Available in bookstores from March 10, 2023, fine gourmets will be able to discover a selection of 630 starred French restaurants. Indeed, the Michelin Guide or the famous “red guide” is, as the President of the Republic reminds us: the “bible of our gastronomic heritage for more than 120 years”. France is, in fact, recognized worldwide for its gastronomy and its art of living. It has around 175,000 restaurants, of which more than 18,000 are located in and around Paris, according to INSEE data. Since 2010, the French gastronomic meal and its rituals have been listed as UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage.
If this famous book appears as a reference for all lovers of “good food”, it certainly does not fit all budgets. A guide reserved for a certain elite, therefore, especially in this period of inflation where households are struggling to make ends meet and afford pleasure outings to restaurants.
Certainly aware of the sacrifice involved in having fun while eating well, the Michelin Guide has nevertheless created a special category highlighted by experts: the “Bib Gourmand” category. These are non-starred establishments, but selected for their excellent value for money, namely a full menu not exceeding 40 euros. 419 tables in total for this category.
For gourmets who would still like to discover a starred menu, thanks to our colleagues at Capital, we have identified 11 starred French restaurants at low prices to savor without breaking the bank. Discover them in this slideshow.