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Best restaurants in Paris in France

The 12 best restaurants and places to eat in Paris

Baguette, cheese and macarons, probably the first three food items to think about, talking about Paris. France’s capital is the fourth most populated city in the European Union, packed not only with people, but also with fashion, culture and food. Gastronomy is a big part of Paris, fine dining a daily pleasure Parisians love. Between Ratatouille and Coq au Vin, we have the top-notch 12 food destinations in the City of Love.

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Tip #1: Le Petit Chef

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Le Petit Chef Paris

The Le Méridien Étoile invites you to a culinary journey with the world’s smallest chef. Le Petit Chef is a French native, born 2015 in Marseille. At least according to the legend. Currently he is working in the four star hotel Le Méridien Ètoile, in the heart of Paris, close to Arc de Triomphe, offering an exciting show on the dining table.

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Le Petit Chef Paris

Visit our extraordinary 3D dinner-show Le Petit Chef in The Le Meridien Étoile in Paris.

With the help and technology of 3D Projection Mapping, the show brings a virtual story onto the tabletop, paired with themed music, props and an exquisite menu. For two hours, the 6cm tall chef is entertaining the guests over a four-course meal, which can be chosen as a Classic or Vegetarian meal. Le Petit Chef Kids menu makes sure that even the youngest enjoy the show.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegan, Vegetarian and Kids menu options available.

Speciality:

A special 3D Projection Mapping show is coming to your table. The little chef offers a two-hour show, paired with themed music and exquisite four-course meal. 

Price:

Four-course menu. 

Classic: EUR 155 per person, 

Vegetarian: EUR 139 per person. 

Le Petit Chef Kids: EUR 79 per person

Hours:

Reservation is necessary, you can book online

Location:

Le Méridien Étoile

81 Boulevard Gouvion Saint-Cyr

75017 Paris

Contact:

Tip #2: Pink Mamma

Image credit: Pink Mama Paris

In the ranking of cool restaurants, Pink Mamma is definitely in the top five. The big pink building is situated on four floors in the heart of Pigalle. Pink Mamma is not just a culinary highlight, but also one for the eyes.

The gorgeous interior, designed by Martin Brudnizki Design Studios, is Instagram worthy and a feel good whilst dining. You eat with your eyes has a new meaning to it, dining on the top floor of the Italian restaurant, overlooking Paris. 

The trattoria prepares their meat Firenze style, breeding and feeding their own cows to get the corn fed meat extraordinarily tender and matured at least 30 days. Pasta and pizza are served in beautiful varieties. The truffle pasta and of course, Italian tiramisu, is a must-try.

The restaurant imports all traditional Italian ingredients from its home country, everything else is prepared with French ingredients. Every month, Pink Mamma is featuring new menu items and specials. A must-try – delicious Italian food in Paris. 

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-free options available. 

Speciality :

An Instagram worthy four floor Italian trattoria in the heart of Pigalle. 

Price:

Pizza is ranking from EUR 15 to EUR 20. 

Freshly made pasta starting from EUR 8 (sample pasta plate) up to EUR 21. 

Tiramisu EUR 8.

Hours:

Mo-Fr: 12 pm – 2.15 pm and 6.45 pm – 10.45 pm

Sat – Sun: 12 pm – 3.15 pm and 6.45 pm – 11 pm 

Reservations are highly recommended

Location:

20bis Rue de Douai

75009 Paris

France

Contact:

Tip #3: Le Train Bleu

Le Train Bleu Paris
Image credit: Le Train Bleu Paris

Looking for a meal to remember? Le Train Bleu is your address to go! It will lead you to a train station, actually one of Paris busiest – Gare de Lyon.

The restaurant was created 1900 for the World’s Fair and it’s still kicking it, in all of its beauty. Murals on the ceilings and walls show over 40 different regions of France, painted by the most famous artists of that time. 

Dining at the ‘Blue Train’ is not just for tourists. The restaurant says about itself: ‘Here you can forget the hustle and bustle of the modern world!’ This might be true, it’s easy to get lost in thoughts, observing the beautiful art and interior and indulging delightful French cuisine.

