Paris is world-renowned for its culinary delights - from melt in the mouth pastries to haute cuisine in Michelin-starred restaurants. There’s no shortage of great places to eat in Paris - you’ll be spoiled for choice on your trip.
To help you make the most of your gastronomic adventures in the city, we’ve put together a list of the top places to eat, including traditional French dining experiences, casual bistros, the best bakeries and much more.
Cheap places to eat in Paris
The French capital has a reputation for being an extremely pricey place to visit, thanks to its luxurious shopping streets and gourmet restaurants. But it is possible to dine out in Paris on a budget – just take a look at some of our top picks for cheap places to eat in Paris.
• Bistrot Victoires is just a short stroll from the Louvre, stop 5 on our Paris bus tour. After taking in some art in one of the world’s largest museums, you can reach this purse-friendly bistro in under 10 minutes. It can be hard to find a budget bite to eat in this part of town, but here you can get two courses for around €20. It has a casual ambience, and is a great spot to try out a typical French bistro.
Location: 6 Rue de la Vrillière, 75001 Paris
Phone: 33 1 42 61 43 78
• Frenchie to Go, around a 20 minute walk from the Louvre, is run by top chef Gregory Marchand who worked for Jamie Oliver in London. This takeaway lets you sample his wares for a fraction of the price of his restaurant Frenchie. It offers an all-day breakfast menu as well as lunch and snacks, including plenty of patisserie treats.
Location: 9 Rue du Nil, 75002 Paris
• Au P’tit Grec is your best choice for cheap crepes. Situated in the Latin Quarter of the city, a lively student area, this little place serves huge crepes stuffed with sweet or savoury options - including the decadent sounding Nutella, banana and Grand Marnier.
Location: 68 Rue Mouffetard, 75005 Paris
Phone: 33 6 50 24 69 34
• Du Pain et des Idees, close to Canal St Martin, is one of the best bakeries in the city and is open Monday to Friday from 06:45 to 20:00. Although it’s a little out of the way, with their selection of treats - from wonderful flatbreads to pistachio pastries and classic pain au chocolat, you won’t regret a trip here. And the canal makes for a lovely stroll whilst enjoying the bakery’s treats.
Location: 34 Rue Yves Toudic, 75010 Paris
Phone: 33 1 42 40 44 52
• Big Fernand is one of the most talked-about burger joints in the city, and definitely one of the best cheap places to eat in Paris. Their meal deals are great value – choose a burger, fries, drink and dessert all with change from €20. Or you can construct your own burger, choosing to add cheese, vegetables and sauces to suit your taste buds.
Location: 55 Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 75009 Paris
Phone: 33 1 73 70 51 52
Classic French restaurants and haute cuisine
In the mood for more traditional French fare or haute cuisine? Then you’ll be overwhelmed by choices on your trip to Paris. But be warned – you’ll have to book in advance for these top eateries.
• Le Coq Rico sits on the Montmarte hill, and is well worth the trek. It’s all about the birds here, with the menu comprised of all things poultry. Everything is sourced in collaboration with local livestock farmers so you can be sure everything’s ethical, and some items only feature on the menu seasonally. Eggs also feature heavily, from fried eggs to eggs mimosa, as well as selection of soups and salads for starters. For mains, the stars of the show are the whole birds, which serve 2-4 people. From Monday to Friday, there’s a lunch menu for an altogether more reasonable €15, although there’s only one dish on offer each day.
Location: 98 Rue Lepic, 75018 Paris, France
Phone: 33 1 42 59 82 89
• Le Garde Temps is another great choice if you’re looking for a traditional bistro. It’s pretty cramped, and you’ll be almost elbow to elbow with your neighbours but it’s well suited to the unfussy service and food. The décor is very trendy with exposed brickwork and beams but the food is all traditional French fare. On Saturday evenings, you can try their tapas menu, or during the week, enjoy dishes such as chicken supreme or roasted hake.
Location: 19bis Rue Pierre Fontaine, 75009 Paris, France
Phone: 33 9 81 48 50 55
• The French capital is one of the best places in the world for fine dining, so if you’re looking to indulge on your trip, Yam T'cha is surely one of the top places to eat. Beautifully decorated, the ambience is calming as soon as you step through the door to a friendly greeting. The husband and wife owners create authentic Asian dishes, with the set tasting menu offering a surprise at every course. However, the price tag doesn’t come cheap, with prices just shy of €100. If your budget doesn’t quite stretch that far – or if you don’t manage to bag a reservation – you can stop by their boutique on 4 rue Sauval to pick up some traditional bao (steamed buns) to eat on the go.
Location: 121 rue saint Honore, 75001 Paris
• Akrame on 19 Rue Lauriston, 75016 Paris, was awarded a Michelin star in its first year of opening, and another one shortly thereafter, so you know this restaurant is something special. There are three dining options – Menu Coup de Coeur, priced at €100 euro for 4 courses, Menu Gourmand (€130 euro for 6 courses) and Menu Amis du Midi (lunch only, 3 courses for 60 euros). Not far from Champs-Elysees (stop 8 on your bus tour), Akrame is tastefully decorated with clean, modern décor although there’s only room for about 25-30 people in the restaurant, so book in advance.
Location: 19 Rue Lauriston, 75016 Paris, France
Phone: 33 1 40 67 11 16
Paris coffee shops and street food
When you’ve got a busy day of checking out top tourist attractions, grabbing some street food can be just the thing you need to keep you going.
• One of the most popular street food spots in Paris is L’As Du Fallafel in Le Marais, which serves up street food at its best. Around a 25 minute stroll from the Louvre, you’ll know you’ve hit the right spot when you see the queue around the block. The food is cheap, filling and is often cited as the best falafel in France – perfect if you’re spending some time in the winding lanes and cobbled streets of this bustling district.
Location: 32-34 Rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris
• Just a short hop away is another excellent street food joint, Miznon, which serves up delicious Middle Eastern food with a modern twist. The menu is all written up on a blackboard and you place your order at the counter before enjoying your meal out on the street. Stuffed pittas are the order of the day, and you can get some tasty dips and side dishes to enjoy too. All come in huge portions, so perfect for hungry travellers.
Location: 22 Rue des Ecouffes, 75004 Paris
Phone: 33 1 42 74 83 58
• If you need your caffeine fix, then there are some pretty good coffee shops in the city to pick up your espresso or flat white. Café Marlette is really trendy, with exposed brick walls and big, cushion-filled sofas. All their coffee beans are roasted in the city, and they’ve got a delicious selection of cakes, pastries and brunches if you need some fuel. You can easily stop off at this café if you’re exploring the Louvre and surrounding area (stop 4 on your Big Bus tour) – it’s around a 25 minute walk away.
Location: 51 Rue des Martyrs, 75009 Paris
Phone: 33 1 48 74 89 73
• Hollybellyis another cute coffee shop which serves up reasonably priced coffee and good food. The food menu changes every four weeks, depending on what is in season at the time but typically features breakfast choices such as bircher muesli and pancakes, with more substantial lunch dishes.
Location: 19 Rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010 Paris
Phone: 33 9 73 60 13 64