France is known worldwide for its gastronomy and its art of living. The choice of ingredients, the concern with the quality of the products and their preparation, as well as the preservation of cultural aspects, create flavor combinations that sharpen all the senses and synthesize the true art of cooking.
It was under the reign of Louis XIV, the famous Sun King, that French gastronomy experienced a remarkable and decisive period. This monarch, known for his extravagances, implemented a number of strong gastronomic changes, creating new techniques and approaches.
The chefs of this era were true pioneers in developing new recipes and flavor combinations. French Haute Cuisine has become a complete and meticulous experience, with great attention to detail. This degree of sophistication in the way of cooking, dish and eating, quickly spread to the rest of Europe.
Paris, the city that celebrates haute cuisine, is full of luxury restaurants that offer the best of French cuisine. Gastronomos has selected five excellent restaurants for you to discover.
In the exceptional setting that is the Hôtel de la Monnaie, Guy Savoy turns fine dining into a true celebration. A permanent tribute to French cuisine: “cooking is the art of instantly transforming products laden with history into joy,” so says Chef Guy Savoy, whose restaurant was voted the best in the world in 2020. The three Michelin-starred restaurant, boasts a spectacular 18th century salon overlooking the iconic landmarks of Paris.
“The most beautiful recipe book was written by nature”, says Chef Alain Passard, who runs the Arpége restaurant. The 100% vegetarian menu is concerned with the quality and preparation of the vegetables. The restaurant knows the provenance of each ingredient and knows the experts behind all the products. With pure and balanced flavors, the space makes cooking, an art. The Arpége is located in Varenne, near the Invalides Museum.
Plenitude: Cheval Blanc Paris
With its 26 seats facing the Seine, the gastronomic restaurant Plénitude, located on the 1st floor of Cheval Blanc Paris, is an intimate place. Chef Arnaud Donckele and chef pâtissier Maxime Frédéric offer a menu called ‘Symphonic Composition of Sauces in Six Acts’. The chef seeks to bring his customers the discovery of unique emotions and moments, opening the door to a poetic cuisine through a bold and creative menu. Plénitude earned its three Michelin stars in March 2022.
Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen
This prestigious restaurant is located in an elegant building in the Jardins des Champs-Élysées. With huge windows overlooking one of the most beautiful avenues in the world, the atmosphere is luxurious, with well-appointed tables and well-orchestrated service. Yannick Alléno, who runs the restaurant, is part of the exclusive circle of today’s greatest chefs. The chef has enthusiastically dedicated his life to his passion. He prides himself on his French cuisine, which blends tradition with the contemporary.
Close to the Champs-Élysées, in the heart of Paris’ 8th arrondissement, there is a unique fine dining restaurant: La Scène. Chef Stéphanie Le Quellec sets out to “discredit haute cuisine” through her menus, which can be divided into several acts. In this theatrical play, the apparently simple dishes are full of details and protagonism. The restaurant offers a team in harmony, from the kitchen to the dining room, which guarantees attentive and friendly service. La Scène restaurant has two Michelin stars, and is a blend of haute cuisine, refinement, and simplicity.