Well we're officially based in Madrid for… well we're not exactly sure how long. Awhile though! We do know that at some point we'll be heading to France for a couple months. In fact, we'll be sharing our top five French destinations very soon. I'll give you a spoiler – Paris is on that list. *Shocker* In the spirit of French experiences to come, here's a post shared by Jerry from HostelBookers on where to dine in Paris. Bon appétit!
Visiting Paris, France, and all its glorious attractions is one thing, but eating out in Paris is a sensational experience all in itself because of the city's reputation for fabulous culinary expertise. Whether you are looking for a cheap eatery, mid-range cafe or a luxurious Michelin-star restaurant, below are some of the best places to eat out in Paris.
On a Budget ($15 or Less)
With the costs of air fare, transportation and hotel accommodation, traveling to Paris doesn't leave you much for eating out unless you are among the wealthy. However, the great thing about eating on a budget is that it encourages you to be creative. For example, you can purchase a fresh baguette, some cheese and cheap wine for a picnic on the green lawn of the Champ de Mars with fantastic views of the Eiffel Tower. How cool is that?
The best places to find cheap food in Paris are often the best places to experience local culture such as the street vendors in various ethnic quarters. Located on the Left Bank in Saint-Michel Place nearby the Notre Dame Cathedral, you will find several stands selling cheap Greek foods like delicious pita-stuffed Gyros. On the Right Bank in the historic Marais district, you will find a variety of tasty Jewish falafel and hummus. Additionally, you can eat cheap at Asian restaurants such as Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai.
Other ideal places to find cheap but good food include the fast food chains located in shopping centres such as the popular Les Halles. Or, you can stop by one of the many brasseries, food shops that usually have a counter open to the street where you can purchase the likes of sandwiches and pastries. Furthermore, if you are looking for budget accommodation in Paris close to all the great local sites and places to eat you should check out HostelBookers.com.
Mid-Range ($15 to $25)
If you prefer to sit down for a decent meal without breaking the budget, some ideal mid-range options in Paris include the city's cafes and bistros. In addition to indoor settings, these establishments often feature outdoor or open air atmospheres where you can enjoy tasty food while people watching.
For delectable French cuisine near the Eiffel Tower, a few mid-range bistros include L'Os à Moelle, Afaria and Jadis. Located near the Louvre, the La Ferme Opera is a lovely cafe where you can get sandwiches, salads, scones and desserts for an affordable price. Additionally, the Saint-Germaine-des-Pres district is well known for its cafes that include Cafe de Flore and Les Deux Magots.
It may look fancy and expensive, but the Chartier restaurant in the Montmatre district offers unbeatable prices. Featuring an elegant dining room with 300 seats and classic French dishes, this restaurant serves main dishes for less than $10 and three-course meals for $30.
Luxury (Over $25)
Visitors looking for fine dining in Paris won't have any trouble finding an establishment to their liking because the city is teeming with world -class restaurants noted for their superb menus, glamorous settings and spectacular views. With more than 70 Michelin star restaurants in Paris, diners will be spoiled for choice.
Some of the top-rated Michelin-star restaurants in Paris include Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, which features unique dishes and a dining room dripping in crystal chandeliers. Oozing in grandeur and opulence with its mosaic-tiled floors and King Louis XVI decor, the restaurant in the Le Meurice Hotel presents top-notch French cuisine and views of the Tuileries Gardens. Located within the Eiffel Tower, Le Jules Vernes offers exquisite French dishes and stunning views of Paris.