Different fix price menu options like the seven-course ‘Train Bleu Menu’, the two-course ‘Traveler Menu‘ or the three-course ‘Paris Lyon Mediterranean Menu’ are available. The menu changes seasonally and absolutely worth the experience.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian options available. 

Speciality:

A traditional French restaurant in a beautiful setting in Gare de Lyon. The restaurant is over 120 years old.

Price:

Starters range from EUR 27 – EUR 51; 

Main meals starting from EUR 33 to EUR 110; 

Desserts are between EUR 15 and EUR 25.  

The Train Bleu Menu is EUR 120, 

The Traveller’s Menu EUR 53 

The Paris Lyon Mediterranean EUR 74. 

A Kid’s menu is available for EUR 25.

Hours:

Daily:

11.15 am – 2.30 pm

7 pm – 10.30 pm

Location:

Gare de Lyon

75012 Paris

France

Contact:

Phone: +33 1 43 43 09 06

E-Mail: [email protected]

Webpage: https://www.le-train-bleu.com/en/

Tip #4: Andia

Andia Paris
Image credit: Andia Paris

More train stations? More train stations! Andia is another restaurant in a train station, but this time in a converted one. The restaurant is located in the heart of the 16th arrondissement.

Gare de Passy-Muette opened in 1854, but was closed when the Paris Metro replaced the traditional train travel. After extensive renovations and a re-opening in 2019, a beautiful setting is awaiting restaurant guests. An open space with tables, replacing where once the train station’s platforms were.

The restaurant is seating up to 300 guests and focuses on Latin American cuisine, from the Andean summits, the Amazonian jungle, all the way to the Caribbean coast of Mexico. The Sunday brunch at Andia is famous and kid friendly as well.

A generous buffet and signature dishes from the Andes Cuisine in Paris make a most perfect start in a Parisian Sunday. A patio, beautifully vegetated and colorful, overlooking the open air kitchen, is a perfect location for a family meal.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian options available. 

Speciality :

Latin American cuisine in a converted train station from 1854. Family friendly brunch with kids animation every Sunday.

Price:

Main dishes starting from EUR 19 up to EUR 140 (Côte de Boeuf, 1200 g); 

Brunch Adults EUR 58, children EUR 28

Hours:

Su – Wed: 12 pm – 2.30 pm and 7 pm – 1 am

Thu – Sat: 12 pm – 2.30 pm and 7 pm – 2 am 

Brunch: Every Sunday from 12 pm to 3 pm

Location:

19 Chaussée de la Muette

75016 Paris

France

Contact:

Phone: +33 01 42 15 15 31

E-Mail: [email protected]

Webpage: https://www.andia-restaurant.com/

Tip #5: Derrière

Image credit: Derrière Paris

Derrière is a funky place. It is translated to ‘Behind’ and is to be found in a courtyard, with access through a gate. In fact, it’s like walking in a Parisian home, but actually walking in a restaurant.

The restaurant in the heart of Marais is set up like a Bohemian apartment. The owners, brothers Mourad and Hakim Mazouz, serve meals in each room, the kitchen, the dining and living room, which has a ping-pong table in the middle. 

The restaurant is located on two floors, upstairs is not open for lunch options. It holds a secret smoking room, a funky bathroom with a bathtub as a sink, antique sofas, chairs hanging on the walls and weird objects, which makes your eyes wander over and over again.

It’s fun to enjoy Brunch, served every Sunday from noon to 4pm, in this very cool and hip Parisian establishment. Brunch is served from the buffet and menu, including Eggs Benedict, Brioche Rolls, Salted Waffles or Gambas Risotto. The à la carte menu is based on traditional French cooking and features for example Bouillabaisse or Lamb shoulder.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Limited Vegan options. 

Speciality:

A funky restaurant, almost like a private Parisian home. Crazy interior and traditional French cuisine. Big Brunch Buffet. 

