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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?

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La Société

Recommended by: Lizzie Tisch (Suite 1521)

Another hotspot by the Costes Brothers, this sophisticated favorite is a happening venue located in the heart of Saint-Germain. At La Société, it’s hard to decide what’s more beautiful: the stunning interior or its stylish patrons. www.restaurantlasociete.com

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Ladurée Champs-Elysées

Recommended by: Andrew Zimmern (Bizarre Foods), David Myers (Hinoki & The Bird), Seamus Mullen (Chef/Owner, Tertulia)

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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Ladurée Royale

Recommended by: Andrew Zimmern (Bizarre Foods), David Myers (Hinoki & The Bird), Seamus Mullen (Chef/Owner, Tertulia)

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 Baratin

Recommended by: Ariel Foxman (Editor-in-Chief, InStyle)

An Argentinian chef and her husband run this beloved little restaurant; he specializes in great wines and she in cozy French cooking. Le Baratin is French bistro with a wine bar feel, listing specials on a blackboard and hosting locals while they indulge in a home-cooked meal.

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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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Le Dauphin

Recommended by: Alice Lemoine (Fashion Designer)

Le Chateaubriand’s neighboring wine bar is contemporary and polished, with smooth marble walls and a bustling atmosphere.  Serving natural wines and the locally-sourced small plates of famed chef Iñaki Aizpitarte, this place is a sleek spot to spend an evening. www.restaurantledauphin.net

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Le Dôme Café

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

Once renowned as an intellectual watering hole for the most iconic of artists and writers, Le Dôme is now better known for its seafood, delivered fresh from Normandy daily. Little has changed in the place’s detailed decor, but now the formal establishment bustles with patrons clamoring for their oysters, king prawns, or just a touch of [...]

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Le Grand Véfour

Recommended by: Joshua Boissy (Maison Premiere)

As the first grand restaurant in Paris, Le Grand Véfour epitomizes Parisian luxury and serves only the best of French gourmet.  Large mirrors in gilded frames deck the walls of the incredibly ornate neoclassical dining room, where Maison Premiere’s Josh Boissy would sit “for a four hour lunch with Champagne and some Burgundy”. www.grand-vefour.com

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Le Verre Volé

Recommended by: David Myers (Hinoki & The Bird)

What at first glance just resembles a well-stocked little wine store is in fact a cozy bistro serving simple homey dishes to pair with a bottle of wine of the shelves. The offbeat eatery is perfect for a casual but festive evening. www.leverrevole.fr

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Le Voltaire

Recommended by: Lizzie Tisch (Suite 1521)

For an indulgent meal, this riverfront restaurant offers bistro fare with all the richness that makes French cuisine so divine. Inside, you’ll find an intimate setting with romantic wood paneling, gold lighting, and a chic crowd.

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L’Arpege

Recommended by: Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn)

Alain Passard’s fare pays homage to the simple pleasure of the humble vegetable, with no red meat on the menu. With a beautiful but understated interior the focus is on the food, and L’Arpege has maintained its high ranking as one of the world’s best restaurants. www.alain-passard.com

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Michel Rostang

Recommended by: Andrew Zimmern (Bizarre Foods)

At the luxurious restaurant of renowned chef Michel Rostang, his seasonally-changing menu adds a refreshing touch of modernity to cuisine bourgeoisie. Each of the four wood-paneled dining rooms are decorated with a different theme. www.michelrostang.com

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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 [...]

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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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Pierre Hermé

Recommended by: Andrew Zimmern (Bizarre Foods)

Named “the Picasso of pastry” by Vogue, Pierre Hermé puts his pastry prowess on display at namesake patisserie, which .  His macaron mecca not features tarts, cakes, chocolates, ice cream, and of course, exotic macaron flavors like white-truffle-hazelnut. www.pierreherme.com