It’s no secret that the French capital serves up some of the best food in the world. Home to many Michelin-starred restaurants, the City of Light has no shortage of haute cuisine. Many of the city’s most luxurious restaurants lie within five-star hotels—the Ritz Paris actually boasts two Michelin-starred restaurants!—while others such as Le Grand Véfour and Lapérouse are among the oldest restaurants in Paris.
The incredible cuisine may be the main draw of these gastronomic destinations, but lunch or dinner at these Parisian restaurants is about so much more than the food. Eating at a grand restaurant is an experience for all the senses; the flawless décor, the sumptuous place settings, the tempting scents of passing dishes, the clinking of glasses, and the quiet hum of the expert wait staff all come together to perfectly complement your meal.
If you ask us, there’s no better way to celebrate a special occasion in Paris. Whether you want to treat the love of your life to a dinner date to remember — perhaps before you propose? — or reward your colleagues for their hard work with an unforgettable gourmet experience, these are the restaurants we recommend for fine dining in Paris.
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A stay in the City of Light isn’t complete without enjoying a meal in a classic Parisian bistro, brasserie, or bouillon. Working-class restaurants in a bygone era, today, these traditional French restaurants offer both authentic and inventive dining experiences. For typical French food, often in historic Belle Époque interiors, here’s where to eat in Paris.
When you’re craving a stylish meal in the capital, head to one of these top Parisian restaurants. Combining chic design with casual dining, these cool eateries offer international cuisine on their menus, Instagram-worthy interiors, and, usually a bit of a line since everybody’s talking about these trendy spots. Our Paris insiders share why they love these restaurants along with their tips for when to go and what to order.
Although the City of Light is known around the world for its impressive offer of gastronomic restaurants, locals know that there are also many amazing places to eat a good, quick meal. There’s no shortage of excellent street food restaurants in Paris serving great falafels, sandwiches, burgers, pizza, pad thai, or poke bowls, all perfect for a fast-but-tasty lunch or late night snack that won’t break the bank either.