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These Are The Paris Michelin-Star Restaurants Worth Visiting

Finding an exceptional place to dine in Paris isn’t a difficult feat. In fact, it’s actually the opposite in the City of Lights – there are too many good places to eat. 

Paris has a whopping 119 Michelin-starred restaurants, nine of which boast the highly prestigious 3-star rating. From long-standing classics to contemporary new additions, we pick six of those most worthy of a visit.

Arpège

There’s a reason why the classics remain the classics. Three Michelin-starred restaurant Arpège is located just a short walk away from the Rodin Museum on the city’s leafy Left Bank, known for its world-class, produce-focused courses. Here, Chef Alain Passard uses vegetables as the star of the show, highlighting seasonal produce from his personal organically cultivated garden.

The restaurant first opened in 1986, received its third Michelin star ten years later, and has upheld its incredibly prestigious status ever since. Looking for the cream of the crop? This is your spot.

84 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris

Kei

After seven formative years working for renowned Chef Alain Ducasse, Kei Kobayashi ventured out on his own to open Kei, located in Paris’ chic 1er arrondissement. Only 25 spaces comprise the small yet elegant dining room, where service is kept sophisticated and intimate.

Expect high-quality French fare with a Japanese-influenced twist, served up in either four or five-course lunches and six or eight-course dinners. Be sure not to miss the pigeon, crunchy signature salad, or unbelievably fluffy gnocchi, washed down with a bottle of delicious, sommelier recommended wine.

For central Paris dwellers, Kei is the perfect spot for serious dining after a long day spent at the Louvre.

5 rue Coq Heron, 75001 Paris

Frenchie

This brainchild of Chef Greg Marchand, Frenchie received its first Michelin star just this year, making it one of Paris’ 18 newly ranked restaurants. Known for its tiny yet cosy ambiance, this highly sought-after restaurant has become one of Paris’ most in-demand dining locations.

Expect classic tasting menu selections, including fresh takes on salty shellfish, tender duck, octopus, and more. Although it’s increasingly difficult to get a table at this contemporary joint, settling for the restaurant’s neighbouring bar à vin is always an excellent substitute.

5 Rue du Nil, 75002 Paris

Septime

For those looking to dine in style, Septime is the place to go. This happening restaurant – and the scene associated with it – is situated in Paris’ vibrant 11th arrondissement, serving up lunch and dinner from Monday through Friday, the former of which will only run you a mere 30. Modern twists on classic cuisine, including tuna tartare and sautéed endives, are just some of the few innovative options here, all prepared to be washed down with a thirst-quenching bottle from the restaurant’s extensive natural wine collection.

Can’t get a table? Grab a glass and small bites at Septime la Cave, the restaurant’s adjacent wine bar, located just across the street or even better, head a few doors down to Septime’s sister restaurant, Clamato, for a seafood-focused heaven.

80 Rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris

Virtus 

Like Frenchie, Virtus is another one of Paris’ newly ranked Michelin-starred restaurants, gaining its first coveted star as of January 2019. Headed by power couple Chiho Kanzaki and Marcelo di Giacomo, formerly of Le Mirazur, Virtus’ tasting menu options range from fresh scallop ceviche to succulent veal chops, finished off with chocolate pudding and a selection of sweet biscuits.

Start with a platter of freshly shucked oysters, grab a stellar white wine recommendation from the sommelier, and get to savoring in style. At less than €60 a pop for the restaurant’s evening tasting menu, this might just be one of Paris’ best-kept deals yet.

29 Rue de Cotte, 75012 Paris

Le Pré Catelan

Michelin-starred

Image: Le Pré Catelan / restaurant.leprecatelan.com

Le Pré Catelan takes dining with a view to a whole new level. Located within the heart of the Bois de Boulogne, the restaurant’s stunning terrace provides breathtaking views of the park’s perfectly kept lawns, perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of the city center.

The restaurant first opened back in 1856 and has since become a no-brainer for world-class cuisine, high-end events, and luscious, picturesque dining. Savor Chef Frederic Anton’s fresh take on French cuisine beneath a slew of chestnut trees, finished off with a scoop of the restaurant’s signature chestnut ice cream.

Bois de Boulogne, 75016 Paris

(Feature image: Arpege / Emire Stitt. Article image: Septime / supplied)

Published 28 June, 2019