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
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!