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Top 5 best brasseries in Paris

As you know, Paris is known for its brasseries and above all, its « terrasses », and you can not walk on a street without bumping into at least one brasserie. Here, at ParisByM, we have prepared a top 5 of the best brasseries in Paris. Don’t miss out those ones, which were (and are currently) famous for their history and menus (classification is neither increasing nor decreasing).

 

 
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1 – La Coupole

In the neighborhood of Montparnasse (14th district), the brasserie La Coupole is an emblematic and artistic place of Paris.
At la Coupole, you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner at prices varying from €11.90 to €59.00. What is better than eating well, feeling the artistic atmosphere of the place, in the heart of Paris? Founded in 1927, this brasserie has directly become a great success and personalities and artists such as Jean Cocteau, Man Ray, Georges Braque, Brassaï, Picasso, Edith Piaf, and even Ernest Hemingway, were regular customers.The artistic legacy of the place is also defined by the numerous interventions of artists who came to add color to the famous “pillars” of the restaurant and to paint. This brasserie is particularly frequented, especially by those who want to regain the atmosphere of the book “Paris est une fête” written by Hemingway .. You can click here for more information.

102 Bd du Montparnasse 75014 Paris

Access : Vavin (Metro line 4)

 

 

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2 – Bouillon Chartier

Classified as a historical monument, there is no doubt that Le Bouillon Chartier is a must among the best brasseries in Paris. Created in 1896, it has kept the same architecture of the XIXth century. It is a landmark in the history of Parisian brasseries. Everything has remained faithful, even the prices: the main course do not exceed €13,50 (from €8,50), the entries range from €1,80 to €6,80, and the desserts €2.20 to €4.00. Click here to check their website.

7 rue du Faubourg Montmartre 75009 Paris

Access : Grands Boulevards (Metro lines 8, 9)

 

 

3 – Le Bon Bock

Le Bon Bock is the oldest brasserie in the artistic and very parisian neighborhood of Montmartre. Also here, the greatest artistic figures such as Picasso or Apollinaire came to have a drink in this brasserie created in 1879. The prices are quite reasonable for a big parisian and historical brasserie, such as for example the starter Gratinée de Mamie à l’Oignon for 6,80 €. Find all the information here.

2 Rue Dancourt, 75018 Paris

Access : Abbesses (Metro lines 2, 12), Anvers (2), Pigalle (2, 12)

 

 

4 – Le Café du Commerce

This brasserie serving traditional food is leveled on three floors, in the middle of which you can admire a patio of plants, open sky over Paris. Le Café du Commerce was founded in 1921 and is one of the most trendy and best brasseries in Paris of the XXth century, just like the Bouillon Chartier. The formula Main course + Dessert + Coffee at 17.50 € largely worth it! Check the menus here.

51 rue du Commerce, 75015 Paris
Access : La Motte Piquet Grenelle (8, 10, 6), Avenue Emile Zola (10), Commerce (8)

 

 

5 – Polidor

This traditionnal brasserie located in the Latin Quarter (6th district) is a place full of history. Created in 1890, it welcomed street artists and very known writers, such as Paul Verlaine or Victor Hugo, the author of the Hunchback Of Notre Dame, who was a regular customer. The meetings of the Collège de Pataphysique were organized here in the 1950s. If you do not have to miss one of the best Parisian brasseries, this is THE one. There is something for every taste, from the classic « oeuf-mayo » (egg mayonnaise), to the blanquette de veau, or beautiful entrecôtes. More information on their website.

41, rue Monsieur Le Prince
75006 Paris

Access : Odéon (4)

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Things not to do on a short trip to Paris

Paris’ seductive charm are legendary, and for a very good reason. A very wise man once told me that Paris is the runway model of all cities, and I tend to agree. At every turn, and every corner Paris is confident, charming, inspiring and beautiful. But with that said, when I had my first visit to Paris, and found myself elbow to elbow on Champs-Élysées avenue with so-called stereotype tourists; their camera bigger than the Eiffel Tower, trying to capture everything and pushing other people in order to do so, with no regret, I wondered what all the fuss was about.

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So from that experience, I want to complete a guide about what not to do and where not do go – especially when on a short trip to Paris.

The Champs-Elysées was once – and alright, still is – the most beautiful avenue in the world. However, the assets have risen and fallen many times over the years, and if you do not know better, you will find yourself visiting only the global chain stores, and oh.. if you want to cure your hunger on the restaurants on the avenue? Well, try not to. The cafés are full of tourists, and you are very lucky if you find a local sitting on one of those. They would rather be caught dead, I’ve been told.  Instead, if you want to experience that old-fashioned Parisian life, go to Paris’ covered passages, because these used to be Paris’ very first malls, and there you will find French designers, antique book dealers, art galleries, funny Parisian toyshops if you bring your child(ren) and I can go on, and on. I highly recommend Galerie Vivienne, which is north of the Palais Royal. You won’t regret. This is one of my advices, of what not to do, when on a short trip to Paris.

