Paris is always a good idea.
- Audrey Hepburn
A low-lit Moroccan mainstay where locals and fashionable out-of-towners go to share spicy tagines and sill rounds of sweet, minty mojitos. For a change of scenery under one roof, take a spin through kitschy watering hole Andy Wahloo next door and cozy Le Derriere restaurant in the back.
Green juice just got its passport. Breakfast muffins and smoothies draw locals who treat the place like an extension of their own dining room and occasional pop-up dinner party destination. Healthy eating may not sound like vacation, but there's no telling how long one can exist on steak frites.
Freshly baked bread, hand-churned butter, charcuterie cured in-house — and that's just the start. Trust the cool kid chef's no-exceptions neo-Scandi-style tasting menu; It's for the hungry, not the faint of heart. Beer, wine, and the raw bar go well with the distinct rock-and-roll vibe.
Light, airy, and filled with seasonal organic ingredients, these buckwheat crêpes make all others in the category look like greasy diner pancakes. Dropping by without a reservation is not advised unless an excuse is needed to shop the impressive assortment of butter at the gourmet market next door.
Act like a local at this saucy bistro. Order the honey-roasted Camembert and a bottle of wine, then discuss really semi-important poetry or whether or not to have the the pot de crême by the flattering votive candle light (the answer is yes). Open late.
Along with Deux Magots, one of the most epic cafes in town. Rife with literary history, its patrons could fill a who's who of Parisian history. Politicians, actors, fashion designers — everyone hangs out here alongside the welcomed tourists. Flore has been cool for so long, it's immune to trends.
A clubhouse for Russian aristocracy in the twenties, a designer reservation no less splendid today. It's easy to imagine the legendary of the Ballet Russe troubling waiters with more chichi requests, but the baked potato with caviar is certainly on point.
If Brooklyn is missing any bearded chefs, look no further than this modern day bistro that captures the New York throwback vibe in all its mustachioed-and-exposed-brick glory. Grill the mixologist until there are answers — or at least ginger fig cocktails on the bar.
Take one French chef and stick him on the line with Jamie Oliver in London. Once service has finished, plant him back where he can surround himself with seasonal ingredients, a handful of local purveyors, and a few choice bottles of wine from around the world. Then pray for a reservation and the chance to try a few refined-yet-rustic plates.
A perfectly preserved turn-of-the-century French brasserie serving piping hot bowls of Japanese udon. Tables are packed with notables of the fashion, music, and media sets.
The epic, cheap falafel place in the Marais. A great counterpoint to the French cuisine you'll gorge on during a visit. L'As is so popular, it can support competitors on the block who lap up the spillover. There's take-out in front and tables in the back. The harissa makes a great souvenir.
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One of the city's best, so reservations are impossible. (Start calling two months ahead.) Chef Pascal Barbot trained with Alain Passard at L'Arpège and earned three Michelin stars and the #13 slot on San Pellegrino's World's 50 Best Restaurants for his innovative French cuisine. There's no menu; the meal is tailored to every diner's tastes.
Joël Robuchon is one of the world's best chefs. There are outposts of his bar restaurant throughout the world and one across town on the Champs Elysées, but L'Atelier really is the best version of itself at the original Paris location. The food is inventive, opulent, surprisingly light, and stunning. Limited seating, so reservations are a must.
A super local restaurant that serves French classics like duck confit and soufflé. Full of local families and couples. Anti-trendy and very delicious.
Chef Inaki Aizpitarte draws the foodie crowd for his strong and innovative and Basque cuisine. Ranked #9 on San Pellegrino's list of the World's 50 Best Restaurants, they only take reservations for the first seating, so go late. Prix fixe, dinner only.
A hot newcomer to the culinary scene, with a fresh and vibrant ambiance and cuisine. Small and always crowded, it's run by rising chef Sylvain Sendra and his wife, Sandra. They have inventive yet reliable palates.
Bento boxes by a backer of Le Baron and the backbone of Rose Bakery. A healthy, earty, organic lunch is easy to grab on the go.
Macarons are on high alert. Cream puffs are looking to oust them from the no. 1 treat spot, and this narrow storefront bakery is leading the charge with classics like vanilla and dark chocolate with rose, pistachio, and salted caramel on backup.
Just the place homesick American coffee connoisseurs can duck into when they need a direct-trade, small-batch, limited-edition, perfectly pulled espresso-based drink. Disarmingly friendly. Good for slow mornings and afternoon snacks.