Chef Guillaume Brahimi
This is a beautiful, traditional French bistro by Alain Ducasse. It has a warm atmosphere and is close to the Hotel de Ville. Great for a casual lunch or dinner.
20, rue Saint Martin, 75004 Paris. benoit-paris.com/en
#2 Le Comptoir
An intimate and great little bistro in St Germain. I am good friends with the chef Yves Camdeborde and it is the perfect place to sit outside and watch the activity of St Germain. The tapas-style bar here, L’Avant Comptoir serves as the perfect place to wait for your table at Le Comptoir, with a terrific wine list and hanging meats – but it is very crowded and very small, so make sure you don’t mind being close to people!
9 Carrefour de l’Odéon, 75006 Paris. hotel-paris-relais-saint-germain.com
#3 Fromagerie Laurent Dubois
One of the best places in the world if you are into cheese; a visit to this shop shows you the pinnacle of French cheeses.
47 Ter Boulevard Saint-Germain 75005 Paris. fromageslaurentdubois.fr
#4 Fabrice Le Bourdat
There is so much craftsmanship in every piece of patisserie here, everything is perfection. I love the millefeuille.
Blé Sucré Square Trousseau7, rue Antoine Vollon, 75012 Paris.
#5 Epicure, Le Bristol
This is a very special restaurant located inside the famous Le Bristol Paris – a three-star Michelin restaurant with a great chef, Eric Frechon. This is glamorous Paris at its best. The bar at the same hotel, Le Bar du Bristol, is the ultimate sophisticated Parisian bar with great martinis and really cool music.
112 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, 75008 Paris. lebristolparis.com
#6 La Maison du Chocolat
This is the ultimate high-quality chocolate store, beautifully handled; there are a few shops around Paris now and they are all beautiful.
225 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris. lamaisonduchocolat.com
For me Poilâne is part of France’s heritage; this bread has become so famous and has such a great history; the sourdough is the best in Paris, without a doubt.
Located in the Eiffel Tower district; Le Marais district; and Saint-Germain-des-Prés. poilane.com
#8 Restaurant Jean-François Piège
This is a wonderful, unique 20-seat restaurant that I visit every time I go to Paris. I think Jean-François is cooking some of the best food in the city; for something more casual he has a brasserie next door, called Brasserie Thoumieux.
79 Rue Saint Dominque, 75007 Paris. jeanfrancoispiege.com/fr