Restaurants in France

France is almost synonymous with delicious food. Its deep culinary history culminated in a 20th century awakening that saw the country really bring out local flavours, native techniques and regional recipes. It is extremely prominent in western cooking, a foundation of any internationally trained chef. Over the years, French food has traversed many borders and made it to plates all over the world. Croissants or baguettes, crepes or soufflés, quiches or cheeses — this is where they all come from. And no — French fries do not!

Here, food is an art, a joy, an experience to be had. You’ll find that many travellers tour the country solely for epicurean indulgences, but even if you’re not the biggest foodie, it’s best to have an idea of the top places to eat in France before your journey. And don’t worry, there’s plenty of options to suit all budget and palate variations.

To try and capture the best places to eat in France in one concise list is near impossible — such is the culinary wealth of the country. Let its rich flavours liven up your French sojourn. While these are some of the most well-regarded restaurants that you should try to stop by, SOTC can tell you about many more, based on your taste preference or regions of visit and options to select package holidays to France. If prior reservations are needed, that can be arranged too. The prospect of travel has never been as mouth-watering.

Indulge in a delectable meal atop the Eiffel Tower. The meal might cost more than average, but the stunning views overlooking Paris come for free. A fairy tale romance, a rekindling of love and even families will thoroughly enjoy every part of this extraordinary dining experience. Tables run out fast at this iconic French restaurant, so do look to book in advance.

Join locals and knowledgeable tourists for some honest French food at L’Encrier. A great selection of dishes to choose from and even better prices. Stop by for a sumptuous mid-day meal or an early dinner, either way you’re in for a treat. And that’s even before the must-have chocolate profiteroles reach your table!

This is not a French restaurant that makes it onto every tourist’s list. But that’s just one more reason it should make yours. The others include a very warm, welcoming ambience, the great value for money and the ever-delicious food they serve.

When in Marseille, do try to make it to Les Trois Rois for a memorable meal. The atmosphere is friendly, and food is simply superb, reflected in its high rating by locals and travellers alike. All meals are fresh prepared from scratch, so do expect a slight wait. But one that you’ll quickly forget after your first bite of the mains.

Lively ambience only adds to the charm of this typical bistro characteristic of the Provence region. Cannes has plenty of fine-dine options, given the glitzy crowd it regularly welcomes. At this bistro they serve up great modern renditions of classic regional dishes, on a menu that’s as dynamic as the vibe of the place; but at pocket-friendly prices.

You’re likely to spend some time in the Montemartre district of Paris. So, while you’re there, have a bite at Jeanne B, the deli-style eatery with a menu ranging from everyday classics to pricey specialties. There’s also a great takeaway counter where you can buy some lovely meats, cheeses or desserts for later.

If you’re wondering where to eat in France, this Bordeaux favourite must feature on your list. Maybe not for a quiet dinner for two, but if you’re looking for a vibrant, playful date, then why not! For this is where you’ll get served local dishes with a side of local culture.

Head over to the Latin Quarter district of Paris for a table at one of the city’s most delicious eateries. Unassuming, cosy and a favourite amongst the artsy and the intellectual, Hugo & Co offers an affordable array of comfort food suitable for vegetarians and meat lovers too. Don’t leave without a taste of the decadent black chocolate tart and the cappuccino ice cream.

One of the first things that comes to mind when you think about what to eat in France, is crêpes. You’ve had this integral dish of French food before, but now you can relish it in its most authentic avatar. Go from flavourful savoury stuffing to delectable sugary fillings till you simply cannot have another bite!

You simply cannot miss the iconic macarons at the historic Ladurée. The very essence of Parisian tea rooms is embodied by the company. And it is now, a company — with outlets in big cities like London, Tokyo, New York and Dubai. There’s no place better to satisfy your sweet tooth while in the capital.

A renowned French restaurant, Le Petit Nice is regarded as high-end, but definitely worth it if you’re visiting the city. The menu features plenty of southern delicacies only using the freshest produce. If you want to experience some great French food featuring ocean catch, this coastal gem plates up some of the most delicious, alongside picturesque seaside views.

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