France

Restaurants in France

Flowery Art Nouveau wall tiles dialogue quietly with Guimard’s sensational verdigris entrance to the Châtelet Métro station, seen through windows daubed with leaves and clusters of grapes.

This winstub was founded in 1873, but it was Yvonne Haller who, running the place from 1954 to 2001, gave it institution status as “the Lipp of Strasbourg” (the reference is to the famously snooty Paris brasserie).

Located in Hotel Le Méridien in the outskirts of the city near the convention center, L’Orénoc boasts a contemporary dining room complete with hardwood floors, faux leather seats, and a life-size jaguar statue.

This historic grocer, opened in 1854 on Paris’s Place de la Madeleine, has an outlet with counter seating in the Galerie Parisienne, where you can stop in for (or take out) coffee, baguette sandwiches, and food gifts, such as jam or tins of rich butter cookies.

This wine store-cum-restaurant is a new idiom on the Parisian dining scene, and a welcome one.

Given that it sits in prime tourist territory, this small neighborhood bistro is all too easy to miss—or dismiss—but its loyal (and largely French) clientele knows better.

One of the oldest wine bars in Paris, Taverne Henri IV is located near the Pont Neuf (New Bridge) in the Place Dauphine.

Request a light white wine in this low-key bar and you’ll likely be served a chilled bottle for less than $10 that will go perfectly with a plate of seared calamari.

Reserve a streetside table at this small brasserie with well-priced dishes like grilled pork sausages.