Top Tables

Editors’ Picks: The Best Restaurants in Paris

Indagare is always scouting for the newest best restaurants, classic spots and neighborhood gems that feel like a special find. Though the restaurant scene changes often, here is our current list of top tables in Paris, for any occasion.

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Editors’ Picks: Lunch

Loulou

Set in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (part of the Louvre), Loulou serves a mix of French and Italian Riviera–inspired cuisine. The truffle pizza is a must-order and the terrace is the best place to dine when the weather is nice. 107 Rue de Rivoli, 1st arrondissement

La Poule au Pot

After a stylish revamp in 2018, this institution (which has been open since 1935 and is now led by chef Jean-Francois Piège) is a top spot for a traditional feel and timeless classics, including buttery snails, veal stew and cherry clafoutis. 9 Rue Vauvilliers, 1st arrondissement

Breizh Café

Arguably Paris's best creperie, Breizh Café is a tiny spot worth stopping at for their innovative sweet crêpes and savory galettes. 109 Rue Vieille du Temple, 3rd arrondissement

Benoit

Alain Ducasse's beloved bistro (first opened in 1912) serves traditional French cuisine in a classically Parisian dining room. 20 Rue St.-Martin, 4th arrondissement

Chez Janou

This casual corner bistro is popular with both travelers and locals who come for its classic Provençal dishes (think moules gratinées and ratatouille). 2 Rue Roger Verlomme, 4th arrondissement

Le Comptoir du Relais

This cozy, 10-table bistro in the center of St. Germain is just about the toughest restaurant to score for a dinner reservation—so go for lunch, when it’s first come, first served. 9 Carrefour de l’Odéon, 6th arrondissement

Le Récamier

At this Left Bank institution soufflés are a specialty of the house, where varieties such as Creole and vanilla are added monthly alongside the more traditional choices. Snag a seat on the terrace. 4, Rue Récamier, 6th arrondissement

La Sociéte

This restaurant

serves up crowd-pleasing food (nothing too adventurous) to a glamorous crowd that is enhanced by the sexy atmosphere. La Société has an enviable location right on the Place St. Germain. 4 Place Saint-Germain-des-Près, 6th arrondissement

Café Lapérouse

Designed by Cordelia de Castellane (the designer behind Baby Dior and Maison), this new restaurant in the courtyard of Hôtel de la Marine has a menu comprised of French comfort food with dishes like lobster salad, smoked salmon, sole meuniere and chateaubriand. 2 Rue Royale, 8th arrondissement

Le Taillevent

One of Paris’s most storied gourmet restaurants (and a Michelin two-star), Le Taillevent has a sumptuous redesign and an Italian chef whose menus emphasize quality and local produce with fresh takes on classic French dishes. 15 Rue Lamennais, 8th arrondissement

Perruche

From the same group that created LouLou, Perruche (“parakeet” in French) feels like a beach club in the sky. Printemps de l'Homme Haussmann, Rue de Havre, 9th arrondissement

Girafe

This beautiful, hot spot restaurant from the team behind Loulou and Monsieur Bleu has a terrace with views of the Eiffel Tower and a Mediteranean menu. 1, Place du Trocadéro, 16th arrondissement

Editor’ Picks: Lunch at Versailles

Ore, Courtesy Pierre Monetta

Ore, Courtesy Pierre Monetta

La Veranda at Trianon Palace

Chef Gordon Ramsey's restaurant at the Trianon Palace hotel serves fine French food in an elegant dining room. 1 Boulevard de la Reine, Versailles

Ore

Located in the Pavillon Dufour, Alain Ducasse’s culinary project was the first full-service restaurant to open inside the palace’s gilded gates. Place d’Armes, Versailles

Fleur de Pavé

This vegetable-forward spot is by chef Sylvain Sendra and his business partner and wife Sarah. "It may be my favorite restaurant in the world," said Indagare founder Melissa Biggs Bradley. 5 Rue Paul Lelong, 1st arrondissement

Contraste

This new hot spot from chefs Kevin de Porre and Erwan Ledru allow both to flex their Michelin-starred expertise in a creative menu showcasing innovative flavors and ingredients from land and sea. 18 Rue d'Anjou, 8th arrondissement

La Régalade St. Honoré

This no-frills restaurant has a small bar and simple tables, but the bistro food—squid ink risotto, chicken stuffed with foie gras and served with vegetables—has a loyal fan base. 123 Rue Saint-Honoré, 1st arrondissement

Parcelles

A relaxed bistro in the Marais, Parcelles has an excellent wine list of organic and natural wines. 13 Rue Chapon, 4th arrondissement

