Trips to Paris are meant to be languid affairs, where sleeping in, strolling through markets and touring galleries is the order of the day—as is indulging in France’s amazing cuisine. Don’t leave Paris without eating at these bakeries, restaurants and cafés.

Du Pain et des Idées

This circa-1889, mirror-lined bakery is a true institution, serving up delectable treats— both sweet and savoury—from pretty pink praline escargots and banana-chocolate croissants to snack-sized buns stuffed with little chunks of bacon and creamy cheeses. Grab a couple of goodies and eat them on one of the benches along the banks of nearby Canal Saint-Martin. —ST

Bistrot Paul Bert

With sophisticated waiters and white-linen tablecloths, giant chalkboard menus, and iconic French dishes, this small, classic bistro has it all. Dive into pan-fried sole and beef tartare, plus enjoy a selection of wines from across France. Save room for delectably sweet chocolate soufflé or baba au rhum. —ST

Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée

Arguably the most glamorous dining room in the city, the three-Michelin-starred Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée glitters with enormous deconstructed Swarovski chandeliers and booths of reflective chrome. Weekend brunch is a multi-hour, multi-course gastronomic journey at the restaurant, accompanied by a coupe (or two) of the star chef’s eponymous champagne. Pace yourself on the patisseries to save space for Oeufs mollets cardinal, its signature soft-boiled eggs topped with a lobster medallion. —NM

Bouillon Chartier

Dine in a grand 100-year old La Belle Époque restaurant in the ninth arrondissement. Bouillon Chartier serves traditional French cuisine dishes for around €10, including escargots, foie gras and duck confit. Throw in a Chantilly cream puff pastry for dessert, local wine and waiters in traditional waistcoats for a true Parisian experience. —MS

Les Deux Magots

Step back in history at this iconic Left Bank café. Founded in 1885 in the elegant Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighbourhood, this cafe was once frequented by intellectuals like Simone de Beauvoir, Janet Flanner and Jean-Paul Sartre. Sip a café crème and nibble a Croque-Monsieur while sitting at an elegant red leather banquet. Les Deux Magot is a must-visit for fans of Ernest Hemingway, who was a regular at the café. —ST

Le Bal Café Otto

Le Bal Café Otto is a collaboration between art space Le Bal and Austrian chef Lisa Machian, with none of its generous portions priced over €15. This art deco-style diner on the edge of Montmartre pulls in a stylish crowd, who remain at Le Bal after their meal to visit the gallery’s photography, film and new-media exhibits, or browse its bookstore for rare and out-of-print art books. —NM


One of the hottest tickets in a food-obsessed city is this hip, airy restaurant. When it opened in 2009, it joined a small movement committed to innovating local cuisine, serving up an ever-changing menu highlighting classic fare with an international twist. Pressed for time? There is Frenchie To Go takeaway. —ST


L’Estaminet, a greasy-spoon on rue Oberkampf in the 11th arrondissement, is the place to eat through the morning after. The bistro’s €27 buffet has everything from muesli and viennoiseries (think croissants, brioche and apple turnovers) to bacon and scrambled eggs. Reminiscent of a 1940s-era Parisian bar, this spot sets the tone for an afternoon of vintage shopping nearby. —NM

Monsieur Bleu

Joseph Dirand drew reference from artist Yves Klein, the art deco movement and architect Adolf Loos when crafting the design for Monsieur Bleu. But, while high art has its place in this restaurant, located in the Palais de Tokyo, blue finger paint is also bienvenue. While the adults are catching up over coffee, a dedicated children’s host entertains the little ones. —NM

Le Marais

Take a self-guided food tour through the cobblestone streets of Le Marais, an historic area that hosts the city’s Jewish quarter. You can eat all day here for less than €25. Start with latkes or strudel for breakfast at Sacha Finkelsztajn on Rue des Rosiers. Grab falafel with eggplant and hummus at L’As du Fallafel and a rose lychee and raspberry éclair at L’Éclair de Genié. Don’t leave without tasting the fresh, handmade Chinese dumplings at L’Art du Ravioli. —MS