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Paris restaurants

Is Paris burning? Maybe. The City of Light's restaurant scene is certainly hot. Few other places have a comparable concentration of talented, highly trained chefs and demanding eaters inspiring one another. These days many of the top-end culinary artistes preside over Paris's palace hotel kitchens such as Alain Ducasse at the Plaza Athénée and Jean-Francois Piège at the Crillon. Meanwhile, a younger generation led by Yves Camdeborde of Le Comptoir du Relais is busy forging cuisine gastronomique and traditional bistro fare into the lively, enlightened style insiders call "bistronomie." It's served at reasonable prices in casual settings all over Paris, from the Left Bank to the Bastille neighborhood. Of course, many classic Paris restaurants, including Le Grand Véfour, are still going strong without sacrificing their culinary standards. On the other hand, if metropolitan bustle and a landmark interior are more important to you than fine dining, head to the historic La Coupole or Brasserie Lipp. Wherever you go, a newfound respect for diners is, literally, in the air: A ban on smoking in cafés, restaurants, and bars went into effect in 2008.

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Astrance, 16th Arr.

For fashionable foodies, a meal at this small, split-level dining room with silver-painted walls on a quiet residential street near the Trocadero is guaranteed...more

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Aux Lyonnais, 2nd Arr.

For years a seedy neighborhood bistro, Aux Lyonnais is a case study in turning pigs' ears, snouts, and trotters into a silk purse. When Alain Ducasse took over...more

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Brasserie Lipp, 6th Arr.

This perennial brasserie opened in 1880 in the heart of Saint Germain is almost as famous for its clubby habitués and standoffish service—newcomers...more

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Café Constant, 7th Arr.

Formerly the executive chef of Les Ambassadeurs, Christian Constant has spun his well-earned celebrity into a mini empire of four restaurants, located...more

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Café des Musées, 3rd Arr.

Talented chef François Chenel's flavorful, classic bistro food follows the seasons and comes at bargain prices. The daily prix fixe (about $30) might...more

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Chez Les Anges, 7th Arr.

Cool jazz on the sound system, a sunny veranda, and a cool, modern bar: That's how Jacques and Catherine Lacipiere—the husband-and-wife team also behind...more

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Dominique Bouchet, 8th Arr.

At a time when many new restaurants in Paris spin on a "concept" or gimmick, chef Dominique Bouchet's eponymous spot next to the Marché de l'Europe...more

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Frenchie, 2nd Arr.

Tucked away in the cobbled, film-set charming Rue du Nil in the Sentier, Paris's old garment district, chef Gregory Marchand's terrific modern bistro, Frenchie,...more

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Jadis, 15th Arr.

Jadis ("in times past") may seem like an odd name for a brilliant new bistro by one of the most talented young chefs in Paris, but after a meal there, you'll...more

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L'Arpege, 7th Arr.

In 2006, chef Alain Passard's L'Arpege turned 20 years old and, with the reconversion of Alain Senderens's Lucas-Carton, this pear-wood-paneled property in the...more

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