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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: Ramya Giangola (Fashion Consultant)

It can be hard to find good Chinese/Vietnamese food in the city of lights, but Davé provides that. The owner – Davé himself – greets you at the door when you come in and it’s always been a popular spot amongst celebrities visiting Paris (you’ll see photos proving this all over the walls).


David Toutain

Recommended by: Micaela Erlanger (Stylist)

This modern european restaurant from acclaimed chef David Toutain has been described by TNP tastemakers as “life changing.” Dining at this restaurant is more of an experience, with delicious and innovative dishes and creative presentation unlike anything else in Paris.



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 [...]



Recommended by: David Myers (Chef/Owner, Hinoki & The Bird), Dominique Crenn (Chef/Owner, Atelier Crenn), Roopal Patel (Founder/Owner, Roopal Patel Consulting), Michele Promaulayko (Editor-in-Chief, Yahoo Health), Todd English (Chef/Owner, Todd English Food Hall at The Plaza), Carla Gugino (Actress)

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.



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), Stephanie March (Actress)

In the lounge of this funky boutique hotel is their hip and happening bar/café serving drinks and 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. Stephanie March (Actress) recommends their fun champagne brunch.



Recommended by: Daniel Corey (Chef, Luce)

For a very contemporary prix fixe, L’Astrance serves haute cuisine from the imagination of chef Pascal Barbot. The imaginative plates and well-paired wines in this formal restaurant make L’Astrance place one of the most sought-after bookings in the city. Aside from the food and service, chef Daniel Corey said he particularly loves the “different colored plates [...]