Located a stone throw away from the LVMH headquarters, it is no surprise that Kong is the favorite destination for Paris’s super chic clientele. Kong is the glamorous lovechild of interior designer, Philippe Stark and architect, Jean Jacquey. The view from the top floor is nothing short of sensational. The ceiling is designed entirely from glass and makes the perfect dining spot to catch a sunset whilst peering out on the Seine. If you’re really looking to impress, then Kong is the place to go.
Kong, 1, Rue du Pont Neuf, 75001, Paris, France, +33 (0)1 40 390 900
The beautiful craftsmanship of the architecture within the Centre Pompidou is nothing short of breathtaking, and so are the views from its top floor French-fusion restaurant, Le Georges. Adorned in minimalist decor inspired by France’s industrial era, there’s so much to look at in this establishment. Le Georges is the perfect place to watch the sunset over Paris’s greatest landmarks whilst chowing down a coriander and cognac spiced beef fillet. This trendy venue is popular with locals after work and on weekends.
Le Georges, 19 Rue Beaubourg, 75004 Paris, France, +33 (0)1 44 78 47 99
Located in a former lingerie workshop, Porte 12 is the restaurant everybody is taking about. The decor here is very much part of the cool minimalist movement. The food is French fusion, featuring dishes such as sashimi Chincard with aubergine caviar and tender duck heart with a creamy potato emulsion. This new kid on the block is located in Paris’s 10th district. Booking is essential.
Porte 12, 12 Rue des Messageries, 75010 Paris, France, +33 (0)1 42 46 22 64
Ciel de Paris
With a name that translates to ‘Parisian sky’, Ciel de Paris arguably rivals some of the best skyline views of Paris. Tucked away on the 56th floor of the Tour Montparnasse, this modern restaurant serves all things delicious and nouvelle cuisine. The interiors are designed by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance. Enjoy a homemade millefeuille at teatime atop this splendid tower.
Ciel de Paris, Tour Maine Montparnasse, 33 Avenue du Maine, 75015, Paris, France, +33 (0)1 40 64 77 64
Opened in 2010, Ralph’s is none other than the sweet and savory lovechild of Ralph Lauren’s designer identity and passion for Paris. Located in the 6th district, this culinary gem celebrates the best of American food culture and revives the opulent lifestyles of America’s old money. The best pick of the menu has to be the steak, shipped from Ralph’s own Colorado ranch. Everything from the interiors to the handsome serving staff to the stunning garden make this dining experience devilishly delicious.
Ralph’s, 173, blvd St.-Germain, 75006, Paris, France, +33 (0)1 44 77 76 00
Le Train Bleu
Who’d have thought fine dining and glamorous interiors could be found within the Gare de Lyon railway station? Established in 1901, Le Train Bleu is Paris’s culinary ode to technical innovation, comfort and luxury brought about by the economic boom of the early 1900s. The restaurant is designed to appear like a palace from within and allows diners to indulge in their fantasies of royalty and fame. Everything in this restaurant is magnificent and lavish from the classic French food to the interiors. This is the place to dine like a king.
Le Train Bleu, Gare de Lyon, Place Louis Armand, 75012, Paris, France, +33 (0)1 43 43 09 06
La Tour d’Argent
La Tour d’Argent is Paris’s oldest standing restaurant. This decadent establishment is located right by the Seine with clear views of the Notre Dame Cathedral. The downstairs bar is a museum of memorabilia documenting the many visits of Western royalty. The upstairs is characteristic of Renaissance decor and Paris’ history of opulent dining. The menu features the finest of classical French dishes, carefully drizzled with rich sauces by well dressed, highly attentive waiters.
La Tour d’Argent, 15-17 Quai de la Tournelle, 75005, Paris, France, +33 (0)1 43 54 23 31
On the overwhelming stretch of the Champs d’Elysées lies a cozy retreat – the Café Artcurial. This authentic Italian restaurant located within the historic gates of the Hotel Dassault recently received a face-lift from acclaimed interior designer, Charles Zana. Coupling art, auctions and the tastes of luxury furnishing, this venue is truly worth a visit.
Café Artcurial, 7 Champs Elysées, 75008, Paris, France, +33 (0)1 42 99 20 20
Le Sergent Recruteur
Located in the heart of Ile-Saint-Louis is Le Sergent Recruteur, an enchanting modern French restaurant inspired by medieval times. From mirrors shaped liked heads of armored soldiers to warming brick walls that surround the open spaces of the restaurant, there is much to see and eat here. The menu is a foreign concept and diners are fed the innovative and unique creations of the head chef. Dining at Le Sergent Recruteur is truly an exhilarating experience.
Le Sergent Recruteur, 41 Rue Saint-Louis-en-l’Ile, 75004, Paris, France, +33 (0)1 43 54 75 42
Eating is a highly personal and intimate affair. That’s why Thierry Marx’s Sur Mesure focuses intently on the multi-sensory experience for its diners. The interiors are masked in a cocoon of white, a way of engaging individual diners with not only the taste of their food but also the sights, sounds and smells that go with it. If you dare to engage in the philosophy of food, you can find Sur Mesure located in the splendid Mandarin Oriental Paris.
Sur Mesure, 251 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001, Paris, France, +33 (0)1 70 98 78 88