French dishes have come a long way since the days of stodgy pies and thick slices of meat smothered in French mustard, with recipes such as beef bourguignon and coq au vin becoming the original haute cuisine. Famed Parisian restaurants are one of the biggest attractions of the city, with many travelers salivating in anticipation on the ferry crossings to France.
France boasts more Michelin starred restaurants than anywhere else in the world, with the 2012 Michelin Guide confirming 77 acclaimed eateries were located within Paris. With such choice, deciding where to dine can be difficult, but here’s a list of the top 5 restaurants in the city to make the choice a little easier.
1. L’Atelier Renault
Design lovers shouldn’t miss the opportunity to dine amongst the most well-known of Renault products, including cars! Located above the French designer’s Champs-?lys?es showroom, this ultra-modern restaurant serves up a mix of Asian-inspired finger foods ideal for a light snack and steaks, burgers and fish dishes for those with a bigger appetite. The venue is a rare chill out spot amongst the hustle and bustle of Paris’ most famous shopping street.
2. Casa Luca
Bringing a touch of Italy to Paris, Casa Luca is a popular dining choice due to its prime location with fantastic views of the Champs-?lys?es and the Arc de Triomphe. While the menu is decidedly Italian with a huge array of pizzas, cold meats and antipasto the atmosphere is very much continental French. The outdoor dining terrace screams ‘European’, while the comfortable sofas and red hues indoors create an unrivalled romantic ambience.
3. L’Atelier de Jo?l Robuchon Etoile
Famed French chef Jo?l Robuchon claims more Michelin stars than any other chef in the world, with his Paris-based location commanding an impressive two star rating. The restaurant is perfect for those looking for authentic French cuisine, with many dishes based around foie gras, truffles and pur?ed potatoes, and cooked using traditional French methods. Diners have a choice of ? la carte or a tasting experience, conducted at the kitchen-side counter.
This part French part Japanese venue is one of Paris’ hippest hangouts. Decorated with transparent furniture, illuminated signs and neon lights, Kong adds a modern Asian twist to some traditional French favorites such as Japanese-style beef carpaccio and Parisian salad with sesame. As well as unique food, there’s also unique sights with stunning views along the Seine. A favorite of the Paris elite, this eatery is the place to see and be seen in the city.
5. Le Jules Verne
The most sought after tables in all of Paris are located at Le Jules Verne, situated on the second floor of the city’s top tourist attraction: the Eiffel Tower. Floating 125 meters above ground level, the views are simply spectacular, with lunchtimes offering the perfect spot for people watching, and evenings ideal for seeing the city’s bright lights. The menu rotates regularly to include the freshest seasonal produce, making it a place every visitor wants to return to.
Jennifer Watts, a freelance writer, provided this article for P&O Ferries. The opinions expressed are those of the author and any data provided does not originate from P&O Ferries. The following is a link to the P&O Ferries homepage – http://www.poferries.com/