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Best French in Paris

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Les Papilles opened in 2003, has captured the hearts of the picky gourmands of Paris with its gourmet food, classic wines and amiable service. It's a delicatessen by the day offering wide choices of local dishes spiced up with authentic herbs. In the afternoon, when you look forward to an elaborate lunch, Les Papilles offers you dining services. Since they believe in serving fresh recipes, the food served varies seasonally and the menu board always has a list of exclusive delicacies. As the day ends, all we want is a glass of fine wine and good company. In the evening, explore the cellar of Les Papilles which stocks the finest vintage wines, specially hand-made by masters of renowned vine-yards. A visit to Les Papilles and you get to experience all that is France famous for.

Opened in 2011, L'Affable is a trendy yet warm Parisian bistro that offers French comfort food with a twist. This perennially busy restaurant (that shows its popularity) is beautifully decked up with globe-shaped lamps and red-hued banquettes. Featuring seasonal produce, the menu offers delightful dishes such as Terrine of Foie Gras Mi-Cuit along with Jelly Gingerbread, Oxtail Ravioli, crispy Sweetbreads and more. Complement your meal with a glass of wine and round it up with a decadent dessert like their Mont Blanc Maison, that surely shouldn't be missed.

A dinner at Le Cinq can give you a good idea of what fine French dining is all about. With a decor that resembles the dining room of a royal palace - carpeted floors, elegant chandeliers, ornate adornments and more, this restaurant is tucked in the revered Four Seasons Hotel. The traditional classics are made, garnished and presented with all the charm and etiquette that the French are known for. The atmosphere is rich with an elite crowd and views of the hotel's courtyard and garden.

A glorious red and gold, 18th-century dining room, resplendent with mirrors and chandeliers, greets guests as they enter Le Grand Véfour. Within its palatial boundaries, Chef Guy Martin displays magical culinary artistry, as he skillfully whips up his trademark dishes like Tourte d'Artichauts et Légumes Confits and some divine concoctions, such as Ravioles de Foie Gras à l'émulsion de Crème Truffée. Business lunches are often organized during the day, but, at night, a romantic atmosphere takes over. Don't let the long names on the menu intimidate you. Indulge, and let the flavors linger. Even longer lasting, however, are memories of this splendid dining experience.

Caillebotte gets its name from the French artist of the Impressionist period, Gustave Caillebotte. It is the second venture of chef Franck Baranger after the success of his Le Pantruche. This upscale bistro features classic French specialties like scallops with watercress and lemon butter as well as foie gras paired with fine wine. Guests can be seated on the marble counter overlooking the open kitchen and take in all the backstage action. The artistic decor and sparkling mirrors create an ambiance of understated elegance. Make sure you reserve a table as its popularity is undeniable.

Antoine Westermann gives poultry its due at Le Coq Rico, a traditional bistro, is located in the heart of Montmartre. The meat is sourced locally to create delicious roasts, soups and terrines that reinvent classic flavors and textures of French cuisine. The all-white interiors are decorated with paintings on unrefined canvases for a chic yet rustic appeal. You can reserve a seat overlooking all the culinary action or at the table in the wine cellar. Favorites on the menu include the Bresse chicken roast, Poitou pigeon and Challans guinea fowl, among delectable specialties.

A beautiful 19th-century mansion, close to the famous Champs-Élysées, is the venue that owner-chef Jean-Pierre Vigato has chosen for his upscale restaurant. Apicius has won the Michelin Two-Star rating and a regular clientele in the bargain. Patrons include locals, tourists, and a motley crowd, out to sample some French culinary delights. Serving a cuisine with rustic accents, the chef prepares offal and game like no one else in the capital.

Antonin Bonnet and his talented team have shifted base from London to set up Le Sergent Recruteur in the heart of Ile Saint Louis. The dining experience here features dishes such as pithivier, charcuterie, white truffle risotto, foie gras and Poitou rabbit, among other French-influenced dishes that find inspiration in ethically-produced ingredients. The inventive fare is beautifully paired with wines from around the world. Celebrated designer Jaime Hayon has breathed new life into the six-century-old building with an layout that redefines sophistication. His signature style is undeniable in the tasteful selection of Venetian mirrors, honeycomb doors, green upholstery, whitewashed timber and unique medieval accents that lend an air of luxury and understated elegance.

This lovely bar located in the Hôtel Meurice was redesigned by Philippe Starck in December 2007. The bar, achieving the perfect balance of cozy and chic, serves more than fifty whiskeys and malts, and over three-hundred drinks including seventeen original creations such as the cocktail Starcky or the 228. Bar 228 also serves a full menu of French specialties as well as small tapas-like plates to munch on.

La Closerie des Lilas is a chic bar and restaurant located in the 5th arrondissement in Paris. Indeed, the celebrated Hemingway penned his epic novel 'The Sun Also Rises' sitting in this very bar. This gourmet restaurant can easily be very expensive due to its location near the Luxemborg Gardens and also due to the exceptional quality of food served. Gorge on Fin Clair oysters and sip on white wine, as the piano player creates music that filters the entire dining room.

L Alchimiste is a small, cozy bistro. The waiters are friendly and the table decoration is simple. But don't be mistaken, what's on the plate is quite sophisticated! Almost all the dishes are traditionally French, but the chef cooks them in his own way and successfully blends flavors. For example, the confit of duck pastilla comes with dates and pistachios, the veal sweetbread is coated with breadcrumbs, and the sauteed foie gras comes with gingerbread. The wine list is very rich and it is possible to order a glass of wine or a bottle.

Formerly a high-end hotel, this architecturally rich restaurant is known for its lavish spread since its inception in 1766 on the banks of the Seine. The fare is French and one can savor it while sitting at one of the tables where eminent personalities like Guy de Maupassant and Alexandre Dumas have cherished the satiating morsels. Enter the pristine walls of this established and be struck with awe at the old-world charm that it exudes, complete with its wooden beams, leather chairs and brass tableware. The private rooms are well away from prying eyes, behind a hidden stairway, ideal for an exclusive, intimate dinner.

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