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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?

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Apicius

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 [...]

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Chez Raspoutine

Recommended by: Stephanie March (Actress)

This trendy Russian-themed nightclub attracts Paris’s glitterati and models and other well-heeled patrons parade around. The bouncers are very selective, but if you get in, you’ll become privy to Paris’s new money party crowd. The drinks are expensive but delicious, and electronic party music blasts all night long. www.raspoutine-paris.com

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Diep

Recommended by: Sara Foster (Actress)

Diep has been specializing in Chinese and Thai cuisine since the Diep family first opened the doors of the restaurant in 1985 just off the Champs-Elysées. While Chinese food isn’t necessarily what you’d be looking for in Paris, the popular restaurant offers a nice change of pace. The large dining rooms exhibit pieces of fine Chinese art, as well [...]

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Guy Savoy

Recommended by: Dominique Crenn (Chef/Owner, Atelier Crenn), Reece Solomon (Handbag Designer), Alex Guarnaschelli (Iron Chef), Jenny Mollen (Actress)

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

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L’Atelier De Joël Robuchon

Recommended by: David Myers (Chef/Owner, Hinoki & The Bird), Ilan Hall (Chef/Owner, The Gorbals), Michele Promaulayko (Editor-in-Chief, Yahoo Health), Julia Stiles (Actress), Abby Elliott (Actress)

The chefs at L’Atelier (meaning workshop) combine traditional French cuisine with the “open kitchen” concept, crafting masterful edible creations under the watchful eyes of their guests. The black and red dining room adds an edgy flair to fine dining with bare wood tables and unique crockery. www.joel-robuchon.net

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Ladurée Champs-Elysées

Recommended by: Andrew Zimmern (Host, Bizarre Foods), David Myers (Chef/Owner, Hinoki & The Bird), Seamus Mullen (Chef/Owner, Tertulia), Katie Lee (Host, The Kitchen), Sara Foster (Actress), Isabelle Fuhrman (Actress)

It might be considered criminal to go to Paris without paying a visit to Ladurée. Home to the most Parisian macaron, Ladurée has a history dating back to 1862. The patisserie now offers eighteen permanent flavors, as well as a selection of other tempting pastries. Adoring foodies worldwide surely agree with Tertulia’s chef Seamus Mullen that Ladurée’s [...]

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Le Bar

Recommended by: Stephanie March (Actress)

Located within the Shangri-La Hotel, this lobby-level bar is the perfect place to unwind. The ornate, sumptuous decor is an ode to the space’s previous owner, Napolean Bonaparte’s grandnephew, Prince Roland Bonaparte. Prince Roland had a taste for elegance, and the bar is a perfect example of the rich furnishings he loved. The delicious cocktails [...]

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Le Cinq

Recommended by: Lana Parrilla (Actress)

First off, the interior at Le Cinq is breathtaking: silver, gold and grey accents, with crisp tablecloths and china. Then, with three Michelin stars, it’s impossible to deny just how good the food is. From grilled and glazed pigeon to roasted blue lobster salad, it is probably best to book a room in the Four [...]

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Le Crazy Horse Paris

Recommended by: Dita Von Teese (Burlesque Performer)

As Dita Von Teese describes it, historic Crazy Horse is “the most elegant erotic cabaret of all time” which she says “never disappoints”. The dreamy venue occupies twelve former wine cellars and features not only dance performances but also magicians, jugglers, and mimes. www.lecrazyhorseparis.com

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Marius et Janette

Recommended by: Aurelie Bidermann (Jewelry Designer)

This über luxe restaurant located in Paris’s golden triangle, serves up decadent seafood in a richly furnished space. Although the expertly prepared seafood is the star, you’ll most likely see many of Paris’s glitterati in the venue as well. “Marius et Janette restaurant is more than just fish – it is a must go-to for [...]

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Mini Palais

Recommended by: Stephanie March (Actress)

Located in the Grand Palais just off the Champs Elysées, three-star chef Eric Frechon mans the kitchen at this beautifully decorated restaurant. The space has a warm romantic atmosphere, even the outside decor is romantic with the colonnades. The seasonal menu frequently changes constantly surprising devotees with new dishes. “Sit on the terrace and have a Steak [...]

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Pierre Gagnaire

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

At Chef Pierre Gagnaire’s eponymous establishment, he presents cuisine that is inventive and unexpected and has earned him many accolades. The restaurant’s earth-toned interior complements the vibrant presentation of flavor and texture that characterize each dish. www.pierre-gagnaire.com

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Taillevent

 Recommended by: Daniel Humm (Chef, Eleven Madison Park)

This fine dining institution is an exquisite representation of French haute cuisine, sporting two Michelin stars to prove it. Taillevent defines l’elegance of France and with their their detail-oriented tasting menu and consistently on-point wine pairings, it is a place that “never get[s] old” for chef Daniel Humm. “Places like Taillevent never get old for me.” Daniel Humm (Executive Chef, [...]

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Titty Twister

Recommended by: Stephanie March (Actress)

This underground, Tarantino-inspired, upscale bar is the new it-party spot for Paris’s model and designer crowd. The bar’s rock-n-rool atmosphere and funny yet lurid decor attract a well-heeled crowd happily willing to spend on the expensive, delicious cocktails. The tequila bar and pool room add to the spot’s eclectic charm. www.letittytwister.com