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10 best restaurants in Paris

Our favourite places to eat

The best places to eat in Paris, including Michelin-starred restaurants, traditional cafés and cheap French cuisine.

1 Boutary

Contemporary caviar

With interiors designed by modern artist Ann Grim to mimic a French chateau, Boutary is a unique restaurant located near Odeon metro station. Serving caviar, the delicacy of tsars and aristocrats, it selects only the finest sturgeon eggs in limited to quantities to create exclusive recipes. Sample the Premier Cru, or a set menu of dishes paired with fine wines, and experience caviar at its best along with a wide range of other delicious dishes and delicacies. Top-quality dining not to be missed.

25 Rue Mazarine, 75006 Paris        +33 1 43 43 69 10

2 Les Apotres de Pigalle

Imaginative cuisine

Open from Tuesday to Saturday, Les Apotres de Pigalle is a cosy restaurant serving a small menu of fine and varied tapas dishes. Perfect for popping in to before a show at the Moulin Rouge, it is loved for its imaginative cuisine featuring the likes of salmon ceviche, mini cheeseburgers and chicken quesadillas. Mixed plates of cheeses and meats are also on offer, along with delicious desserts such as the novel Nutella tiramisu.

2 rue Germain Pilon, 75018 Paris        +33 6 51 21 69 66

3 Epicure

Feeling French

Epicure is all about a sense of place, and it most definitely puts Paris on the gourmet map. Haute cuisine at its finest, it is the creation of Eric Frechon and the recipient of three Michelin stars. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner any day of the week, and choose delectable dishes such as macaroni stuffed with black truffle, artichoke and duck foie gras. The sommelier will match a wine to any meal and tables are laid formally in an exquisite garden setting.

112 Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, 75008 Paris        +33 1 53 43 43 40

4 Alcazar

For cocktails and classics

Located in the St Germain de Près area of Paris, Alcazar is a stunningly unique venue that expertly combines French and British cuisine. The glass ceiling creates a light-filled dining area overlooked by a modern mezzanine level - the perfect place to enjoy a creative cocktail and listen to live music and DJs. The menus cover brunch, lunch and dinner, with French classics such as foie gras, fillet of beef with béarnaise or peppercorn sauce, and a long list of fine wines and champagnes.

62 rue Mazarine, 75006 Paris        +33 1 53 10 19 99

5 ASPIC

A leap of faith

ASPIC is a small restaurant set in the heart of the 9th district, close to Place Pigalle, and is open from Tuesday to Sunday for dinner only. Serving a seasonally changing seven-course set menu for €49, its dishes are served directly by the chefs for a special dining experience. What's more, every course is a 'surprise' and a sommelier can pair organic wines to each one for another €30. Diners enjoy a relaxed and cosy atmosphere and put their trust in the chefs to create bistro-style French dishes.

24 rue de la Tour D Auvergne, 75009 Paris        +33 9 82 49 30 98

6 Le Paul Bert

Café-style cool

Open from Thursday to Monday, this charming bistro in the St Ouen district of Paris has a quintessentially local feel. Serving must-have dishes such as steak frites, it offers a daily special along with a range of meals ranging from Grand Marnier soufflé to veal carpaccio. Come here for generously sized, fairly priced portions created using seasonal ingredients, and a list of fine wines - all in the traditional surrounds of a venue dating back to 1958.

20 rue Paul Bert, 93400 Saint Ouen        +33 1 40 11 90 28

7 Kei

Where east meets west

Serving a delectable 'discovery menu' of seven courses for just €99, Kei is named after its Japanese chef whose passion is fine French cuisine. Combining his background with his talent for French gastronomy, he has created the perfect balance between sweet, salty and bitter flavours and between melting, mellow and crispy textures. Sample salmon with a sorrel cream, mushroom broth and shrimps' quenelles, or veal chop seared with eggplant caviar and herbs. This is contemporary fine dining at its best.

5 rue Coq Héron, 75001 Paris        +33 1 42 33 14 74

8 Le Clos Y

For French fusion

Situated in Montparnasse, Le Clos Y is a fine dining restaurant with an Asian twist. Serving two- or three-course lunches (€31/€36) and a €65 carte blanche menu for dinner, it is run by exceptional chefs who can cater to any taste as well as any dietary requirements. Wine pairings are on offer for every course - from Japanese-influenced scallops and monkfish dishes to duck terrine and sashimi. The surroundings are understated, with a wooden bar and tables, and long blinds covering the windows.

27 Avenue du Maine, 75015 Paris        +33 1 45 49 07 35

9 Le Wagon Bleu

A culinary commute

Book in advance for a seat in the wagon - a reclaimed train carriage - and dine in style and comfort. The restaurant actually overlooks train tracks so you can watch trains chug past as you dine (with minimised sound effects), sampling a charcuterie board to start, following with maigret de canard or cannelloni and finishing with a selection of traditional desserts. The cuisine has a Corsican influence and is accompanied by a long wine list as well as a range of tempting cocktails.

7 rue Boursault, 75017 Paris        +33 1 45 22 35 25

10 Citrus Etoile

For seasonal novelty

In a beautiful location near the Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomphe, Citrus Etoile blends the best of Asia and California with classic French fine dining. Chef Gilles Epié demonstrates his tradition and expertise through gourmet cuisine, while his wife Elizabeth warmly welcomes diners. Every two months, the Seasonal Menu (€49) and Tasting Menu (€69) are changed, always combining seasonal produce with fresh flavours. Dishes include roasted fillet of veal and rack of lamb, followed by chocolate soufflé.

6 rue Arsène Houssaye, 75008 Paris        +33 1 42 89 15 51

10 hottest bars in Paris

Don't miss these awesome cocktail bars

Paris nightlife is surprisingly varied and, while no Parisian would dream of going anywhere near the can-can girls, plenty of more interesting places exist.

