Over the last 10 years, Paris has boldly reclaimed its title as the best food city in Europe. The French capital is bustling with a brilliant constellation of new restaurants by talented young chefs from all over the world, plus an inventive and diverse array of casual dining options. There's also been a renaissance of its long-established gastronomic landscape, including traditional bistros, brasseries, and stylish restaurants serving classic French cooking made famous by Escoffier, including dishes like blanquette de veau (veal in cream sauce) and pistachio soufflés.
July 2018 Update:
As usual, some restaurants must leave the list to make way for the new ones:
- Paris is experiencing an unexpected revival in affordable dining. So, while Les Philosophes, Café Trama, and Chez Aline are still worth recommending, they make way for the more affordable Aux Bons Crus, Hugo & Co, and Le Rigmarole.
- Regional French cooking is making a comeback with outstanding new restaurants like Baieta, which specializes in Niçoise and Provencal cuisine, which replaces Chez Denise-La Tour de Montlhéry. La Table de Hugo Desnoyer steps aside for L’Assiette, where you’ll find an excellent cassoulet from southwestern France, among other Gallic classics. Couscous plays an important role in France, both gastronomically and historically, so Zerda Café makes way for Mansouria, which is now serving some of the best couscous in the French capital.
- The small-plates trend still going strong, and Clamato, chef Bertrand Grebaut’s casual seafood spot, will replace the Clown Bar, which is settling in with a new chef now that Atsumi Sota has left to open his own restaurant.
- Replacing Divellec and Grand Cœur is recently opened Comice, a slick restaurant by Canadian-born chef Noam Gedalof and sommelier Etheliya Hananova (the two are married).
Prices per person, excluding alcohol:
$ = Less than €10 (USD 11)
$$ = €10 - €35 (USD 11 - 40)
$$$ = €35 - €75 (USD 40 - 83)
$$$$ = More than €75 (USD 83)
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