Parisian cuisine is second to none, so ensure you don’t miss out on the best places to eat Paris by planning your culinary adventures before you travel. Whether it’s Michelin-starred banquets or simple, buttery pastries you seek, if you hit these top Paris restaurants you won’t be disappointed. And in between all the eating, you’ll be requiring coffee, champagne, or both. In this guide you’ll also find the best bars in Paris, along with the coffee shops not to miss.
Where to Drink & Eat in Paris 2019
Best Restaurants in Paris
Pastries at Le Meurice
French pastry chef Cédric Grolet of the Dorchester Collection’s was named “The World’s Best Pastry Chef” at The World’s 50 Best Restaurant Ceremony 2018. Pay a visit to his pastry boutique at the exclusive hotel and check out one of the unique desserts, such as his signature trompe-l’œil sculpted fruits. Oui, s’il vous plaît.
L’Étoile du Nord
If you’re travelling by Eurostar, arrive for your lunchtime train a little early and grab a bite at L’Étoile du Nord, a brasserie by two Michelin-starred chef Thierry Marx and one of the best surprise spots to eat in Paris. Expect modern French buffet classics like chicken supreme, egg mayonnaise salad and even British bites like fish and chips with a tasty twist.
Dinner at Hôtel Plaza Athénée
Choose between the luxury of , a Michelin starred restaurant serving contemporary French Haute Cuisine or enjoy a more relaxed affair at the excellent , a cosy grill-room inspired by the roaring thirties. In the latter expect live music, perfectly wine-matched modern French dining and a bustling, lively atmosphere. Try the pan-seared scallops to start and save room for dessert – the ‘all about vanilla’ can be devoured in five glorious seconds.
And we know you wouldn’t consider it, but forgetting to visit Pierre Herme for a macaron or two would just be rude, wouldn’t it?
is one of three restaurants that the Shangri-La Hotel, Paris has to offer, two of which are Michelin-starred. In contrast to Chef Christophe Moret’s two Michelin-starred restaurant L’Abeille, a gourmet French restaurant, Shang Palace sets the best of Asian and French worlds under one roof. From Sunday 9 September Shang Palace will open seven days a week for lunch and dinner; where Chef Samuel Lee transports guests on a gastronomic exploration to the Middle Kingdom in France’s only Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant. As an alternative to wine Maître Tseng’s tea, served according to the traditions of Gong Fu Cha, pairings will be served thought out to the meal making the guests’ dining experience truly unique. And what is France without wine? Ask the sommelier who will suggest a noble and ancient liqueur or cases, vintages that bring a touch of sophistication to the mouth-watering banquet.
The best places to eat in Paris aren’t all about French cuisine… Bellota-Bellota may be a chain but its authentic Spanish tiles, unassuming entrance and Iberian tapas would suggest otherwise. Locals gossip over fine Rioja and a kaleidoscopic table of smoked cuts and fresh seafood.
‘s growing herd of restaurants has just arrived in Paris, satisfying carnivorous desires in its art nouveau interiors, restored under the scrupulous gaze of architects Humbert & Poyet.
La Closerie des Lilas
‘ is one of my authentic favourites,’ says Laurence Coste, jewellery designer. This brasserie and literary landmark is old world Paris at its best.
Best Bars in Paris 2019
Best-known for its iconic outdoor pool, the five-star Molitor hotel has a stunning open-air roof-terrace and restaurant, perfect for alfresco drinks. This year marks the hotel’s 90th anniversary, marking almost a century of being a landmark in the 16th Arrondisement. Cocktails are served up alongside stunning views across the city with the Eiffel Tower on the horizon, the famous Art Deco outdoor pool.
Hôtel Particulier Montmartre
Hôtel Particulier Montmartreis a typically Parisian mansion wrapped in a secret garden, awash with quirky interiors that would make Wes Anderson blush.
Hôtel La Réserve
Hôtel La Réserve’s ornate but cosy library promises exquisite cocktails, soft piano music and a hidden cigar room for afters.
Little Red Door
Little Red Door is the brainchild of Experimental Cocktail Club protégé Timothée Prangé with Dotan Shalev, serving up cocktails that test the bandwidth of all its fans’ imaginations.
Best Coffee Shops in Paris 2019
Café Oberkampis a Middle Eastern- cum-French café tucked down a side street in the Marais. What it lacks in space, it makes up for in piccolo lattes and shakshuka breakfasts.
The Hood is a hipster sanctuary for those after more than a coffee and croissant with its various talks, exhibitions and live music.
Le Fumoir’s jazz age spirit and moody interiors serve up cappuccinos and kir royales with as much yesteryear elegance as the white tablecloth dinners.