Few cities in the world can claim what Paris can in dining and food. Aside from being a destination for museums, exciting venues, top fashion houses, and exquisite towns, Paris is known for its decadent food and restaurants. Foodies look to Paris as a model and inspiration for gourmet bites, tasty libations, and traditional pastries like the famed baguette. If you’re looking for a place to wow you, Paris has plenty of options. These are the best.
Known for its fashion-world cult following and signature caviar topped baked potato, Cavier Kaspia is an absolute favorite dining destination of mine when visiting Paris. The fantastic, attentive service coupled with an intimidating, vast and incredible selection of the world’s finest caviar bring an experience unlike any other. Serving the best caviar in the world, it’s a truly unique and a must visit restaurant.
From Woody Allen to Bill Clinton, it seems as though every American or Brit visiting Paris agrees that this is the place to dine at. The decor is understated, yet elegant, and the unbelievable food is certainly worth the price. This little bistro on a side street near the old market of Les Halles brings movie stars, CEO’s, Presidents and Hollywood elite, all clamoring for a chance to dine on classic French cuisine that never disappoints. You won’t want to leave Paris without visiting this Parisian institution.
Tricky to find, but once you step in the doors, you’ll be treated to a restaurant with sweeping views of Paris and the Eiffel Tower. The modern decor inside helps to add to the elegance of this dining experience, which offers favorites like their escargot, which is buttery, garlicky and delicious. The poppy seed crusted tuna with avocado is fantastic as well. But, make sure to check the menu first as the restaurant is always working on ways to elevate the experience with new additions.
This upscale eatery holds a claim few restaurants do: it’s a Michelin star restaurant with an experience that is unparalleled in the world. Situated inside the esteemed, elegant, and extravagant Four Seasons Hotel George V, dining at Le Cinq is as close to a high-society Parisian setting as you can get. The ambience and decor of the restaurant is simply stunning. The menus change seasonally, but you can expect every dish to be refined, fresh and classically French. It’s one of my favorites and I eat here whenever I’m in Paris.
Just steps from the Marché des Enfants Rouges, in the heart of one of Paris’s most upcoming neighborhoods (Haut-Marais), this small, but impactful restaurant serves up modern and creative dishes, with a twist of spices and using flavors from around the world. The kitchen, which opens to the dining room, is perfect for watching the Chef prepare dishes for patrons, too. Food here is a mixture of French comfort food along with other worldly flavors from Japan and elsewhere. And, don’t miss the cocktails, which are a must. It’s usually booked far in advance, so plan ahead!
This restaurant, which boasts views of Notre Dame and the Seine, boasts some serious history. It claims it was founded in 1582 and frequented by Henri IV. In fact, it’s known that everyone from King Louis XIV, Marie Antoinette, John F. Kennedy and Charlie Chaplin have dined here too. The restaurant is incredible and with seventh floor views, you wont be disappointed by the views as you dine on traditional French cuisine. The elevator ride to the seventh floor is covered with photos of all the famous patrons too. With marvelous views, elegant decor, outstanding service, and amazingly delicious food, you won’t want to leave when you’re done dining and sipping on Champagne!
There are many words that come to mind when you hear the name Joel Robuchon. Culinary genius, inventor, restauranteur, and brilliant are just some. So, upon setting foot in this St. Germain eatery, you wont be disappointed with what the acclaimed chef has created. Choose between the dining room or the counter where the open kitchen gives you a glimpse into how dishes are prepared. This landmark restaurant in one of the world’s gastronomy capitals is a wonderful experience coupling local cuisine (French & European) with a modern concept.
If you love a great steak, this gastropub is perfect. With an open restaurant setting, the restaurant is quintessential Paris. The philosophy here was created by Riccardo Giraudi in Monaco and features street food recipes & amazingly sourced beef by Riccardo himself.
If you’re a Vegan, you’ve probably heard of Le Potager de Charlotte in the 17th arrondissement. Just a few years ago, it was tough to find Vegan-friendly restaurants, but the City of Light has stepped up its veritable veggie revolution with plenty of restaurants. Le Potager de Charlotte stands out amongst the rest. The restaurant created a haven of clever combinations of plants, nuts, seeds and incredible sauces.
St. Germain’s Huîtrerie Regis is one of the hippest restaurants in Paris. The tiny and white filled space is perfect for slurping oysters on crisp winter days – inside or on the small terrace.
Prepare to be amazed at Guy Savoy, a haute French restaurant set in an 18th century building that now houses the three-Michelin starred eatery. Step inside and experience dark-colored walls which are offset by the contemporary art which hangs on the wall, and are coupled by large windows frame which frame views of the Seine. It sets the stage for a culinary adventure in a beautiful space. The food created by Guy Savoy is creative, like foie gras served as lollipops, sea bass with a flavorful crunch, and a simple brioche laced with truffles.