Petit Paris

Address: 38 – 40 Grassmarket, Old Town, Edinburgh, EH1 2JU, Scotland
Telephone: 0131 226 2442

- Mid-range

4.3

Authentic French bistro, fabulous ambience and great food.

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.

Food and drink
4.3
90%
Service
4.4
90%
Food and drink
4.3
90%
Value for money
4.3
90%
Ambience
4.4
90%
Location
4.5
90%

Food and drink

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.

Recommended dishes

The Petit Paris stew of the day - a favourite since they opened 10 years ago. And the Toulouse sausage, any way is a delight.

Ambience

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.

Service

French staff, efficient, smiley and informal.

Location

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.

Price advice

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.

Tables to book

Outside in the summer. Ask for a window seat in the winter. Avoid downstairs.

 

 

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Singles
  • Great views / scenery
  • People watching

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