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Restaurants and Bistros in Paris

France has deep traditions and a rich history for fine French cuisine and gastronomy is taken very seriously, especially in Paris where you will find some of the Worlds finest chefs serving remarkable cuisine.

You will find that there are thousands of different cafes and restaurants in Paris alone, which will range from the small traditional bistro such as the Allard Bistro but there are also many plush restaurants.

Even at a small traditional restaurant like the Boeuf sur le Toit or at a fancy restaurant setting such as the Train Bleu, the quality of food will be of the utmost of importance, but many places have to be booked prior and some places require reservations even weeks or months in advance like the Jules Verne at the Eiffel Tower, to ensure you get a table for the evening!

When it comes to cuisine, you have choices from all over the world such as the Blue Elephant which serves Thai dishes in beautiful surroundings, the American Pizza place called Chicago Pizza Pie Factory, Brasilian food at the Brasil Tropical Cabaret and restaurant, Le Curieux Spaghetti Bar for true Italian delights, or the Tokyo Eat restaurant serving adventurous fusion cuisine, and much more to tempt those taste buds.

Restaurants and Bistros in Paris
Restaurants and Bistros

Yet obviously, it is the French food that really stands out in so many different restaurants in Paris and this can range from the typical Bistro style restaurant like Le Repaire de Cartouche or the Viaduc Café through to restaurants in unusual surroundings like L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, 1970's style Korova, the family restaurant Apollo or Altitude 95 in the Eiffel Tower and they also vary in cost from only a few Euros to hundreds per person.

Depending upon your budget, the finest way of dining in Paris is with Haute cuisine, which is elaborate food preparation and presentation, so if you want to splash out for that special occasion, then just some of the Haute cuisine restaurants include the Le Grande Cascade close to the Longchamps horse racing, L'Arpege, Taillevent, Lasserre, Le Grand Vefour and La Tour d'Argent.  All of these are Michelin star rated, where you could be paying anything upwards of 250 Euros per person, but even the most expensive restaurants become cheaper at a lunchtime than in the evening.

Now forgetting Haute cuisine, you will find that most restaurants in Paris serving French cuisine have a Menu du Jour or a set menu of the day and this normally means the most reasonably priced meals, changing frequently sometimes daily depending upon what fresh produce is available.

Also, if you want to eat breakfast out it is likely to be at a Patisserie or Tea Salon where you can get croissants, bread, fillings such as cold meats and cheeses, pastries and a nice cup of coffee.  You will be able to find numerous places such as Angelina's or Laduree, where you can eat on the premises, or purchase items to take away.  Just one quick point worth mentioning, many establishments add an additional charge to your bill if you decide to sit outside on their terrace, rather than at the bar or table inside.

When it comes round to lunchtime, you will be able to find numerous different cafés and bistros whilst walking around Paris such as the Café Marly with a great view of The Louvre museum or The Hard Rock Café, which are great places for lunch, so it may be a good idea to mark these on a map, so you can always find your next fuelling station!

As for the evening, you will find that meals are usually served from around 7.30pm and we would like to point out that Parisians do tend to dress up for an evening out.  Also, in most restaurants it is expected that you have a glass of wine or two with your meal, as it is the French way of life, but bear in mind that a table wine can be just as expensive as many others on the wine list as they are of excellent quality.

With numerous different options for an evening meal like a cosy and intimate setting at Au Bon Accueil, or perhaps you have been out partying at a nightclub and need something to eat in the early hours of the morning like at Au Pied de Cochon that is open 24/7 or perhaps you would prefer the friendly atmosphere and the smells of food cooking on a spit at the Atelier Maitre Albert or contemporary cuisine at the Spoon Food and Wine, then you have the cabaret venues where you can enjoy a meal and watch a cabaret show such as the Cabaret Cirque at the Zebre de Belleville or the World famous Moulin Rouge.

And after all this eating out in Paris enjoying the fabulous French cuisine, it may just not be the same when you get home!

Restaurants, Cafes and Bistros in Paris

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