Where to eat in Paris: Top 10 local favourites – high-end to good ‘go-to’ places

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How to choose a good restaurant in France?
– ALWAYS look for the Fait Maison LOGO
– NEVER eat where the menu is in several languages!

How do you know where to eat in Paris? Some people come to Paris with a fully planned itinerary, whilst others arrive with no plans other than immersion, or just an outline of what they want to do and places they want to go.

But what happens when you find yourself somewhere in Paris without either a reservation or the name of a restaurant nearby and you’re hungry and/or want to take the weight off your feet and just relax, or even you just want to further immerse yourself in Parisian culture, and sit beside locals, and eat great food.

Sad, though it is, not every restaurant in Paris offers great food! Yes, sad but true! Many restaurants produce ‘industrial food‘, meaning that often, the restaurant only warms the food before serving it to you. Wow! How as a tourist or a traveller do you make sure that this doesn’t happen to you?

In 2014 the French government introduced a law to help people identify restaurants where the food is Fait Maison– made in-house – that is, the food is completely/entirely Made in House!

Here are the two tricks!

  1. ALWAYS look for a restaurant with the Fait Maison LOGO.
  2. NEVER  eat at a restaurant with menus in several languages! This is a sure sign that it is NO GOOD.
  • Fait Maison LOGO
  • Fait Maison LOGO

Where to eat in Paris: Top 10 favourites loved by locals

1.Chefs à table – 15 Rue Trousseau, 75011 Paris

Where to eat in Paris: Top 10 local favourites- Chefs a table 15 Rue Trousseau, 75011 Paris

My absolute favourite ‘go to’ place in Paris right now. Three young guys running the restaurant, 2 chefs (one who trained in the UK under top chefs) and a front-of-house person, Johanne.

Their food is incredibly interesting, with wonderful flavours, with exceptional plating, and lunch is just 21 euros for 2 courses or 25 for 3.

I am sure they are heading towards Michelin Stars. It’s in a quiet street in the 11th arrondissement in an area with interesting, independent shops so make a day of it!

Dinner is 55 euro for 5 courses so, its terrific value.

2. Kitchen Ter(re) – 26 Bd Saint-Germain, 75005 and
3. Paris Ze Kitchen Galerie – 4, rue des Grands Augustins 75006 Paris

  • Kitchen Ter(re) 26 Bd Saint-Germain, 75005 and
  • Paris Ze Kitchen Galerie

Both these restaurants are owned by the same group but are actually quite different in food and decor but terrific.

  • Ze Kitchen is fabulous value for the set lunch. Really modern decor and an interesting menu. A bit more expensive for dinner but great for a special occasion.
  • Kitchen Ter(re) is a more ‘French’ interior and the food is always excellent and the service outstanding.

4. Maison Sota – 3 Rue Saint-Hubert, 75011 Paris

Where to eat in Paris: Top 10 favourites - Maison Sota 3 Rue Saint-Hubert, 75011 Paris

A Japanese-influenced restaurant run by an ex-chef of the clown bar and it’s excellent!

It’s pricey (70 euro lunch, 120 dinner) but the food and flavours are quite unique!

The service is exceptional and if a small party be sure to ask to sit at the bar to eat, you can watch everything from there!

5. Le Pavillon de la Reine – 28 Place des Vosges, 75003 Paris

Where to eat in Paris - Le Pavillion de la Reine 28 Pl. des Vosges, 75003 Paris

This is actually a 5-star hotel tucked away in the Place des Voges.

It’s worth popping your head in just to look at the courtyard and interior anyway! The restaurant is small but exquisite!

Again lunch is the way to go, for a set menu… a delightful experience all around.

6. Le Fumoir – 6 Rue de l’Amiral de Coligny, 75001 Paris

- Where to eat in Paris: Top 10 local favouritesLe Fumoir 6 Rue de l'Amiral de Coligny, 75001 Paris

‘My office’ as I refer to it as I am always there!

Great place centrally located (at the end of the Louvre complex) and great for coffee, lunch/dinner and/or drinks.

They have two areas for eating, the main restaurant area and what I refer to as the ‘library’ room (worth booking this space if a small group as its quite intimate).

The food is French, fresh, and reasonably priced (30 euro lunch). There’s always a wonderful mix of locals and internationals. I have never been disappointed here (you can also have a snack in the bar area).

7. Le Petit Marché – 9 Rue de Béarn, 75003 Paris

Where to eat in Paris: Top 10 favourites - Le Petit Marche 9 Rue de Béarn, 75003 Paris

Just off the Place Des Voges is this noisy, small VERY local restaurant with good French cuisine.

In the summer there are tables outside on the street (quiet street). This is a good basic place where you may find you are the only ‘non-french’ but the staff do speak English if it worries you.

PLEASE….do yourself a favour and if in the Place des Voges area get OFF the square to eat, most of the restaurants are for tourists and not great….

8. Granite – 6 Rue Bailleul, 75001 Paris

Granite 6 Rue Bailleul, 75001 Paris

A Michelin-star restaurant and quite expensive (again lunch deal is the best!) but quite exceptional food and service as you would expect of a restaurant at this level. Exquisite plating and presentation.

NOTE… they take a credit card number for bookings and YOU WILL BE CHARGED IF YOU DON’T SHOW!!!

9. Shabour – 19, rue Saint-Sauveur 75002 Paris

Shabour 19, rue Saint-Sauveur 75002 Paris

An Israeli-influenced restaurant. The owner has three in his stable including the very well-known ‘Balagans’ (temporarily closed at the moment). As it is Israeli focussed the food is small plates with very interesting flavours. It’s mainly sitting at the large bar which fills the middle of the restaurant so its fun but not quite right for a ‘romantic’ dinner! A great

10. Pouliche – 11 rue d’Enghien 75010, Paris

Pouliche 11 rue d'Enghien 75010, Paris

A small place run by a female chef.

You have a small choice for mains but starters and desserts are non-negotiable (unless you have an allergy).

It was sensational food, I loved it all and in fact, not having choices actually made you try things you might not have otherwise!

Where to eat in Paris: Top 10 favourites
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How many times have you asked for advice about “Where to eat in Paris”? The best tip is to ONLY rely on recommendations from locals, not tourist sites! Which are your Top 10 favourite Parisian restaurants? Do you have others to add to this excellent list? Please share in the comments below.

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Sarah Cockell

Born in the UK & moved to Australia in 1989. I lived in Melbourne for 25 years. I retired in 2010 having run my recruitment business for 10 years. In 2015, I moved to Paris, France. I love everything about Paris: architecture, art museums, restaurants & bars. I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else!

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  1. Elisabeth Sauvage-Callaghan May 18, 2023 at 9:36 PM - Reply

    Love this, great idea, but the price range for each restaurant would have been useful.

  2. Frances May 20, 2023 at 5:23 PM - Reply

    More affordable restaurants for the traveller would have been preferable and more useful.

  3. Judy MacMahon May 22, 2023 at 8:28 AM - Reply

    Oh Sarah, what a lovely list. I love Fumoir and a number of others on your list – and there are some I haven’t tried, yet! One of the tips I could add is that if there are special restaurants you’d like to try but they’re beyond your budget, many have a ‘prix fixe’ for lunch which is often half the price. When in Paris I’m usually staying in an apartment, so a light meal of an omelet in the evening after a big lunch or even just snacking on cheese suits me very well. And I often remind people to not forget how good the jambon baguette is – perfect when sitting in the park or beside the Seine. Thank you again

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