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Restaurants in Paris reflect the diversity of French regional cuisine. They offer specialities from the Alsace, Provence, Lyon, Périgord ... you'll be spoiled for choice. There is also a wide selection of Italian, Greek, Turkish, Asian or North African restaurants if you are looking for something more exotic. All continents are represented, so you can choose something different every day, depending on your budget. Or you can opt for a sandwich at the terrace of a café.

Cafés & Brasseries

Café Flore
Address: 172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris
Iconic spot on the left bank, once the favourite hang-out of Existentialists, Café Flore remains one of the best cafés in Paris. It is a popular meeting place for artists and intellectuals, and attracts many French and foreign tourists.
Opening hours: Monday - Sunday from 7:30am to 1:30am
Price: 25-45 euros

Les Deux Magots
Address: 6 Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés 75006 Paris
Les Deux Magots is one of the oldest cafés in Paris. Old rival of Café Flore, it was another favourite meeting place for the great names of surrealism and existentialism and continues to play an important role in the cultural life of the city. Do not miss the hot chocolate “à l’ancienne”.
Opening hours: Monday - Sunday from 7:30am to 1:30am
Price: 35-50 euros (starter + main dish + dessert)

La Coupole
Address: 102 Boulevard du Montparnasse, 75014 Paris
Listed as a historical monument, la Coupole is the largest Parisian brasserie. It counted Hemingway, Giacometti, Picasso and Sartre among its illustrious regulars. The art deco interior offers a sumptuous setting, with pillars painted by students of Matisse and Leger. Among its specialities: salad Coupole with figs, fried foie gras, Bresse chicken sautéed with crayfish, lamb curry and crepes Suzette.

Restaurants

La Tour d'Argent
Address: 15, Quai de la Tournelle, 75005 Paris
Founded in 1582, the Tour d'Argent is one of the oldest restaurants in Europe and one of the jewels of Parisian gastronomy. If possible, request a table by the window for stunning views over the Seine, Notre-Dame and Ile de la Cité.
It boasts the largest and most prestigious wine cellar in Paris. The specialities include the duck Tour d'Argent style (the service is quite a ritual), quenelles of pike and pears "Parisian life”. Distinction and refinement is the credo here. Jacket and tie are advisable in the evenings.
Price: 90 €; 70 € menu available at lunchtime; 230 € at night.

Indo-Chine
Address: 38, rue du Mont Thador, 75001 Paris
Tel: 01 42 60 79 79
Zen atmosphere and impeccable service, Indochine combines charm and simplicity. The menu is based on authentic, fresh ingredients. The 17-euro menu represents excellent value for money. Worth sampling: duck soup with Asian herbs, fish en papillote with cabbage and curry sauce, beef salad with lemongrass and puffed rice with pork.
Opening hours: Monday - Saturday from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm and 7pm to 10pm.

Restaurant du marché
Address: 59 rue de Dantzig, 75015 Paris
Tel: 01 48 28 31 55
Small rustic haven, the simplicity of the décor and the friendliness of the owner never fail to please. Do not miss the homemade cassoulet topped with foie gras and duck shepherd's pie with truffle juice. The menu changes almost daily, depending on what is available at the local market.
18€ menu at lunchtime (main course + glass of wine); 30€ for the full menu.
Opening hours: Tuesday - Friday from 12:00 to 2:15 pm.
Tuesday - Saturday from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm.

Chez Michel
Address: 10 rue de Belzunce, 75010 Paris.
Tel: 01 44 53 06 20
Enjoy fine dining in a friendly atmosphere. The chef, Thierry Breton, trained at the Ritz. You can opt for the 30-euro menu or eat à la carte. Dishes draw their inspiration from the chef’s native Brittany: scallops, tuna confit with coriander, roasted John Dory, baked mackerel and taboulé Breton style. Desserts include great classics such as kouign-amann.

Chez Chartier
Address: 7 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 75009 Paris
Cafeteria-style restaurant, just a stone throw away from the Grands Boulevards, Chez Chartier is a Parisian institution going to back to the late 1800s. It was listed as a historical monument in 1989. Retro atmosphere; at the end of the meal, waiters will work out the bill on the paper tablecloth. The restaurant attracts both workers and regulars from the neighbourhood, as well as tourists. Home cooking at a low price. The menu changes daily. No bookings.

The Latin Quarter:

Spend an evening strolling through its narrow streets. The area is always bustling and you'll find nice restaurants for all budgets. A good address:

Restaurant Mavrommatis
Address: 42, rue Daubenton, 75005 Paris
Probably one of the best Greek restaurants in Paris. Fine Mediterranean cuisine. Among the specialities of the house: cod with chickpeas, taramasalata, taboulé and feta cheese dishes.
Menu: 32 Euros; à la carte 50-70 Euros
Service up to 11pm.

Dinner Cruise on the Seine:

Capitaine Fracasse:
Moored near Pont de Bir Hakeim. Dinner cruise from 50 euros. Good value for money.

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