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City Guides

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?



Recommended by: Jonathan Waxman (Chef/Owner, Barbuto)

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 [...]


Café de Flore

Recommended by: Joshua Boissy (Co-Owner/Director of Operations, Maison Premiere), Krystof Zizka (Maison Premiere), Elisabeth Holder (President, Laduree), Katie Lee (Host, The Kitchen)

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. [...]


Caviar Kaspia

Recommended by: Kyle Anderson (Accessories Director, Marie Claire)

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.


Chez Georges

Recommended by: Lizzie Tisch (Suite 1521)

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.


Chez L’Ami Jean

Recommended by: David Myers (Chef/Owner, Hinoki & The Bird)

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).


Chez Marcel

Recommended by: Alice Lemoine (Fashion Designer)

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.



Recommended by: Jenni Kayne (Fashion Designer)

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.



Recommended by: Linda Wells (Editor-in-Chief, Allure)

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 [...]



Recommended by: Andrew Zimmern (Host, Bizarre Foods)

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.



Recommended by: Rachelle Lefevre (Actress)

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.” [...]


Hotel Amour

Recommended by: Alice Lemoine (Fashion Designer)

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.

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