When it comes to food, the French really know what they're doing. The word "cuisine" is even French. Yes, the French take their food seriously and Paris is no exception. However in Paris, as with all multi-cultural cities, you'll find a vast array of choice on offer. Local cafés, restaurants, bistros, and wines should become a highlight of any Paris adventure.
French restaurants are generally open for dinner at 7
p.m. but the French eat around 8:30pm. Remember that if you choose restaurants
filled with locals, trust your instincts and you won't go wrong.
Café Véry: [Jardin des Tuileries 01 4703 9484] This delightful, relaxed and casual restaurant is set in the beautiful Tuileries gardens. The menu isn't extensive [mixed salads, salmon, duck cutlet etc] but the prices are very afforadable [from 17 €]. [Open all days 12am to 12pm] [Metro: Tuileries]
Le Jules Verne: [2nd floor, Eiffel Tower, Champ de Mars 01 4555 2004] Just about the only restaurant in the world where you'll be guaranteed a good time on a first night date. The Jules Verne restaurant doesn't come cheap but with views across Paris from 125 meters up in the Eiffel Tour it's worth it. With a one star Michelin Chef, refined and chic decor and impecible service this restaurant is a real experience. Try not looking at the bill too long when it arrives, it's not only the altitude thats disorientating. [Reservation recommended] [Metro: Ecole Militaire]
Le Tempe des Cerises: [18 rue de la Butte-aux-Cailles 01 4589 6948] Traditional French food in a lively very informal restaurant. You'll enjoy the experience here as well as the food. Tuck into traditional French cuisine such as Cassoulet [meat & bean stew], Magret de Canard [duck breast], Poire au Roquefort [pear with roquefort cheese]. [Metro: Place d'Italie]
Thiou: [49 Quai d'Orsay 01 4551 5858] This upmarket Thai restaurant is a welcome break from the rich French food on offer. Made only with the freshest ingredients and super skills of the chefs here, you'll begin to think you've been transported to Thailand. Sample soft-shell crab, green-curry chicken or one of the specialisties tigre qui pleure [marinated grilled beef with carrot salad]. [Metro: Invalides]
Georges: [19, rue Beaubourg 01 4478 4799] Situated at the 6th floor of the Beaubourg center over looking the Pompidou center. The views are fantastic as is the food at this Coste run restaurant. Expect something different at this Philippe Stark designed place. [Metro: Rambuteau]