The Most Overlooked Mediterranean Paradise in Europe
1. Alain Ducasse au Plaza AthénéeAvenue de Montaigne 25, Paris
2. Pierre Sang on Gambey6, rue Gambey, Paris
3. Aux Deux Cygnes36 rue Keller, Paris
4. The Peninsula19 Ave Kléber, Paris
5. Rachel's25 Rue Du Pont Aux Choux, Paris
6. MG Road205 rue Saint-Martin, Paris
7. Les Déserteurs46 rue Trousseau, Paris
8. Restaurant Ô Divin Épicerie130, rue de Belleville, Paris
9. La Fine Mousse Restaurant4 Ave Jean Aicard, Paris
10. Quindici12 Rue Linois Beaugrenelle, Paris
This 8th arrondissement resto, located in the Plaza Athenee hotel, is all about sustainably caught seafood, organic produce, and only a little meat; overall a focus on what Ducasse calls "naturalité" (naturalness). Yes, that means French-grown quinoa, but at a Michelin-starred price.
This restaurant is housed in a former printing shop, and it’s two full floors devoted to eating. With Korean and French roots, Sang’s cooking is inspired by two continents, and you never know what you’re going to get. There’s no phone, and absolutely no reservations, so yes, you do want to show up early.
In an old Italian epicerie near Bastille, you’ll find wine bar Aux Deux Cygnes. There are natural wines and locally brewed beers from Deck & Donohue, and plenty of small plates to drink them with, from iberico ham to bahn mi to burrata and heirloom tomatoes.
Paris’ classiest hotels have always been home to some of the finest high teas and dining experiences, and The Peninsula is no exception. This luxury hotel has six different restaurants under its roof, and the most notable is perhaps L’Oiseau Blanc, which is located on the sixth floor and has a 360-degree view of the city. If food from another continent is more your style, then check out LiLi for a Cantonese experience.
If you have a hankering for American-inspired food, particularly cheesecake, Rachel’s is the place to go. Rachel, has in fact, been supplying cafes and restaurants with her famed American goodies for quite some time now, but head to her brick and mortar where you can drink locally roasted coffee (from Le Coutume), eat pecan pie, or come for the lunch menu that includes everything from po' boy sandwiches to healthy California salads.
Indian food in Paris is often reserved for hole-in-the-wall eateries, or anywhere in Passage Brady, but MG Road has upped the ante. Inspired by the Mumbai Irani cafes opened by immigrants from Iran in the early 19th century, this bistro-style restaurant serves up Indian cuisine in a bright and modern atmosphere. Lassi, dal, homemade paneer: it’s all here.
Located in the hub of Paris’ neo-bistro scene, Les Déserteurs is housed in the old Rino restaurant, and the focus is on fresh, market produce and a solid wine list. That means an ever-changing seasonal menu served in four or six courses.
Beef tongue sandwich anyone? Ô Divin Épicerie, a venture of the Ô Divin restaurant, is all about sandwiches, cured meats, and smoked fishes to go with your glass of wine.
Love craft beer and good food? Then get yourself to this 11th arrondissement resto. Their associated bar, La Fine Mousse, is one of the essential spots for craft beer in Paris, and now you can have your dinner paired with beers at their restaurant. And forget a restaurant gastronomique, this is all about biéronomique, and it's devoted to carefully pairing each dish on the fixed menu with a good, artisan beer.
Open since June 2014, Quindici is not only a pizzeria, but a trattoria and wine bar. Housed in a commercial shopping center, you’ve got 700 square meters of pure Italian bliss with a view looking out over the Seine.