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Where to Eat in Paris: 5 Must-Visit Restaurants

23 June 2020

Best Restaurants in Paris

Picking the best restaurants in Paris is no mean feat. But if we trust anyone to do it – it has to be locals. With the help of our local concierge, we’ve put together a supreme selection of Paris’ gastronomic gems – from authentic bistros and street food eateries to Michelin Star dining. Bon appétit!

A visit to La Fontaine de Mars is like a lesson in the French art de vivre. The traditional bistro has been around since 1908, and from the moment you enter you can feel its warm, friendly atmosphere. Striped awnings, checked red and white tablecloths, retro floor tiles, elegantly-dressed servers – time has stood still here. Its classic French menu fits well with its old-world charm. Think onion soup, oeuf en meurette, seared foie gras, coq au vin, and the ever-so-popular steak-frites. The wine selection is excellent too. Among its famous clientele are the Obamas who dined here in 2009.

You know you’re in good hands when renowned French Chef Yannick Alléno and Sushi master Yasunari Okazaki come together. A shining example of Paris’ diverse culinary landscape, the creative Japanese-French restaurant hasn’t stopped making headlines since it first opened in June 2018. The biggest draw of all is its 12-seat, 2 Michelin Stars sushi counter. The simple nigiris are just as memorable as Chef Okazaki’s more complex creations and the wine and sake collection is in a league of its own. This is the place to see and be seen at.

Pierre Gagnaire’s flagship restaurant in Paris at Hotel Balzac is at the pinnacle of French haute cuisine. Chef Gagnaire is globally recognised for his honest, uncompromising approach to culinary excellence. Every dish at this restaurant, from the intricate amuse-bouche to the stop-and-stare worthy dessert stays true to that philosophy. The Chef’s ability to create harmony with unlikely culinary combinations (pommes soufflé with a dash of sumac, or langoustine with seaweed and plankton) never ceases to amaze. If you’re lucky, he will come say hello and make you feel right at home. For a full showcase of his skills, choose the degustation menu and settle in for the evening - an epicurean feast like no other.

It might not be Michelin Star, but it’s every bit as mouth-watering. Miznon’s huge popularity can be seen from afar as well-fed crowds spill out in large numbers. The no-frills Israeli restaurant with a French twist specialises in pitta and gets it brilliantly right. Meat-lovers will want to keep coming back for the boeuf bourguignon pitta, best mopped up with a side of grilled cauliflower. Vegetarians can happily tuck into the baked sweet potato, sautéed green beans or ratatouille. The whole experience can feel a bit rushed, but the food more than makes up for it.

Michelin Star Penati Al Baretto is where Paris’ upper crust convene for an impeccable Italian fare. Distinguished Chef Penati gives a contemporary spin to traditional Italian cuisine, creating dishes that are inventive and flavour-packed. The service is obliging but never intrusive, and the on-site sommelier is a real treat to talk to. Only a minute’s stroll from the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Élysées, its homely vibe is the perfect antidote to the busy, bustling streets of Paris.