Paris: 15 Hot Spots for Hardcore Food Lovers

    Paris both thrills and frustrates epicures from out of town. Thrills because the culinary landscape is supreme; frustrates because the landscape is ever-mobile, on the move and elusive. Sure, Paris has gastro icons, staples and temples (some stagnant, some as impressive as ever) but like any other big city, new chefs, boulangers and pâtissiers endlessly inject new brio and verve into the scene and keep bon vivants in La Ville-Lumière abuzz.

    With that, discover 15 old and new hot spots for hardcore food lovers in Paris. This list will keep you at the top of your gourmet game in the sublime capital of France.

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    Poilâne
    8, rue du Cherche-Midi

    There is very little debate about the fact that Poilâne makes, simply put, the best bread on the planet.

    Pierre Hermé
    several shops in Paris

    Pierre Hermé, Sadaharu Aoki and Ladurée form a quasi-holy trinity of name-brand pastry shops in Paris but we give the edge to Hermé for his non-macaron gems.

    La Pâtisserie des Rêves
    93, Rue du Bac

    The new pastry all-star in Paris is, sans doute, the stellar La Pâtisserie des Rêves. Expect to queue.

    Le Sot L’y Laisse
    70 Rue Alexandre Dumas

    Japanese chefs rule Paris at the moment, with Eiji Doihara’s Le Sot L’y Laisse a prime exemplar.

    Chez Michel
    10, rue Belzunce

    Exquisite bistro that inflects Breton classics and offers a winter hunter’s menu.

    Roseval
    1, Rue d’Eupatoria

    Hole-in-the-wale in Menilmontant is the hot reservation du moment.

    Le Chardenoux
    1, Rue Jules Vallès

    This classic, detail-perfect bistro in the middle of the 12th is a quintessential Paris experience. Go on a weeknight.

    Patrick Roger
    108, Boulevard Saint-Germain

    Master chocolatier Patrick Roger is a mad scientist whose decadent creations have become the cocoa gold standard in Paris.

    Chez L’Ami Jean
    27, Rue Malar

    Almost impossible to get a table but well worth the effort, Chez L’Ami Jean is a cook’s restaurant with a convivial vibe.

    Spring
    6, rue Bailleul

    Daniel Rose’s Spring is one of the toughest gets in town. The intimate restaurant has won raves from all the important food mags and critics in Europe and North America.

    Neva
    2, Rue de Berne

    Neva has almost single-handedly resuscitated the 8th’s moribund culinary bona fides and features a brigade with Michelin-star kitchen experience.

    Ma Cocotte
    106, rue des Rosiers, Saint-Ouen

    The loft-life space and Philippe Starck interiors blare Manhattan but the food at Ma Cocotte, in the Marché Paul Bert, is strictly French.

    Breizh Café
    109, Rue Vieille du Temple

    Just the place to stop for a glass of cider and a crêpe in the tony Marais.

    Abri
    92, rue du Faubourg-Poissonnière

    Hipster-central Abri is a Japanese-run (by a chef whose résumé includes Robuchon, Taillevent and l’Agapé Bistrot, no less) boîte and pioneer of a new type of restaurant in Paris: the restaurandwicherie gastronomique.

    Atelier Vivanda
    18, rue Lauriston

    The successful carnivore concept of Atelier Vivanda has a Michelin-star talent at the helm in Chef Akrame Benallal.

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