Price:

Starters ranging from EUR 12 to EUR 32; 

Main dishes starting from EUR 22 up to EUR 56; 

Brunch EUR 45 (Hot drink and fresh juice, starters & dessert buffet plus one savory dish) 

add Mimosa for EUR 12

Hours:

Mo – Fri:7 am – 10.30 pm

Sat – Sun:12 pm – 2.30 pm and 7 pm – 10.30 pm

Location:

69 Rue des Gravilliers 

75003 Paris

France

Contact:

Phone: +33 1 44 61 91

Webpage: https://www.derriere-resto.com/

Tip #6: VG Pâtisserie

VG Pâtisserie Paris
Image credit: VG Pâtisserie Paris

Pastry chef Bérénice Leconte is the founder and baker behind VG Pâtisserie, the first all vegan pastry shop in Paris. If you walk in the shop on Boulevard Voltaire, you can’t recognize anything different from a regular pastry shop.

But in none of Lecontes pastries are eggs, butter or milk present. Founded in 2016, everything in the shop is plant based, dairy and egg free. The pastry chef prefers to work with organic ingredients and local suppliers. 

In her books ‘Patisserie Vegan’ and ‘Mon petit chou vegan’, some of her ideas, baking tips and recipes can be found. The pastry offerings range from Brioche, Tartelettes, Cinnamon rolls, Pain au Chocolat, over traditional Madeleines and Macaroons, to Flan and miniature cakes.

Special galettes can be ordered in advance, as well as gluten free and regular cakes for a larger group of people. Demonstrations and classes are available as well, a cozy tea room allows customers to enjoy the sweet treats in the pastry shop

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Everything is vegan. Gluten-free options are available.  

Speciality:

An all vegan pastry shop, the first of its kind in Paris. With traditional French pastries but without animal products

Price:

Single pastries starting from EUR 0,90 (Madeleine) up to EUR 5,90 (Paris Brest). 

Croissants are EUR 1,20, 

Cinnamon Rolls EUR 2,20, 

Pain au Chocolat EUR 1,50;

Hours:

Mon: Closed

Tue:1 pm – 7 pm

Wed – Sat: 9 am – 7 pm

Sun: 9 am – 5 pm

Locations:

123 Boulevard Voltaire

75011 Paris

France

Contact:

Phone: +33 9 67 80 13 42

Email: [email protected]

Webpage: https://www.vgpatisserie.fr/

Tip #7: Substance

Substance Paris
Image credit: Substance Paris

Matthias Marc is the chef behind Substance, a contemporary gastronomy restaurant in the heart of the 16th arrondissement.

Awarded with one Michelin star, Substance’s kitchen transforms exceptional raw materials into marked, aromatic, delicate and surprising flavors. The kitchen is committed to sourcing local and high quality ingredients. 

The menus are offered in 5, 7 and 9 courses, a wine list of 700 and a champagne list of 200 references to make sure that there is the perfect drink pairing for each course of the meal. Four different menus are available, one for Lunch time only, the others are ‘Immersion Menu’, ‘Vibration Menu’ and ‘Substantial Menu’ and vary depending on the season and chef’s inspiration.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

No special dietary options available. 

Speciality:

A one Michelin star restaurant, run by chef Matthias Marc. Contemporary gastronomy with high quality ingredients, a wine list of 700 and champagne list of 200 references.

Price:

Lunch menu (only at lunchtime) – Starter, main course, dessert EUR 65; 

Immersion Menu EUR 130 (Food and wine pairing EUR 70); 

Vibration Menu EUR 155 (Food and wine pairing EUR 95); 

Substantial Menu EUR 180 (Food and wine pairing EUR 110)

Hours:

Mo – Fr: 12 pm – 1.30 pm and 7.30 pm – 9 pm

Sat – Sun: Closed

Location:

18 Rue de Chaillot

75116 Paris

France

Contact:

Phone: +33 1 47 20 08 90

Email: [email protected]

Webpage: https://www.substance.paris

Tip #8: Épicure

Image credit: Épicure Paris

The Champion of French Cuisine, chef Eric Frechon, holder of three Michelin stars, is cooking up the finest and best that France has to offer. In an elegant seating with lovely garden access, guests can enjoy the chef’s famous macaroni, stuffed with black truffle, artichoke and duck foie gras, gratinée with aged parmesan

All the meat in the restaurant kitchen is of French origin, in fact chef Frechon is choosing all his products from the best French producers and Farmers, to provide the highest gastronomic experience. Épicure is working with farmers, fishermen and breeders, who respect nature’s cycle and seasons.

