Food is one of France’s claims to fame, and Paris holds up the tradition of culinary excellence with pride. What would a visit to Paris be without freshly baked croissant from a patisserie? Dalloyau has been baking pastries good enough for kings since 1682; try their famous opera cakes or macarons. You can have coffee or a light meal and relax at one of Paris’s cafés, like the historic Café de Flore, which has attracted such famous patrons as Jean-Paul Sartre and Picasso. But Paris is probably best known for its haute cuisine. The world-famous, Michelin-starred L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon might be a little pricey, but the fine French food and service are an unforgettable experience if you can afford it. Bistros are more casual and less expensive, but that doesn’t mean the food is any less impressive in places like Chez L'Ami Jean, which specializes in Basque cuisine. Don't miss some of France’s best wines along with your meal or check out one of the many wine bars like Le Rubis, an old Parisian standard. Paris values its culinary excellence, so wherever you eat, you’re likely to find ambience, good service, and delicious food.