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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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L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, 7th Arr.

Former three-star chef Joël Robuchon was hailed as the best French chef of the 20th century before he retired at age 50. Then, a few years ago, he returned...more

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L'Atelier Maître Albert, 5th Arr.

This is three-star chef Guy Savoy's rotisserie-restaurant for the bold and beautiful, on the Left Bank across from Notre-Dame. The unusual interior successfully...more

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L'Avant Goût, 13th Arr.

More popular than ever, this contemporary bistro (opened in 1997 near the Place d'Italie), draws crowds because of the superb cooking of Christophe Beaufront...more

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L'Épi Dupin, 6th Arr.

Chef François Pasteau's market-based, creative cuisine served in a neighborhood-style setting was revolutionary for the mid-1990s. Now it has become the...more

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L'Ourcine, 13th Arr.

The menu changes almost daily at this superb old-fashioned French bistro near Gobelins, but usually offers a mix of traditional, homey, primarily southwestern...more

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La Bigarrade, 17th Arr.

La Bigarrade may be the city's most avant-garde table d'hôte. Even the address—the unfashionable part of the 17th arrondissement, between Place de...more

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La Coupole, 14th Arr.

If metropolitan bustle and an intriguingly diverse Parisian crowd are a vital part of your brasserie experience, this sprawling Art Deco–style dining room...more

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Lao Siam, 19th Arr.

This sprawling, overlit, crowded dining room can be pretty noisy, but it's a great address for both fans of Asian cooking and anyone who's counting their euros....more

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Le Bistrot Paul Bert, 11th Arr.

With a friendly, arty crowd and wonderful food, this back-beyond-the-Bastille bistro would be well worth seeking out even if it weren't one of the best buys in...more

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Le Cinq, 8th Arr.

No matter how good the food, a meal at a grand hotel restaurant used to be a yawn or, worse, a parody of obsequiousness. It's places like Le Cinq at the Four...more

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