Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Hiding such stunning structures including the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral, the city is an architectural gem that you can’t miss while visiting the continent. It is also a multicultural city full of colours and a variety of tastes, with French gastronomy being world renowned. It is really difficult to resist Paris’ attack of gorgeous window displays exposing tasty-looking cakes, fresh baguettes and homemade chocolate pralines, or avoid getting seduced by the omnipresent smell of freshly baked crepes that are offered to the greedy eye of travellers by a numerous street food vendors. There are also many great restaurants, where you can sit with great wine and a delicious dinner. Truly, you can’t come to Paris without being prepared taste amazing foods and high-quality delicacies. Here is a list of some very good restaurants that are worth trying.
La Fourmi Ailée
La Fourmi Ailée (which means “the winged ant”) is a discreet restaurant hidden just around the corner from the famous Notre Dame Cathedral, at 8 Rue du Fouarre. The original blue-coloured shop hides a cosy traditional French restaurant and tea room at the same time. Do you need a small pause during your walking tour? La Fourmi Ailée is an ideal place to sit for a cup of tea and some delicious homemade dessert. Their pear-chocolate cake is a real must-try. Are you looking for a great restaurant for dinner? La Fourmi Ailée is here again. The rich menu consists of fresh salads, delicious meat plates and fresh fish. They also offer a large scale of original dishes for vegetarians. Order their great lamb confit and you won’t be disappointed. But pay attention, the portions a really big – and you should save some room for dessert!
The café/restaurant L’ Ebouillante is located on the other side of Notre Dame at 6 Rue des Barres. The design of the restaurant may remind you some quiet restaurant in the South of France. It is surely one of the best restaurants to visit during the summer as it has a lovely terrace with metallic chairs that is exposed to the sunny blue sky. Truly, there is no bigger pleasure than quietly watching the river while eating some good food. The menu consists of a large offer of generous and original salads, homemade quiches (savoury egg-based pies) and other egg dishes. However, the main speciality of L’ Ebouillante is surely a dish called “brick”. Brick is a really tasty crunchy pancake made from semolina flour, stuffed with a variety of savoury fillings. Grab a table on the terrace and try brick with fresh tomatoes, egg and tuna or the one with goat cheese. Order some good white wine on the side, and you’ll feel like the Mediterranean Sea is just a few steps from your table.
Le Rempart Restaurant
Are you looking for a traditional French bistro (“brasserie”)? Le Rempart Restaurant, situated on 15 Rue Saint-Antoine just next to the famous Bastille Square, is the best option for you. It is a great restaurant with extremely nice staff and is an ideal place for a good morning brunch with scrambled eggs, croissant, grilled baguette and jam, as well as for delicious lunch or dinner. The menu consists of classical French dishes such as “poulet fermier roti” (grilled farmer’s chicken), beef tenderloin or grilled salmon. It offers also a large scale of smaller snacks like omelettes, cheese and ham plates, French toasted sandwiches (croque monsieur and madame) and delicious desserts. Every food on the menu is homemade and prepared with quality ingredients — the owner pays special attention to his cuisine.
Le Rempart offers also a large selection of beer, wine and cocktails that are ideal for a nice evening out with friends. Taste their delicious (and strong!) margarita and you won’t leave. And, if you’re lucky, you may meet a large group of people with yellow t-shirts with roller skates, who have animated conversations with the staff. It is just the staff of special Parisian roller tour that visits this lovely restaurant regularly. To find such a friendly atmosphere is really unique!
If you’re looking for a more festive place for the evening, try Bouillon Racine hidden on 3 Rue Racine in the 6th arrondissement. This restaurant, just a few steps away from Sorbonne University, has long history that goes back to the end of 19th century. At that time “Bouillon” designed a special bistro that offered a soup with meat for workers. As time passed and Art Nouveau invaded the world, Bouillon became a mark of restaurants that adopted this chick style where the Parisian bourgeois ate. Bouillon Racine has preserved the beautiful Art Nouveau style. Their stunning green eating hall with curved mirrors and metallic lamps please one’s eyes. You can hardly imagine eating in more beautiful place. Also the plates are made and served with precision and they are really delicious. Try the tuna with basmati rice or the classical French duck leg with fried vegetable. Don’t forget to accompany your plate with a delicious glass of wine, and your evening could hardly be better. The food, the atmosphere, everything seems perfect, and, some good dessert will be the perfect end to your great evening.
Best French restaurants in the Paris city centre
France is the kingdom of gastronomy; French wine, delicious cheese and tasty fresh baguettes are famous all over the globe. While visiting Paris, it would be a pity not to taste a bit of this culinary richness and not visit a restaurant offering good homemade food. Be sure to try one of these delicious restaurants while in the Paris city centre!
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