By Travel + Leisure and Travel + Leisure Staff
January 20, 2017

Paris: a beautiful, stylish destination that is on everyone’s list. But the bigger question once you’re there: where to eat? Sarah Spagnolo shares her spots for great French fare. 

A bistro is classic Paris: meats, cheeses, not all fancy but always memorable. It’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon or evening. The eleventh arrondissement, with winding streets, wine shops and boutiques, is a haven for bistros. For a traditional feel, try Le Repaire de Cartouche. Their signature dish is a French culinary mainstay, pâté de campagne, a spiced liver loaf typically served with bread. Chef Rodolpha Paquin does his version with all pork, which sells out within hours. Clown Bar is the work of Japanese chef Atsumi Sota, who melds Japanses fare with French classics. Finally, Bones is the hot spot of the moment, helmed by Australian Chef James Henry. Despite its cool factor, the service is casual and fun.

For more Essential Paris, check out our guide.