In case that you want to enjoy a French-style Saturday dinner night out or treat yourself to a Sunday morning croissant with a cup of flavorful café au lait, you’ll have to consider a weekend in the heart of the French capital Paris, or as French love to call it, “La Ville Lumière” (“City of Lights”). French cuisine, honored in the UNESCO heritage list, is “about building flavors”, as Dorie Greenspan claims in her book Around My French Table. The French know how to enhance and balance all the flavors, thus turning a traditional meal into an exquisite gastronomic experience.
Down below we have brought to you the best dining spots in Paris to delight your taste buds.
Location: 112 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris
Signature dish: macaroni stuffed with black truffle
Led by Chef Erin Fréchon, L’Épicure is a 3 Michelin stars restaurant at Le Bristol hotel in Paris. This gourmet restaurant serves up stunning dishes you simply cannot miss. Being surrounded by flourishing ivy and trim hedges, it creates a perfect ambiance to enjoy an exquisite dining experience.
Location: 50 Rue de Clignancourt, 75018 Paris
Signature dish: Filet of Beef
Sacré Fleur is a French bistro owned by Stéphane Ducreux that is located in Montmantre. It serves up traditional dishes paying a tribute to the fresh seasonal produce. It is especially a great place for meat lovers. Its interior is decorated in a rustic style with stone walls and wood tables making it a very cozy spot to chill and eat well.
Location: 10 Avenue d’Iéna, 75116 Paris
Signature dish: Duck Foie Gras in Chocolate served two ways
Led by executive chef Christophe Moret, this haute cuisine restaurant at Shangri-La Hotel named after Napoleon’s favorite emblem is the perfect dining spot in Paris to delight your taste buds. But the 2-starred Michelin restaurant has a dress code for everybody to follow – you have to be “Chic” enough to deserve a table at this glamorous dining establishment.
Le Meurice byAlain Ducasse
Location: 228 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
Signature dish: Warm Truffled Pâté
Le Meurice at Le Meurice Hotel is run by world-renowned chef Alain Ducasse who managed to bring 2 Michelin stars to this luxury restaurant. The interior is decorated in 18th century style with incredible views of the Tuileries Garden. Le Meurice is the go-to dining establishment of the Parisian bourgeoisie, but it is worth an experience at least once in your life.
Paris is truly brimming with stunning places to enjoy traditional French dishes served with utmost delicacy. As French usually say, it’s not as much about the food as it is about the whole culinary ritual. So if there are any places we could recommend for you to go and enjoy a perfect dining experience the French style, it is definitely one of the above mentioned restaurants in the very heart of Paris that tick all the right boxes.