There’s a plethora of restaurants in Paris, it can be debilitating. In my opinion, there are few restaurants, it’s worth going out of your way for and if they are, they usually come attached to a hefty price tag. The below restaurants are spots I’ve visited over the years that I’ve enjoyed; I’ve arranged them by location as often people want to head somewhere not too far from where they are staying / visiting. My top picks are in pink. I’ve written fuller descriptions for some, so just click on the hyperlink to find out more.

2nd arrondissement

CANARD ET CHAMPAGNE duck and champagne baby

C.A.M French fare x asian flavours

JOIA PAR HELEN DARROZE laid back elegant dishes

5th arrondissement

BAIETA elevated nicoise dishes

6th arrondissement

ALCAZAR chic indoor jungle with a decent set lunch offering

LA TABLE serves ace beef burger; much needed after some hard shopping at Le Bon Marche

10th arrondissement

LE 52 good for a laid back meal in the 10th

EELS food is quite good but dessert is a triumph

PORTE 12 go here for a top notch lunch

11th arrondissement

BISTROT PAUL BERT old school dishes in an old school space

CLAMATO seafood loveliness

SEPTIME go here for the vibes (if you can get a table)

17th arrondissement

PAPILLON head here for lush plates of food from Christophe Saintagne


A few cafes, patisseries and chocolate shops I’ve visited whilst in Paris that I found enjoyable

THE BROKEN ARM (3e) awful pastries, great people watching

DES GATEAUX ET DU PAIN (5e) dark + dangerous (for your teeth and hips) but soooo worth it

MORI YOSHIDA (7e) delectable sweet x savoury bits

JACQUES GENIN (7e) boutique chocolates