Our City Guides is from the point of view of the people we interview. A restaurant cannot be listed in our guides unless it is recommended by one of the tastemakers we’ve featured. We don’t want you to see the restaurant world through our eyes, but rather through the eyes of your favorite tastemakers in every industry. Why us? Why not them?
Despite it’s very central location in the city, Apicius has managed to carve out a little piece of serenity in a 19th century private mansion surrounded by enchanting lush green surroundings. Inspired by traditional “bourgeois” cuisine, the rich dishes coupled with their superb wine list and a bit of romance deliver the classic French gastronomic [...]
This swanky, private club overlooks the Place de la Concorde and serves delicious, upscale French fare in a luxurious setting. You won’t be getting in without an invite from a member, and even if you can make it through the front door, you have to ride a separate guest elevator to the club. They truly [...]
Aux Lyonnais is a charming Lyon-style bistro by Alain Ducasse, which originally opened in 1890. It features appropriately old-fashioned decor and the slightly contemporary cuisine maintains its traditional heartiness. Town & Country’s editor-in-chief Jay Fielden tells us he would finish up his ideal food day here for dinner. www.auxlyonnais.com
This tiny bistro in the 11th arrondissement is best known for its steaks and its “brusque” French servers. Though it’s a little off the beaten path, it is worth a visit for a traditional French bistro experience.
This small restaurant of only twenty-two seats is nestled inside a butcher shop. The meat-heavy menu delivers huge mouth-watering entrecôte, côte de boeuf, sweet lamb chops, and juicy pork ribs. While digging into the dishes, grocery shoppers hover around, ordering their meats for the week.
The celebrated coffeehouse is easily the most iconic café in Paris, maybe even in the world. It’s historically hosted a slew of French intellectuals and today the crowded outdoor terrace is still ideal for people watching the diverse clientele. As for the menu, de Flore offers all the café favorites from croissant to Croque Monsieur. [...]
Ferdi is a trendy yet cozy restaurant serving an eclectic menu to go with the funky décor. It’s decked in antique relics like old toys and vintage photographs, and the ‘best burger in Paris’ title gets thrown around quite frequently at this little establishment.
Caviar Kaspia is Paris’ seafood mecca in the heart of Place Madeleine that is no doubt a hotspot for fashion week dwellers, artists, editors, designers, businessmen and tourists alike. Located upstairs at number 17, diners can enjoy a bevy of caviars, smoked fish and seafood dishes in a grand environment. www.caviarkaspia.com
This little place serves a refined selection of traditional bourgeois cuisine along with an assortment of wines by the glass. Chez André has a classic feel, resembling the quintessential Parisian bistro. www.chez-andre.com/en/
Chez Georges remains as authentic as it was when it opened in the 1920s, complete with a charming Victorian-style decor, varied menu of Parisian delicacies, and consistent flow of wine. The warm and spirited atmosphere provides good company for a traditional bistro meal. www.restaurantsparisiens.com
Down the street from the Eiffel Tower is Chez L’Ami Jean, a Basque restaurant that feeds its guests large portions of homey cuisine bistronomique made from seasonal ingredients. It might be a challenge to save room for chef Stéphane Jego’s renowned homemade desserts like the riz au lait (rice pudding). www.lamijean.fr
The old-fashioned bistro has modernized Lyonnais classics and offers one of the more authentic French experiences. With a clientele of namely locals, this neighborhood spot on a quiet backstreet of Montmartre provides an atmosphere that feels truly French.
A charming little Italian spot with only 15 seats, Cibus is oozing in authenticity and offers only the freshest fare daily, as transcribed onto the petite chalkboard menu. It’s the perfect spot for an intimate meal and some Italian hospitality.
The team behind Septime runs this rustically decorated oyster and seafood-centric restaurant. The daily changing menu features a plethora of fruit de mer, with oysters as the standout item. Platters of cold oysters and silken crab fritters can be found on the tables of many who stop in, along with low-sulfite, organic wines from boutique [...]
Cristal Room showcases Guy Martin’s cooking in a majestic dining room, ornately decked in glittery crystal and gold, and modernized by Philippe Starck. A menu of refined delicacies reflects French sensibilities – served on Baccarat crystal, of course. www.cristalroom.com
This authentic Parisian boulangerie has been baking French classics since 1889. Much of the furniture and décor are late 19th century, giving the bakery a charming nostalgic feel. The warm breads with heavenly crusts and sublime pastries are perfect for a Parisian meal. www.dupainetdesidees.com
Fauchon is an iconic gourmet market that provides visitors with a visual tour of French food, selling a huge variety of own-brand products like foie gras, cheeses, and pastries. Andrew Zimmern of Bizarre Foods stopped to “browse and snack” here on his ideal food day. “I like my egg with pepper and a generous couple of pinches [...]
This cozy restaurant and wine bar is an expat haven that serves fish-focused Modern French and an extensive variety of wines. The rustic interior features a lovely mosaic facade and houses a lively atmosphere.
Across the street from the legendary Frenchie restaurant is Frenchie Bar à Vins which features a sample of Grégory Marchand’s cuisine as well as an interesting list of wines. Open windows look out to the cobbled street as guests enjoy high quality food and wine.
The incredibly petite bistro features the inventive market-fresh dishes of chef Grégory Marchand. At Frenchie, the interior is modern and industrial with a wall of exposed brick, and it is famously impossible to score a reservation. www.frenchie-restaurant.com
Without stuffiness or fanfare, this tiny, organic-minded restaurant features fresh, seasonal takes on Parisian bistro fare. The restaurant’s second floor view features a pretty garden and the Picasso Museum, giving diners a picturesque glimpse of the Marais district. “My favorite neighborhood in Paris is the Marais and I love a little organic restaurant called Glou.” [...]
At his eponymous Michelin-starred restaurant, Guy Savoy turns out dishes just as artful as the modern art pieces from his collection that cover the walls. Savoy articulately combines texture and flavor with his fine fare like the signature truffled artichoke soup, keeping this place a top spot for haute cuisine in Paris. www.guysavoy.com
With early 20th-century drinking parlor furnishings including an underground piano bar for jazz concerts, this establishment is a well-known stop for American visitors. Harry’s is known for their inventive cocktails and is the supposed birthplace of the Bloody Mary. www.harrysbar.fr
In the lounge of this funky boutique hotel is their hip and happening bar/café serving drinks and with American-inspired French comfort food. Beginning with the pink neon sign out front, Hotel Amour is a quirky place to see and be seen, especially in the quaint back garden. www.hotelamourparis.fr