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Escargots, endless pasta and local wines worth writing home about

The list of highly acclaimed restaurants in Paris that the Michelin guide swoons over grows by a foot every year. Now with restaurants opening in full swing with the confidence of vaccinated patrons, you're going to be spoiled for choice. Take your pick from these bistros and bars that spread out the full gastronomique experience for your next trip to the French capital. 

On The Right Bank

1. Sequoia

At the lavish Kimpton St Honoré, this rooftop bar does not skimp on sights. See for yourself—with 360-degree panoramic views of the cityscape, you will be reintroduced to the city from a whole new level. Opened just this August, this is a spot waiting for you to wine, dine and unwind during your stay in Paris. 

Sequoia | 27-29 boulevard des Capucines, Paris 75002

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2. Pink Mamma

Even if you pride yourself on eating your weight in pasta, at Pink Mamma, you wouldn't be satisfied until you polish everything off your plate. The exterior of the building says nothing about what's in store inside this four-storey Italian restaurant. Be pleasantly surprised with walls of exquisite paintings, plants everywhere, mismatched furniture, bold decor, and a gorgeous skylight flooding this living room-esque restaurant with sunshine. 

Pink Mamma | 20 bis rue de Douai Paris 75009

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3. Limbar

The new daytime tearoom by Le Cheval Blanc Paris turns into a bar by night at Limbar. Le Cheval Blanc may be the most awaited hotel in Paris in 2021. It has everything to make you dream: its location—the iconic La Samaritainn and a panoramic terrace “from the Eiffel Tower to Montmartre and from Notre-Dame to Centre Georges Pompidou” managed by chef Arnaud Donckele and pastry chef Maxime Frédéric. Have breakfast or an afternoon snack enjoying viennoiseries, a wonderful sweet and savory baked good menu, or a magical afternoon goûter with delicate pastries and bread created by the talented Chef Frédéric. After your gastronomic affair, you can visit the Dior Spa in the hotel for some well-deserved R&R. 

Limbar | 8 quai du Louvre, Paris 75001

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4. Frenchie Pigalle

Within the walls of the Grand Pigalle Hotel lies Chef Marchand's new restaurant in Paris. The trendiness of the Pigalle area is one that resurges every once in a while, but as hip restaurants like Frenchie fill in the gaps left by previous establishments, Pigalle is back on the must-see list. Ponder over the wine menu as you seat yourself in an elegant blond-wood booth, surrounded by white-tiled walls and ceramic decorative elements created by esteemed Dorothée Meilichzon, known for her eclectic design aesthetic. Only a short walk away from the Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre, Frenchie knows how to zhuzh up their menu and take it to the next level—literally.  

Frenchie Pigalle | 29 rue Victor Masse, Paris 75009

5. Liquide

A modern, fun and entertaining tavern, Liquide features an uninhibited and sophisticated gastronomic experience sans the stuffiness of formal French dining. Chefs Marc and Scott source local produce to reimagine classic dishes and create accessible sharing menus with accompanying wines, cocktails and fermented drinks. An easy walking distance from both the Louvre and the just-opened Pinault Collection, Liquide's welcoming ambiance and exciting dishes take centre stage.

P.S. Enjoy a bit of theatrical fun with your food when you order his famous white chocolate candle which hides trout rillettes with chilli pepper—a trompe-l'oeil for the gram!

Liquide39 rue de l'Arbre Sec, Paris 75001

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6. Jugaad

A new name in the 2nd arrondissment dining scene, Uma Nota and Chef Sharma modernize Indian-French fusion at their latest restaurant, Jugaad. Made in golden tandoors, each dish is reminiscent of its classic Indian heritage but skilfully spruced up with a touch of European finesse to add that element of surprise. From traditional Indian vegetarian recipes, gluten-free options for their famous naans to spicy lamb chops that melt in your mouth, Jugaad will leave your heart happy and belly full at the end of your culinary experience. 

