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Where to eat and drink in Paris this summer

From summer café culture to hot new restaurants and gourmet ice cream, Paris in summer is one big picnic

By Time Out editors

There are hot new restaurants opening in Paris in every season; the summer months in Paris also bring seasonal pop-ups, busy terraces and a great deal of al fresco drinking. The city may swelter, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a hit of café culture and some gourmet cooking – it is Paris, after all.

Take it outside with the city’s best al fresco brunches

Restaurants Bistros

There's nothing more Parisian than the tradition of a good weekend brunch. And with long sunny mornings beckoning, we want to take this tradition and put it where the sun shines. So let the fresh air chase away your hangover and grab another coffee, with our round-up of the best terraces for brunching on a Sunday morning...

Try the best burger in France

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Burgers Le Marais

A large wooden bar, stools, suspended lighting and a menu which promises to offer you ‘the four corners of Asia on a plate’ that being Japanese katsu chicken, Korean bibimbaps, Vietnamese boa buns and Thai pad thais. A mix of cuisine that a few people may find a little disconcerting, but that doesn’t really matter because we’ve come to Goku for one only excellent reason: the burger, voted as the best in France at the most recent French burger awards. 


Let it all hang out by the canal

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Cafés Jaurès

A pretty café-restaurant, Le Pavillon des Canaux is another great project with an artistic edge and a stimulating community feel to it. Set in an old two-storey house overlooking the Canal de l’Ourq and its houseboats, Le Pavillon is bright, colourful and peaceful...

Treat yourself to some yummy cocktails

5 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Saint-Ambroise

With its low-lighting and gloomy front windows, Monsieur Antoine, on a sidestreet off Avenue Parmentier, is hardly eye-catching. But once inside, you can't help but feel welcomed by the rock soundtrack and the sound of the cocktail shaker at work. 


Have a snack at one of Paris' gastronomy institutions

5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants French Les Halles

On Rue Montmartre, at 1pm, streaming queues of workers emerge to get their take away bobuns, salads or burgers… But one shop tucked next to Saint-Eustache church remains a well kept secret: Comptoir de la Gastronomie. It's an institution which has been feeding Parisians for over a century. 

Terrasse du Printemps © C. Griffoulières - Time Out Paris
© C. Griffoulières - Time Out Paris

Stretch out and sip in the sunshine

Bars and pubs

From luxurious rooftops to hidden al fresco cafés, these are some of our favourite spots to catch a shot of sunshine in Paris (and a few shots of liquor while we're at it). The city's café culture is at its finest as the beau monde relax into long summer evenings, and these outdoor bars provide the perfect setting (and sustenance) to soak it all up...


Have an authentic french dinner

5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Bistros 19e arrondissement

The large white buffet sits in front of you, with both groups of friends and lovers eagerly looking around at who's come to dine tonight. You’re welcomed into the charming dining room, which is more like somebody’s home, and kind of is as the owners live just below. It's as if you’ve come for supper at a countryside retreat, rather than in the middle of Belleville. 


Get one of the best steaks in town

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants French Faubourg Montmartre

Whilst the vegan movement is picking up steam, the meat lovers certainly haven’t said their last words just yet. Having said that, the two owners of Bien Elevé in the 9th don’t like to be referred to as just meat-loving carnivores. They define their cuisine as French-produced meat; such as Black Angus from Chateâuneuf in the north of France, a farm whose ethos is solely focused on the well-being of its livestock.  

Scream for the best ice cream in Paris


Our sticky-fingered guide to the best ices in the capital takes you from glorious gelati in luxurious ice cream parlours to sweet shops full of bonbons; simply the best places in Paris to indulge a sweet tooth...


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