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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?



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: 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.” [...]



Recommended by: Jenny Mollen (Actress)

To have a meal at L’Ambroisie in the Place des Vosges is to know traditional French food absolutely perfected…Escape from Paris without leaving the city in this stunning atmosphere, whose interior is as rich as the truffle and caviar heavy menu. The 3 Michelin starred experience will be worth the 3-month wait!


L’As du Fallafel

Recommended by: Daniel Corey (Chef, Luce), Andrew Bevan (Style Features Director, Teen Vogue), Daphne Oz (TV Personality)

This hole-in-the-wall is the beloved falafel destination for every breed of clientele, from the Parisian to the American tourist. A long line gathers at lunchtime for L’As du Fallafel’s renowned pita falafel sandwich, accompanied by eggplant and hummus. “L’As du Fallafel in Paris is my favorite thing in the world – it truly is beyond!” Andrew Bevan (Style [...]


Le 404

Recommended by: Jenni Kayne (Fashion Designer)

Le 404 has transformed the interior of their 16th-century dwellings into an authentic Moroccan masterpiece, complete with tooled leather and North African relics floating about. The couscous, tagines, and other Berber treats regularly draw a chic, lively crowd.


Le Square Trousseau

Recommended by: Amy Astley (Editor-in-Chief, Teen Vogue)

With classic belle époque decor, this charming brasserie evokes everything delicious and beautiful in Paris. The traditional French fare is superb, and because it lies slightly off the beaten path, tourists tend to miss this gem. Additionally, the sidewalk seating is great in good weather. “I love the mousse au chocolat at the Square Trousseau. [...]


Le Villaret

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

This cozy, hidden gem offers enticing renditions of Parisian classics with contemporary edge. This bistro moderne offers a menu featuring tradition and modernity;  standard bistro classics are offered alongside  innovated versions of  French classics. The exposed beams and brick give the space a cozy yet minimalist feel, enhancing the lively, hip vibe.


Pain, Vin, Fromages

 Recommended by: Steve Livigni (Drink Inc.)

Pain, Vin, Fromages says it all with the name. The petite place is comprised of a farmhouse-like upstairs and a charming vaulted cellar down below, specializing in all things bread, wine, and especially cheese. As such, the fondue and raclette are the main players on the menu, and Steve Livigni of Drink Inc. has even dubbed it [...]



Recommended by: Cindi Leive (Editor-in-Chief, Glamour), Stephanie March (Actress), Ali Larter (Actress)

This upscale yet relaxed restaurant delivers tantalizing modern French fare amongst aesthetically soothing décor. The ever-changing menu is comprised of high quality, seasonal ingredients served in artistic, surprising ways. The warm and inviting atmosphere boasts a subtle elegance and lack of pretension. “Most popular, easiest for lunch, and lovely.” – Stephanie March (Actress)


Used Book Café at Merci

Recommended by: Karine Vanasse (Actress)

Merci is the ABC home of Paris: home to both timeless decor and a variety of cafes for shoppers and foodies alike. On the ground floor is the Used Book Cafe, the perfect spot to catch your breath and peruse their 10,000 books while sipping a cup of coffee or munching on a light lunch. And according to [...]