Where to Go for the Best Lunch in Paris

The notion of Ladies who lunch takes on a whole different dimension here in Paris. In Paris, there are loads of fashionable women, of a certain age, who dine out for lunch as much to display their impeccably coiffed hair and their perfectly groomed Fifi as to enjoy a meal outside their high-celinged apartments.


Then there are all the businessmen and women who lunch. This is a serious group who dine out at least five days a week and at the best restaurants, notably in the 1st, 8th, 7th and 6th arrondissements. In fact of the restaurants here, Laurent, noted for its best terrace dining, though it's only steps off the Champs-Elysées, is a favorite among politicians and businessmen because they have perfected keeping within the two-hour business lunch time frame.


That's not to say, however, that fashionable bistros and little lunch eateries haven't popped up all over. Indeed, a few chains, like Cojean and Exki have become serious contenders because they cater to the office worker. Those two chains have found their audience by underscoring healthy, seasonal items on their casual food menus and also providing more of a self-service style atmosphere. They aren't listed here because in Paris, they are everywhere.


If you do have a bit of time to lunch, however, there are a couple of bistros, one Asian and one very French, that are not to miss. You'll find those on this list under the names Tong Yen and Bistro Belhara respectively.


You could say that it's worth coming here for lunch just for the ambiance and the setting. But not to highlight Chef Thierry Vaissi�re's cuisine would be doing him and yourself an injustice. This is one of those places, hidden in plain...  Read More

8ème Arrondissement
Atelier Guy Martin Burgers
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A cooking atelier where classes are held throughout the day and evening, also offers some of the best burgers to be found anywhere in Paris. The selection incudes a Cheeseburger, a Chicken Shibazuke burger served on a curry bread bun, a Bacon...  Read More

4ème Arrondissement
Mon Vieil Ami
Photo courtesy of 10BEST Paris

This is Alsatian chef Antoine Westermann's beloved bistro on the '�le St.-Louis. The menu privileges fresh, seasonal vegetables but offsets with, say, big hunks of roasted and saut�ed bacon. Just coming here feels homey. And the...  Read More

8ème Arrondissement
Tong Yen
Photo courtesy of TongYen Paris copyright Matthieu Salvaing

A hotspot just off the Champs-Elys�es, this restaurant draws the business lunch crowd in day after day. Though there are numerous Chinese eateries in the area, Tong Yen distinguishes itself by being one of the high-end, elegant Chinese...  Read More

7th Arondissement - Eiffel Tower

Nestled up a side street in the rue St. Dominique area not far from the Eiffel Tower, is where you find Chef Thierry Dufroux's bistro. The look and feel inside gives you the sense that this is an institution that has always been in the...  Read More

7th Arondissement - Eiffel Tower
Les Berges de Seine
Photo courtesy of Paris.fr

A Paris picnic. This is one of the must-do's while you're visiting the city. And now that this strip along the Seine has been turned into a pedestrian zone, it offers many idyllic spots at which to enjoy a picnic lunch. One of the best ones...  Read More

4ème Arrondissement
Rosemary Gastropub
Photo courtesy of Paige Donner photo copyright 2015

A novelty still here in the capital, this gastropub is adding a French flair to the wave of pubs in England now serving really good food. After making the switch from his investment banking background, Julien, the owner of Rosemary Gastropub,...  Read More

7ème Arrondissement
13-a Baker's Dozen
Photo courtesy of Paige Donner

Started in 2013 by an American expat, this lunch and tea room in the tony St.-Germain district of the 7th arrondissement is tucked away just enough in its pretty little courtyard to make you feel like you've discovered something all your own....  Read More

6ème Arrondissement

One of the hot tables to book in St.-Germain-des-Prés, chef Cyril Lignac's bistro offers atmosphere, great location and good food. His signature dishes here vary somewhat from his first bistro located on the other side of town, Le Chardenoux,...  Read More

17th Arrondissement - Etoile Bat
Etoile sur Mer
Photo courtesy of Paige Donner

Newly opened this summer (of 2015) Étoile sur Mer by Guy Savoy witih Clément Leroy is the fish and seafood themed restaurant in the former location of Chef Savoy's 3-Michelin starred restaurant. (His has since moved his restaurant to the...  Read More


Meet Paige Donner

Paige is a transplanted Parisian. She first arrived as a young bride in the early 90s to live in Paris, having uprooted herself from her native California.

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