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Paris cafés and bars, memorable dinners in Paris restaurants, good restaurant areas, dining etiquette, all about French coffee, breakfast, lunch, street food—and how to save money.

 

Almost every street corner in central Paris has a tiny bistro or café, and it is not unusual to find an entire side street lined with small restaurants on both sides. There are also many active restaurant areas in Paris.

In the major squares it is not banks or car dealerships or department stores that monopolize the store fronts—it is café-bar-restaurants.

You'll eat three meals a day during your trip to Paris, and you'll spend a significant proportion of your travel budget on food, so it's important to know about French food habits, prices, and places to eat before you arrive in Paris.

We love finding new Paris restaurants, and we're happy to share this information Here are some descriptions of our recent meals in Paris.

  rue de Seine & rue de Buci, Paris, France

In France, a meal is as much a ceremony as it is a necessity, so you should observe the rules of French restaurant etiquette.

The traditional spot for breakfast in Paris is a sidewalk café, unless breakfast is included in the price of your hotel room.

As for lunch and dinner, you can have those in a café, restaurant, or cafeteria, a market, or a picnic.

Some restaurants have service non-stop. Others have regular mealtimes, usually 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and 7 to 11 pm.

A restaurant may choose any day or part of a day to close, so be sure to check the hours of operation. If you want a quick meal outside of regular mealtimes, go to a café. Most serve light one-course meals.

All restaurants have price lists displayed by the front door, with the set-price meals (formules) and à la carte items listed with prices.

Here are descriptions of prime restaurant areas to get you started on your wonderful search for memorable Paris meals. More...

If you have problems with foods containing gluten, you need The Gluten-Free Guide to France, by Maria Ann Roglieri, Ph.D. (2011: Mari Productions, LLC). More...



Paris Café-Bars

Paris Restaurants

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Picnics

Street Food

Coffee in France

Saving Money on Meals

Restaurant Etiquette

 

 

Chez Janou Restaurant, Paris, France

Dinner in a Paris restaurant
a memorable evening.