A fine dining menu with eight courses, created and changed regularly by the chef himself, is available. The ultimate dinner in Paris!

At a glance:

Dietary options:

No special dietary options available. 

Speciality:

Eric Frenchon, holder of three Michelin stars, is cooking up a fine dining experience in Le Bristol hotel. Famous for macaroni, stuffed with black truffle, artichoke and duck foie gras, gratinée with aged parmesan

Price:

Tasting menu EUR 440 (eight courses); 

Starters from EUR 79 to EUR 160; 

Mains ranging from EUR 130 to EUR 390. 

Desserts starting from EUR 44 to EUR 53. 

Famous macaroni EUR 115.

Hours:

Tue – Sat:

7.30 am – 10.30 am

12 pm – 1.30 pm

7.30 pm – 9.30 pm 

Sun – Mo: Closed

Location:

112 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré 

75008 Paris

France

Tip #9: 42 degrés

42 degrés Paris
Image credit: 42 degrés Paris

Since 2013 the restaurant has specialized in raw food. The name 42 degrés originated from the aspect that raw, living foods are not allowed to be heated higher than 42 degrees.

Small plates and daily specials are created by chef Fabian Borgel. He is also responsible for the creation of a raw food and plant based version of the traditional Foie gras, served and sold in the restaurant as Faux Gras, based on cashew nuts, sunflower and coconut oil. 

At 42 degrés guests can enjoy almost everything they would enjoy in a regular restaurant, only as raw and living foods. A vegan cheese platter, portobello mushroom burger, all kinds of sushi options and raw chocolate cheesecake and macarons.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Everything is raw, plant based and gluten-free. 

Speciality:

A raw food restaurant in which everything is raw, vegan and gluten-free. Nothing is heated above 42 degrees. 

Price:

Starters ranging from EUR 10 – EUR 12;

Main dishes starting from EUR 21 to EUR 27; 

Desserts between EUR 9 and EUR 12.

Hours:

Mo – Tue: 12 pm – 2.30 pm and 7 pm – 10.30 pm

Wed:Closed

Thur – Sat: 12 pm – 2.30 pm and 7 pm – 10.30 pm

Sun: 12 pm –  3pm

Location:

109 rue du Faubourg Poissonnière 

75009 Paris

France

Contact:

Phone: +33 973 657 788

E-Mail: [email protected]

Webpage: https://www.42degres.com/

Tip #10: Café de Flore

Café de Flore Paris
Image credit: Café de Flore Paris

The corner of Boulevard Saint-Germain and Rue Saint-Benoît, in Saint-Germain-des-Prés in the 6th quarter, is home to one of the oldest coffeehouses in Paris.

Visited by famous writers and philosophers like Jean Paul Sartre or Simone de Beauvoir, in the 1940s and 1950s — Café de Flore is definitely an institution and must visit. The romantic café was opened in the 1880s and, like so many other old buildings, still sitting there in all of its beauty. 

Besides the regular coffee, tea and hot chocolate menu, the café is a place to enjoy a traditional Parisian breakfast, with flaky croissant, fluffy brioche, blinis and eggs.

During the day, a small eats menu is available. It consists of a salad menu, a snacking menu with carpaccio, traditional Quiche Lorraine and a variety of sandwiches and egg specialities. Typical Parisian pâtisserie like Crème brûlée à la vanille or Tarte Tatin make a visit to the most Parisian experience.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian options are available.  

Speciality:

One of the oldest Parisian coffeehouses, with very traditional small eats. The café was opened in the 1880s. 

