Paris is the capital of France, fashion and – of course – food, so you must endeavour to visit some of these excellent restaurants on our list where you will be guaranteed a gourmet experience with more sensational explosions of taste!
Situated on the left bank of the River Seine, the 5th Arrondissement is known as the ‘Latin Quarter’ because it was the centre of ancient Gallo-Roman Paris and the La Sorbonne – the famous Parisian university – was founded here.
Restaurant La Truffière (4 rue Blainville, 75005 Paris) Set in a 17th century house in the Latin Quarter, La Truffière’s historic setting reflects the blend of traditional products and exquisite flavours as it continually strives for excellence in the preparation of its fine truffles. There is an exceptional wine list with more than 4000 references of French and global wines; any glass chosen will marry well with the sweet flavours of the black or white truffles infused in the meat and fish dishes. The restaurant’s 1 Michelin star is because of its creative cuisine which respects local products and the changing seasons.
Lunch Menu: 40€
Dinner Menu from: 65€ (week) and 95€ (weekend)
A La Carte from: 65€
Specialities and Recommendations: Black Tuber Melanosporum truffles; white Alba truffles; French cheese board
With a view of the Eiffel Tower, the 16th Arrondissement is an affluent and chic neighbourhood full of Art Deco buildings, the Bois de Boulogne and some famous museums. Whilst it is quite a residential area, it comes alive when there is a sporting event at the Paris Saint-Germain stadium, Roland Garros or Stade Français.
Shangri-La Hotel, Paris (10 avenue d’Iéna, 75116 Paris)
The Shangri-La Hotel houses 3 excellent restaurants in the beautiful former home of Prince Roland Bonaparte – grandnephew of Napoleon Bonaparte.
L’Abeille Named after Napoleon’s favourite emblem – the bee, L’Abeille offers French cuisine at its finest. There is a cosy and elegant atmosphere with earthy hues of green and pops of yellow and a exception team of staff to welcome you. Your dishes are served in a splendid setting with a view of the beautiful garden, which reflects Christophe Moret’s – Executive Chef – passion for vegetables and traditional dishes with unique ingredients and the restaurant’s 2 Michelin stars.
Set Menu from: 210€
A La Carte from: 80€
Specialities and Recommendations: Fried frog legs, morel mushrooms, hazelnut and cocoa powder, roasted emulsion; Chausey Isle’s lobster flavoured with Bourbon vanilla cooked in casserole; Roasted Racan pigeon, the leg as a ‘black pudding’, with green peas cooked à la Fraçaise and salmis sauce; Marinated Summer Isle prawns, spring vegetables with red pepper and garlic marmalade.
Shang Palace Inspired by Cantonese culinary traditions, Shang Palace offers the best and most authentic Chinese food in the heart of Europe and as a result, it has been awarded 1 Michelin star. Head Chef, Samuel Lee Sum, has mastered the subtleties of Chinese cuisine to match the fresh flavours of seasonal produce, using the wok, chopper, barbeque and dim sum. The surroundings are truly decadent with columns of carved jade, but the traditions are honoured as the dishes are presented at the centre of the table so everyone can share and try new dishes.
Lunch Menu from: 52€
Dinner Menu: 98€
A La Carte from: 43€
Specialities and Recommendations: Lo Hei Salmon; Peking duck in two ways (crispy skin served with rice flour pancakes, chopped duck breast sautéed in a wok with lettuce leaves); Mango cream, grapefruit and Sago pearls.
La Bauhinia A fusion of Asian and French cuisine under a beautiful steel and glass ‘cupola’, you can meet here for all occasions, whether to dine or enjoy afternoon tea in the Asian tradition. There is a focus on Thai cuisine which means you can enjoy some spicy meals if you wish to – as rated on the menu; and the service is superb to ensure your dining experience is enjoyable.
Lunch Menu from: 48€
Dinner Menu from: 68€
Specialities and Recommendations: Free Range Veal Entrecote Gremalota.
Le Relais d’Auteuil Pignol (31 boulevard Murat, 75016 Paris) Go on a culinary journey with Patrick and Laurence Pignol as they enchant your taste buds with a gourmet menu of the highest quality and freshness. Set in a modern and welcoming environment in the 16th “arrondissement” of Paris, fresh seasonal ingredients are sourced from the market at Rungis so these classic dishes are healthy, delicious and innovative. The large portions of fantastic food, extensive wine list and helpful staff means Le Relais d’Auteuil Pignol fully deserves its 1 Michelin star.
Lunch Menu from: 100€
Dinner Menu from: 135€
A La Carte from: 40€
Specialities and Recommendations: Beautiful green Pertuis asparagus, scattered with fresh morel mushrooms and flat parsley; Roasted monkfish, liveche, risotto with spring peas; Pyrenees Lamb Ribs and Roasted Filet, savoury herb juice; Crispy puff pastry with fruits of the season and fragrant spices.
