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The traditional gastronomy of France is known as some of the finest in the world. However, to experience the best French restaurants in Paris you don’t have to book somewhere with Michelin Stars at an astronomical cost!

There are a great many choices when it comes to authentic French cuisine within the local bars and bistros. Although be wary of those average-looking restaurants that have waiters trying to beckon you in from the street (in particular those close to popular tourist areas). After all, the food really should speak for itself!

Top 5 French Restaurants in Paris

If you are looking for restaurants in Paris serving authentic French cuisine, with a cosy atmosphere and a genuine feel of France – we’re here to help. Below is a small selection of our personal choices.

La Fontaine de Mars (129 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris)

This is one of the oldest bistros in Paris, having opened in 1908. The Parisian interior boasts red and white checked tablecloths and a chic ambience for that traditional French feel.

As for La Fontaine de Mars most famous dish – ‘Escargot de Bourgogne’ is the chance to try the French delicacy of snails at their finest. There are also many other amazing French specialities on the menu, along with an incredible choice of wines. A really good dining option that is near the Eiffel Tower, without being aimed specifically at tourists.

Bistrot Paul Bert (18 Rue Paul Bert, 75011 Paris)

This beautiful French bistro offers a simple, yet classic menu alongside a lively atmosphere. As this one is also very popular with locals, we'd like to think it's one of the top French restaurants in Paris for authentic food.

Diners can expect a Parisian menu filled with high-quality and locally sourced ingredients. If you're after steak and frites, a fluffy soufflé or Tarte Tatin this is the place to be seen. All the excellent wine choices are purchased straight from the vineyards, where possible, in order to support local businesses.

Restaurant Joséphine (117 Rue du Cherche-Midi, 75006 Paris)

This family-owned French restaurant in Paris has a smaller menu than some of the big chains with every dish chosen for their wonderful flavour combinations.

The head chef takes absolute care with traditional dishes but often adds an innovative twist along the way. Do try the beef tartare freshly prepared at your table or the slow-cooked beef bourguignon - which is left simmering for 3 days before being served.

Le Voltaire (Le Voltaire, 27 Quai Voltaire, 75007 Paris)

A delightful French restaurant, opposite the Musée du Louvre located just along the picturesque River Seine. The atmosphere is relaxed and inviting, with attentive service throughout your evening.

Every dish is served with the restaurant’s famous crispy matchstick fries, which are impossible to resist going back for more. A popular dish is the steak au poivre or the sole meunière. Do leave room for dessert and try the gorgeous light profiteroles.

Bouillon Chartier (7 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 75009 Paris)

This gorgeous French restaurant opened in Paris back in 1896 and to date has only ever had four owners. It boasts traditional Parisian cuisine that attracts visitors every night, and well used by the local diners, Bouillon Chartier is certainly one to book a table in advance.

Expect hearty rich French classical dishes such as confit of duck, that's so moist it falls clean from the bone. For dessert, you won’t be able to resist an Île Flottante, a floating island of meringue floating on a bed of creamy custard.

Top 5 French Restaurants in Paris

If you are planning a trip to the capital of France and want to experience authentic French restaurants in Paris, it's worth doing your homework before booking. Alternatively, click here to view our wide range of other food and drink experiences in Paris.

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