Restaurant Reviews

Where to Eat Traditional French Food in Paris

by Alessia Armenise

If there is one thing that the French take seriously, it’s their food. There is never a good reason to skip a meal in France, and when you do sit down at the table, it is always an experience. A meal is never considered just a way of stopping your stomach from growling. 

Left: a fish dish with a glass of white wine on a table at Brasserie Rosie. Right: terrine and pickles on a table at Brasserie Rosie.
Top: Bouillon Pigalle. Above: Brasserie Rosie

If a lot of big cities are famous for the multicultural food scenes that differentiate them from smaller, more rural areas, Paris still loves its French cuisine. But that doesn’t mean that things haven’t evolved in the kitchen. French chefs innovate while keeping their traditions in mind, bringing their own touch to dishes that are hundreds of years old.

From Michelin-starred treats to simple and delicious food, we’ve selected the best places to try traditional French food in Paris. 

Bouillon Pigalle

Left: the interior of Bouillon Pigalle. Right: Os à moelle or bone marrow with toast on a table at Bouillon Pigalle.
Bouillon Pigalle

A “bouillon” is a type of French restaurant. Traditionally the bouillons are big places where they serve good food as quickly as possible and at affordable prices. You could say that they’re the French version of fast food. There are a few bouillons in Paris—the most famous being Chartier in the 9th arrondissement—but this kind of restaurant has seen a resurgence over the last few years. 

One of the new kids on the block is Bouillon Pigalle. The restaurant keeps the tradition alive, serving classic dishes like œufs mayonnaise, bœuf bourguignon and cassoulet in a modern and casual environment. It’s the perfect place for an introduction to French cuisine.

Left: two people doing cheers with a table full of food at Bouillon Pigalle. Right: a profiterole on a table at Bouillon Pigalle.
Bouillon Pigalle

L’Oiseau Blanc

If you are a real amateur of French cuisine, Chef David Bizet’s food is a treat that you will never forget. At his Michelin-starred restaurant overlooking the Eiffel Tower, the chef plays with the codes of traditional French cuisine to deliver his personal decadent interpretation of the dishes. 

A born-and-bred Norman and nature lover, Chef Bizet curates every aspect of what goes into the dishes, his most famous being the lièvre à la royale, a hare dish that takes days to prepare and is extremely difficult to find on modern French restaurants’ menus.

Brasserie Dubillot

The exterior of Brasserie Dubillot with tables and chairs outside, a yellow and green canopy, and flowers above it.
Brasserie Dubillot

A gorgeous location to eat some tasty traditional dishes, Brasserie Dubillot looks like something out of a Wes Anderson movie. The perfect place for a romantic dinner or a night out with friends, this restaurant’s atmosphere is just as enjoyable as the food. On the menu: sausage and mashed potatoes (the French way), oysters, and a pretty incredible tarte tatin. What’s not to like?

Left: the interior at Brasserie Dubillot with turquoise walls, orange bench seats, lots of picture frames on the wall, and a shelf hanging from the roof full of jars of pickled fruit and vegetables, and decorated with flowers. Right: a birds-eye view of a table full of food at Brasserie Dubillot.
Brasserie Dubillot – right: @_liseinthecity

Brasserie Rosie

A cozy restaurant that manages to keep the charm of an old brasserie in a very modern and stylish setting. Between the many delicacies offered on the menu, a special mention goes to the simple yet mouth-watering coquillettes jambon truffe, a traditional childhood pasta dish with butter and ham, made special by the addition of black truffle. Finish it off with a delicate Paris-Brest and you have the perfect Sunday lunch, French style.

Left: the brown exterior facade of Brasserie Rosie, with three tables and chairs outside and a neon sign that says Rosie in cursive writing. Right: a scallop dish on a table at Brasserie Rosie.
Brasserie Rosie

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Alessia Armenise

Alessia is a writer and creative based in Paris. After a few years working in London, she moved back to Paris and now writes freelance for media and brands, specialising in eco-luxury, slow travel and sustainability. Her work has been featured in Stylist, Milk Magazine and Grazia France among others. She also runs a sustainability and slow living focused website called Pretty Slow and hosts a podcast called Pretty Good Business. View Alessia Armenise's Website

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