1. Holy Belly
Those looking to brunch, this is the spot.
2. La Fontaine de Belleville
Come to this traditional brasserie for a quick bite.
An exceptional seafood restaurant.
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4. David Toutaine
High-end dining, where the truffle menu is definitely worth the splurge.
5. Au Passage
Be sure to snag a reservation here for a choice of small or large plates, this hard-to-get-a-reservation restaurant brings a lot to the table.
6. Les Cocottes
One of my favorites, each dish is made in a cast-iron — it seems whatever Christian Constant touches turns to gold.
Where innovative cuisine and decoration blend into a fine dining experience.
A hip restaurant, where a reservation is nearly impossible. It’s truly a gem.
A quaint cafe where the patisseries are to die for.
10. La Chateaubriand
Casual dining elevated in a warm space.
11. Le Hibou
The spot for an after work drink and small bite.
A taqueria has graced Paris and it’s worth a try.
13. Chez Paul
If you’re looking for a hearty boeuf bourguignon, come here.
With many locations through the city, head here for the best hot chocolate.
15. La Bellevilloise
Sunday brunch done with live jazz.
16. Cuisine de Bar
Come here for every kind of tartine.
17. Le Coq Rico
An all poultry restaurant — they take it seriously.
18. Monsieur Bleu
A fancy restaurant on the Trocadero, where the views are as good as the food.
19. Brasserie Lip
A classic Parisian brasserie with odes to the past.
20. L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
If you do one prefix menu, let it be with him. It’s a menu that tells the story of France through taste.
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