Paris: The Best Restaurants To Dine In This Year

When visiting a gastronomic restaurant, you may feel overwhelmed by the numerous food choices in front of you. On the other hand, you may already be well aware of the Parisian fine dining scene, but just not sure where to start. Fret no more, here are a few of Paris’s hottest restaurants for you to visit this year.

Daroco (6 Rue Vivienne) a former workshop space, serves modern Italian cuisine and has become one of Paris’s most sought after restaurants. The green marble table tops paired with designer chairs gives this restaurant a unique decoration. All the pizzas are cooked in a wood fire oven giving them an authentically rustique Italian taste, contrasted by waiters wearing typically Parisian Breton stripes. Try their grilled octopus as an appetiser or indulge in their ‘linguine alla carbonara’, before moving on to the homemade tiramisu if you still have room for dessert. This Italian eatery with modern crafted cocktails and fashionable dining will quickly become your go-to restaurant for special occasions or date nights.

For all seafood lovers who not only want fresh produce but also enjoy washing it down with innovative cocktails, head down to The Fish Club (58 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau). The name speaks for itself. The fish-focused menu of this previously ‘ceviche’ restaurant has been revamped, now offering a selection of seafood served in a minimalist restaurant. Amidst a selection of marine dishes, the appetiser assortment includes smoked eel, grilled lobster and grey shrimp. You can even order octopus with beetroot: the menu will surely tickle your fancy! If you’re feeling more romantic, or just want to treat yourself, why not order a glass of champagne to accompany their fresh oysters.

If, after a long day of shopping, or a night of dancing in Parisian clubs, you’re looking for something more casual to satisfy your hunger cravings, head to Big Corner (143 Avenue Jean Jaurès). With melted mozzarella, fresh french cheeses, pesto, and more, slathered on an oozing beef patty between two sesame buns, this New York-style burger joint will have any meat lover drooling. It’s an artsy, brightly-coloured restaurant serving only the freshest ingredients. If you’re not a burger addict but get dragged by friends, why not go for one of their club sandwiches, hot dogs, salads or even fish and chips? There’s nothing Big Corner can’t do.

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For those of you with a sweet tooth, La Crêperie Bretonne (56 Rue du Montparnasse) is the place to be. Aside from the fact that you can’t go to Paris without trying one of their world famous crêpes, this cosy little crêperie is typically French and its lovely staff will make you feel right at home. Their homemade salted caramel crêpe will leave you wanting more. In addition to crêpes, La Crêperie Bretonne also serves the Parisian speciality of ‘galettes’, which you can coat in jam, Nutella or whatever your heart desires.

To add to the Michelin-starred Parisian dining scene, Jacques Faussat, a famous Michelin-starred chef himself, recently opened what has been described as a little gem hidden away between the Parisian streets. His restaurant, aptly named Jacques Faussat (54 Rue Cardinet), has quickly become well-known for its exquisite dishes. Although very rarely discovered by tourists, this unique brasserie offers Parisian cuisine in a more luxurious environment to make your evening very special. Whether your adventurous side urges you pick the tasting menu, or you opt for ordering à la carte, the small yet carefully crafted fresh menu will not disappoint.

For a more relaxed but still exciting dinner, head to Mascotte Montmartre (52 Rue des Abbesses). The more laid-back bistro is perfect for an alternative Parisian night out and its extensive menu will satisfy all of your cravings. Though specialising in fresh seafood, choosing between their delicatessen sea products and their homemade ‘cassoulet‘, a beef stew marinated in red wine sauce, will prove a difficult choice. It is recommended to pair these dishes with a crisp French wine before topping off your meal with a selection of cheeses, or a delicious goat-milk yoghurt accompanied with sweet red fruit puree. For the chocolate addicts, try a slice of the chocolate and praline ‘love cake’, you’ll definitely love it!

Paris: Why It Is Still One Of Europe’s Greatest Destinations

A fascinating city, Paris has enchanted many travellers and received an incredible number of love declarations. One of these came in 1953, when the American composer and songwriter Cole Porter wrote the popular song I love Paris. Recently, the French singer Vanessa Paradis released a new version of the song, which indirectly raises the question : why is Paris still so amazing today ?

A Vibrant City 

I had the chance to grow up in Paris and I can say that what has always struck me about my city is its very complex beauty. It is both irregular and multiple, as it includes the elegance of the old French aristocracy, the many flavours and vibrant colours of the African district in the north of the city and the Asian charm of Little Tokyo, the Japanese corner situated next to the Garnier Opera. The typical architecture of Haussmann buildings give Paris a unifying theme, as well as the numerous coffee shops painted in shades of red. Walks in Paris are never disappointing, and the metro exit of every station reveals a charm of its own.

Arts & Leisure 

From an artistic point of view, Paris is a main destination for European culture, a must-do city for art lovers. You can decide whether to visit museums (such as Le Louvre, Orsay, Orangerie, Rodin Museum), exhibitions (Grand and Petit Palais, Pompidou Centre, Fondation Louis Vuitton, monuments (the famous Eiffel tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Versailles estate, guided tours (amongst the most charming, the Paris by Night in a Citroen 2CV époque car), galleries, theatres and I will finish this non-exhaustive list by recalling the magic of the Disney Parks. According to Condé Nast’s Traveler, Paris is the world’s Best City for arts and culture.

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A Fashionable City 

Paris is equally regarded as the fashion capital of the world, and France is considered as a leading country when it comes to the fashion design industry. To name but a few, there is Chanel, Pierre Cardin, Chloe, Dior, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Hermès, Lanvin, Rochas, Vuitton, and Yves Saint Laurent. If you are interested in style and glamour, take a walk on Avenue des Champs-Élysées and Avenue Montaigne or even plan to attend the biannual Paris Fashion Week.

French cuisine and Parisian tastes 

When in Paris, you have to try traditional French Parisian food and gastronomy: don’t forget to have some macaron sweets, a baguette, good red wine and a helping of blue cheese. These products, as well as dishes like the beef stew Pot au Feu or the steak Entrecôte Marchand de Vin, will definitely make your visit to Paris more authentic.

With glass of champagne in your hand, you will feel like humming to Cole Porter’s song, and you will see why Paris is such an amazing destination today….

I love Paris in the springtime.

I love Paris in the fall.

I love Paris in the winter when it drizzles,

I love Paris in the summer when it sizzles.

I love Paris every moment,

Every moment of the year…