Meal in bistro.
Meal in bistro.
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The Best Paris Bistros

Looking for the best bistros in Paris? This is your ultimate insider's guide.

Updated on Feb 18, 2024 | World of Mouth team

There's no restaurant category that captures the essence of eating in Paris better than the bistro. This relaxed, local, and quintessentially Parisian type of restaurant comes in both traditional and modernized versions. What defines a bistro in Paris is the casual, seasonal, and local connection on the menu, be it a rustic slice of country terrine, a bubbling hot, cheese-oozing French onion soup, or a contemporary dish of raw fish or seafood. The wine list is affordable and mostly French, often with a presence of smaller producers and natural wines.

Whether you're a local or a visitor, Paris has a wide range of great bistros in all categories that are sure to make your visit memorable. Our list includes both classic bistros like Bistrot Paul Bert and newer favorites like Brutos, but every one of these Paris bistros is worth a visit. All our picks in the article are based on recommendations from World of Mouth experts, including chef Bruno Verjus, food writer Wendy Lyn, and Sachin Obaid. Keep reading as we highlight the best Paris bistros to visit while in the city.

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