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A French chef’s foodie guide to Paris

Chef Guillaume Brahimi in Paris
Chef Guillaume Brahimi in Paris

Where do the culinary masters go to find the most premium food experiences? We chat to chef Guillaume Brahimi, who takes us on an insider’s guide to eight of his favourite Paris foodie haunts

Benoit

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

 

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

 

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 75005 Paris

fromageslaurentdubois.fr

 

Blé Sucré

There is so much craftsmanship in every piece of patisserie here, everything is perfection. I love the millefeuille.

Blé Sucré, rue Antoine Vollon, 75012 Paris.

blesucre.fr

 

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

 

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

 

Poilâne

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

 

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

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