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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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Le Temps au Temps, 11th Arr.

Bring a shoehorn with you—Le Temps au Temps is one of those cheek-by-jowl Paris places east of the Bastille where a dozen tables share space meant for...more

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Les Petites Sorcières, 14th Arr.

When Ghislaine Arabian was chef at the ultraluxurious Pavillon Ledoyen during the 1990s, the restaurant had two Michelin stars. She was a superstar, and she...more

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Les Ombres, 7th Arr.

This rooftop eatery with wraparound views might just be the best thing about Jean Nouvel's $350 million Musée du Quai Branly. The restaurant's name...more

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Les Ambassadeurs, 8th Arr.

In 2004, at the age of 34, chef Jean-Francois Piège left Alain Ducasse's flagship at the Plaza-Athénée to take over Paris's most opulent...more

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Le Grand Véfour, 1st Arr.

By many a twist, this restaurant, opened in 1784, has survived the French Revolution, industrialization, and passing culinary fashions. And despite chef Guy...more

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Le Dôme, 14th Arr.

A quick scan of the prices at this luxurious seafood house in Montparnasse makes it hard to believe that Trotsky ever sat on the glassed-in terrace, reading the...more

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Le Dauphin, 11th Arr.

When Inaki Aizpitarte decided to open another restaurant just steps from his groundbreaking Le Chateaubriand, Paris foodies took note. Admirer Giovanni...more

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Le Comptoir du Relais, 6th Arr.

With his 1990s hit restaurant, the far-flung La Régalade, Yves Camdeborde was credited with reinventing the Parisian bistro. Now the cult chef presides...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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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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