Paris Restaurants That Offer the Best Homestyle Cuisine

The arrival of and Autumn and Winter with its colder weather here in Paris often prompts us to think of home and hearth, or at least cosying up by the fireplace with a warm and satisfying meal in our belly.  When you’re vacationing or traveling on business, this isn’t often the first thing you associate with a world-class metropolitan city like Paris. But it can be found.


Paris is full of cosy little corners where you can tuck in next to a fireplace or warm heater on comfortable cushioned chairs, couches or benches and dive into your roasted country chicken (poulet fermier) with new potatoes sautéed in the chicken’s juices ; or perhaps a cassoulet is more to your liking ? These authentic southwestern stews made with white beans and cut up pieces of stew meat and pork sausages are a national dish and qualify every bit as comfort food.


Another favorite French comfort food is the cocotte which are the individual-sized stew pots in which they cook just about everything.  That could be a slow-roasted and braised lamb shoulder steeped in duck drippings  à l’orange or perhaps it’s the filet of duck breast itself, served with seasonal vegetables and the housemade sauce. Of course, homestyle also means sharing  amongst yourselves so here on this list you’ll find a few restaurants where a pot of paté, a bowl of gherkins and a big basket of bread are set in front of you to start your meal off right. 

6th Arrondissement - Rive Gauche
La Charette des Beaux Art
Photo courtesy of La Charrette des Beaux Art


Beloved by all the students at the Ecole des Beaux Arts across the street, this is one of those neighborhood bistros locals love. In the evenings art students gather around to knock back pints of beer together or perhaps indullge in a plate of...  Read More

2ème Arrondissement
Chez Georges
Photo courtesy of Paige Donner copyright 2014


Here it's the food that will keep you coming back time and again. Tucked away just back behind Place des Victoires, the somewhat scruffed up d�cor and the less than perky service will just be passing distractions once you've had a taste...  Read More

9th Arrondissement - Grands Boul
La Régalade Conservatoire
Photo courtesy of Hotel de Nell


Now overseen by Chef Bruno Doucet, who bought out Chef Yves Camdeborde when he sold his successful La Rgalade concept several years back, this location, though tucked away is near enough to Grands Boulevards to make it worth seeking out. Forget...  Read More



Besides serving hot, tempting, overflowing plates of food until 5 a.m., Chez Denise is most well known for its hot, tempting, overflowing plates of French traditional food. The proper name is what you see written here above but everyone just...  Read More

15ème Arrondissement
La Table du Bal
Photo courtesy of Le Bal Blomet


Though this restaurant happens to be attached to a fabulous and newly refurbished cabaret, it is a stand-alone destination in itself. Serving a traditional take on French homestyle meals, expect hearty portions of seared tuna served over squid...  Read More

7ème Arrondissement


Its name means "good welcome," so you know that you'll be well received at Au Bon Accueil. The bistro's popularity continues to rise, and ma�tre d'h�te Dominique Giorza not only assists diners but is fluent in both English and...  Read More

7th Arondissement - Eiffel Tower
Les Cocottes
Photo courtesy of Maison Constant copyright


Cocottes means casserole in French. And here at this Christian Constant restaurant on the rue he dominantes, rue Saint-Dominique, near the Eiffel Tower, that's all that's served. But is there any dish more soothing, more satisfying, than one...  Read More

Sur Un Arbre Perché
Photo courtesy of Sur Un Arbre Perché, Paris


This restaurant gets its name, "Perched on a Tree Top," from its ingenious décor which instantly makes you feel like you are dining in a tree house, or, alternately, from a tree swing. It also offers shiatsu treatments inbetween your...  Read More

1er Arrondissement
Café des Abattoirs
Photo courtesy of Café des Abattoirs photo by Paige Donner copyright 2014


This is a Rostang operation and it's all about the meat. Interestingly, too, it's run by the daughters of iconic French chef, Michel. Specialties here are thick, juicy cuts of Basque pork, black Angus beef, lamb and chicken. It's also a...  Read More

6th Arrondissement - Rive Gauche


As prized for its turn-of-the-20th century decor (the etched ceramic panels of exotic plants, black and white floor tile and Charlie Garrey's painted ceiling of African scenes) as it is for its true brasserie food (authentic Alsatian fare), Lipp...  Read More


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