It was in France that we learned the power of the Michelin Guide to restaurants. From soccer moms to garagistes (slang for winemakers in the Bordeaux), Le Guide Michelin is followed, analyzed and honoured. There are very few Parisian chefs who don't strive to be included in the annual guide. French families save up to dine in Michelin star restaurants, and plan trips around these culinary excursions. If you want to increase your odds of having a fabulous meal in Paris, do as les français and discover the world of Michelin-starred restaurants.
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We've eaten at a lot of great restaurants in Paris and we love to talk about our experiences. On our list of Best Paris Restaurants are the special ones. The restaurants where culinary memories are created. We like to think of them as the places we'd go if we had one last meal on Earth: the restaurants we urge friends and family to go when they are in Paris.
There are only a few restaurants in all of France that have been awarded three stars by the Michelin Guide; nine of them are in Paris. Three stars put a restaurant at the top of the Michelin ratings. And you discover why as soon as you sit at a table at one of these ten. Read more in our reviews.
The Michelin Red Guide to restaurants is the only guide book that matters to the top chefs of France. We know, we've asked them. During our time in Paris we've eaten at a fair number of restaurants that have been awarded the highest accolades by Michelin. Among those, we have a few favorites. We're glad to share them.
VIP Dinner Cruise with Bateaux Parisiens
Dinner Cruise by Maxim's of Paris
Chef Jean-Louis Nomicos from Nomicos, photo by Mark Craft
Nearly 120 restaurants in Paris have made the Michelin grade, earning one, two, or three stars in the famous food guide. We keep Micheline close at hand when choosing a restaurant, especially when we're in a new city or an unfamiliar arrondissement. Here's our list of all the starred restaurants in Paris.
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Each year's Michelin restaurant guide for France reveals a few surprises for Paris chefs and restaurants. Some restaurants lose their single stars while others may become surprise winners. In recent years, the happiest news for us was that our pal Jacques Faussat won back the star at his eponymous restaurant in the 17th Arrondissement. Order your copy of the Michelin restaurant guide for France, including Paris.
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