Jugaad | 16 rue Favart, Paris 75002

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7. Septime

Whereas the interiors softly exclaim Scandi vibes, the food is undoubtedly French, and sustainable. The establishment has developed a science when it comes to handling ingredients, seasonality, textures, and cooking. At Septime, explore creative plant and vegetable-focused dishes that change every two weeks, courtesy of Chef Grébaut's mastery at highlighting every ingredient's flavour and texture. Make sure you book three weeks in advance to score a table at the exclusive dining at this one Michelin star establishment. 

Septime | 80 rue de Charonne, Paris 75011

8. Aux Lyonnais

Travel nearly 500 kilometres—and a couple of hundred years back in time—in this Parisian restaurant influenced by the traditional bistros called 'bouchons' of Lyon. Headed by one of the world's most decorated chefs and holds 21 Michelin stars, Alain Ducasse promises a scrumptious affair within the cosy atmosphere of the belle époque style mirrored walls and tiled floors. Fun fact, Aux Lyonnaise still has the original sign from the restaurant’s 1914 debut, making it a historical gem in the heart of the city. Expect hearty meals, great wines, exceptional cheeses, and a dessert to make extra room for - the salted butter caramel Bressane tart with soft caramel ice cream to end the meal. 

Aux Lyonnais | 32 rue Saint-Marc, Paris 75002

 

9. Les Jardins du Presbourg

Stretch out your legs with a soireé under the gold-coloured leaves and pastel tones of the wall-to-wall murals at Les Jardins du Presbourg. At the foot of the Arc de Triomphe, you can expect innovative drinks, delicious dinners and a welcoming ambiance. In the day, spend some time under the sun on the terrasse, complete with gilded traditional-style tables and specialty cocktails. 

Les Jardins du Presbourg | 3 avenue de la Grande Armee, Paris 75116

 

On The Left Bank

10. La Coupole

Touted as a true art deco masterpiece, this brasserie is what you imagine Parisian dining looks like when you close your eyes. La Coupole has seen more than its fair share of stars in the limelight. Patti Smith played the guitar on the terrace. Henry Miller came for breakfast. Jane Birkin used to lunch here, as did Pablo Picasso and Josephine Baker. La Coupole is a quintessential symbol of Montparnasse's history, as well as a key component of the art of living and socialising in Paris. French brasserie menu, delectable—and Instagrammable—seafood platters, and the perfect place to power lunch.

La Coupole | 102 Boulevard du Montparnasse, Paris 75014

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11. Prescription Cocktail Club

Conceptualized by the Experimental Group—alongside Frenchie Pigalle and Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels—Prescription Cocktail Club is considered one of the best bars in the world, and here's why. You're in the company of master mixologists who craft seasonal and experimental cocktails, in this Prohibition-era speakeasy-style bar. More so, this bar knows how to balance classics with contemporaries, in their drinks menu and in their dimly lit two-story interiors, with a great selection of music that set the mood for the evening out with friends. 

Prescription Cocktail Club | 23 rue Mazarine, Paris 75006

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12. Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels

Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels is the first establishment of the Experimental Group to not focus just on cocktails but on quality wines. In the St Germain district, this relaxed yet opulent setting is perfect to taste wines from small producers around the country, with a great selection of tapas to nibble on. The elegant blue-walled room is stylish, contemporary, and boasts a cosy seating arrangement with a fireplace and plenty of stylish chairs on which to perch. For those who haven't reached the status of oenophiles yet, the staff is more than happy to have a conversation with you about what's in your glass and more about where it's from. 

Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels | 7 rue Lobineau, Paris 75006

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13. MoSuke

Situated in the Montparnasse neighbourhood in the south of the capital, MoSuke quickly became the talk of the town after it opened in September 2020. It only took a short few months for Chef Mory Sacko's restaurant, to receive a Michelin star this year, as the first in France for a cuisine centered on west and central African culinary traditions. The chef takes his Malian and Senegalese roots, his fascination for Japanese cuisine, and his passion for Gallic techniques, and fuses them to create flavour combinations his patrons have never tasted before. Dining at MoSuke is not a quick one-course occasion, so take your time to unravel each dish's history and meaning as you let Chef Sacko introduce you to his take on modern French cuisine. 

MoSuke | 11 rue Raymond-Losserand, Paris 75014

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