Where to Eat in Paris

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Porte 12

Paris, France

Porte 12 is hidden behind a heavy wooden door in the heart of the 10th arrondissement and housed in an old textile and lingerie atelier. A favourite of design enthusiasts and fashionistas, the 24-seat restaurant is a lesson in good taste, with taupe walls and deep-blue banquettes. The restaurant opened its doors in September 2014 backed by Singaporean chef and restaurateur André Chiang and global hotelier Loh Lik Peng and is headed up by his former sous chef Vincent Crépel from the South of France. The result is a sophisticated and interesting dialogue between French and Asian cuisine.

Address

12 Rue des Messageries 75010

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Caviar Kaspia

Paris, France

Caviar Kaspia has been the go-to spot for the high society in Paris since the 1920s when it was opened by Russian owner Arcady Fixon. Here the likes of Carine Roitfield, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Beyoncé rub shoulders with politicians and the literary elite. The space feels like an old-world private members club where guests are welcomed by name and taken through the ground-floor shop up to the hidden second floor. Champagne flows, vodka is served in carafes and caviar reigns. The menu is simple with extravagant ingredients and various ways to enjoy caviar – on blinis, with eggs, in a baked potato. There is a large selection of smoked fish and foie gras with a few soups and salads to accompany your main meal.

Address

17 Place de la Madeleine 75008

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Paradis

Paris, France

Simple and stylish, Paradis is a French brasserie in the 10th arrondissement and the type of place you could spend hours with friends over a bottle of red wine. Chef Nicolas Gaudin serves up simple dishes such as duck and veal carpaccio in a living room-esque setting with large wooden tables lit by vintage wall lights and large wax candles. The menu changes daily but eggs, vegetables, fish, pasta and grains so there will always be something to try.

Address

14 rue de Paradis 75010

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PNY Le Marais

Paris, France

This is a Miami Vice-inspired burger bar in the heart of Le Marais. We know you’ve heard it all before, but PNY’s third location is genuinely one of the trendiest burger joints we have seen to date. Come for the design and eat the Le Ponclet beef burgers with hand-cut french fries.The menu is reminiscent of any cult US burger bar but PNY pride themselves on the quality of their ingredients and their exceptional mature cuts of Le Ponclet beef. Check out PNY Oberkampf or PNY FBG Saint-Denis instead, depending which is closest to you.

Address

1 Rue Perrée 75003

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Septime

Paris, France

Bertrand Grébaut’s Septime is one of the most coveted restaurants in the French capital and with good reason. Combining the decor of a traditional bistro with a stylised finish, the spiral staircase, large industrial mirrors and flowers propped in metal watering cans create the ideal backdrop to your meal. Seasonal, flavoursome and beautifully presented, Septime’s simple yet creative menu changes daily. To really get a sense of just how talented Grébaut and his team are, try the carte blanche menu, which lists three ingredients per course.

Address

80 Rue de Charonne 75011

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Marcel

Paris, France

With its grey walls, metal chairs and industrial lighting, the interiors of Marcel’s three restaurants create a hip surrounding for those wanting an Instagrammable dining experience. Though undoubtedly trendy, Marcel still manages to be unassuming and welcoming. Come here for a lively American-style brunch or pick up coffee and spend your afternoon wandering the tree-lined streets of Paris.

Address

1 Villa Léandre 75018

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L’Entrée des Artistes

Paris, France

Following their relocation earlier this year, L’Entrée des Artistes is now situated in Pigalle. The New York-style restaurant is set over two floors but has maintained a cosy, intimate ambience. Exotic green plants, soft lighting and exposed brick walls set the scene in this art deco establishment which embodies Parisian cool. The menu is innovative and creative, mixing Asian and French flavours.

Address

30-32 rue Victor Masse 75009

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Frenchie

Paris, France

As an internationally renowned restaurant, Frenchie is hardly a place that needs its praises sung. Despite its fame and success, with its brick walls and tiny dining room, Frenchie’s interior and service maintains a neighbourhood bistro vibe, perfect for cosy and romantic dinners. Attracting anyone who enjoys exquisite food and wine, chef Gregory Marchand’s little alley spot lives up to the hype. Putting a spin on traditional French cuisine, Marchand’s seasonal menu is creative and inspired by his travels around the world, hosting a variety of flavours in his succinct menu. Be sure to try the informal café Frenchie To go on 9 rue de Nil.

Address

5 Rue du Nil 75002

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Season

Paris, France

For a slightly more wholesome meal amid all the croque monsieurs and steak frites, head to one of our favourite healthier hot spots in the Upper Marais. Season is the place to be for filling smoked salmon, avocado and poached egg toast when you’re in dire need of some nutrients or a matcha brioche when you’ve had one too many éclairs but still need to satisfy your sweet tooth. The muted, neutral tones of the décor also make it the perfect brunch place to soothe a hangover.

