Paris Restaurants

A new wave of culinary confidence has been running through one of the world's great food cities and spilling over both banks of the Seine. Whether cooking up grand-mère's roast chicken and riz au lait or placing a whimsical hat of cotton candy atop wild-strawberry-and-rose ice cream, Paris chefs—established and up-and-coming, native and foreign—have been breaking free from the tyranny of tradition and following their passion.

Emblematic of the "bistronomy" movement is the proliferation of "gastrobistros"—often in far-flung or newly chic neighborhoods—helmed by established chefs fleeing the constraints of the star system or passionate young chefs unfettered by overblown expectations. Among the seasoned stars and exciting newcomers to the scene are Yannick Alléno, who left behind two Michelin stars at Le Meurice to open his locavore bistro Terroir Parisien at the Palais Brogniart and earned three stars at the storied Pavillon Ledoyen within his first year at the helm; David Toutain at the exceptional Restaurant David Toutain; Sylvestre Wahid at Brasserie Thoumieux; and Katsuaki Okiyama's Abri.

But self-expression is not the only driving force behind the current trend. A traditional high-end restaurant can be prohibitively expensive to operate. As a result, more casual bistros and cafés, which reflect the growing allure of less formal dining and often have lower operating costs and higher profit margins, have become attractive opportunities for even top chefs.

For tourists, this development can only be good news, because it makes the cooking of geniuses such as Joël Robuchon, Guy Savoy, Eric Frechon, and Pierre Gagnaire a bit more accessible (even if these star chefs rarely cook in their lower-price restaurants) and opens up a vast range of new possibilities for exciting dining.

Like the chefs themselves, Paris diners are breaking away from tradition with renewed enthusiasm. New restaurants, wine bars, and rapidly multiplying épicieries (gourmet grocers) and sandwich shops recognize that not everyone wants a three-course blowout every time they dine out. And because Parisians are more widely traveled than in the past, many ethnic restaurants—notably the best North African, Vietnamese–Laotian, Chinese, Spanish, and Japanese spots—are making fewer concessions to French tastes, resulting in far better food.

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  • 1. Bal Café

    $ | Montmartre | Café

    Set in a bright, modern space on a tiny street in the lower reaches of Montmartre, the popular Bal Café caters to a diverse clientele who come...Read More

  • 2. Berthillon

    $ | Île Saint-Louis | French

    Parisian ice cream is served at cafés all over town, but it's worth making a pilgrimage to the mecca of artisanal crèmes glacées to understand...Read More

  • 3. Breizh Café

    $ | Marais Quarter | French

    Eating a crêpe in Paris might seem a bit clichéd, until you venture into this modern offshoot of a Breton crêperie. The plain, pale-wood decor...Read More

  • 4. Frenchie Bar à Vins

    $ | Grands Boulevards | Wine Bar

    If this weren't one of Paris's outstanding wine bars, the wait and metal tractor seats might be a deterrent. Yet wine lovers would be hard-pressed...Read More

  • 5. Holybelly

    $ | Canal St-Martin | Café

    A welcome addition to the Canal St-Martin area, this spacious, modern coffee bar caters to Paris's blossoming breakfast and brunch scene with...Read More

  • 6. Jacques Genin Salon de Thé

    $ | Bastille | French

    Master chocolatier-pâtissier Jacques Genin deserves the Legion d'honneur for his efforts to restore great traditional French pastries to their...Read More

  • 7. L'As du Fallafel

    $ | Marais Quarter | Middle Eastern

    If you're looking for one of the cheapest and tastiest meals in Paris, look no further than the fantastic falafel stands on the pedestrian Rue...Read More

  • 8. La Caféothèque

    $ | Marais Quarter | Café

    This was Paris's first coffee bar, founded by former Guatemalan ambassador to France-turned coffee ambassador Gloria Montenegro. With three...Read More

  • 9. Le Baron Rouge

    $ | Bastille | Wine Bar

    This proletarian wine bar near the Place d'Aligre market is a throwback to another era, with a few tables and giant barrels along the walls...Read More

  • 10. Soul Kitchen

    $ | Montmartre | Café

    Run by three friendly young women, the snug Soul Kitchen unites a pleasantly homey decor and welcoming atmosphere with the kind of Anglo-French...Read More

  • 11. Amorino

    $ | Île Saint-Louis | Italian

    Popping up all over—and winning converts faster than you can finish a double scoop—is the Amorino chain of gelaterias, which serves inventive...Read More

  • 12. Au Passage

    $ | République | Wine Bar

    This bistrot à vins has the lived-in look of a longtime neighborhood hang-out—which it was until two veterans of the raging Paris wine-bar...Read More

  • 13. Au Rocher de Cancale

    $ | Louvre | French

    As its impressive facade attests, this café has a special history. It opened in 1846, when Balzac was a regular and Rue Montorgueil was the...Read More

  • 14. Bubar

    $ | Marais Quarter | Wine Bar

    In summer look for the crowd spilling out the front of this signless wine bar in the Marais named for Jean-Louis, the bartender ( bubar or...Read More

  • 15. Café A

    $ | Canal St-Martin | French

    The Maison de l'Architecture—a center for architectural advancement—occupies a onetime monastery near the Canal St-Martin. Inside its Renaissance...Read More

  • 16. Café Charbon

    $ | Oberkampf | Contemporary

    This ultracool café is a neighborhood institution that stays open late every night of the week. ...Read More

  • 17. Café Coutume

    $ | Eiffel Tower | Café

    A lofty space between the Musée Rodin and the Bon Marché makes this the perfect pit stop between museum-going and shopping. Look for healthy...Read More

  • 18. Café des Musées

    $ | Marais Quarter | French

    A true neighborhood haunt, this bustling little bistro near the Musée Picasso offers a convivial slice of Parisian life at a good value. Here...Read More

  • 19. Café du Marché

    $ | Eiffel Tower | French

    On the quaint Rue Cler, this small but busy café is popular with residents. Savor your morning café and croissant here, or enjoy an inexpensive...Read More

  • 20. Café Le Passy

    $ | Western Paris | French

    The plush chestnut-and-cream decor of this café is the work of one of Givenchy's nephews. Cocktails are classy, there's a good variety of beer...Read More

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