As we all know, if you want to know the very best spots to go in a city, you turn to the people who have experienced it firsthand—the locals who know it like the back of their hands and the visitors who see it with fresh eyes.
That's why we turned to you, our community, to hear about all of the best places to go in Paris for eating, drinking, shopping, and more. Read on for a small selection of your highlights in the City of Light and then peruse all of your 75+ picks on our community-sourced map.
Dishes from a cooking class at La Cuisine Paris.Photo by Bridget Laird
Want to learn to cook like a local?
Bridget Laird says, "I would highly recommend taking a cooking class at La Cuisine Paris or one of their market excursions. Small groups (10 people) that cook together and then sit and enjoy the meal you created along with enjoying local wine and cheese.”
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Gloria Chalian Chabot shares, “Kicked off my first day there with an amazing pastry class at Cooking With Class. I had a friend take their Market Class and she too loved it. Classes are small and totally hands on and in English.”
Rather have someone cook for you?
Joy Huang recommends L’Arpege for lunch: “amazing vegetable-focused food, decently priced for a 3 Michelin star restaurant, but you need to make reservations far ahead of time.”
Sasha Fritzel exclaims, “The absolute best thing I've eaten in my life (and I've eaten a LOT): the apple tarte at Le Bonne Excuse. This is a MUST DO.**
Our own Jane Poretsky says, “I love Chez Janou! It feels like a great combination of the Paris vibe mixed with the south of France. Make reservations or you will wait forever. Get the huge crock of chocolate mousse because why not? Everything on the menu is delicious, but I especially loved the grapefruit and avocado salad.”
Chicken and squid dishes from Septime.Photo by Huyen Tran
Ready to shop 'til you drop?
Deneen Morelli Mueller calls Épices Roellinger, a spice shop, “AMAZING” and recommends asking to see the vanilla bean cellar.
And that's just the tip of the iceberg: We've mapped out all of these and more recommended spots from Food52ers—well over 75! Click the map to enlarge it and explore:
Have a favorite spot in Paris that didn't make the map? Tell us about it in the comments!
For more on French food (sans white tablecloth), head here.