La Tour d'Argent
15 Quai de Tournelle (5th Arrondissement), tel.01.43.54.23.31
Located along the Seine and offering a view of Notre-Dame, "the world's most celebrated restaurant" offers exceptional French cuisine in an old-world setting. All kinds of big names have dined here, from royalty to Woody Allen.
Café Les Deux Magots
6 Place St-Germain-des-Prés (6th Arrondissement), tel.01.45.48.55.25
The location of this café's terrace, right in the midst of the action, has inspired numerous writers seated before a tasty pot-au-feu or a plate of sauerkraut.
13 Rue de l'Ancienne Comédie (6th Arrondissement), tel.01.40.46.79.00
Founded in 1686, this is the oldest restaurant in Paris. Since its inception, it has welcomed actors from the neighbouring Comédie Française. The "menu des philosophes," which is still quite affordable, refers to the many philosophers who gathered here. Seafood and shellfish are the specialties.
La Closerie des Lilas
171 Boulevard Montparnasse (6th Arrondissement), tel.01.40.51.34.50
A meeting place for writers, La Closerie also hosts numerous literary award ceremonies. The attraction here isn't the food, but rather the historic setting.
102 Boulevard Montparnasse (14th Arrondissement), tel.01.43.20.14.20
With 1920s paintings by renowned artists adorning its walls, this could be considered a historic monument. Specialties include seafood and Alsatian dishes.
Champ de Mars (7th Arrondissement), tel.01.45.55.61.44
For an exceptional meal and a gorgeous view of the City of Lights by night, Jules Verne is well worth the splurge. Tables located near the windows are often reserved months in advance.
99 Avenue des Champs-Élysées (8th Arrondissement), tel.01.40.69.50.50
Whether you drop in for a business lunch or for a late supper after an evening spent at the theatre or the cinema, this chic brasserie exudes style with its red velvet and golden trim decor.
Café de la Paix
5 Place de l'Opéra (9th Arrondissement), tel.01.40.07.36.36
Established in 1862, the Café de la Paix has an exquisite terrace that overlooks the Place de l'Opéra. The Empire-style decor is the last of its kind in Paris.
7 Cour des Petites Écuries (10th Arrondissement), tel.01.47.70.13.59
This traditional and very well-known brasserie specialises in seafood, and offers a more affordable menu than the previous listings.
12 Place de Clichy (9th Arrondissement), tel.01.53.20.48.00
Situated at the edge of busy Place Clichy, Chez Charlot proclaims loud and clear that it is the "king of seafood."