From restaurants offering traditional French cuisine to bistros and pizzerias, choosing where to eat in Paris can be difficult. We select our top eateries in Paris for stylish interiors, atmosphere and authenticity
The queue here can stretch a good 100 metres down rue Réaumur, but persevere; you can be sure the food is worth the wait. Part of the Big Mama group, Pizzeria Popolare is one of the most popular restaurants in the incredibly successful small chain. It’s stylish, expansive and has the sort of lively atmosphere and energy that you’d expect of a popular place in Paris. It offers some of the best Italian food the city has to offer and some of the friendliest service.
We recommend the burrata to start, and then the house special, truffle pizza – of which there’s a pasta version should you prefer pasta over pizza. Although you’ll want to try an array of dishes and of course sample a glass of wine or a cocktail, try to save some room for desert; the pistachio ice cream is worth losing a top trouser button for.
Pizza Popolare, 111 rue Réaumur, 75002 Paris, +33 (0)1 4221 3091
Set in the heart of the 16th arrondissement, Comice is in a residential part of Paris, but it’s absolutely worth the trip. You get away from the usual crowds, and you get more for your money, too – Comice offers typical Parisian cuisine without a hefty bill at the end. Set up by a Canadian husband and wife duo, the restaurant is known for its unpretentious atmosphere, and it welcomes to people from all over the world; you won’t feel awkward if you don’t speak French. Top dishes include chou fleur à la grenobloise, which is a signature cauliflower dish prepared with lemon zest, capers and almonds, and exquisite soufflé topped with ice cream.
Comice, 31 avenue de Versailles, 75016 Paris, +33 (0)1 4215 5570
Le Grand Restaurant Jean-Francois Piège
A luxury restaurant offering modern French cuisine and striking interior design, Le Grand Restaurant Jean-Francois Piège lives up to its name. Michelin-star chef Jean-Francois Piège creates food rooted in traditional French techniques but with a contemporary twist. House specialities include potato soufflé accompanied by caviar and shellfish emulsion and veal sweetbreads. If you’ve come to France to sample cheeses, you won’t be disappointed here. Those with a sweet tooth should try the chocolate egg surprise. For flair, flavour and a truly memorable meal, Le Grand Restaurant Jean-Francois Piège is the place for you.
Le Grand Restaurant Jean-Francois Piège, 7 rue d’Aguesseau, 75008 Paris, +33 (0)1 5305 0000
Perfect for those occasions when you haven’t made a reservation and don’t fancy a fine dining experience, Ellsworth is a laid-back trendy haunt famous for its fried chicken. With an American chef heading the kitchen, Ellsworth offers a contemporary take on small plate cuisine. It’s casual but immensely stylish – so typically French but without the fuss ‒ and it is 50% wine bar, 50% restaurant and 100% chic. Ellsworth is open for both lunch and dinner and accepts walk-ins and online reservations, so it is ideal for those days when you’re ambling around Paris and unsure where you’ll end up later. Be sure to try dishes that contain in-house elements, such as ricotta, yogurt and sausage.
Ellsworth, 34 rue de Richelieu, 75001 Paris, +33 (0)1 4260 5966
Le Bon Georges
A classic Parisian bistro, Le Bon Georges serves excellent traditional French food. The staff go the extra mile to make you feel welcome, and offer a French and English menu. It’s not surprising that this place has a great reputation; everyone who visits loves it. The ingredients are carefully sourced, from meat to vegetables, and there’s an impressive choice of French wines. For famous French steak and an authentic Parisian dining experience, try Le Bon Georges.
Le Bon Georges, 45 rue Saint-Georges, 75009 Paris, +33 (0)1 4878 4030