Video:Tips for Dining Out in Pariswith Tricia Mann
Dining out in Paris can be a whirlwind of exciting dishes, beautiful restaurants and tres chic bistros. Learn more about dining out in Paris, including the different styles of eateries, how to tip and where to go.See Transcript
Transcript:Tips for Dining Out in ParisBonjour! My name is Tricia Mann with About.com and this is tips for dining out in Paris.
Paris is a beautiful and historic city with many dining options from the very fancy to the more quaint. I will share some tips with you so your do not commit any faux pas and you will thoroughly enjoy your French dining experience.
Styles of Restaurants to Know When Dining Out in ParisBistros are small, more intimate-sized restaurants, whereas a brasserie is a larger restaurant. A café is great for soups, sandwiches, and of course coffee. There are also plenty of open-air markets where you can buy fresh cheeses and breads to save a few euros.
Tips are already built into your cost of you meal, so no need to leave any extra gratuity.
Tips for Dining Out in Paris in Tourist AreasParlez vous francais? If not, the more tourist-frequented areas may offer an English translation on their menus. You server may also speak some English.
However, in these areas you may pay more for less quality. Many of the tourist areas have many restaurants offering the same repetitive menus such as fondue, pomme frites, and French onion soup.
Where to Sit When Dining Out in ParisWhere you sit in the restaurant makes a difference. Sitting on an outdoor patio, means you could paying more. Yes, in some restaurants they will charge you more for premier seating.
Since you are most likely in Paris to enjoy the scenery, why not dine at the restaurant at the Eiffel tower or one of the dinner tours on the Seine River? Be sure to make reservations ahead of time.
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