By  on June 19, 2008

The City of Light has plenty of electrifying nightspots and restaurants.


One of the many popular hangouts in Paris that seems to get even better with age, L'Hôtel was once Oscar Wilde's favorite Left Bank haunt. Tucked away on a discreet street in Saint Germain and conveniently close to shopping and trendy cafes, its restaurant also recently picked up a Michelin star for its contemporary take on French fare. After dinner, catch the action in the lavishly decorated purple and gold cocktail bar. Guests can also unwind in a private underground pool and steam room.

L'Atelier Maitre-Albert

Three-star Michelin chef Guy Savoy opened this relaxed brasserie several years ago, offering a simple approach to good food. The rotisserie is the main draw and attracts a well-dressed crowd enjoying roast chicken, veal and steak by the large stone fireplace.

Le Petit Marche

The young and chic gather at this tiny, untraditional bistro behind Place des Vosges. The subtly elegant menu is French with an Asian twist, boasting delights like steak bathed in Szechwan spices, pan-fried scallops and vegetarian pastas.


Conveniently located off the stylish Rue Saint-Honoré, Ferdi is a fashion favorite, drawing regulars like Marc Jacobs, Nicolas Ghesquière and Pierre Hardy. The eclectic menu offers Spanish tapas, truffle risotto and what Penélope Cruz calls the best cheeseburger in the city. The popular eatery also makes one of Paris' strongest mojitos.

Caffe Minotti

This restaurant is a bit of Italy in Paris, featuring San Daniele ham, fresh ravioli stuffed with mascarpone and an impressive wine list. The clientele and cuisine match the elegance of the decor, which features red and black leather furniture with Murano chandeliers.

Cambon on Tap

Once home to Chanel, the Rue Cambon is becoming one of the city's hottest shopping districts: Yohji Yamamoto will soon open a flagship there, Japan's Zucca brand is taking over the former Maria Luisa spot, Roberto Cavalli will open his Paris flagship this fall on the corner of Cambon and Rue Saint-Honoré and Louis Vuitton is said to be eying a space higher on the street, right off the Boulevard de la Madeleine.

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