audio description of the cruise and its highlights as you drift by - Perfect!
From under $75 pp - A glass covered boat slowly cruising the river Seine - Classic French food served to the accompaniment of classical French music as conjured up by the excellent resident musicians - What better way to enjoy lunch in the beautiful capital of France?
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From under $90 pp - Paris is home to some of the finest chocolate in the world - learn more from our resident and "Gasteronomiquely" expert historian - Tasting is compulsory!
From under $90pp - The essential Parisian dinner cruise with intimate tables and dancing to music along the 12km route - Excellent and authentic French cuisine and good wine to accompany your trip along the romantic river Seine
From under $95 pp - Enjoy an evening in Montmartre - Commence with a wine tasting and appreciation experience accompanied by some light snacks before moving onto the main course with an evening meal at "La Cremaillere Restaurant" on the famous Place du Tetre - traditional, historic and colourful haunt of artists and intellectuals alike
From under $95 pp - Dining from within the amazing tour d`Eiffel you will enjoy some excellent food and wine in a chic and modern restaurant with fabulous city views across iconic central Paris - Fab! - Why not combine your meal with a romantic cruise on the River Seine after? - complete with luxury coach transport - From under $165pp
From under $95 pp - Discover the historically diverse area of the Marais with its long established gay community, historic mansions and Jewish quarter -elegant, brash and quietly loud and proud - take this two hour orientation walking tour to find the best the area has to offer with its many bars, gay boutiques and clubs - Your tour will finish with an evening meal at a fine local establishment
From under $95 pp - Romancing, dining and cruising under and between the bridges of the eternal River Seine - What could be better? - A classic way to spend a Parisian evening
From under $100 pp - Enjoy an excellent evening 3-course dinner at "La Cremaillere" on the famous Place du Tertre and then move on to enjoy wine and song with the musical show at the Lapin Agile - one of the capitals most famous nightspots - Why not make a real night of it and start the evening of with a wine tasting experience inluded with the above - From under $145 pp
From under $100 pp - Enjoy the company and experience of the house Sommelier as he guides you through the intricacies of the five fine wines including champagne that you will be tasting - The generous amounts of wine will be accompanied by equally generous portions of fine cheeses as you explore the pairings and etiquette surrounding that classic "Double act" that is French cheese & wine - An excellent lunchtime experience
From under $105 pp - Enjoy a wine tasting and appreciation experience at a top local wine bar complete with cheese and meat snacks paired with some excellent if less well known red and white wines - After this a short walk through the Latin quarter will set you up for an excellent dinner at a fine local restaurant well known for the individuality of its popular local cuisine.
From under $105 - Dine in a traditional and quaint restaurant in the heart of the Parisian Latin quarter and enjoy a first class meal before proceeding on an evening tour of the city in the famously eccentric and iconic 2CV car. At the end of your tour the driver will drop you off at one of the city`s best and most popular Jazz clubs to complete a wonderful evening
From under $105 pp - Walk the left bank with a qualified and local expert where you will visit some of the many fine specialist food shops in the area. This tour will delve into the history of French cuisine and explore the background, etiquette and terminology surrounding the Parisian love affair with all things culinary - Enjoy the tastings along the way - It would be impolite to refuse!
From under $135 pp - Enjoy a fine wine appreciation experience with snacks prior to the short walk to your Gourmet standard restaurant in Montmartre - La Pomponette opened its doors in 1909 and little has changed style wise since with many original features still to be seen throughout - A real and classy taste of old Montmartre will make this an evening to remember
From under $135 pp - Within a converted 17th century wine cellar, diners will experience excellent cuisine accompanied by no less than 4 fine wines personally chose by the house sommelier to match the food on offer that night. This excellent and popular restaurant is handily situated near the louvre and promises a wining and dining experience to remember
From under $135 pp - Five star reviews are standard for this excellent wining, dining, dancing and glass enclosed cruise experience. Attention to detail is standard on this 2.5 hour trip and no one shall be disappointed by the high standards and ambience attained and created for all guests to enjoy and remember.
From under $135 pp - Excellent cuisine in a very romantic atmosphere is the hallmark of this popular Seine cruise experience. The cost includes the benefits of luxury coach return of guests to the area of their chosen holiday accommodation at the end of the evening - A first class choice for a relaxing night out with someone special.
From under $175 pp - Learn to cook delicious and typical French pastries and desserts in Montmatre all under expert supervision and guess what? - you get to eat all that you make at the end!
From under $190 pp - Bateaux Parisiens - Premier dining and cruising experience with orchestra, singing and dancing complimented by the most romantic of atmospheres and excellent food and wine. Please note that there is a dress code requirement for this dining cruise. Combine this cruise with a luxury coach transfer back to the approximate area of your accommodation - From under $211.22
From under $250 pp - Take this French cookery class, combine it with a pre class visit for fresh produce at a local Montmartre market and then help prepare a group meal in the company of a maximum of six other "Students" and dining companions - Each responsible for their own portion of the meal. This is a relaxed and fun class under expert supervision designed to produce (hopefully!) a sumptuous dish of top class French cuisine
From under $260 pp - The ultimate in luxury a`la`Francaise aboard the fabulous Don Juan 2 - cruise and dine in quite possibly the finest style that the Seine in Paris has to offer with dinner prepared by top Chef Jean-Pierre Vigato
Want to see how the locals live? - this culinary experience might just be for you. Willing English speaking volunteers invite you to their home to experience typically fine French cuisine (delivered especially by caterers) for you to enjoy. An interesting interaction with some real Parisiennes for visitors to appreciate and remember