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Paris, the grande dame of the world’s culinary destinations, still holds its own with nearly as many three-star restaurants in this French capital (10) as there are in all of North America (12). But even with this notoriety, the French culture of culinary excellence does not rest on its laurels, not even after receiving, in 2010, the distinction of UNESCO World Heritage Classification for its cuisine.

The most distinguished chefs in Paris  regularly challenge this culinary culture. Dining in their establishments is to bear witness to this re-envisioning of the pillars of French cuisine, whether it be fresh alchemic recipes for sauces, a brand new way to present charcuterie, an evolution of molecular gastronomy, or even a simple and delicious way to re-imagine an affordable set menu for the business lunch crowd.

So if you enjoy good food, but don’t necessarily have the time to spend hours researching a Parisian chef’s philosophy and storied career, have no fear. This list is one I’ve curated to extract sure bets so that you can be confident you’ll come out a winner. I’ve also culled from several price categories, so whatever your budget, you will be sure to experience an authentic, outstanding meal while in Paris. 


About Paige Donner

Paige is a transplanted Parisian. She first arrived as a young bride in the early 90s to live in Paris, having uprooted herself from her native California. Since then it has been an on-again, off-again love affair with the City of Lights, one that has grown fonder over time. Paige hosts Paris GOODfood+wine and World of Wine for World Radio Paris.  When...  Read more »

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