There’s a reason boxes of leftovers aren't part of French restaurant culture, and it has nothing to do with portion sizes. Likewise, there's a reason why French waiters consider it rude to bring you l’addition (the bill) as soon as you've finished. The food and the dining experience are considered inseparable, whether you’re at an unchanged-in-decades neighbourhood haunt, a beautiful art nouveau brasserie, rustic farmhouse, switched-on neobistro or a fêted haute cuisine establishment helmed by a legendary chef. France pioneered what is still the most influential style of cooking in the Western world, and how food looks on the plate is as important an art as the intricate flavours and complex techniques. Do as the French do and savour every moment. These are some of France's most memorable restaurants in which to do just that.