What are the best French Restaurants in Paris?

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Top Paris Restaurants

For many, Paris is the home of great food. The cuisine of the city is justly famous and top Paris restaurants have long served the signature dishes from all regions of France. A visit to one of these fine dining establishments is a highlight of a trip to Paris for many visitors and locals alike. Restaurant Les Ambassadeurs at the Crillon Hotel is one lauded restaurant and Le Bistrol and Le Meurice often make the list of top Paris restaurants. Restaurants like these often boast multiple Michelin stars and famous chefs, with bills to match, but Paris also has some wonderful restaurants with lesser price tags.

Less expensive top Paris restaurants

In addition to these gourmet restaurants, Paris also has a fine tradition of brasserie and bistro style establishments. Top Paris restaurants in the brasserie tradition include Le Train Bleu, built in 1900 and Mollard, which was opened even earlier. Bofinger still serves wonderful Alsacian food and although it is not possible to make reservations, Chartier is a typical Parisian 'Bouillon' with a noisy atmosphere that is well worth queuing for. A more informal dining experience meanwhile awaits at one of the many Paris bistros. These usually small and relatively inexpensive restaurants still feature some of the most memorable dishes Paris has to offer.

Top Paris restaurants in the bistro style

Bistro Volnay is a classic French bistro between Opera Garnier and Madeleine. Chez Grenouille, meanwhile, behind the Place de Clichy in Paris's theatre district is a local gem. Chez Dumonet, Resturant Josephine serves some classic bistro cooking and Café Constant on the rue Saint-Dominique is another which gets all the bistro ingredients right. Having sampled some of the top Paris restaurants, you might be sad to leave it all behind, but taking a class in French cooking at Le Foodist will help you recreate some of those classic dishes at home.

Cooking like the top Paris restaurants

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