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Upscale shopping mall in Paris at the Palais Royal. This photo was taken on June 30, 2011 by AJ Brustein.

Regarding searching for the perfect place to dine and wine with your loved one, try not to get stuck in an over-priced restaurant. And dear God, there is many of those. A pure-tourist trap, and is among what not to do on a short trip to Paris!

Paris is known for holding no less than 66 Michelin Restaurants, but unless you want to spend as much money on a something-course dinner, as you did on your plane ticket, you should instead go to this article to find whereas you can get fine French cuisine for affordable prices, or go through this article, which shows the best meals, desserts etc. for under 10 euro.

If you find yourself in Paris in the middle of the highseason, and go to Louvre or Musée d’Orsay, do not be disappointed if there is a crowd bigger than the Universe. It can easily happen. Instead, try to explore the less known! Actually there is a lot of Paris’ lesser-known museums, which contains just as important and beautiful art – and you can make sure you will not be elbowed out of the way by a photo-snapping arm. You’ll find Monet’s famous Nymphéas (water lily) murals in the Musée de l’Orangerie, at the far end of the Tuileries Gardens. The Musée Marmottan is home to the world’s largest collection of Monets. And the Musée Rodin, housed in a luminous villa with a lovely garden, is one of the most romantic places in all of Paris. Do not miss!

Musee de l'Orangerie

Musee de l’Orangerie offers a fabulous concentration of masterpieces from the Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume Collection, a highly original insight into modern art featuring Cézanne, Renoir, Picasso, Rousseau, Matisse, Derain, Modigliani, Soutine, Utrillo and Laurencin.

 

You want to get that authentic Parisian experience? Then walk and dress like Parisians do! This may come off as a bit arrogant, but clothing do says a lot. Try to leave your tourist shorts, white tennis socks in sandals, or any clothes, which makes you look like you’re going to climb Mount Everst. Do not misunderstand me, Parisians tend to wear casual clothes, but in a very clean and coordinated way. Complete your look with your best shoes, as you will be walking for hours like the actual tourist you are. But please, do not commit the fashion faux pas.

 

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Casual, all black and beautiful! Credit: Pinterest.

Last but not least, I will highly recommend not to explore the city by taxi, when on a short or long trip to Paris. Try to stroll (or in French:  flâner) through the Parisian streets, which is the best way to explore hidden, magic corners by yourself. Or “to walk the city in order to experience it”, which are words to live by in the City of Light. If you cannot walk that much, take the metro to the wished location. There is a metrostation (almost) everywhere.

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‘Flaner’ in Paris… Credit: Daniela Fili Di Poesia, Pinterest

Lastly I want to highly recommend to buy skip-the-line tickets on ParisByM! It saves you a lot of time, when on a short trip. Or(!) if you want to experience the treasured spots in – or outside of Paris for one day or more, go ahead and check out our VERY beneficial packages. You won’t regret! For me personally, my next to-buy is a trip to Versailles.

This were my recommendations of what not to do when on a short trip to Paris. Beware that this is my own experience, which I gladly wanted to share with you.

Have a really nice day!

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Dining in Paris

Paris offers so many options for dining. We have classified your options for dining in Paris within 3 categories.

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This is the first step into French gastronomy: enter a bistro or brasserie (French pub) and order from the menu. Most brasseries serve popular French dishes such as steak – frites (beef steak with French fries), duck confit, and fish. Also ask for plat du jour (meal of the day) to get additional options. There is a great choice of brasseries in Paris, all ranging in different prices. On average, a 3 meal dinner (starter, main and dessert) with a glass of wine will cost between €25-30. We can recommend some brasseries, such as Au Petit Marguery (64 avenue des Ternes), L’annexe (6, rue Saussier Leroy), and Le Poincarré ( 22 Avenue Raymond Poincaré) among others.

 

Dining in ParisRegional food

If you are in France for a few days and only staying in Paris, you can try some regional dishes here. Indeed, there are many regional restaurants in Paris, allowing you to try many dishes without travelling to each region. You should definitely try the cuisine of the Sud-Ouest (South West cuisine) at Au petit Sud-Ouest (46 Avenue de la Bourdonnais, 75007) or Il était une Oie dans le Sud-Ouest (8 Rue Gustave Flaubert, 75017). In winter enter Le Brasier (58 Avenue des Ternes, 75017) for a fondue (melted cheese served in a communal pot). Average price will be €45 / person, with one glass of wine.

 

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If your budget allows it, go for lunch (usually less expensive) or dinner at one of the famous restaurants where renowned chefs are cooking in Paris. Try a menu dégustation (5 to 7 sets menu) at a Michelin starred restaurant. There are around 80 Michelin starred restaurants in Paris, offering great food at various price ranges. Prices will start at € 50 / person to go above € 350/person, especially if you order top wine. Among others, you can consider going to La Tour d’Argent, Guy Savoy or l’Atelier de Joël Robuchon. Be advised that even if menus and dishes may appear very expensive, portion may be very tiny.  In any case a dinner at a chef’s restaurant will offer an exclusive experience for dining in Paris.

