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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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Pierre Gagnaire, 8th Arr.

Pierre Gagnaire is not only a wizard of contemporary French gastronomy but also one of the most original and artistic chefs working anywhere today. The...more

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Restaurant Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, 8th Arr.

Under the aegis of globe-trotting überchef Alain Ducasse, this elegant ivory-colored dining room in the Plaza Athénée does an appealing,...more

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Rino, 11th Arr.

In Paris, fancy restaurants are out (for now) andtiny bistros in outlying arrondissements are in. And the most exciting table du jour is Giovanni Passerini's...more

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Rue Mouffetard, 5th Arr.

Milk-goats no longer wander up Rue Mouffetard, but this cobbled market street has retained much of its pre-industrial character. A dozen "old Paris" shops sell...more

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Senderens, 8th Arr.

Many Parisian gastronauts view former three-star chef Alain Senderens as untouchable. He practically invented Nouvelle Cuisine, and for decades he piloted...more

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Taillevent, 8th Arr.

Chef Alain Solivérès, a native of Montpellier, has a remarkable pedigree: He trained under Maximin, Thulier, Senderens, and Ducasse. But he won his...more

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Wadja, 6th Arr.

Although Montparnasse thrives on its reputation as the early-20th-century hangout of Picasso, Hemingway, and their arty contemporaries, few of the...more

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Yam'tcha, 9th Arr.

Though it's being lionized by the French press, Yam'Tcha, the hottest new restaurant in Paris, is actually more of a pussycat than a ferocious beast. Tucked...more

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