We are sure to speak for every frequent traveller if we say that good local food makes their day. With this dining in Paris tips we want to make sure both you and your stomach enjoy this city, because happiness travels through the stomach!
Paris can offer some of the finest restaurants in Europe, but they can be quite pricey. The good news is that you can find a lot of different cuisines, so there is a high variety of food and special dishes you may not find anywhere else.
We can say there is an area of Paris for any of the most popular cuisines in the world. Let’s find them out.
Authentic French cuisine
If you are looking for the best French cuisine in town and you are not afraid to spend a substantial chunk of your travel budget, then you should browse the most popular streets in the city centre. You don’t need to stay away from tourist attractions to find something good, but high street restaurants are not always the right choice.
That being said, you can taste the local cuisine at Epicure, in Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, not too far from Champs Elysées (which you should avoid at all costs).
If you want to taste real traditional food, then we recommend you go to Le Procope, where you can taste their famous onion soup cooked in a meat stock with melted Emmental cheese and croutons, or their escargot and foie gras, both delicious!
Alternatively, you can try their scallops risotto and their tartare. There is also a vast choice of desserts from crêpe flambé to tiramisu.
This area is located in the 10th arrondissement, around the place where Rue la Fayette crosses Boulevard de Magenta. Take a walk around to discover this corner of South Asia among clothes boutiques, authentic Indian fabrics, and get enchanted by the delicious smell of Indian food and beverages coming out of the cafés and restaurants.
If you like spicy, vegetarian cuisine, then you will love Sangeetha and its lovely owner, Mr. Amiruden, who will warmly welcome you in the premises. Although specialised in vegetarian food, there is a vast choice of dishes, including gluten free options.
A Jewish taste in the Jewish quarter
The Jewish quarter is one of the most beautiful parts of the city to visit, not only for its Shoah Memorial, but also for the atmosphere the air in this area carries with it. There are stories to be told at every corner, and of course, restaurants to try.
Jewish cuisine is one of the most popular in the world, and it is very appreciated in Paris, so you are spoilt for choice in terms of places to grab a bite.
Miznon is very popular both among locals and tourists, and the menu is a fusion of great Mediterranean and Middle Eastern traditional dishes. Every meal is an explosion of flavour in your mouth.
You can also stop at L’As du Fallafel in Rue des Rosiers to grab a bite of the tastiest falafel in town.
Northern African street food
If you like street food, we recommend you to rely on Moroccan and Lebanese tasty specialities in the open market Marché des Enfants Rouges, where you will be able to choose from couscous to tajines.
Prices are very low, and smells are tempting. You won’t be disappointed, but we can’t say you will be able to taste everything!
Fancy some good Asian food? The Chinese quarter in the 13th arrondissement is a good chance to get a tasty Asian meal, as well as visit this little corner of Asia in Paris, among typical decorations and shops.
If you like Thai food, then Thai Royal is the place where you must stop, but the true peculiarity of this area is that you can try different cuisines in a few hundreds of feet, not only Thai, but also Chinese, Vietnamese, and Cambodian. It’s up to you.
Japanese food in Opera Garnier
There is another bit of Asia in Opera Garnier, too, where Kunitoraya holds the japanese cuisine flag, with their homemade miso, tempura, and udon. Prices are fair, and food is great.
More dining in Paris tips
No matter what you want to eat, there is a place for that in Paris. On top of the list we made, there are great French, Italian, Japanese, Ethiopian restaurants, in any area of the town. We also recommend the oyster bars on Rue Lepic in Montmartre, as well as the dozens of cheese shops, because they organise daily cheese sampling experiences, and we are sure you do not want to miss them!
There are a lot of low priced restaurants offering South-Western French cuisine all around the city offering very peculiar, tasty dishes. Our favourite? Chez Gladine and their Basque chicken and their juicy, tender Côte de Boeuf served with French fries.
And you? Did you find a hidden gem of food in Paris? Tell us about it!