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?
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 [...]
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
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. [...]
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… [...]
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
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.
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.
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
This Italian, pocket-sized epicurie is famous for its Sicilian olive oils, but also showcases a plethora of other seasonal, artisanal products. Twice a day, the shop transforms itself into a one-table restaurant, where an intimate meal is prepared tableside, and features many of the store’s treasured items. “La Tête dans les Olives is an Italian epicure by [...]