Paris is awash with good food – it’s France, after all. From Michelin-starred restaurants to neighbourhood bistros, speciality hole-in-the-wall outlets and weekly markets teeming with fresh produce it’s enough to make even the most avid foodie blush. There’s really no faulting a place where you can find stalls selling only mushrooms.
1. Café Louis Philippe
For a quintessential bistro experience you won’t do better than this old and charming place in the Marais. Slap-bang opposite the Ile Saint-Louis it offers traditional French cuisine and whip-smart waiters. Nothing fancy but the food is good and atmosphere excellent. The terrace is perfect on sunny days.
2. Sunday market
Awesome in the true sense of the word. A great place to pull together a picnic, fill the fridge or just wander and gape at the sheer amount of beautiful produce. Serious cheeses, sexy charcuterie, stalls selling nothing but mushrooms. Affordable, too.
3. Le Petit Bleu
If you’re looking for a change from traditional French cuisine then this tiny Moroccan gem in Montmartre not far from Sacre Coeur is the place to go. Cheap, cheerful, loud and tasty – just be careful how much couscous you order as the portions are huge.
4. Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte
A restaurant that has no menu, just does one dish and has done it for 50 years must be doing something right. Tell the staff how you like your meat done and that’s it – up comes steak, frites and a simple green salad.
5. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée
If three Michelin stars aren’t enough for you then just go for the ambience at Alain Ducasse’s astonishing restaurant in the Hotel Plaza Athenee. The food is out of this world but so is the space-age Versailles-style décor.
6. Baudoyer outdoor market
Another outdoor market, this one on the edge of the Marais district and only open on Wednesday from 12.20pm-8.30pm and Saturday from 7am-3pm. A popular place to shop but it’s the stalls cooking great vats of heavenly smelling paella that are the main attraction.
7. Pierre Hermé
For those with a sweet tooth the acknowledged prince of patisseries, the master of the macaron, is Pierre Hermé. This chic Willy Wonka of Paris has ‘boutiques’ all over the city. They are sleek, beautifully presented and look good enough to eat – just like the macarons.
8. Au Petit Fer à Cheval
A little traditional Paris bistro where time seems to have stood still. Not very big and can be hard to get a seat at busy times but it’s worth the wait. The confit de canard is always good.
9. La Brasserie de l'Isle Saint-Louis
On the tip of Île Saint-Louis with Notre Dame looming over it this is a dream location. The food is good brasserie fare and the place – not much changed from the 1930s – is excellent inside and out, depending on the weather.
10. Berthillon glacier
This is the place to come for ice-cream if you can stand the queues (especially in summer). It’s a little pricey but a bit of a bucket list destination for true ice-cream aficionados. The strawberry tiramisu is excellent.