Restaurant recommendations

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Paris is overflowing with great places to eat. Perhaps the best way to find somewhere wonderful is just to wander and stop somewhere that you like the look of.

However, there are restaurants that it’s definitely worth making a detour and a reservation for. Below is a list of places where I have eaten and enjoyed great meals. i warn you I’m fussy about my food, so if it’s on here it’s because I really think it’s worth mentioning. I’ll keep adding as I find more.

Approximate prices (2 courses excluding drinks):

€   under 25€ per person       €€ 25-50€       €€€ over 50€

Claus  14 rue Jean Jacques Rousseau, 1er.  Great place for brunch. Also good for a light lunch or coffee and cakes.

Rose Bakery 46 rue des Martyrs, 9e or 30 rue Debelleyme, 3e. Another wonderful place for brunch or lunch, I love Rose Bakery for its simple food with a British twist. 

La Briciola 64 rue Charlot, 3e. If you’re in the mood for pizza, this is a good place to have one. A simple restaurant in the Marais, the pizzas are excellent and the atmosphere relaxed and laid back. 

Bouillon Chartier 7 rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 9e. Chartier is a Parisian institution and a classified National monument. Originally founded over 100 years ago as a canteen serving stew to local workers, it’s a huge, busy, Belle Epoque style restaurant where you’re likely to find yourself sharing a table with strangers. The traditionally dressed waiters write the orders on the paper tablecloths and the food is simple, French staples at a good price. Look out for the little alcoves where the workers who came in daily would store their napkins. Open 365 days a year, don’t expect service with a smile and be prepared to wait in line.

Brasserie Printemps 6th floor, Printemps department store, 64 Boulevard Haussmann, 9e. I love coming to this brasserie for lunch just to enjoy the amazing decor. The food is simple but good brasserie style food served in a modern way. Only open for lunch (except Thursday evening).

Salt 6 rue Rochebrune, 11e.  A fantastic place for lunch or dinner. Small and cosy restaurant with a fixed menu that changes regularly depending on the season and what’s in the markets. You can usually choose between fish or meat main course. €€  for lunch and €€€ for dinner (tasting menu).

Matière à 15 rue Marie et Louise, 10e. A tiny and very cosy restaurant, here you sit at a long table seating 14, and can see the chef at work. Menus change daily. Great for both lunch and dinner. €€

Racines 2 39 rue de l’Arbre Sec, 1er. I’ve only ever had lunch here, but I’ve had a few and they have all been very good. A short walk from the Louvre, simple modern decor, classic ingredients with a twist. Portions are not huge, so if you are looking for a hearty meal this is perhaps not the place for you!  €€ for lunch & dinner.

La Regalade 106 rue St Honoré, 1er. A chic but simple restaurant close to the Louvre, serving traditional dishes cooked in a modern and fresh way. Make sure you try the homemade terrine they bring you to snack on whilst you wait for your order. €€

Victor 101 rue Lauriston, 16e. Another simple but chic bistro, tucked away on a side street in the 16th arrondissement. The food is modern French, the ambiance relaxed and cosy, and you can get excellent wines by the bottle or glass. €€

Chez la Vieille 1 rue Bailleul, 1er. Once again close to the Louvre, Chez La Vieille is a tiny, old fashioned bistro that has existed for over 50 years, and has recently been reopened by American chef Daniel Rose in partnership with restaurateur Stephen Starr (both of Le Coucou in New York). Downstairs is a bar where you can eat at the counter, there is one small room upstairs (seats 18) and the decor is simple and beautiful. The menu is short, the food traditional but stlll very modern (strong flavours, hearty dishes) and the wine list excellent. €€

Le Garnier 111 rue St Lazare, 8e. A beautiful art deco style traditional French brasserie, serving classic dishes based mainly around seafood. The sole meunière is delicious. €€€

Versailles

L’Aparthé 1 bis rue Sainte Genevieve, 78000 Versailles. Tucked away down a side street not far from the palace, this friendly bistro is full of locals, and serves fresh, delicious and well priced food.

Ore Alain Ducasse at Versailles. The entrance is behind the main entrance of the chateau. Opened in one of the wings of the Palace in 2016, Ore is a simple, beautiful restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and tea. The food is wonderful and very reasonably priced, the setting beautiful, and you can combine with a ticket to the palace so you can go straight in after your meal. or €€ depending on what you choose.