The most memorable view of my life was from the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The City of Light is so full of character, life and culture, including countless great restaurants. Just in time for the summer travel season, Conde Nast Traveler is out with its list of the 50 best restaurants in Paris, as chosen by its food critics.
It’s a fascinating list that encompass both hottest new places and the most venerable eateries, including one that opened in 1794 and another that was a favorite of Ernest Hemingway. There is even a pizza joint on the roster!
But 50 restaurants is still a lot to sort through as you make your dinner plans. If you’re a planner who likes to have most dinners lined up before you are wheels-down at Paris’ Orly Airport, there are lots of research resources, from the traditional guidebooks, including Zagat’s, to blogs like Paris Restaurant Reviews and Beyond.
Here’s DIY alternative. Go walkabout. Leave other people’s opinions behind and wander a neighborhood, checking out the vibe, menus, and aromas of various restaurants. When you find one you like, give it a try. Best case, you discover your new favorite place in Paris. Worse case, you have a so-so meal and live to eat another day in the center of the food universe.