Each year over 30 million people visit Paris making it the most popular tourist destination in the world. For many, there is so much more to the city than just the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre; they come to enjoy a taste of some of the best culinary creations in the world. There are literally hundreds of restaurants peppered all across the city. Some of them are trés bon and some, not so good. So how do you tell one from the other? We've taken the guess work out of it with this list of foodie approved dining spots. This is a foodie’s guide to Paris!
If it’s a contemporary spin on French flavours than look no further than chef Beatriz Gonzalez’s up and coming restaurant Neva. With a relaxed atmosphere and stunning dishes, this is a great place for a low-key dinner with friends. For food that you might want to frame as much as eat check out Agapé Substance. Chef David Toutain brilliantly pairs simplistic ingredients with rich and unique flavours all marvellously presented. His plates are so beautiful you may feel bad eating them.
Perhaps you’re interested in a more relaxed culinary experience. Well you’re in luck! The recent years in Paris have also given way to a number of very chic wine bars offering more than just charcuterie and cheese. Nowadays the trend has moved towards yummy tapas prepared with seasonal market ingredients and paired with a nice glass of wine. Reasonably priced Le Dauphin is a great spot to spend a Saturday evening, or Frenchie Bar à Vins. Boasting that hidden relaxed feel of every great wine bar, Frenchie and Le Dauphin are truly hidden gems.
If you find the Parisian culinary scene to be a little daunting, then you can always take in a casual meal at Café Charbon. A popular spot, you’ll love the frantic chatter of the young hip crowd while you enjoy the simple pleasures of French cooking. Also worth checking out is Charbon’s sister café Place Verte. Complete with a outdoor terrace overlooking the neighbourhood, Verte offers fantastic people watching and a very tasty house burger.
No matter what your taste buds are craving, Paris has a restaurant for it. So, the next time you find yourself in the City of Light head out to one of these great restaurants. Bon Appetit!