38 – 40 Grassmarket, Old Town, Edinburgh, EH1 2JU
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Singles, Great views / scenery, People watching
Expert review of Petit Paris
Petit Paris is a small French restaurant with chequered table clothes, French staff, and the hustle and bustle of a genuine French bistro. Not for those who want peace, tranquility and privacy, but if you don’t mind sitting cheek-by-jowl with your neighbour whilst eating some great unfussy food, then you'll love it.
The dish of the day is great value, as a a rule it's fish served with a beurre blanc, salad and potatoes or a lamb casserole. A standard menu is always available too. A freshly-sliced baguette arrives as soon you sit down.
The Petit Paris stew of the day - a favourite since they opened 10 years ago. And the Toulouse sausage, any way is a delight.
As many tables as possible are packed into this buzzing wee place. The guy who runs it is gorgeous, French and runs an efficient operation with a feeling of relaxation and authenticity. In summer there are lots of al fresco options and it is always busy. Inside things are compact but fun. Every time I go I see the same faces; it is a favourite with locals for good reason.
French staff, efficient, smiley and informal.
In the middle of the historical Grassmarket, this is a great spot to stop off in the midst of a sightseeing day. Moments from The Royal Mile, The National Museum and Victoria Street, one of Edinburgh's shopping gems.
The daily specials are great value, a main course and coffee for £7.90. A pre-theatre menu is available for early diners and a half-litre carafe of house white or red is £9.90.
Outside in the summer. Ask for a window seat in the winter. Avoid downstairs.
More information on Petit Paris:
- Price guide:
- Bistro, Brasserie, Restaurant
- French, Traditional
- 38 – 40 Grassmarket, Old Town, Edinburgh, EH1 2JU
- 0131 226 2442
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon–Thurs and Sun noon–3pm and 5.30pm-10pm, Fri and Sat until 11pm (Nov–March closed Mondays)
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Essential at peak times
- Free tags / Keywords:
- value, fun, BYOB