In a country where it is actually illegal to sell frozen baguettes, it should come as no surprise that Parisians take their bread seriously…. Very, very seriously. Indeed a local boulangerie is as important to the French as a local pub is to the Irish.
Paris is generally regarded as the birthplace of fine dining, but you’ll find that the food in everywhere from rustic bistros to cozy neighbourhoods cafes is superb. The French cook with heart and you can taste that in every bite.
Find our curated guide of where to eat and drink in Paris here.
Best Restaurants in Paris
So, where to find the best restaurants in Paris?
The Michelin-guide is a good place to start. Lastrance, Arpège and Alain Ducasse at Plaza Athénée all have three Michelin stars, which is the highest accolade out there.
Step back in time by ordering escargot bathing in garlic butter at Benoit Paris, a nostalgic bistro which has barely changed since it opened in 1912. Taloa et a Noste does great value food inspired by the Basque country. Expect powerful flavours, elegantly updated for the Parisian palette.
Want to combine a shopping trip with a glass of wine and plate of poulet frites (chicken and chips)? Check out our guide to the best boutiques, bars and bistros in Paris.
Best Cafes in Paris
Looking for a simple café crème or a hot chocolate as thick as buttermilk? Find them both alongside priceless people watching opportunities at the best cafes in Paris.
With its vintage Hermes wallpaper, Cafe Loustic is tres chic, while the Ten Belles is without doubt one of the best coffee shops in Paris. An intimate spot, its high quality house blends are roasted to perfection by Belleville Brûlerie.
Best Croissants in Paris
Chances are that when you think of French food, croissants are right up there on your list of things to try. These half-moons of flaky, buttery deliciousness taste very different in Paris, which is home to arguably the best pâtisserie in the world.
In the trendy Canal St-Martin area, Du Pain et Des Idées bake fresh croissants throughout the day, so it’s a good bet if you get an evening craving. Strohrer is Paris’s oldest bakery and still has its historic façade, while Des Gateaux et Du Pain has a loyal local following.