Bowl of French onion soup with spoon
13 Classic Dishes To Order In Paris And Where To Try Them
Steak Frites
Steak frites, meaning steak and fries, is a beloved Parisian bistro staple of seasoned, perfectly cooked steak and golden, crispy, thinly sliced fries.
The dish is considered an indulgence, so head to one of Ina Garten's favorite spots, Bistrot Paul Bert, where they serve the dish with their specialty pepper sauce.
Boeuf Bourguignon
Boeuf bourguignon is a French comfort food, particularly for colder months, consisting of beef slow-cooked in a wine sauce to create a deep, rich stew.
One of the best spots for this classic dish is Au Bourguignon du Marais, where they serve the dish in a cast-iron casserole dish full of melt-in-your-mouth meat and tender veggies.
Onion Soup
French onion soup is famous for its savory broth bursting with an intense caramelized onion flavor and its cheese crouton top that gets crispy as it bakes.
One of the best places to try onion soup is Bistrot Richelieu, a modern Parisian bistro serving classic dishes at reasonable prices, making it beloved by locals and tourists alike.
Due to French colonialism, French cuisine includes many cultural dishes like couscous, which you can find in Paris thanks to the city's large North African community.
For authentic couscous, head to the homey yet stylish Petit Zerda Café, where you can find traditional couscous in a variety of styles paired with meat or veggies.
Steak Tartare
Steak Tartare is a raw meat dish consisting of the best cuts of meat seasoned with onions, gherkins, capers, Worcestershire sauce, and raw egg yolk.
Although the raw meat and egg may be off-putting, the dish is treated with care, making it safe to eat even at the most casual spots. For the best bite, head to Les Philosophes.