Paris, France
    • Best for romance: Thinking of popping the question? Think no more, just reserve a table at La Tour d’Argent and get it over with once and for all. With its panoramic views over the Seine to Notre-Dame, legendary kitchen, and elegant decor, there’s no better setting.

    • Best for families: At Rosa Bonheur, inside Buttes Chaumont park, parents can enjoy tapas on a large, outdoor terrace while their kids play in the grass. French-fry freaks and their meat-eating parents will love Le Relais de l’Entrecôte, where delicious steak-frites with a special sauce is the only thing on the menu.

    • Best splurge: The second floor of the Eiffel Tower has a restaurant where you can gorge on gastronomic French cuisine. After a refurb and a takeover by the talented chef, Frédéric Anton, the Jules Verne is a once-in-a-lifetime place to tuck into dishes like Breton lobster with black truffles, and absinth and pistachio pavlova. Plus, there’s the view: a magnificent bird’s-eye sweep over the entire City of Light. Now sigh.

  • Best value: In a hidden garden on the site of a former distillery, Laïa is an unpretentiously classy Mediterranean restaurant, specialized in robata-grilled delights. Affordable and ample, the Breton cooking at Chez Michel will satisfy any size appetite.

  • Best classic bistro: Checkerboard tablecloths, art-clad walls, and a fabulous meat-centric menu? La Tour de Montlhéry–Chez Denise has got it all, with the bonus of being open until 5am.

  • Best seafood: Next door to the rightly-hyped neo-bistro Septime is shellfish-centric Clamato, a seafood lovers’ Eldorado that serves plates of marinated sardines, fish rillettes (a sort of pâté), and smoked shrimp (not to mention excellent wine) in a beautifully toned-down dining room. Love oysters? Head to Huîtrerie Régis; it serves the best in town, straight from Marennes-Oléron on France’s west coast.

  • Best for gluten-free: You don’t need to suffer from gluten intolerance to appreciate the delicious home-cooked dishes at Noglu, a snug little eatery in the 11th arrondissment.

  • Best for wine enthusiasts: : If what’s in your glass is just as important as what’s on the plate, saunter over to Frenchie Bar à Vins in the Sentier district, where hand-picked wines by petits producteurs (small producers) are served alongside ultra-gourmet, tapas-size plates of mussels in artichoke and chorizo sauce, homemade pâté, and roasted cauliflower with smoked yogurt.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.