Paris Restaurants

Paris is all about fine dining and rare wines - right? Wrong! Naturally, the city that invented gastronomy has an elegant sufficiency of Michelin-starred restaurants, places that only serve tasting menus and à la carte at eye-watering prices. But there is a wide variety of great food in Paris at all kinds of prices, in the outer arrondissements as well as in the first. In the centre of town you'll find the justly celebrated grand establishments, such as the historic Le Grand Véfour and Lapèrouse, and the innovative Le Dalí at Le Meurice. Even up the Eiffel Tower, there is a fine restaurant, Le Jules Verne, though the view might distract you from the food. Down in Montparnasse you'll find a different kind of tradition at the brasserie La Coupole, while the vast Le Bouillon Chartier near the Grands Boulevards has survived from the 19th century, and now offers its fast French traditional dishes to as many weary tourists as office workers. Montmartre's undoubted romance can sometimes be difficult to find amid the noisy coach trippers and school groups - restore the ambience at Le Moulin de la Galette - a last windmill on a hill once covered with them and painted by Renoir. Hidden away on the quaint streets of la Butte aux Cailles is Le Temps de Cerises, a typical neighbourhood bistrot, run as a workers' co-operative. While Hôtel du Nord, a simple restaurant trailing 1930s cinematic history has hamburgers on the menu - trendy with the bobos (bourgeois bohemians) who frequent the banks of the Canal Saint-Martin, a stroll away is Le Chateaubriand, serving up some of the most original dishes in town, on a tasting menu that changes daily. Image courtesy Le Boullion Chartier

Le Grand Vefour

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17 rue de Beaujolais

Michelin-starred cuisine overlooking the Palais-Royal...
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Le Chateaubriand

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129 Avenue Parmentier

Original modern cooking – expect the unexpected...
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Le Jules Verne

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Tour Eiffel, 5 Avenue Gustave Eiffel
Champ de Mars

High-class cuisine high up in the Eiffel Tower...
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Chartier

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7 rue du Faubourg Montmartre

Classic French food in a historic setting at an unbeatable price...
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Le Temps de Cerises

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18 rue de la Butte aux Cailles

Typical, simple neighbourhood bistrot...
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Hotel du Nord

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102 quai de Jemmapes

One of the best Canal Saint-Martin café-restaurants...
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Laperouse

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51 Quai des Grand Augustins

Modern French cooking in a romantic and historic location...
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Le Dali

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Le Meurice 228 rue de Rivoli

Michelin-starred cooking in fabulous surroundings...
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La Coupole

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102 boulevard du Montparnasse, 14e

The biggest brasserie in Paris has bustled since the 1920s...
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Le Moulin de la Galette

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83 Rue Lepic

12.00-23.00 service continu...
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Le Bistro des Oies

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2 rue Marie et Louise & 33 rue Bichat

Cuisine of south-west France made with passion and the best produce...
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Chez Marie Louise

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11 Rue Marie et Louise

Ambitious French cuisine in a tiny, welcoming local restaurant...
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Cristal Room Baccarat

11 place des Etats-Unis

Modern French food in a fairytale mansion...
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Bateaux Mouches

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Port de la conférence, Pont de l'Alma

Dinner cruises on the Seine make for lasting memories...
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Le Cambodge

10 avenue Richerand

Cambodian home cooking for travellers on a budget...
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Terminus Nord

23 rue de Dunkerque

Iconic traditional French brasserie at Gare du Nord...
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Brasserie de l'Ile St-Louis

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55 quai de Bourbon

An embassy for the cuisine of Alsace in the heart of Paris...
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Brasserie Lipp

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151 Boulevard Saint Germain

Haunt of Left Bank intellectuals for more than century...
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Le 58 Tour Eiffel

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Tour Eiffel, 5 Avenue Gustave Eiffel

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Musee de la Vie Romantique

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16 Rue Chaptal

Take tea where Chopin played...
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