Are You Nervous About Dining in Paris?

Do you feel anxious or intimidated when you reach the entrance of a French restaurant, bistro or brasserie? Do you even know the difference? How can you feel comfortable dining in Paris?

A stroll past shop windows will teach you that a boulangerie sells breads and a patisserie sells fancy pastries.

But when you get to the open air market … HELP.

Well, help has arrived via “Dining Out in Paris – What You Need to Know Before You Get to the City of Light” by Tom Reeves. It is the perfect intro to all things culinary in Paris to get you on your way to a gastronomic adventure.

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Some of the topics explained for dining in Paris are:


  • French law pertaining to menu postings
  • Michelin stars and reservations
  • Dining hours
  • Dress codes
  • Meal courses
  • Fixed prix vs. a la carte
  • How would you like your meat cooked?
  • Vegetables and side dishes
  • Aperitif vs. digestif vs. cocktails
  • Ordering wines
  • Ordering water
  • Smoking
  • Service and setting the pace
  • Tipping


  • Simple meals served in a casual atmosphere


  • Small, family-run restaurants serving classic French cuisine, often regional, with generous helpings, simply prepared with fresh ingredients


  • Snacks and meals in copious portions of satisfying no-nonsense cooking like sauerkraut and beer.  Often decorated in Belle Epoque style, they have longer operating hours

Salons de the

  • Tea, light meals and desserts served only throughout the afternoon in a quiet atmosphere

Bars a vin

  • Wine bars to savour fine wines at a reasonable price.

Neighbourhood Shops

  • Traiteurs
  • Charcuteries

Gourmet Food Shops

  • Epiceries
  • Renowned traiteurs
  • Specialty stores

French Food Market

Contact Information for Recommended Favourites

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Top Ten Find Food Stores in or Near the Latin Quarter

Ten Top Tips on How to Dine Like a Local

“Fait Maison” and What it Means for You

I received a copy for review from the author.  A paperback version is available for purchase on





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