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?
One of Ernest Hemingway’s old haunts, this brasserie has kept much of its charm over the ages. The traditional French fare isn’t as cheap as it was back in Hemingway’s time, but still delivers tried and true classics. This true Parisian brasserie experience is worth the wait. www.brasserie-lipp.com
The celebrated coffeehouse is easily the most iconic café in Paris, maybe even in the world. It’s historically hosted a slew of French intellectuals and today the crowded outdoor terrace is still ideal for people watching the diverse clientele. As for the menu, de Flore offers all the café favorites from croissant to Croque Monsieur. [...]
This neighborhood bistro offers delicious, traditional French fare. The owner, Louise, is a constant presence in the restaurant, seating customers and providing menu recommendations. However, for some, the best late-night item at the bistro is the karaoke downstairs. You can sing your heart out, then come upstairs for some delicious frites before heading home. Stephanie [...]
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.
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
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
Tucked away behind St. Sulpice church in the heart of the Saint Germain des Près district, this fabulous restaurant reopened in the spring of 2015, and we have been big fans ever since. The menu pays homage to old French classics with a modern twist; the menu is always changing, and the chefs use impeccable [...]
This little piece of Italy sits nestled in the trendy Saint Germain district where bustling waiters serve up authentic Italian classics to a mostly local clientele. The charmingly tight quarters and fabulous house wines make this a nice respite from the traditional Parisian bistro fare. “Le Cherche Midi is a very small restaurant. The food [...]
Famous for their seasonally-varying flavors of sweet and savory soufflés, Le Cigale Récamier is a discreet gem and an elegant option for classic bistro fare. “It’s very good and tasty, as well as salted and sugary.” – Aurelie Bidermann (Jewelry Designer)
Le Perron is a small Italian hideaway in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. The interior is cozy and charming, accented with authentic Italian dishes and a great selection of wines from both France and Italy. Le Perron is ideal for an intimate dining experience. www.restaurantleperron.fr
Reservations are not accepted at this bustling French staple, so get in line early to get a table. The only question you need to have an answer for when ordering is “How do you like your steak cooked?” Served in a delectable herb-heavy (and famous) sauce, the tender steak is served with frites (obviously) and [...]
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. Pierre Hermé pastries are a must eat for Dan Barber (Chef/Co-Owner, Blue Hill and Blue Hill at [...]
Since 1932, the Poilane family has carried on a tradition of making what’s commonly known as the best bread in Paris. The bright, cheery bakery has a few outposts throughout the city, all of which offer their celebrated sourdough country bread. www.poilane.com
Ralph Lauren’s chic eatery within his Saint Germain clothing shop mixes his preppy Americana style with a little bit of French chichi. Ralph Lauren adorned waiters serve upscale American fare onto tables set with fine china and preppy patterned linens. The contrast is just enough that the décor feels formally playful without looking kitsch. “This is typical American [...]