Apart from being the city of love, Paris is also a culinary paradise. French cuisine is world-famous, and top chefs come from all over the world to set up their own restaurants here. With no shortage of Michelin star restaurants, Paris is one of those places where even the one- and two-star restaurants are as good as their three-star counterparts! Get ready for a ride! Here are the top Michelin star restaurants in Paris that will give you an unforgettable time.
1. Restaurant Guy Savoy
Almost as iconic as the historic sites around it, Guy Savoy’s eponymous Parisian joint is renowned for its food and impeccable service. It has held at least two Michelin stars since 1985, and received its third in 2002. And even though 2020 was a difficult year, that didn’t stop the restaurant from clinching the coveted title of World’s Best Restaurant.
Many consider an experience at the restaurant as the ‘best meal they’ve ever had’. His signature dishes include artichoke soup with black truffle shavings, ice poached oysters and vanilla cream mille-feuille. Your dinner bill is very likely to be about €400 per person with wine, but you can also go for lunch which has a cheaper menu.
Vegans and vegetarians rejoice. Chef Alain Passard once stated: ‘I want to elevate the humble vegetable to a grand cru’ and he most certainly did so with Arpège. A three Michelin star restaurant with a menu that revolves around vegetables, diners are guaranteed to taste only the best and freshest vegetables in France. After all, they are sourced from the Passard’s very own vegetable gardens in different regions of France.
While the highlight is the Vegetable Tasting Menu (€340), they also have an Earth and Sea Menu (€450) for meat eaters. An evening here does not come cheap, but it is a true culinary adventure. Want to try Arpège at a price point that’s more friendly on the wallet? Go for the Gardener’s Lunch Menu at €185.
3. Le Jules Verne
Dining in the Eiffel Tower is anything but cliche, and Le Jules Verne is far from being a tourist trap despite the crowd of visitors below. Chef Frédéric Anton has just one wish: to run a luxurious Jules Verne with an expert hand offering an unbeatable gastronomic experience and so fill the heart of the mythical Iron Lady.
If you manage to get a reservation (which is not easy), few dining experiences sparks a sense of romance like this. Le Jules Verne offers a delicate menu with precisely crafted dishes and decor that pays homage to the chic couture of Parisian women. Not to forget the sweeping views over western Paris, 125 metres up in the sky.
4. Le Meurice
The Michelin Guide has dubbed Le Meurice as ‘the archetype of the great French restaurant’. This is where to be if you want to feel like you’re a king (or queen) strolling into your palace for a meal. Inspired by the Salon de la Paix at the Château de Versailles, the grand dining room comes complete with antique mirrors, crystal chandeliers, and elegant frescoes.
The two Michelin-starred restaurant celebrates Alain Ducasse’s culinary philosophy under the mastery of chef des cuisines Amaury Bouhours. In a reinterpretation of classic haute cuisine, dedicated to great subtlety and technical skill, exceptional ingredients remain true to their authentic flavours.
A Michelin one-star micro-restaurant, Frenchie is a longstanding favorite for Parisians looking for excellent food. The unique menu here changes every two weeks. It is not listed on the website, so you’re in for a surprise every time you go. Chef Greg Marchand describes their cuisine as very instinctive, unstinting and authentic, and we couldn’t agree more.
If you’re feeling adventurous, go with the Carte Blanche, where Chef Marchand will personalize a five-course tasting menu for you. Every ingredient here is meticulously selected and transformed through impeccable preparation, balanced textures and perfect seasoning. A meal here takes you to a world of culinary wonder and a flavourful place of pleasure, discovery and sharing.