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?
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
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).
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. www.davidtoutain.com
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 [...]
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 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. www.hotelamourparis.fr
This restaurant on the Rue St. Honore is the quintessential Paris experience. With eclectic cuisine, a cool vibe and stunning interiors, it’s no doubt worth a visit – at least for a drink. www.hotelcostes.com
A Parisian favorite for oysters, Huitrerie Régis is a raw seafood bar with a cheerful light blue and white interior. Actor Tony Goldwyn of ABC’s Scandal chooses their “oysters and Sancerre” at lunchtime. www.huitrerieregis.com
For great Japanese in Paris, look no further than Kinugawa, which fuses the contemporary and modern of Japanese cuisine. The gentle décor sets a Zen mood for a high quality Japanese meal. www.kinugawa.fr
In long, narrow space in Japantown, Kunitoraya has flavorful house-made udon boodles and rice bowls for a great value. They must be doing something right here, because there is an ever-present line out front. www.kunitoraya.com
This restaurant has been called “the world’s most famous bistro” and is a favorite of celebrities, politicians, and locals alike. Known for it’s classic French dishes such as roast chicken and fois gras, Chez L’ami Louis is as traditional as it gets.
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 [...]
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 [...]