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 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

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

  • 2. L'Ermitage

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    Beamed ceilings, tiled floors, and charming accents are just the beginning of a thoroughly enjoyable dining experience at this traditional bistro in the heart of...Read More

  • 3. Lilla Krogen

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    In the center of town just a few minutes from the Musée Maurice Denis, this contemporary French-style bistro is popular for its bright decor and...Read More

  • 4. Crêperie La Picoterie

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    If you're looking for a quick, traditional meal a few steps from the cathedral, look no further than this crêperie, a favorite in Chartres. You'll...Read More

  • 5. Le Relais de Barbizon

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    French country specialties and fish are served at this rustic restaurant—one of Barbizon's very best—with a big open fire and a large terrace shaded by...Read More

  • 6. Un Gout d'Ailleurs

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    On any given night this casual restaurant, close to city hall and the park, is crowded with locals sharing generous plates of Lebanese mezze: a...Read More

  • 7. Lenôtre

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    Set in the glamorous Cour des Senteurs, this handsome café (a branch of the renowned Paris pastry shop) fills a much-needed gap in Versailles dining....Read More

  • 8. Bistrot d'Adeline

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

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