At the impossibly young age of 24, Arnaud Nicolas achieved one of the highest honors in gastronomy – the title Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF) – for his talent in charcuterie. Fourteen years later, he opened an ambitious shop and restaurant near the Eiffel Tower
Sometimes in life we chase after the jerks who play hard-to-get and we ignore the nice, stable options who just want to treat us right. Le Villaret is the homely neighborhood bistro that I never appreciated until I stopped looking for love at Le Baratin and Le Repaire de Cartouche.
Food and wine pilgrims, particularly those who read the New York Times or watch Anthony Bourdain, are willing to climb the hill for this Belleville institution. Raquel Carena tends the fire, offering her own personal brand of bistro cooking – sometimes delicate, sometimes hearty, always
Chef Philippe Damas is showcasing the season’s best ingredients (porcinis, partridges) at this this bistro near the Canal Saint-Martin.
French bistro food, expertly executed by chef David Rathgeber. Classics like cassoulet, tête de veau and escargot, created with fresh ingredients for local clients.
Chez la Vieille is an interesting, if ultimately confusing place to eat. Daniel Rose’s 2016 takeover of this beloved institution was motivated by love and respect for its history (read more about that here), and for the kind of classic bistro cooking that seems to
The inspired cooking from Romain (formerly at Le Comptoir and La Régalade Saint-Honore) goes well beyond the satisfying sausage & mash of the old carte and Margaux’s service and wine selections make this a place where you’ll want to become a regular.
The Bistrot Paul Bert currently holds the #4 ranking in our list of favorite Classic Bistros in Paris. The Bistrot Paul Bert boasts of the most charming dining rooms and patrons in town, appearing to first-time visitors like the Paris bistro of their dreams. Their menu is torn
La Bourse et la Vie currently holds the #1 ranking in our list of favorite Classic Bistros in Paris. Come to celebrate, or come on a date. Come for the best steak-frites in Paris, or for the selection of after-dinner armagnacs. Come because you still remember the
A recent visit didn’t live up to the hype in which Thierry Dufroux’s Basque-inflected bistrot was declared “one of the revelations of 2013.” With the exception of a vanilla millefeuille with fresh strawberries, every dish was fine but forgettable. The wine list was uninspired and
Practical information Address: 4 rue Biscornet, 75012 Nearest transport: Bastille (1, 5, 8), Ledru-Rollin (8) Hours: Closed Wednesday & Thursday; Open Monday-Tuesday & Friday-Sunday for lunch & dinner Reservations: Book a few days in advance Telephone: 09 50 80 93 80 Average price for lunch: 20-39€ Average price
Practical information Address: 42 avenue Gabriel, 75008 Nearest transport: Franklin Roosevelt (1, 9) Hours: Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner Reservations: Book a few days in advance for breakfast and lunch; Book a few weeks in advance for dinner Telephone: 01 58 36 60 60 Average
Claires and Belons are on the menu at this sleek address in the 17th.
Practical information Address: 16 avenue de la Motte Piquet, 75007 Nearest transport: La Tour-Maubourg (8) Hours: Open Sunday-Friday for lunch & dinner and Saturday for dinner Reservations: Book a couple days in advance Telephone: 01 47 05 98 37 Average price for lunch: 20-39€ Average price for dinner:
Practical information Address: 20 rue d’Aligre, 75012 Nearest transport: Ledru-Rollin (8) Hours: Closed Monday; Open Tuesday-Sunday for lunch; Open Thursday & Friday for lunch and dinner Reservations: Reservations not accepted, but the restaurant can be booked for private parties at night Telephone: 01 43 43 91 64 Average price
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This bustling annex of Chez Michel offers hearty seasonal cooking and a heavy dose of old Paris charm. Open weekdays for lunch and dinner with menus at 22€ and 29€, and from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays with 25€, all-you-can-eat brunch.
This second location of La Régalade has been full since chef Bruno Doucet opened the doors in spring of 2010.
Practical information Address: 14 rue Léopold Bellan, 75002 Nearest transport: Sentier (3) Hours: Closed Sunday & Monday; Open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch and dinner Reservations: Book a day or two in advance Telephone: 09 84 39 42 49 Average price for lunch: 20-39€ Average price for dinner: 20-39€
You can’t talk about “la bistronomie” without mentioning La Régalade.
Natural wines and simple cooking rule at this low-key Montmartre bistro.
Practical information Address: 8 rue des Plantes, 75014 Nearest transport: Mouton Duvernet (4), Pernety (13) Hours: Closed Saturday and Sunday; Open Monday-Friday for lunch and dinner Reservations: Book a few days in advance Telephone: 01 45 40 40 91 Average price for lunch: 20-39€ Average
The market at Les Halles is long gone, but its legacy is still in evidence at Chez Denise, an old-school, shoulder-to-shoulder, red-checked tablecloth classic.
Alain Ducasse’s flagship at the Plaza Athénée remains one of the bastions of French gastronomy. Since autumn 2014, the restaurant has reoriented its cuisine around fish, cereals and vegetables. The quinoa doesn’t come cheap here: expect to pay more than 1000 euros for 2 people at
The bustling Saint-Lazare train station is now home to this eagerly anticipated new address from acclaimed chef Eric Fréchon of L’Epicure and Mini Palais. Open seven days a week, at all hours of the day and night, the 3 Michelin star chef will serve casual, classic French food to those on-the-go (and those who want to linger).
This upper Marais wine bar serves charcuterie, cheese, salads, and sandwiches to go along with 5€ glasses, or a bottle from their cave next door.
Bring some friends to share in Bertrand Bluy’s family style dinner at this cave à manger.
Practical information Address: 13 rue des Petits-Champs, 75001 Nearest transport: Pyramides (7, 14) or Bourse (3) Hours: Closed Sunday, Open Monday-Saturday 12pm-11.30pm Reservations: Book a day or two in advance Telephone: 01 42 61 05 09 Average price for lunch: 20-39€ Average price for dinner: 20-39€