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Where to eat

Paris is synonymous with fine cuisine, being the birthplace of the modern restaurant. There are now over 8,000 restaurants in the city alone, offering food from around the world. French cuisine is generally considered to be at the pinnacle of gastronomy. Wherever you eat, try to avoid "tourist menus", as these don't really offer the best in value or quality and remember 'service charge' is included in the bill in French restaurants, but waiters always appreciate 5-10% extra if the service is excellent.

Around the Cite International Universitaire de Paris (CIUP)

CIUP has a number of catering establishments on-site, including La Brasserie which serves a range of light dishes which claims Trotski, Lenin, Sartre and Beauvoir as famous diners, where you can enjoy the views with lunch or light dinner. Next to this, CIUP has a take-away facility that serves paninis and sandwiches.


A large number of cafes, hotels and restaurants surround Parc Montsouris, including:

  • La Caravelle for mid-priced Italian food (5, Rue d'Alesia, Paris 75014)

And just short walk away, you will find:

  • Le Deci which offers a slightly modern take on French classics, but as a result might cost slightly more. (51 rue des cinq diamants, Paris 75013)
  • Chez Gladines For a cheap, yet cheerful, meal, give this one a try It tends to be busy - especially in the evenings - and has a very informal style, often with large portions. (30 rue des Cinq-Diamants, Paris 75013)
  • Chez Zhou For Oriental dishes, try a take-out and picnic in the park (105 rue de la Tombe Issoire, Paris 75014)
  • La Bonne Heure If you are vegetarian this restaurant offers a good variety and excellent value for money (72, rue du Moulin-des Pres, Butte aux Cailles)

Further afield

Paris is home to some of the world's best restauarants,each with 3 Michelin Stars, including:

  • L'Ambroisie (9 Places des Vosges Paris 4e)
  • Guy Savoy (18, rue Troyon - 75017 Paris)
  • Les Ambassadeurs (10, place de la Concorde - 75008 Paris)

Set in amazing locations, these restaurants offer the heights of gastronomy for anyone that can afford it - if you can, book as early as possible!

On a budget

When you come to France nothing beats grabing a fresh baguette, a chunk of cheese and some rustic pâté and just sitting and watching the world go by. If you fancy something on a plate then Paris has plenty to offer for those on a budget.

  • Kaiten the stylish sushi bar near the Champs Elysees (63 Rue Pierre Charron, 75008 Paris)
  • Le Rousseau a cosy and welcoming place with very reasonably priced food (45 Rue Cherche Midi, 75006 Paris)
  • Nirvana Inde a good Indian restaurant with excellent lunch time set menu (6 rue de moscou, 75017 Paris)
  • Chartier great simple French cuisine, one of the longest running restaurants in Paris (7 Rue Du Faubourg Montmartre 75009 Paris)