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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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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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Frenchie

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. www.frenchie-restaurant.com

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Glou

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.” [...]

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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. www.hotelamourparis.fr

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L’Astrance

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 [...]

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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)

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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La Coupole

 Recommended by: Jay Fielden (Editor-in-Chief, Town & Country)

This splendorous Parisian brasserie also functions as an Art Deco shrine of sorts. Once frequented by the likes of Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, La Coupole is a great place to drink, dine, and gawk. According to Jay Fielden, editor-in-chief of Town & Country, La Coupole will be one of those places that never goes out of style. [...]

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La Cremerie

Recommended by: Gabrielle Bernstein (Writer, Motivational Speaker)

This gem of a wine bar in the Odeon/Saint Michel area specializes in natural organic wines, and looks like more of a wine shop than a restaurant. You’re able to sit cozily at one of the four tables available and sample wines with delicious accompaniments. It’s definitely worth a drop by for the quintessential Paris dining experience… [...]

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La Fontaine de Mars

Recommended by: Jonathan Adler (Designer)

A favorite of designer Jonathan Adler, this classic French restaurant near the Eiffel Tower is a popular local spot. With delicious French classics like escargot and duck a l’Orange, this restaurant is a must for a charming dinner in Paris. www.fontainedemars.com

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La Laiterie Sainte Clotilde

Recommended by: Chloe Perrin (Designer, Perrin Paris)

La Laiterie Sainte Clotilde is all about simplicity, from their clean interior, to their changing menu, which focuses on veal, steak, fish for the main course. For the great food and the lively atmosphere, this restaurant is consistently full with both native Parisians and travelers alike – we recommend making a reservation beforehand.

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La Pointe du Grouin

Recommended by: Jody Williams (Chef/Owner, Buvette)

Relaxed, casual French cuisine is served at this bar and restaurant. There’s a new menu everyday that features seasonal, fresh ingredients. Instead of paying with euros, you have to put your money into a machine that gives you tokens to pay with. The quirky payment system adds to the place’s charm.