Side Trips from Paris Restaurants

The Ile-de-France's fanciest restaurants can be just as pricey as their Parisian counterparts. Close to the Channel for fresh fish, lush Normandy for beef and dairy products, and the rich agricultural regions of Picardy and the Beauce, Ile-de-France chefs have all the ingredients they could wish for, and shop for the freshest pr
The Ile-de-France's fanciest restaurants can be just as pricey as their Parisian counterparts. Close to the Channel for fresh fish, lush Normandy for beef and dairy products, and the rich agricultural regions of Picardy and the Beauce, Ile-de-France chefs have all the i
The Ile-de-France's fanciest restaurants can be just as pricey as their Parisian counterparts. Close to the Channel for

The Ile-de-France's fanciest restaurants can be just as pricey as their Parisian counterparts. Close to the Channel for fresh fish, lush Normandy for beef and dairy products, and the rich agricultural regions of Picardy and the Beauce, Ile-de-France chefs have all the ingredients they could wish for, and shop for the freshest produce early each morning at the huge food market at Rungis, 18 km (10 miles) south of the capital. Traditional "local delicacies"—lamb stew, pâté de Pantin (pastry filled with meat), or pig's trotters—tend to be obsolete, though creamy Brie, made locally in Meaux and Coulommiers, remains queen of the cheese board.

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  • 1. Esprit Gourmand

    $ | French

    On a picturesque street close to the cathedral, this quaint bistro is a lifesaver in a town sorely lacking in quality dining. The traditional...Read More

  • 2. Frédéric Cassel

    $ | French

    A mandatory stop for pastry and chocolate lovers alike, this master pâtissier excels in classic French confections with all the bells and whistles...Read More

  • 3. Gordon Ramsay au Trianon

    $$$$ | French

    Worldwide chef sensation Gordon Ramsay brings his conversation-worthy cuisine to this Versailles berth. Picture exemplary entrées like ravioli...Read More

  • 4. Hôtel Baudy

    $$ | French

    Back in Monet's day, this pretty-in-pink villa was the favorite hotel of the American painters' colony. Today it remains one of the most charming...Read More

  • 5. L'Angelique

    $$$$ | French

    Régis Douysset's refined yet unfussy French cuisine attracts the Versailles gourmet crowd. A seasonally changing menu offers a good balance...Read More

  • 6. La Table du 11

    $$$$ | French

    With a Michelin star in his pocket, rising chef Jean-Baptiste Lavergne-Morazzani has answered the city's dire need for top-quality and well...Read More

  • 7. Les Feuillantines

    $$ | French

    The adventurous cuisine served at Les Feuillantines (one of Chartres’s few gastronomic restaurants) rarely falters and very often soars. Try...Read More

  • 8. Villa Marinette

    $$$ | French

    Two miles from Rambouillet near the small town of Gazeran, this ivy-clad 18th-century home is a romantic setting for an elegant gastronomic...Read More

  • 9. Auberge du Louvetier

    $$ | French

    With a roaring fire in winter and an outdoor terrace in summer, this quaint, country-style restaurant specializes in the fruits of the sea....Read More

  • 10. Auberge Ravoux

    $$$ | French

    For total Van Gogh immersion, have lunch—or dinner on Friday and Saturday—in the restaurant he patronized regularly more than 100 years ago...Read More

  • 11. Bistrot d'Adeline

    $ | French

    This small, antiques-filled bistro on the main street close to the château offers a cheerful welcome and wonderful, very French home cooking...Read More

  • 12. La Capitainerie

    $$ | French

    Housed in the stone-vaulted kitchens of the Château de Chantilly's legendary 17th-century chef Vorace Vatel, this quaint restaurant has an open...Read More

  • 13. La Feuillantine

    $$$ | French

    Imaginative, good-value prix-fixe menus have made this wood-beam restaurant a success. Scallops with fennel, salmon with endive, and herbed...Read More

  • 14. La Table Saint Just

    $$$$ | French

    A pleasing mix of ancient and modern, this colorful, light-filled restaurant, with high-beamed ceilings and limestone walls hung with contemporary...Read More

  • 15. Le Pouilly

    $$$$ | French

    The lofty dining room of this ancient demeure has everything a country manor should: creamy stone walls, warm oak paneling, beamed ceilings...Read More

  • 16. Le Relais de Barbizon

    $$$ | French

    French country specialties and fish are served at this rustic restaurant with a big open fire and a large terrace shaded by lime and chestnut...Read More

  • 17. Le Scaramouche

    $ | French

    This well-priced bistro, in an enviable spot facing the cathedral, provides a pleasant setting in which to enjoy some good French classics thanks...Read More

  • 18. Les Prémices

    $$$$ | French

    Adjoining the property of the stately 17th-century Château de Bourron, in the heart of the Forest of Fontainebleau, this lovely restaurant is...Read More

  • 19. Little Tokyo

    $$ | Japanese

    Freshness is the name of the game at this popular Japanese eatery near the Passerelle Saint-Nicolas. Though the interior is pleasantly minimal...Read More

  • 20. O'Bistronome

    $$ | French

    Hands down the town's most popular restaurant, O'Bistronome shines in every detail, from excellent service to classic French cooking. Sophisticated...Read More

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