Price:

Breakfast items starting EUR 2,50 up to EUR 13,50. 

Double espresso EUR 8,50. 

Salads ranging from EUR 9 up to EUR 23,50. 

Sandwiches in the price range from EUR 11 up to EUR 25,50

Hours:

Daily: 7.30 am – 1.30 am 

Location:

172 Bd Saint-Germain 

75006 Paris

France

Contact:

Phone: +33 1 45 48 55 26

E-Mail: [email protected]

Webpage: https://cafedeflore.fr/en/

Tip #11: L’as du Fallafel

Image credit: Wikipedia, L’as du Fallafel Paris

L’as du Fallafel is known worldwide. Tourists traveling to Paris, part of their sightseeing list is a visit at L’as du Fallafel. The kosher Middle Eastern restaurant is located in the ‘Pletzl’, the Jewish Quarter of the Le Marais neighborhood.

It’s known for its falafel, shawarma and kebabs. The famous sandwiches attract folks from all over Europe, the same as locals. Since 1979 crowds have been lining up to get their pita sandwich bread stuffed with falafel, grilled eggplant and hummus. 

Rue des Rosiers in the Marais became famous as the falafel hotspot. The traditional Parisian street food is delicious, inexpensive and accidentally vegan. It’s kosher as well, which makes it popular amongst the local Jewish population.

L’as du Fallafel is known for the freshness of ingredients, the falafel and other ingredients are fried and prepped to order. It’s definitely the authentic falafel experience of Paris.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian and Vegan options available. 

Speciality:

The most famous falafel restaurant of France, located in the ‘Pletzl’, the Jewish Quarter of the Le Marais neighborhood.

Price:

Falafel sandwich is available for EUR 6 to go and EUR 8 dine in. 

Hours:

Mo – Thu: 11 am – 11 pm

Fri: 11 am – 3 pm

Sat: Closed

Sun: 11 am – 11 pm

Location:

34 Rue des Rosiers

75004 Paris

France

Contact:

Phone: +33 1 48 87 63 60

Tip #12: Stellar

Stellar Paris
Image credit: Stellar Paris

A culinary experience and expedition into space. Stellar is offering a menu in line with the interstellar decoration. Over two floors are decorated with hanging planets and there is a moon observation room.

A menu inspired by dishes from all around the world, surprises the visitors of the funky spot, located in the 10th arrondissement.  Stellar is fun! The menu reads like an exhibition around the planet.

Plates to share and mains are sorted to the countries, where they are traditionally eaten. The roasted camembert from France, the meatballs in chimichurri sauce from Argentina, the meat tacos from Mexico, the chicken curry from India and the traditional hummus from Lebanon. A mini astronaut menu for kids under 12 is available as well.

Choosing a cocktail is even more fun — ‘Saturn – God of Agriculture’, ‘Jupiter Fizz’, ‘The Ufo’ and ‘Sun’ is how Stellar’s cocktail choice is named.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian and Vegan options available. 

Speciality:

A restaurant expedition into space. A menu in line with the interstellar decoration. Menu inspired by dishes all around the world.  

Price:

Mains starting from EUR 15 to EUR 20; 

Mini Astronaut Menu EUR 14 (kids under 12); 

Desserts between EUR 6 and EUR 10. 

Cocktail menu starting from EUR 8,50 to EUR 13

Hours:

Everyday:

12 pm – 2.30 pm

7 pm – 10.30 pm

Location:

45 Rue Saint-Sébastien

75011 Paris

France

Contact:

(Book reservation through webpage) 

Webpage: https://en.ephemera-group.com/stellar-ephemera

Our selection of restaurants is based, among other things, on the editorial team’s individual preferences and on reviews on the internet. Please contact the respective provider directly for information on reservations and prices. The pictures come from the restaurants listed. All Information is provided without guarantee!

Brian Corvers
Brian Corvers

Brian has been part of the Le Petit Chef team since day 1. As Vice President Marketing, he always initiates new projects to further develop and enrich the show.

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