Locals have kept Pudlo Paris—food critic Gilles Pudlowski's guide to over 1,500 restaurants, bars, cafés, and gourmet shops around the city—to themselves; now the paperback tome is available in English (The Little Bookroom; $19.95). Go to travelandleisure.com for an exclusive list of Pudlo's top picks in the City of Light, from a secret Latin Quarter bistro to the best patisserie for Campari macaroons.
For 14 years, Parisians have had access to the inimitable Pudlo Pari. The indispensable guide—with reviews of almost 1,000 restaurants, bars, cafes, and gourmet shops—is now finally available in English (The Little Bookroom; $19.95). We’ve asked author Gilles Pudlowski to open his little black book for a few specific recommendations:
Not-for-Tourists Latin Quarter Bistro:
Les Racines (22 rue Monsieur-le-Prince, Sixth Arr.; 33-1/43-26-03-86; lunch for two $70) "A real bistro: checkered tablecloths, low prices, and escargots."
Right Bank Couscous:
Mansouria (11 rue Faidherbe, 11 Arr.; 33-1/43-71-00-16; dinner for two $110) "To avoid a wait, order the lamb couscous ahead of time!"
Bofinger [est. 1864] (5-7 rue de la Bastille, Fourth Arr.; 33-1/42-72-87-82) "I love its decor, its banquettes, its great service, and its choucroute."
Macaroons Not from Ladurée:
Pierre Hermé (72 rue Bonaparte, Sixth Arr.; 33-1/43-54-47-77) "The ones with campari are fantastic."
Celebrity Sightings and Good Food:
Le Caméléon (6 rue de Chevreuse, Sixth Arr.; 33-1/43-27-43-27; dinner for two $110) "A real VIP hangout, run by Jean Paul Arabian, former maître d’ at Ledoyen. It’s a bistro with a modern look and a convivial atmosphere. And they have the best calf’s liver in Paris."