A city awash with corner bistros, hole-in-the-wall cafés, sleek pâtisseries, petites boulangeries and smart, Michelin-starred spots, Paris has no shortage of exceptional choices when it comes to places to eat.
Café Les Deux Gares, 10th arr.
The city’s hottest opening of 2020, Hotel Les Deux Gares in the 10th arrondissement was dreamt up by London-based designer and Renaissance vision Luke Edward Hall and French hotelier Adrien Gloaguen (of Panache, Beaurepaire and Bienvenue). The restaurant across the street is decorated with Art Deco details – a trompe l’oeil tortoiseshell ceiling painted by artist Pauline Leyravaud, banquettes with mustard- and ruby-striped upholstery and a zinc-topped burgundy bar. Fluffy pastries and third-wave coffee are on the menu in the mornings, too. hoteldeuxgares.com
Le Chardenoux, 11th arr.
Swedish interior-architect Martin Brudnizki added botanical touches to chef Cyril Lignac’s contemporary takeover of an Art Nouveau building. Inspired by nearby Jardin de la Folie Titon, it has hand-painted sage-green leaves and frilly baroque chandeliers on the ceiling while red-velvet scalloped-trimmed banquettes flank the walls. Faded red and black hexagonal tiles, an ode to conservatories past, also cover the floor. Kick off the seafood-heavy menu with dishes such as Marennes-Oléron oysters with smoked butter, followed by scallops caramelised with miso and coriander and the sea bass in sea-salt crust for two. restaurantlechardenoux.com
Lapérouse, Left Bank
This 18th-century restaurant with a storied past – Victor Hugo, Honoré de Balzac, Ernest Hemingway and Marcel Proust have all walked through its doors – saw a fresh update in 2019 by Parisian designer Laura Gonzalez. Favourites on the classically French menu include Noirmoutier Charlotte potato with Lapérouse caviar and sea bass with raw langoustines, olive oil and herbs. Flirty shades of red and pink tasseled lamps, gilded Venetian mirrors and classic paintings add a dose of old-world allure to this Left Bank gem. laperouse.com