France is where you can find some of the world’s most unique culinary delights. There is nowhere else on the planet (unless you are in a French restaurant of course) where you will see frogs legs or snails (known locally as ‘l’escargot’) on the menu. But there is more to the French capital than stereotypical French specialities.
The best way to eat in Paris’ restaurants is to get one of the set menus, or ‘prix fixe’. These include an entrée (appetiser), a plat (entrée) and a desert. They are always priced fairly reasonably and prices quoted include wine and a service charge.
Sometimes you may not want to go for a full meal, instead just grab a quick gap-filler during the day time. When this is the case, there is a wide range of boulangeries and bakeries which sell crepes and other small snacks.
Quai Saint Michel, (across from Notre Dame Cathedral), Paris, France
This busy café just across from the Notre Dame Cathedral is full, basically 24 hours a day. Serving delightful crepes, it is frequented by locals along with tourists visiting the French capital's famed cathedral.
Open daily 24 hours; average crepe €5.
Place Edmond Michelet, 4th Arr., Paris, France
This Vietnamese/Chinese restaurant just two minutes from the Pompidou Centre has adequate 2-course (starter and main course) meals for €6.
Open daily from 11am-11pm; closed Tuesdays.
5th Arr., Paris, France
Eating out in Paris can tend to be a tad expensive sometimes. When you don't have an awful lot of Euro to your name, and are looking for something fast and efficient, this street just behind Quai Saint Michel is littered with fast food joints, most of which serve Persian cuisine.
71 Champs Elysées, 8th Arr., Paris, France
Eating on the Champs Elysées can be expensive. Very expensive. But you can't leave without sitting down to a bite to eat on one of the most famous boulevards in the world, and this fast-food restaurant has a good selection of combo-meals, most involving baguettes.
Open daily from 11am-midnight.
30 rue des Cinq-Diamants, 13th, Paris, France
Chez Gladines is a cheap and typical Basque restaurant in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. There is a large choice of salads served in earthenware bowls which are very popular, along with South-western duck dishes and a daily €10 lunch menu. Try a pipérade with jambon de Bayonne or fiery red pimentos stuffed with salt cod purée in a spicy tomato sauce.
Open 12pm-3pm and 7pm-12ma daily. Closed Aug. Average meal €15.
51rue du commerce,Paris 15 th, Paris, France
Reasonably priced old-fashioned restaurant located in an airy 3-tiered dining hall with a Mediterranean feel to it. The menu is varied and very impressive serving traditional French cuisine.
Open 12pm-12am daily. Average meals €17
4 rue St Benoit, Paris 6 th, Paris, France
Open since 1901, Le Petit-St-Benoît is a traditional French restaurant. The crowd of locals are attracted by authenticity and low prices. You could try some typical French dishes such as Hachis-parmentier or Cassoulet. The walls feature signed photos of distinguished former customers (Serge Gainsbourg, Paco Rabanne).
Open noon-2.30pm, 7-10.30pm Mon-Sat. Average €18.
19 rue Gustave-Courbet, 16th, Paris, France
This Alpine-themed, pint-sized restaurant is a haven of simplicity amid the sleek boutiques of the 16th century. The affable service and hearty food evoke the snowy Savoie: raclette valaisanne (melted cheese with boiled potatoes), tartiflette (a melt of potatoes, cheese and bacon) and fondue savoyarde (cheese fondue).
Open 12pm-3pm, 7pm-11pm Mon-Sat. Average main course €11-€14.
28 rue Vieille-du-Temple, 4th, Paris, France
Budget bistro with an interesting menu including spicy assiette de boudin antillais with cinnamon rice, or tuna rubbed with subtle tandoori spices. Inexpensive wines come by the bottle or glass. Also does a good steak.
Open 9am-2am daily. Average meals cost €15-€20.