With 119 Michelin-starred restaurants in 2020, Paris ranks second after Tokyo on the list of cities with the most starred restaurants.
Michelin-star restaurants have earned their reputation for good reason, and you really can't go wrong with any of them. But with so many options to choose from here in Paris, not to mention the long waiting lists and steep prices, it can be difficult to know where to spend your money.
To make it easier, here are our five favorite Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris for the most memorable meal of your trip.
1Arpeggio | Three stars
2Le George | A star
3Palais Royal Restaurant | A star
4French | A star
September 5 | A star
Arpeggio | three stars
Well ahead of the current focus on vegetarian and vegan cuisine, Alain Passard has been making vegetables the star of his kitchen since the early 2000s at a three-Michelin-starred restaurant.Face. The acclaimed chef prefers to cook meat 'over the flame' for the best results and uses similar open fire cooking methods for his vegetables too, creating a range of interesting flavours, textures and colours.
To guarantee access to the best products, Passard manages three of its own plantations in three different regions of France. These gardens use no pesticides or chemical fertilizers, they welcome wildlife and respect nature.
A night at Arpège doesn't come cheap, with the vegetable tasting menu at €340 quite exorbitant and the Terra e Mar menu (for meat and fish eaters) at €450, but it's worth noting that each includes 11 courses of the famous Passard- Kitchen. There's also the Gardener's lunch menu priced at €185 for those looking for a more affordable yet quality dining experience.
The George | A star
Located in the luxurious Four Seasons George V Hotel,the Georgereceived its first Michelin star in 2017 for the modern Mediterranean cuisine of chef Simone Zanoni. Designed for sharing and with a focus on light and healthy dishes, the menu offers unique dishes that can also be shared between two for a more relaxed tapas-style dining experience.
The a la carte menu is surprisingly cheap, as is the full menu.tasting(tasting menu) for €125 and the cheapest daily menu for €65. Whatever you choose, don't leave without trying the special onion.Tarte Tatin, one of Zanoni's star dishes, or one of the delicious desserts. And be sure to ask for a table by the window if you want a view of the hotel's beautiful marble courtyard and famous floral displays.
Those looking for a more sustainable spot will be happy to know that the Four Seasons Hotel George V has one of its ownsustainable gardenfor Le George, which stocks the restaurant with fresh, seasonal, organic vegetables and limits food waste in the kitchen.
Royal Palace Restaurant | A star
the Michelin starRoyal Palace RestaurantIt's hidden, isn't it?royal palace gardens,where the French writer Colette spent her final years. Due to its secluded location in the garden, unlike many other starred restaurants, it has a sunny outdoor terrace, which makes it a particularly pleasant place for leisurely lunches and balmy summer evenings.
Chef Phillip Chronopoulos trained impressively with Alain Passard's team at the Arpège and in the famous chef's laboratories.Joel Robuchonbefore taking charge of the Palais Royal Restaurant where he servesfrench classic dishesinspired by the seasons.
Guests can order à la carte or try the tasting menu for €162, bearing in mind that this is only served if all guests at the table ask for it.
Wine lovers and connoisseurs may also be interested in the restaurant's wine workshops, where you can enjoy a gastronomic dinner with an introduction to tasting and pairing with the restaurant's sommelier.
French | A star
FrenchIt has long been a favorite spot for Parisians looking for fine dining in an elegant setting.
After chef Greg Marchand earned his first Michelin star at the restaurant in January 2019, the accolade gives diners more reasons to visit: It's not often that you're served a five-course Michelin-starred meal in Paris at a price of only €88.
The unique menu changes every two weeks and isn't listed anywhere on the website so it's a treat every time you visit. The menu of the day, from €50, isn't as understated though, and classics like grilled fish and bacon, as well as more edgy combinations like foie gras with carrots, tamarind and macadamia give you a glimpse of what to expect from Marchand's modern French menu.
The menu can also be adapted for vegetarians, and guests can book in advance, but spots fill up quickly.
seventh | A star
One of the most difficult restaurants to book in the city, you'll need to plan your Paris trip around a night in the southSeventh, and not the other way around.
The Michelin-starred restaurant aims to respect the heritage of French cuisine and move from traditional to more formal fare. This is particularly evident in the price: the 7-course tasting menu costs a surprisingly low 95 euros plus drinks, and a 5-course lunch menu is available for 60 euros.
The menu changes seasonally, but expect innovative combinations like smoked roasted cauliflower with onions and mustard.jus(juice), pickles and bacon; or duck, roasted shallots, and fig and juniper juice.
If you can't get a table you can always go to the sister address next doorI shouted, which delivers fresh seafood from the French coast to the restaurant every day. No reservations required, so be prepared to wait in line, although getting there early (before opening at 7pm) can help.