 

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Things to eat in Paris

Famous restaurants in Paris

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Things to eat in Paris

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From simple to more complex dishes, try as much as you can while in Paris.

 

Here is a selection of 10 things to eat in Paris we recommend you try while visiting Paris. You can download this article in pdf using the button at the bottom of the page.

 

Things to eat in Paris

French Breakfast

Try a French breakfast in a café or at your hotel, with croissant, pain au chocolat (+/- croissant with chocolate), all other viennoiserie (pastries) and baguette with butter or jam.

 

 

Things to eat in Paris

Quiche Lorraine or Croque Monsieur—quick lunch

Two good options for a quick and affordable lunch. Quiche Lorraine is made with egg, cream, cheese and ham, while Croque Monsieur is the French version of grilled sandwich.

 

 

Things to eat in Paris

Bœuf Bourguignon—traditional food

A favourite consistent dish, especially in winter months: a slow-cooked beef stew with 1 litre of burgundy wine. Usually served with potatoes, mushrooms and carrots.

 

 

Things to eat in Paris

Oysters platter—original food

You can easily get this in most of restaurant close to Montarnasse train station, where most of the seafood arrived by train from the Atlantic coast. The oysters are eaten raw, and you can test their freshness by adding some lemon juice : the sourness will make them contract. Try it even if you are scared, you will find them refresing.

 

 

Things to eat in Paris

French cheese platter—traditional food

Try once a plateau de fromage (selection of cheese) instead of dessert in a restaurant. This is one of the best things to eat in Paris. You will usually get a roquefort, a cantal or comté (milk cheese), camembert and a goat’s cheese.

 

 

Things to eat in Paris

Confit de canard—Regional food

Very popular dish in Paris, a tender duck confit, usually served with French fries, purée or potatoes. This dish from the South West must be ordered with a glass of Bordeaux.

 

 

Things to eat in Paris

Coq au vin—Traditional food

A chicken cooked in wine, served. Another cold winter dish, but it is excellent. Order some Bordeaux wine with is makes it perfect.

 

 

Things to eat in Paris

Popular steak frites—popular food

You will find it everywhere, it’s very popular and often the most affordable. Rumsteak with French fries is a traditional brasseries’ dish. Add French mustard and enjoy.

 

 

Things to eat in Paris

Escargots (Snails)—Original food

No, no and no. French people do not eat snails that often. Though snails are popular in most touristic restaurants. The butter and garlic sauce is what makes it succulent.

 

 

Things to eat in Paris

Onion soup—Traditional food

Rich beef based soup full of onions cooked until they are soft and sweet. I will come with bread, cheese but usually considered as a starter.

 

 

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Famous restaurants in Paris

According to the public directory, pages jaunes (french yellow pages), Paris has 12,862 restaurants. They are not equal and below is a list of some of the most famous restaurants in Paris. For all of them, you need to make reservations in advance.

Be advised that prices are usually inversely proportionate to the the portion you get (if you only order one main at a 3 start restaurant such as Guy Savoy or L’atelier, you may be disappointed by the small portion of food you will get). Chefs in this restaurants definitely focus on the quality of their products and the complexity of the layout.

Tour d’argent – €€€€€

Restaurant de La Tour d’Argent
15 quai de la Tournelle
75005 Paris

Tour d’Argent is one of the most famous restaurants in Paris. It is a well-known in Paris establishment and among top-end foreign visitors. The menu is permanently changed by the Chef, Laurent Lelarbre. The restaurant specialty is the duck. You will enjoy a splendid view of Notre Dame. Do not expect to pay less than € 300 / person (beverages not included).

Guy Savoy – €€€€€

18, rue Troyon
75017 Paris

This 3-Michelin-star restaurant  offers a comfortable decor, and a culinary experience where gastronomy meets art. According to Guy Savoy, “Cuisine is the art of instantaneously turning produce suffused with history into happiness”.

Jules Vernes – €€€€€

Avenue Gustave Eiffel
75007 Paris

Jules Verne is managed by chef and business man Alain Ducasse. The  restaurant is located on the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower. The view is splendid. It is a unique place where you will find the classic dishes of French cuisine revisited.

L’atelier de Robuchon – €€€€

5, rue de Montalembert
75007 Paris

With 2 restaurants in Paris (the second is located at Publicis Drugstore – 133, avenue des Champs Elysées – 75008 Paris), Joël Robuchon is a respected chef in Paris and France. Order the “menu decouverte” (discovery menu) and enjoy the culinary tour.

Au Petit Marguery – €€€

64 Avenue des Ternes
75017 Paris

Also located at 9 boulevard de port Royal – 75013 Paris, Au Petit Marguery is in most guide books, and you will find traditional French dishes and food. There is also a good selection of wines. There is an all-inclusive dinner menu at € 39,50 (beverages included).

Would you like to recommend other famous restaurants in Paris? Feel free to add them below.