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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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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’Ami Louis

Recommended by: Katie Lee (Host, The Kitchen)

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.

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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 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.

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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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La Tête dans les Olives

Recommended by: Aurelie Bidermann (Jewelry Designer)

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 [...]

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Ladurée Champs-Elysées

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

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 (Host, Bizarre Foods), David Myers (Chef/Owner, Hinoki & The Bird), Seamus Mullen (Chef/Owner, Tertulia), Katie Lee (Host, The Kitchen)

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 404

Recommended by: Jenni Kayne (Fashion Designer)

Le 404 has transformed the interior of their 16th-century dwellings into an authentic Moroccan masterpiece, complete with tooled leather and North African relics floating about. The couscous, tagines, and other Berber treats regularly draw a chic, lively crowd. www.404-resto.com

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Le Bar

Recommended by: Stephanie March (Actress)

Located within the Shangri-La Hotel, this lobby-level bar is the perfect place to unwind. The ornate, sumptuous decor is an ode to the space’s previous owner, Napolean Bonaparte’s grandnephew, Prince Roland Bonaparte. Prince Roland had a taste for elegance, and the bar is a perfect example of the rich furnishings he loved. The delicious cocktails [...]

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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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