Contrary to popular belief, Parisians don’t subsist on French food. What’s more, what has come to define French fare in recent years has been entirely upended by chefs whose cooking evolves with the seasons in real time, who weave in flavors from foreign pantries, and who care more about the ethics and quality of the producers they work with than adhering to any strict set of cooking rules.
This overall shift has inspired a transformation in dining habits too, even among visitors; when the old rulebook in the kitchen was thrown out, so was the formality of more traditional dining. Today, it’s the casual and more accessibly-priced neobistro format that has been accepted as a gold standard in Paris.
Alongside these neobistros, and a wave of inventive modern cafés, has come a spirited revival of heritage bistros and a host of new restaurants–Chinese-Laotian, Indian, and West African, to name a few—that reinforce the global influence of the city’s dining landscape.
In other words: it’s a very exciting and dynamic moment to eat your way through the French capital.
With that, Resy is proud to debut our first Hit List for Paris. Think of it as an excellent starting point for understanding Parisian tastes today—and to get ready for a visit to remember.
Lindsey Tramuta is a Paris-based freelance food, culture, and travel journalist and the author of the books “The New Paris” and “The New Parisienne.” Her work has appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Fortune, Condé Nast Traveler, Afar, Eater, and Bloomberg. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter. Follow Resy, too.