The Fun One: La Coupole (102 Boulevard du Montparnasse, tel. +33 1 43 20 14 20) In vibrant Montparnasse this famed Art Deco brasserie has true Parisian flair. At moments it almost feels like you might be in a movie. The food is good too, serving all the time-honoured menu favourites.
Theatrical Interior at La Coupole
The Elegant One: Les Bouquinistes (53 Quai des Grands Augustins, tel. +33 1 43 25 45 94 ) Modern classic French with flair, the menu is ‘designed’ by famed chef Guy Savoy from daily seasonal ingredients. Small, elegant space reflects the food: sophisticated while still being accessible. On the expensive side but worth it as every last bite is exquisite.
Elegant Chic at Les Bouquinistes
The Neighbourhood Favourite: L’Affable (10 rue de Saint-Simon, tel. +33 1 42 22 01 60) One of those little french restaurants that feels like it is in someone’s house, this is a local favourite for the well heeled neighbours in the fashionable 7th (arrondissement). On a tiny street just off the top end of Boulevard St. Germain, this very pretty eatery, serves modern bistro style food. Menu is small and seasonable but offers good choices.
The Trendy One: Semilla (54 Rue de Seine, tel. +33 1 43 54 34 50): Trendy and of the moment, a little bit funky, this bistro is a hit with the stylish set. Casual and bustling setting the daily menu mixes innovate dishes with wholesome local ingredients.
The Classic One: Brasserie Balzar (49 Rue des Écoles, tel. +33 1 43 54 13 67) It really doesn’t get more ‘Paris’ then this small, bustling brasserie near the Sorbonne. Classic French dishes are always on the traditional brasserie menu and pretty much nothing has changed in this iconic institution. Reliable and always enjoyable.