There are so many places, from really special and upmarket to hideous tourist traps. But here are a few I find myself returning to time and again because they never disappoint and they are convenient and reasonable:
Le Durer, Montmartre. Incredibly good, authentic food, at low prices, this is no tourist trap. Their French onion soup is a must. Right near the Metro Abbesses is 19 rue Yvonne-le-tac.
Le Colimacon, Marais. A great semi-bohemian bistro right in the late night district. 44 rue vielle du temple.
Bofinger, 5-7 Rue de la Bastille. Popular and well-known. It’s not too expensive. Has kept an authentic feel – you’ll love the traditional French waiters. Once, I had a superb new year’s eve dinner here too. Highly recommended!
Le Tastevin, 46 rue saint-louis-en-l’lle. For a lovely, romantic, intimate dinner with divine food in a family run restaurant. But it is expensive. The bill is usually around 220 Euros for two, including a glass of champagne, a good wine, three courses.
Le Cavetiere, 41 Boulevard Bourdon. A chance find because it was open late after the opera which is nearby. Homely and very much a locals hangout. The coq au vin is divine.
If you’re doing the markets at the Porte de Clignancourt, then lunch at Au Roi du cafe at 32 Rue Paul Bert. Try their fusion stew – traditonal French meat stew with lamb but slightly curried.