Address

1 Rue Charles-François Dupuis 75003

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Café Charlot

Paris, France

Formerly a neighbourhood boulangerie, Café Charlot is now a lively bistro with one of the most popular bars amongst the fashion set. Just opposite Le Marché des Enfants Rouge (the oldest market in Paris, created in 1610) the charming bakery window at the shop front, the 1950s style zinc bar, retro white tiles and wine bottles lining the walls will make you feel like you are finally in the Paris of your dreams. The food is good but we prefer the drinks. Come for happy hour between 7PM and 9PM and grab a seat (or fight for a seat) on the terrace for some of the best people-watching in Paris.

Address

38 Rue de Bretagne 75003

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Derrière

With the feeling of your bohemian aunt’s apartment that you use as a crash pad during Eurostar weekend getaways, this cosy restaurant is all kooky wall art, mismatched chairs and fringed red-velvet cushions. For “candid” action shots, step through Derrière’s mirrored version of Narnia’s wardrobe and into the hideaway smoking room. Even the loos are Instagram-friendly with their geometric mirrors hanging from chains and enormous washbasin.

Address

69 Rue des Gravilliers, 75003 Paris, France

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Hotel Grand Amour Terrace

With candy pink and white-striped awnings, tumbling ivy and black trellises, this is any fashion lover’s dream spot for sipping a café au lait while watching chic Parisiennes stroll in wearing cigarette trousers and click-clacking across the black-and-white checkered flooring. The sexy pink-hued bedrooms are equally ideal for snagging some coquettish pics if you’re looking for a place to stay.

Address

18 Rue de la Fidélité, 75010 Paris, France

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PNY Marais

The millennial dream, this bubblegum-pink and aqua fantasy is what #instagoals are made of. Once you’ve finished devouring your panko-crusted portobello burger, snap away between sips of your equally photogenic Oreo milkshake.

Address

1 Rue Perrée, 75003 Paris, France

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Monsieur Bleu at Palais de Tokyo

Black-marble columns, a copper wall, acid-green velvet booths… Monsieur Bleu nails the industrial-chic look. Whether you want a picture of your Moscow mule in front of one of the restaurant’s columns or a snap of the Eiffel Tower from the sought-after terrace, you might need to clear out some space on your camera roll for this one.

Address

20 Avenue de New York, 75116 Paris, France

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Loulou

Set in the Louvre’s courtyard amid meticulously trimmed hedges, Loulou sprawls out under a canopy of pristine white umbrellas shading a crowd of Sandro-clad couples sipping on Aperol spritzes as they take in the views of the Tuileries. The golden facades of the museum serve as the perfect backdrop if you’re looking for a little bourgeois glamour come lunchtime.

Address

107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

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Restaurant at L’Hotel

If sinking into a plush velvet chaise overlooking a fountain is your cup of tea, step into the courtyard at L’Hotel immediately. With copper hanging lanterns and silk wall drapes, it’s one of the most sophisticated places in Saint-Germain for a lunch break.

Address

13, rue des Beaux-Arts, 6th arr., 75006 Paris, France

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Ralph’s

Another Saint-Germain hotspot and truly something that no one should miss on a trip to Paris, Ralph’s is set in the glorious courtyard of, you guessed it, Ralph Lauren’s four-story Left Bank shop. Nestled between the surrounding buildings’ high arches, this restaurant is the perfect place to cosy up on a couch piled high with navy and white-striped cushions and enjoy a plate of crab cakes to switch up the usual tartare routine. If it’s a bit chillier outside, the restaurant’s indoor section is equally stunning, with dark oak panels, an enormous fireplace and English-inspired paintings of hunting scenes. And make sure to get a coffee or tea after your meal to get a tower of toffee-drizzled popcorn on the house – very Instagram-friendly.

Address

173 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris, France

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Restaurant Georges at Centre Pompidou

For seriously sculptural silver surroundings and, yet again, pink seating, Georges is an on-trend artsy locale. On top of its unique decor, which is basically an art installation, the restaurant is set on the top floor of the museum offering panoramic views of the city – Eiffel Tower, Sacré-Coeur, Grande Roue and Grand Palais included.

Address

6ème étage Palais Beaubourg Place Georges Pompidou, 75004 Paris, France

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Hôtel Costes Courtyard

If you like being surrounded by beautiful people just as much as beautiful settings, Costes is for you. A playground for all the PYTs of the fashion set, it’s the best spot to go for a burrata and cherry tomato salad (or go all out with their famous Crackers cheesecake – truly delightful) and people-watch. It’s no wonder so many stylish folks swarm here; the walls in the courtyard are painted a gorgeous muted cherry, Romanesque statues dot the tops of pillars and ivy tumbles from the balustrades lining the rooms above. If you want to keep the party going post-mealtime, retreat to the sexy bar decked out with dimly lit chandeliers and thick velvet curtains, or one of the candlelit library rooms for a nightcap before heading upstairs.

Address

239-241 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris, France

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Used Book Café at Merci

For a cutesy afternoon snuggled up with a book and a pot of mint tea, the library at Merci is a perfect place to stop after an exhausting morning spent browsing the expansive shop. Make sure to snap a pic of the iconic red Merci car parked outside the window on your way out.

Address

111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris, France