Paris: chic global cuisineFrom boulangeries to haute tables, casual bistro fare to big-deal meals, the Paris dining spectrum is virtually unmatched in quality. Classic cafes and brasseries meet imported innovations such as food trucks and tapas in the voracious French capital, where diners bring high standards to every table. Pack your appetite — and this list of hot spots.
— Elaine Glusac
L’Abeille, Shangri-La Hotel, Paris, 10 Avenue d’Iéna, 011-33-1-53-67-19-98, shangri-la.com/paris
Philippe Labbé recently earned two Michelin stars for the new hotel’s flagship restaurant, L’Abeille. The a la carte menu calls out ingredient provenance from Scottish grouse to Channel Islands lobster in refined haute French dishes. Tables by the windows overlook the serene gardens.
Le Camion Qui Fume, lecamionquifume.com
It took a Californian to bring the food truck craze to Paris. Now Kristin Frederick drives around town in Le Camion Qui Fume (The Smoking Truck), where hoards follow for her juicy cheddar hamburgers and crisp french fries. Locations change frequently, but the website contains a weekly itinerary.
Spring, 6 rue Bailleul, 011-33-1-45-96-05-72, springparis.fr
Chicago native Daniel Rose (pictured) runs one of the city’s most buzzed-about restaurants, marrying a casual American approach to atmosphere — witness the open kitchen — with a French reverence for seasonality in constantly changing, multicourse menus. If you can’t crowd in, try his nearby Spring Boutique (52 rue de l’Arbre Sec) for lunch.
Frenchie, 5-6 Rue du Nil, 011-33-1-40-39-96-19, frenchie-restaurant.com
A chalkboard menu, brick walls, and wood beams create a rustic setting for the refined food of chef Gregory Marchand. It marries French style to a global larder, with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients. Reserve early or be happy with a drink at the sibling wine bar.
Arola, W Paris-Opera, 4 Rue Meyerbeer, 011-33-1-77-48-94-94, restaurant-arola.com
With the opening of the new W near the Place Vendôme, Spanish celebrity chef Sergi Arola debuts in Paris with a playful restaurant that serves communal platters of bite-size portions with themes devoted to the land, sea, and garden. He also designed the tapas served in the lounge and, to the delight of guests, the room service menu.
Sur Mesure, Mandarin Oriental, Paris, 251 Rue St-Honore, 011-33-1-70-98-73-00, mandarinoriental.com/paris
Every surface — from walls to tables, chairs, and even plates — is white, all the better to show off the surrealist style of renowned chef Thierry Marx. In addition to his six- and nine-course menus of artfully constructed dishes, the chef prepares more traditional French fare at the neighboring and equally minimalist Camélia.