You can find the finest restaurants in the French capital, from haute-cuisine temples to all-day cafés, eccentric wine bars, vintage bistros and the new “bistronomiques” serving affordable modern cuisine in a casual setting. In fact, there’s a sheer variety of places to eat in Paris. To help you instantly discover the Paris restaurants that match to your needs of the moment, today Paris Design Agenda offers you a great guide – although the search for a good restaurant is never complete in a city like Paris.
Paris Bistros – Le Comptoir du Relais
St Germain des Prés
Yves Camdeborde runs the bijou 17th-century Hôtel Le Relais Saint-Germain, whose art deco dining room, modestly dubbed Le Comptoir, serves brasserie fare from noon to 6pm and on weekend nights, and a five-course prix fixe feast on weekday evenings. The single dinner sitting lets the chef take real pleasure in his work. On the daily menu, you might find dishes like rolled saddle of lamb with vegetable-stuffed ‘Basque ravioli’.
Eating on a Budget – Soul Kitchen
Mairie du 18e
A little canteen snuggled up against the Montmartre steps, Soul Kitchen is a delightful café-restaurant overseen by three charming, inspired lady chefs. In the menu you can find a comforting winter squash soup full of happily wallowing croutons, scattered with fried onions and accompanied by a sandwich of potted goose.
Paris Café – Café Craft
Canal Saint Martin
With Café Craft, Augustin Blanchard is filling a gap in the market. Café Craft trumpets its coffee credentials, claiming to serve the best in Paris (a bold challenge, non?) – theirs is made from beans roasted by the famous Café Lomi.
Paris Street food – Frenchie To Go
This is a New York deli-style takeaway sandwich bar, all in a simple and soigné décor of stone, wood and metal. Sure, it’s expensive but the stuff is so good that you can easily find a way to justify the luxury to yourself, especially given the quality of the products and the fact that everything is home made – from the ginger beer to the condiments.
French cuisine – Breizh Café
With its modern interior of pale wood and its choice of 15 artisanal ciders, this outpost of a restaurant in Cancale, Brittany, is a world away from the average crêperie. For the complete faux-seaside experience, you might start with a plate of creuse oysters from Cancale before indulging in an inventive buckwheat galette such as the Cancalaise, made with potato, smoked herring from Brittany and herring roe.
Haute cuisine – Yam’Tcha
An intimate dining room decorated with tasteful Asian accents, a calm atmosphere, a friendly welcome and highly experienced chefs all add up to a practically perfect place to eat. Adeline Grattard, co-owner with her husband Chiwah creates exotic dishes full of textures and flavours which are astonishing (scallops with peppers and black soya), even disconcerting (custard with pumpkin spaghetti, red tea mousse), but always accomplished.
They don’t call Paris the gastronomic capital of the world for nothing. Paris restaurants are exquisite and for someone looking for places to eat in Paris, it’s better to make a list of all the delicious spots, making sure you don’t miss anything! And remember that many top restaurants have much cheaper menus at lunch – an excellent time to sample the chef’s style and to get a table at short notice.