Paris is famous across the globe for its various gastronomic delights and foodies will simply love the sheer range of restaurants, eateries and patisseries on offer. Eating in Paris can be elegant, extravagant and expensive, but it doesn't have to be as there are plenty of ways to enjoy authentic Parisian dining on a modest budget.
Cheap restaurants in Paris can still provide a great and typically French dining experience. Chartier, on the Rue du Faubourg-Montmartre, is one of our favourite budget restaurants. Serving classic French fare, such as duck confit and beef bourguignon, you can get three courses for around 20 euros and although it may not be high-end eating in Paris, you will get a real taste of the city. Another option for those on a more modest budget is the Au Duc de Montmorency, a bistro known for its creativity and wine selection, on the Rue de Montmorency. Chez Stella, Le Petit Picard and Polidor are all worth a mention if you're looking for chic yet affordable restaurants in Paris.
If you are planning to indulge in the finest establishments, there are many Michelin Star restaurants in Paris so you will be spoilt for choice. If you want true French gastronomic grandeur, in a dining hall complete with crystal chandeliers, then eating at the Hotel Meurice (Le Meurice) is an absolute must. There are plenty of other high-end venues to explore too, including Maceo, Les Tablettes, l'Astrance and Yam'Tcha.
Various meats have always been the star attraction, or pi'ce de r'sistance, of French cuisine but if you are a vegetarian, don't let this dissuade you from visiting Paris. Vegetarian restaurants in Paris have to be of a high standard to survive and establishments such as Le Grenier de Notre Dame, Maoz Falafel and Le Potager du Marais have growing reputations and offer a different take on eating in Paris.
Paris offers a wide variety of options for those looking for a great night out as there are a huge number of bars, clubs and districts to choose from.
The Oberkampf area is a chic and trendy place to spend a night out in Paris, although at times it may get overcrowded. Meanwhile, the Bastille district is great for clubs and live music venues.
There are many different types of bars too. Whether you're looking for a place to relax with a beer or glass of wine, a vibrant cocktail bar or a live show, you won't be disappointed by the varied night scene in Paris.