Whether you prefer a Latino-themed night or a more urban, Parisian bar, there is something for everyone in the 11th Arrondissement – home to some of Paris’s most diverse nightlife.
Septime (80 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris) Pleasant culinary surprises await you when you step into this bistro with its industrial decor and relaxed ambiance. Each dish on the menu involves only three raw ingredients, which normally would contrast greatly with each other, and turns them into refined gourmet dishes. There is even a mysterious 5-course ‘carte blanche’ for 55€ at lunchtime which gives the chefs full reign over the dishes that they conjure up for you. There is also a list of natural wines to complement the seasonal cooking and beautiful presentations – everything has been thought of in this Michelin starred restaurant.
Lunch Menu: 28€
Dinner Menu: 55€
If you stay too long in the 6th Arrondissement, you may never leave! Such is the charm and availability of restaurants, cafés and activities to suit all tastes and price ranges. There are interesting museums, the Palais du Luxembourg and the Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Prés to visit.
Bouillon Racine (3 rue Racine, 75006 Paris) This art nouveau ‘soup kitchen’ is now classed as a ‘Monument Historique’ for its magnificent decor which mirrors its dishes – tasteful and classic. The menu changes with the seasons and for special occasions, with dishes that are handmade and fresh as traditional ‘bouillons’ (broths) or ‘pots au feu’ (stews). It will surely be a memorable dining experience for you as well as children, who have their own 2 course dinner menu too.
Lunch Menu: 16€95
Dinner Menu from: 33€
A La Carte from: 18€50
The financial, journalistic and fashion heart of Paris through which ‘galleries’ (covered passageways lined with shops) criss-cross through the smallest Arrondissement.
Frenchie (5-6 rue de Nil, 75002 Paris) Rustic decor juxtaposes the modern dishes on offer, whilst based on traditional French recipes Gregory Marchand has given them a creative spin. There is even the opportunity to sit at the ‘Chef’s Table’ where you can watch the chefs in action in the open kitchen. The wine menu continues to grow with French and global wines to pair with the seasonal dishes.
Lunch Menu: 45€
Dinner Menu from: 74€
The centre of contemporary Paris draws all tourists to its most famous treasures, including the Louvre Museum, the Tuileries Gardens and the Palais-Royal. You can get a good feel of the city by walking through the 1st Arrondissement, a large of it has been pedestrianised, and strolling along the right bank of the River Seine.
Le Grand Véfour (17 rue de Beaujolais, 75001 Paris) On the north side of the Jardin du Palais Royal, this 18th century restaurant has been the place to be for those in political, artistic and literature circles. In two beautiful rooms full of mirrors, crystal chandeliers and fine paintings, tradition meets modernity in the dishes inspired by Guy Martin’s love of travelling and art. With 2 Michelin stars, your eyes and tastebuds are guaranteed a culinary journey across the centuries.
Lunch Menu: 115€
Dinner Menu: 315€
A La Carte from: 220€
Specialities and Recommendations: Foie gras ravioli with plentiful truffle cream; Truffle parmentier of shredded oxtail; Milk chocolate mousse on hazelnut pastry; caramel ice cream and Guérande sea salt; Artichoke crème brùlée with candied vegetables and bitter almond sorbet.
Full of luxurious Haussmannian townhouses, this is Paris at its finest and only slightly north of the Arc de Triomphe. However, there is a different feel at the north-eastern end where ‘BoBos’ (bohemian-bourgeois) hang out in the grungy bars and bistros.
Le Hide (10 rue du Général Lanrezac, 75017) A traditional bistro serving French dishes cooked by Chef Hide « Koba » Kobayashi and served by impeccable staff at great prices. The restaurant is small and intimate, there nothing flashy about it, but that’s because th focus is on the food! All the locals know that this is the place to be for dinner, with excellent duck and lobster, so remember to reserve a table in advance.
Lunch Menu: 30€
Dinner Menu: 38€
A La Carte: 22€
Specialities and Recommendations: Traditional French snails; Shoulder of Lamb à la Provençale; Monkfish medallion fried with white wine sauce and sherry vinegar; tarte tatin with ‘crème d’Isigny’.
The Champs-Elysées dissects the 8th Arrondissement from north-west to south-east; it is here you will find the Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde and the Elysée Palace.
La Galerie – Four Seasons Hotel George V Relax and unwind in La Galerie lounge with decadent Flemish tapestries on the wall and comfortable 19th century furniture, it is the perfect place for people-watching whilst enjoying some Afternoon Tea or even some cocktails outside in the courtyard.
Afternoon Tea Menu starts from: 16€