Eat & Drink in France
There are so many restaurants in France that it’s worth knowing in advance where you should go. Whether you are looking for an original restaurant, a authentic typical French restaurant or a restaurant that offers luxury, France got it all! The districts of Paris are all different and that’s what you will also see in the restaurants. For a small cosy restaurant you should go to the le Marais district, but for a luxurious restaurant you should head towards le Champs Elysées. International cuisine, the Parisian traditional kitchen or a bite at a fancy nightclub.
In spite of the great variety of food and cuisine to be found in France, some things like the "baguette" the famous French bread stick, change little from one region to another; you'll find baguettes of all qualities in all regions, varying from the absolutely delicious, to the hard and tasteless. Yet a fresh baguette, coming warm from a traditional bakery, is surely one of the most delicious forms of bread to be found anywhere in the world!
There are many different types of French bread, but tasty baguettes can be bought all over France, and a trip to the local "boulangerie" is often one of the daily highlights of a holiday in France.
Then there's wine. France is one of the world's great wine producing countries, and a country with a vast range of wines, from heavy Mediterranean reds to light fruity sparkling whites, via less well known varieties including "grey wine" (vin gris) and "yellow wine" (vin jaune)
When Paris chefs want to unwind they head for this little wine bar in Belleville where Argentine-born self-taught chef Raquel Carena serves up some of the most deeply satisfying food in France.
Les Arlots serves some of the best and most reasonably priced French comfort food in France. Chef Thomas Brachet’s chalkboard menu changes daily but offers an irresistible mix of contemporary dishes — like a salad of green beans, apricots, speck, and fresh almonds and John Dory meuniere with vegetable accras (beignets) — and traditional ones.
Chef Mathieu Pacaud’s resurrection of this luxury schooner of a restaurant on Les Invalides is so welcome. Not only does it have stunning winter-garden decor by Studio K.O., which also did the Chiltern Firehouse in London, but the €49 prix-fixe lunch menu is a terrific buy, and the similarly priced weekend brunch menu is excellent..