Bonnie

Walls of glass and a mirrored ceiling help bring the views inside this New York import atop the SO/Paris, where white leather banquettes and boldly patterned carpets add a Space-Age vibe. Menus from the team behind Girafe and Gigi include American-inspired bistro classics. 10 Rue Agrippa d'Aubigné, 4th arrondissement

Hugo & Co

This new contemporary French bistro in the Latin Quarter is earning high praise for its easy going international comfort food, such as stracciatella cheese with black olives and tonkatsu-style breaded pork cutlet topped with a fried organic egg and red-curry sauce. 48 Rue Monge, 5th arrondissement

Chez Fernand

Located on the Left Bank, Chez Fernand is an old fashioned and cozy brasserie with a traditional and classic French menu. It’s not fancy, but it’s also not touristy. 13 Rue Guisarde, 6th arrondissement

Aux Prés

A jewel box of a restaurant in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Aux Prés is an atmospheric neighborhood restaurant from famed French chef Cyril Ligna, serving delicious international fusion cuisine like crispy salmon rice, caramelized eggplant with miso and a beef rib for two. 27 Rue du Dragon, 6th arrondissement

Epicure

Le Bristol's three-Michelin-starred restaurant offers a gastronomic experience in an oak-paneled dining room or a tented room that overlooks a courtyard garden. 112 Rue du Faubourg St.-Honoré, 8th arrondissement

Trente-Trois

Opened only a few months before Covid lockdowns, this restaurant holds the record for shortest time for a restaurant to be open and receive a Michelin star. The menu emphasizes prime French purveyors. 33 Rue Jean Goujon, 8th arrondissement

La Suite Girafe

The sister restaurant of Girafe offers a prime view of the Eiffel Tower at night and an appealing menu that includes yellowtail carpaccio and salmon sashimi, sea bass fillet, filet of beef and linguine with truffles. 1 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, 16th arrondissement

Le Bon Georges

This quintessential neighborhood spot, offering bistro classics near Galerie Lafayette, is great for a casual lunch or dinner. It’s open every day, has sidewalk tables and is a neighborhood favorite for wine and cheese boards. 45 Rue Saint-Georges, 9th arrondissement

Septime

A hot spot since opening in 2011, Septime offers a unique five-course carte blanche tasting menu everyday. 80 Rue de Charonne, 11th arrondissement

Editors’ Picks: Drinks

Septime La Cave

Septime La Cave

is a superb, small, natural wine bar with attentive and approachable service, where many enjoy their glass of wine out on the street. 3 Rue Basfroi, 11th arrondissement

La Cave à Michel

One of Paris’s best and most authentic natural wine bars, La Cave à Michel is as casual as it gets, with a bartender who is ready to let you try anything before you make your choice and will walk you through the ins and outs of natural wines. 36 Rue Sainte-Marthe, 19th arrondissement

Vivant 2

Vivant 2 is a natural wine bar and restaurant with a focus on Provence that has been popular since the day it opened its doors. 43 Rue des Petites Écuries, 10th arrondissement

Deviant

Next door to Vivant 2 is Deviant, the new wine bar and restaurant by the talented chef Pierre Touitou where natural wines are the star. Together Deviant and Vivant turn Rue de Petite-Ecuries into a block party each evening. 39 Rue des Petites Écuries, 10th arrondissement

Editors’ Picks: Dessert, Coffee & Tea

Angelina

Paris’ most famous tea salon is a great place for an indulgent snack or sweet; some consider it to have the best hot chocolate in the world. Several locations

Berthillon

The fabled Parisian ice cream shop serves flavorful ice cream (and sorbet), ranging from classics like pistachio to more adventurous concoctions, like licorice and salted caramel. 29-31 Rue St.-Louis en l'Ile, Cité St. Louis

La Manufacture du Chocolat Alain Ducasse

Alain Ducasse’s bean-to-bar factory (the first of its kind in Paris) and boutique is in a renovated garage where cocoa beans from Peru to Papua New Guinea are transformed into a variety of bars, bouchées, pralines and truffles. 40 Rue de la Roquette, 11th arrondissement

Ladurée

The original outpost of this classic tea salon is perhaps most well known for its delicious macarons. 16 Rue Royale, 8th arrondissement

Telescope Cafe

Telescope Cafe

is a place where coffee aficionados will feel right at home and purists will appreciate the short and sweet menu: espresso, filter coffee, noisette or crème. 5 Rue Villedo, 1st arrondissement

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