In a city known for its world-class food and genre-defining chefs, visitors may find that it’s difficult to sift through Paris’ extensive list of dining options, but seasoned travelers know that locals are the best resource when in doubt as to where to dine. After having revealed the best hotels and activities in the capital, Savoir Flair tapped Paris natives for the best restaurant recommendations in the city, from the quietest cafés to the most impressive Michelin-starred cuisine. In our guide to the best places to eat in Paris, you’ll discover the secret location of Derrière, the best place to spot fashion royalty during Paris Fashion Week, Ernest Hemingway’s favorite hideout, and more.
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It’s no secret that Chef Bertrand Grébaut creates some of the prettiest plates in Paris, which is why it might be hard to get a table at his sublime restaurant, Septime. Book at least three weeks in advance, and enjoy a small, specially curated Michelin-starred menu.
Average price for two: AED 406/SAR 414
Tel: (+33) 1 43 67 38 29
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Take a break from fancy French cuisine and make a pit stop at Yamamoto, a hole-in-the-wall sushi restaurant that boasts some of the freshest fish and most loyal clientele in Paris. Our local insider recommends the Carte Blanche, which allows Chef Brice to plate up a special “catch of the day” surprise.
Average price for two: AED 240/SAR 246
Tel: (+33) 1 49 27 96 26
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If Fashion Week takes you to Paris, Hotel Costes is far and away the best people-watching spot. In fact, chances are you’ll bump into fashion royalty like Peter Dundas or Olivier Rousteing at Hotel Costes even when it’s not Fashion Week. Enjoy a delicious aperitif, the signature allumette-cut fries, or the legendary cheesecake.
Average price for two: AED 361/SAR 369
Tel: (+33) 1 42 44 50 00
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To find this secret spot, locate the unmarked door between the 404 restaurant and Andy Wahloo at the edge of the Marais district. Inside, you’ll find cool bohemian décor, hidden rooms, and delectable cuisine created by Chef Lionel Delage. Side note: It’s owned by the same group as Dubai’s famed Almaz by Momo.
Average price for two: AED 446/SAR 454
Tel: (+33) 1 44 61 91 95
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This legendary establishment offers up one of Paris’ most unique menus, created by Chef Iñaki Aizpitarte. For a creative, artistic spin on traditional French cuisine, reserve a first seating to avoid waiting in line for hours.
Average price for two: AED 563/SAR 574
Tel: (+33) 1 43 57 45 95
Photo: Courtesy of La Chateaubriand
Le Marché des Enfants Rouges
Not only is Le Marché des Enfants Rouges the oldest market in Paris and a go-to source for some of the freshest produce in the city, but it’s also jam-packed with food stalls offering everything from Italian to Lebanese and Japanese cuisine.
Average price for two: AED 200/SAR 205
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Le Loir Dans La Théière
For a divine breakfast in a comfortable setting, visit this establishment where you can enjoy a variety of teas, homemade tarts, cakes, and the restaurant’s famed lemon meringue.
Average price for two: AED 265/SAR 270
Tel: (+33) 1 42 72 90 61
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Our Parisian local praised Il Sorrentino’s quality, saying it was the “best Italian food ever” and recommending the ‘Tagliatelle Raffaelle’. But it would be impossible to go wrong ordering anything off this exquisite menu, which elevates traditional Italian cuisine to new heights.
Average price for two: AED 321/SAR 328
Tel: (+33) 1 45 55 12 50
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Trust the tasting menu at KGB to transport you to another realm. The chic, creative cuisine crafted by William Ledeuil exemplifies thoughtful food meant to entice all of the senses. You’ll be surprised by how seamlessly the menu moves from Italian and classic French to Asian and Mediterranean dishes, with dashes of surprising flavors along the way.
Average price for two: AED 362/SAR 369
Tel: (+33) 1 46 33 00 85
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La Closerie des Lilas
One of Paris’ most classic establishments (it’s even a featured locale in Hemingway’s novel The Sun Also Rises), the extremely chic La Closerie des Lilas is a restaurant everyone should get to experience in their lifetime. In honor of its place in literary history, order the filet ‘Hemingway Style’.
Average price for two: AED 643/SAR 656
Tel: (+33) 1 40 51 34 50
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Saturne is known for its rigorous artisanal standards and the outstanding quality of its organic ingredients, which are sourced locally. This is a great place to enjoy rustic, delicious food in a modern, relaxed setting.
Average price for two: AED 297/SAR 303
Tel: (+33) 1 42 60 31 90
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The Alajmo family’s native Veneto informs the exquisite Italian dishes at Caffé Stern. This landmark eatery not only offers up divine menu items like risotto with white truffles, sarde in saor (sweet and sour sardines), and fresh-made pasta, but it’s also a great place to see and be seen.
Average price for two: AED 643/SAR 656
Tel: (+33) 1 75 43 63 10
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Du Pain et Des Idées
Every morning a long line forms on the street outside Du Pain et Des Idées, as loyal patrons patiently await access to the cafe’s freshly baked goods. Our Editor-in-Chief claims that they have the most delectable pastries of all time, making this a great spot to stock up for breakfast or brunch.
Average price for two: AED 120/SAR 123
Tel: (+33) 1 42 40 44 52
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