Best Places to Eat in Paris

Sidewalk cafes are very popular in Paris
Sidewalk cafes are very popular in Paris

Dining in Paris is practically a national pastime. It can also be very expensive. Paris has a lot of very high-end restaurants with equally high-end prices, however high prices don't necessarily guarantee a great dining experience, nor do lower prices always equal a poor one.

There are a number of things that you should know when it comes to dining out in Paris. Unlike America, a meal in Paris is supposed to take a long time. This is a time to relax and talk. In the pricier restaurants, but not all, it is also time to dress up a little. Men are expected to wear dress clothes and a jacket and the women almost always arrive in a dress or skirt. So, if service is not as quick as you are used to, remember that you are in a different culture.

Many restaurants don't even open for dinner until 7 or 8pm, so expect to be there until 10 or 11pm. Hinting at faster service may be considered rude. For this reason dining with young children can also present more of a challenge than in many cities.

While 'white glove' dining in Paris can certainly offer a memorable and enjoyable experience, it can also run you a bill of over 150€ per person. You will have to plan well ahead if you want to enjoy eating in many of these better restaurants as you may have to reserve as far as 1 or 2 weeks ahead; not easy when you are travelling. So what is one to do?

Our goal is to help you get great value for your food dollar. Eating out can be one of the largest expenses during your vacation. The costs add up quickly, especially if you're feeding a family. As a rule, the closer you are to a popular tourist attraction, the less you'll get for your money. Fortunately, thanks to the Metro, it's not hard to move around in Paris. You'll actually find their are even many McDonalds in Paris. They have diversified their menu quite a bit over the years, including adding some healthier choices. This can make them a good option for a quick meal, especially if you have kids to feed.

Below you can quickly find the top rated restaurants located within a 5 minute walk from any of the 60 Paris Metro Stations listed below. You will find details for each restaurant including the map, address, phone number, rating and recent reviews.

Quickly find the best Paris restaurants within a 5 minute walk of a Metro Station

Paris Culinary Tours

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Unique Couture Macaron- Bake & Design

Rating 4.5 Star Rating

From: $82.20 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

PARIS = GOURMET + FASHION !Welcome to our foodie fashion house of creativity! Come, learn, have fun, and enter the world of MiniMeParis and our Willy Wonka-inspired factory house! Greetings new guests! I am Marie, a French fashion designer and owner of the label MiniMeParis. This is a unique experience that allows you to learn about French patisserie and express your creativity while being guided by our Wonka team and Oompa Loompas. Not only will you bake your own delicious macarons in true French style, but you will be able to create couture masterpieces out of your macarons with decorations and designs. With my associate Mathieu, we are proud to have hosted several happy guests at our fashion and cooking workshops so far, and are excited to share with you our new Macaron experience!

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Ohlala Macarons in Paris!

Rating 4 Star Rating

From: $116.57 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

If there is one French pastry that is the envy of the entire world, and which everybody dreams of being able to make, then it must be Macarons. Is a French delicate pastry with a crisp shell & soft interior, perfect for any occasion.In two hours and a half, you will learn in-depth about the making of The Macarons:STARTINGwe will start with a little introduction… where do you think macarons comes from??FILLINGwe will do a ganache (chocolat) filling, and learn the tricky part of this delicious fillingSHELLSthe most important part!... we will use the Italian meringue method, make the piping and show you how to do to well success themMACARONSwe will paire the shells with the ganache filling and/or a home made jam. Some others surprises will be also been on disposal.We'll bake with a small group, and have a sparkling wine, coffee or tea as we enjoy them!This is a wonderful experience in Paris and a must try!A très bientôt—Privatization & customization possible!

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Kids in the Kitchen - MaCaRoN

Rating 5 Star Rating

From: $89.67 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

French pastry is well known around the world and we can find many beautiful and delicious boutiques in France specialized in pastry.This experience will be based on macarons. We will teach you how to make the macaron shells. A filling of jelly will be proposed to savoured the macarons.Did you know that at the begining the macarons were just composed of shells and without filling?...come and discover the hidden history of this magnificent dessert.Share this special moment with your child with a four hands class. You will learn to pipe and taste the delicious macarons you will do by yourself.The experience takes place into a private Parisian apartment.A très bientôt#AtenTeAute—Privatization & customization possible!

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Kids in the Kitchen - CrOissAnTs

Rating 5 Star Rating

From: $74.72 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

French pastry is well known around the world and we can find many beautiful and delicious boutiques in France specialized in pastry.This experience will be based on croissants. We will teach you how to make the laminated dough "pâte feuilletée levée" which bakers use to make France's famous breakfast pastries. We will use a special coloring to make this experience more magic for kids.Do you know the difference between viennoiseries and french pastry?...come and discover the hidden history of this magnificent dessert.Share this special moment with your child with a four hands class. A très bientôt#AtenTeAute—Privatization & customization possible!

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Food and wine pairing tasting

Rating 5 Star Rating

From: $119.56 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Vino itineris is a traveling van that offers unique and authentic itineraries with its "tasting food and wine" area.You will discover the wonderful world of wine and learn to tune your wine with a dish. A 2-hour tour with tasting of 3 wines from different regions (2 whites and 1 red) with 4 to 6 dishes cooked according to the wines. Go to the roundabout Trocadero. The tour ends in Montmartre. For 5 people maximum,

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2hr Latin Quarter Paris Food Tour

Rating 5 Star Rating

From: $95.65 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Not your typical food tour. I'm an expat and will give you the scoop on the French and Paris while we enjoy delicious food and wine. A fun atmosphere where we eat and laugh in a Parisian market, then have a large picnic at the end. You'll never have a hard time hearing me or understanding my accent, that's for sure. We'll be eating crepes, cheeses, charcuterie, wine, oysters, croissants, baguettes, and more surprises along the way. It's possible to customize or privatize your tour by contacting me by email.

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