Paris has reclaimed its status as one of the world’s favorite cities to eat. The French capital is bustling with a brilliant constellation of restaurants these days, including a bevy of openings that show off how deliciously cosmopolitan it’s become: Menkicchi is maybe the best ramen shop in town, young French Malian chef Mory Sacko cooks stunningly original dishes at MoSuke, and Korean-born chef Sukwon Yong shows off the growing influence of Asia on contemporary French cooking at the reboot of Le Bistrot Flaubert. Plus there’s an inventive and diverse array of casual dining options, like the affordable Café du Coin, excellent Montmartre bistro Le Maquis, and Parcelles, an outstanding bistrot a vins in the Marais. There’s also been a renaissance of Paris’s long-established gastronomic landscape, with traditional bistros, brasseries, and stylish restaurants serving classic French cooking made famous by chef Auguste Escoffier.
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With the noticeable return of the city’s tourists and Parisians themselves dining out again, the Paris restaurant scene is buzzing with glamorous new openings and talented young chefs making their debuts. Chef Omar Dhiab, who formerly worked for chef Christophe Moret and won a Michelin star for Loiseau Rive Gauche, ushers the recently uneven Jean Imbert au Plaza Athenee off stage. Dhiab’s technically impeccable and intriguingly original contemporary French cooking at his namesake restaurant has made it one of Paris’s most coveted tables. Similarly, chef Yannick Alleno’s shrewd relaunch of Prunier, the much-loved fish house with a landmarked art-deco facade and interior near the Arc de Triomphe, has become an immediate hit with the city’s beau monde and so replaces chef Jean-François Piège’s Le Grand Restaurant as a great destination for a luxurious lunch or special night out.
We update this list quarterly to make sure it reflects the ever-changing Paris dining scene.
Alexander Lobrano is a Paris restaurant expert and author of Hungry for Paris, Hungry for France, and his gastronomic coming-of-age story My Place at the Table. He blogs about restaurants and writes often for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Saveur, and other publications.Read More