With a little bit of thought you can avoid the tourist trap of stumbling into the first Paris restaurant you find with an English menu.

  • Look for menus that use chalkboards and change their menus daily;
  • Don’t fall for the trap of following the crowds – other tourists often don’t know where they should be eating;
  • Paris restaurants which have a regional speciality are often a good bet; and
  • Ask the staff lots of questions. Most Parisian waiters will speak English and will help you translate a menu.

Look out for restaurants with ‘Prix Fixe’ menus – often at lunchtime you can get a decent lunch, 1 or 2 courses with a glass of wine for as little as €12 – if you are on a budget have your main meal at lunchtime and you will still eat like a king!

If you’re looking for Paris restaurants in particular districts see



Sip a coffee at one of Paris’s iconic sidewalk cafés as you watch the world pass you by. It might be the most expensive coffee you’ve ever drunk though.