The best meals will be found away from the city centre in unassuming locales, across bridges or tucked away in narrow grafitti-filled alleys – which are vibrant, lively and full of character.
The Lay of the Land:
The centre of Paris is a sightseeing dream where most of the monuments and museums are conveniently clustered around hotels, banks and tourist shopping.
For eating though, this means that the centre of Paris has a high concentration of restaurants for tourists whose only criteria is to eat near their hotel or museum. They don’t realise that the best eating is where the locals live and it isn’t central Paris. If you are in Paris to eat and eat well, you’ll need to venture out a bit.
There are some good places to eat in the center of mainstream Paris, but thankfully more and more visitors are seeking authentic neighbourhoods away from the sights in unassuming locales, across bridges or tucked away in narrow grafitti-filled alleys – which are vibrant, lively and full of character.
By a collection of arrondissement neighbourhoods (abbreviated “arr.”) that spiral out clockwise from the centre like a snail shell across the right and left banks, each with their own character and culinary influences.
A recent phenomenon is that the majority of popular restaurants are on the right bank especially concentrated in the 3rd, 9th and 11th.
Uber & taxis are the preferred transportation options for most visitors going to and from meals, no need to deal with the language barrier, exchanging money or walking to a taxi stand (their locations are so random it is a shot in the dark). If you already have an account it will work without any issue in France, if you don’t, you should sign up now with all your details so that it is ready to go when you need it.
If you are at the airports or train stations, the app will tell you where to the meet the driver, not the other way around. The traffic is just too intense to organize it any other way.
In addition, you have the Metro which I love, but depending upon where I am going, the hour and what I am wearing, I use Uber 90% of the time.