Side Trips from Paris Restaurants

The Ile-de-France's fanciest restaurants can be just as pricey as their Parisian counterparts. Close to the Channel for fresh fish, lush Normandy for beef and dairy products, and the rich agricultural regions of Picardy and the Beauce, Ile-de-France chefs have all the ingredients they could wish for, and shop for the freshest produce early each morning at the huge food market at Rungis, 18 km (10 miles) south of the capital. Traditional "local delicacies"—lamb stew, pâté de Pantin (pastry filled with meat), or pig's trotters—tend to be obsolete, though creamy Brie, made locally in Meaux and Coulommiers, remains queen of the cheese board.

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  • 1. Esprit Gourmand

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    On a picturesque street close to the cathedral, this quaint bistro is a lifesaver in a town sorely lacking in quality dining. The traditional French...Read More

  • 2. Frédéric Cassel

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    A mandatory stop for pastry and chocolate lovers alike, this master pâtissier excels in classic French confections with all the bells and whistles. Light as...Read More

  • 3. Gordon Ramsay au Trianon

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    Worldwide chef sensation Gordon Ramsay brings his conversation-worthy cuisine to this Versailles berth. Picture exemplary entrées like ravioli of langoustines and lobster cooked in a...Read More

  • 4. L'Ermitage

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    Beamed ceilings, tiled floors, and charming accents are just the beginning of a thoroughly enjoyable dining experience at this traditional bistro in the heart of...Read More

  • 5. La Table de Julie

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    This cozy bistro's namesake studied at the prestigious Ferrandi school and cut her teeth at Joël Robuchon in Paris before returning to her hometown to...Read More

  • 6. La Table du 11

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    With a Michelin star in his pocket, rising chef Jean-Baptiste Lavergne-Morazzani has answered the city's dire need for top-quality and well-priced dining at La Table...Read More

  • 7. Le Corot

    $$$$ | Quartier Saint-Louis

    Chef Rémi Chambard's Michelin-starred dining room at the charming "countryside" luxury hotel Les Étangs de Corot is a favorite hideaway for Paris gastronomes not only...Read More

  • 8. Le Georges Hôtel Le Grand Monarque

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    If you want to make your visit or stay in Chartres a memorable one, this stellar hotel restaurant is the place to go. Excellent by...Read More

  • 9. Le Jardin des Plumes

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    Owner and chef Eric Guérin brings all his considerable expertise to bear in the beautiful dining room at this hotel restaurant, where the menu focuses...Read More

  • 10. Les Ferlempins

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    Don't be fooled by the casual interior: this popular "gastrobistro," helmed by two brothers passionate about food and wine, is where local foodies go for...Read More

  • 11. Les Feuillantines

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    The adventurous cuisine served at Les Feuillantines (one of Chartres’s few gastronomic restaurants) rarely falters and very often soars. Try the superb house-made terrine with...Read More

  • 12. Lilla Krogen

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    In the center of town just a few minutes from the Musée Maurice Denis, this contemporary French-style bistro is popular for its bright decor and...Read More

  • 13. Ore

    $$$ | Quartier Saint-Louis

    There's no doubt that dining in the world's most famous palace at a restaurant conceived by the world's most famous chef is an experience worth...Read More

  • 14. Restaurant Baudy

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    Back in Monet's day, this pretty-in-pink villa was the favorite hotel of the American painters' colony. Today it remains one of the most charming spots...Read More

  • 15. Villa Marinette

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    Three km (2 miles) from Rambouillet near the small town of Gazeran, this ivy-clad 18th-century home is a romantic setting for an elegant gastronomic meal....Read More

  • 16. Auberge du Louvetier

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    With a roaring fire in winter and an outdoor terrace in summer, this quaint, country-style restaurant specializes in the fruits of the sea. Traditional dishes—like...Read More

  • 17. Auberge Ravoux

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    For total Van Gogh immersion, have lunch—or dinner on Friday and Saturday—in the restaurant he patronized regularly more than 100 years ago, in the building...Read More

  • 18. Bleue, Blanche, Rouge

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    An unapologetic carnivore, chef Alix Guiet bucks the trend for veggie-conscious cuisine in his handsome new restaurant a quick walk from the palace, The seasonal...Read More

  • 19. Crêperie La Picoterie

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    If you're looking for a quick, traditional meal a few steps from the cathedral, look no further than this crêperie, a favorite in Chartres. You'll...Read More

  • 20. L'Axel

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    Young Japanese chef Kunihisa Goto has finally brought Fontainebleau's dining scene a Michelin star. The sleek contemporary dining room is the perfect setting for his...Read More

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