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Three-star chef Gérald Passedat brings a Mediterranean air to the brasserie at this famous Saint-Germain-des-Prés favourite – his only address in Paris. Reopened in 2018 after a four-year renovation, the Lutetia has put the Left Bank firmly back on the hyper-luxury circuit. Jean-Michel Wilmotte’s handsome design enhances all the elements of this Art Deco gem, adding miles of Carrara marble, polished rosewood, glass and all the latest amenities. Make sure to check out the newly exposed frescos in the swanky piano bar.
The legendary brasserie recently reopened after being savaged by the gilets jaunes last spring – and is as sleek and fabulous as ever. The historic hangout for a who’s who of Parisian and international stars, its sprawling terrace overlooking the Champs-Élysées and wood-panelled interiors are the place to see and be seen. A top-to-toe renovation in 2017 gave the historic Champs-Élysées address an opulent new look by Paris interiors icon Jacques Garcia.
The acclaimed Italian chain, with branches in Florence, Rome and Capri, has finally staked out in Paris. Its long-awaited opening on a chic street in Saint-Germain has seen its Restaurant CasaTua casts a spell with its open kitchen and uber-elegant antiques. You may want to stay for more than just a meal, though, when you see the Sisley spa with its marble pool.
Why choose Greek comfort food in Paris? When you taste the ultra-fresh dishes at this adorable café, you’ll know why. Everything’s healthy and delicious: Greek salad with marinated veggies and heirloom tomatoes, aged feta salad, tzatziki with grilled pitta, courgette beignets, grilled lamb or octopus, and a yummy Greek risotto. All with a very Parisian spin, bien sûr.
Chefs Kevin de Porre and Erwan Ledru, veterans of the city’s top kitchens, combine their notable talents to create a cuisine de terroir of originality and refinement in a glamorous setting just steps from La Madeleine. Dishes such as beets with trout caviar, smoked eel and pickled egg or tender red mullet with caramelised fennel and duck liver are guaranteed to surprise and delight. And with countless champagnes on offer, it’s a great spot for a celebration.
The Coya empire (London, Abu Dhabi, Monte-Carlo), purveyors of upscale Peruvian cuisine, has arrived in Paris. Set in an old church in the gourmet Beaupassage, this is one of the hottest openings of the season.The opulent dining room, featuring contemporary artwork, plush chairs and an original soundtrack, sets the tone for delicious small dishes to share and the best pisco sour in Paris. Cocktails at the pisco bar are an absolute must.
In a well-publicised dust-up last spring, Frédéric Anton – three-star chef of Paris’s superb Pré Catelan – seized the reins of this legendary Eiffel Tower dining room from Alain Ducasse. But, unlike Ducasse, Anton helms the kitchen himself. Just reopened after an elegant new makeover, there’s nothing quite like dinner gazing out at the twinkling lights 410 feet above the rooftops of Paris. [Read our review here.]
All of Paris awaited the opening of 58 Tour Eiffel this spring, two-star chef Thierry Marx’s new address on the Eiffel Tower’s first floor. Open all day long (with or without reservations), the restaurant’s contemporary gourmet vibe – with an open kitchen and a sleek design – features Marx’s signature cooking centred around “action, heat, and timing”.
Pizza aficionados are raving about the newest address near buzzing République serving what must be the finest Neapolitan pies in the whole of the city. Try the O My Sun, with yellow tomatoes, bresaola, or di latte, ricotta and lemon zest; or the Hot too Hot mixing burrata, red onions and fiery ‘nduja salami from Calabria. There’s also a heavenly sweet version topped with Nocciolata for dessert or a to-die-for rum baba with Napoli lemon cream. With only 18 seats and no reservations, it’s a good thing they deliver.
From France Today magazine