1 Frenchie Wine Bar

Parisian perfection

Frenchie Wine Bar opened two years after its namesake restaurant on the other side of Paris' rue du Nil when its owner, Greg Marchand (a former protégée of Jamie Oliver, who nicknamed him 'Frenchie'), created a more spontaneous eatery for every budget and with an array of fine wines by the glass. A place where people can rock up without a reservation, snack on light bites or cheeses in the 'cave à manger' or simply enjoy a few drinks with friends, Frenchie has it all.

5-6 rue du Nil , 75002 Paris        +33 01 40 39 96 19

2 Le Train Bleu Bar

Fit for a King

A legendary venue dating back to 1901 in the heart of Gare de Lyon, Le Train Bleu is famed for its sparkling decor and friendly, unique atmosphere that evokes the Palace of Versailles. A fully renovated former train buffet, it is the perfect stop for a drink to break up a journey or to spend a whole evening. With a long list of wines by the glass, you can sip at leisure and watch commuters pass below from the comfort of a glamorous lounge.

1st floor, Gare de Lyon, Place Louis Armand, 75012 Paris        +33 1 43 43 09 06

3 Experimental Cocktail Club

Stylish speakeasy

For the best cocktails in Paris, this cool hangout does what it says on the tin. A far cry from your standard Snowball or run-of-the-mill Rum Punch, the drinks here are creative spins on the classics. Try the Bee's Kiss, a balance of Jamaican rum, cream, organic honey and crushed Indonesian pepper, while chilling out to the sounds of live DJs in a minimalist setting hidden behind a small plaque on the door. Celebrating 10 years of cocktails in June 2017, the bar is staging plenty of celebrations.

37 Rue Saint-Sauveur, 75002 Paris        +33 1 45 08 88 09

4 Blaine Bar

The city's best-kept secret

Hidden behind a black door guarded by a well-dressed bouncer, Blaine Bar takes the term hidden gem to a different level. Inspired by the Prohibition of 1930s America and named after the senator credited with putting an end to the era, it can only be accessed with the secret password of the week (request it from the website or Facebook). Set in the seductive surrounds of the Champs-Élysées, Blaine is a speakeasy-style den filled with the sounds of live jazz and serving the most unique cocktails in the city.

65 Rue Pierre Charron, 75008 Paris        +33 6 59 73 29 13

5 Andy Wahloo

Masters of mixology

The bright bar and quirky décor light the way to cocktail wizardry at Andy Wahloo, another speakeasy-style venue with a welcoming dancefloor and DJ. Shaking up classic cocktails, it also offers a huge menu of spirits, aperitifs and a tempting food menu - in fact, the drinks list is so long you should make sure you have time for more than one! Expensive and exclusive, this is the perfect Parisian spot for drinks, dancing and dressing up to the nines.

69 rue des Gravilliers, 75003 Paris        +33 1 42 71 20 38

6 Bar Le Perchoir

Revelations from the rooftops

A stunning rooftop bar in the heart of Paris, Le Perchoir is a place to see and be seen. Local hipsters and the coolest of tourists hang out in the indoor bar and on the comfy al fresco sofas here, seven floors up and overlooking the streets of the Oberkampf area and the Sacre Coeur. Sample shots and cocktails from the busy bar, catch up with friends and listen to the latest tunes… the perfect evening in Paris.

14 rue Crespin du Gast, 75011 Paris        +33 1 48 06 18 48

7 La Terrasse - Hotel Raphael

Aim for the sky

For show-stopping views of the Eiffel Tower and panoramas across Paris, take a trip to the five-star Hotel Raphael, located just steps from the splendour of the Arc de Triomphe. The rooftop bar, set on the seventh floor, is known for its decadent Champagne cocktails (try the Pick Me Up - a blend of Mumm Cordon Rouge, Martell cognac and fresh orange juice) as well as classics like the Mojito and Margarita. Champagnes and wines are also available by the glass or the bottle in this trendy bar.

17 Avenue Kleber, 75116 Paris        +33 1 53 64 32 00

8 Rosa Bonheur Sur Seine

Boat party

A floating barge anchored on the Seine, and near the Musée D'Orsay, Rosa Bonheur has a relaxed, fun atmosphere and a simple charm. Constructed with timber and glass, the outdoor terrace is ideal for soaking up the sights and watching the world go by while sipping a chilled glass of wine or aperitif. A selection of tasty tapas dishes are on offer too, while there's often live music and, if you're lucky, you might even get a free dance lesson!

Quai d'Orsay, Port des Invalides, 75007 Paris        +33 1 47 53 66 92

9 Castor Club

For hipster cool

As the smooth sounds of jazz fill the air in this cosy little bar, cocktails are served by talented mixologists to a crowd of young, cool Parisians. Join them for an evening of 50s, 60s and 70s music and chatter late into the night while you sip on a Pistachio cocktail or a Champagne-based concoction. Made completely of wood and dimly lit, Castor Club is a hangout that hooks you from the moment you walk in. You won't want to leave!

14 Rue Hautefeuille, 75006 Paris        +33 9 50 64 99 38

10 Gravity Bar

Feel lifted

Craft cocktails are the passion at Gravity Bar, located between Opéra and Les Halles. Whether you prefer a classic Cosmo or a tempting new taste such as the Fruit de Passé, the friendly bartenders are sure to make you feel light-headed! With its cool, curved bar, back-lit bottles on show and wave-shaped slats covering the ceiling, Gravity is just the kind of place that makes you want to prop up the bar for the evening.

44 rue des Vinaigriers, 75010 Paris        + 33 6 98 54 92 49