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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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Autour d’un Verre

Recommended by: Aymeline Valade (Model)

Simple French fare and natural local wines are found at this tiny neighborhood gem located in an area surrounded by small boutique hotels and comedy clubs. The restaurant is far from fancy, and is the kind of place you’d go to for a glass of wine and a chat with an old friend. The interior looks [...]

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Buvette Paris

Stephanie March (Actress)

This is the Parisian offshoot of the original that lies in New York City’s West Village.  With a range of French small plates, fromages, charcuterie, and tartinettes – here you feel more like you’re eating in a small French country home on the outskirts of Paris rather than at a restaurant. No reservations are taken, [...]

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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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Ma Cocotte

Recommended by: Michele Promaulayko (Editor-in-Chief, Yahoo Health)

Nestled in the Saint-Ouen flea market, this Philippe Starck creation delivers bistro and pub-style classics amongst smartly-placed industrial decor and second-hand furniture. The menu boasts traditional flavor combinations, elevated by excellent ingredients. The cozy atmosphere is present both downstairs and upstairs, which features a terrace, cocktail bar, and book-lined lounge. www.macocotte-lespuces.com

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Pétrelle

Recommended by: Ramya Giangola (Fashion Consultant)

Pétrelle is an unexpected, cozy little Mecca of French fair in Paris’ 9th arrondissement. With an appealing vibe, tucked-away atmosphere and a cat that roams the restaurant, it’s a favorite among tourists and locals alike. www.petrelle.fr

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Rose Bakery

Recommended by: Carla Gugino (Actress)

Some may consider it silly to visit an English bakery in Paris, but Rose Bakery cures all doubts with its too-good-to-be-true sponge cakes, sticky toffee pudding, chocolate tarts, carrot cakes, crumbles, and teas. Run by a Franco-British couple, the cafe also serves an impressive selection of salads, sandwiches, and soups. The minimalist dining room is packed [...]