Those pretty little flowerbuds aren’t the only things opening up in Paris right now. Here, the restaurant debuts we’re most looking forward to this season.

By Travel & Leisure
May 04, 2015
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Guy Savoy at La Monnaie
Paris has been waiting for years while its historic mint—a 17th century masterpiece, until now mostly closed to the public—was transformed into a museum and cultural space, which will also house Savoy’s relocated flagship restaurant. Until now, Paul McCarthy’s chocolate gnomes were the most exciting food served on site, but Savoy is fired up by a room he’s called “Versailles-esque,” designed by Jean-Michel Wilmotte, with towering windows looking out over the Seine toward the Louvre. Savoy’s refined classics and this only-in-Paris setting are such a match made in heaven, his other restaurants (at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas and the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore) can’t really compare. After endless false starts, we’ve finally got a solid opening date of May 19. See you there.

Le Bon Saint Pourçain
David Lanher, owner of hipster natural wine bistros Racines, Vivant, and Vivant Cave, and partner in the posh Venetian Caffé Stern, continues to indulge his appetite for expansion. His latest project at 10bis rue Servandoni is an overhaul of this well-loved lace-curtain bistro around the corner from the Jardin de Luxembourg, due to open in June. The area, formerly something of a culinary wasteland, has shown signs of an exciting, casual food culture popping up in recent years in the form of Semilla, Jean-François Piège’s terrific bistro Clover, and the sainted Le Relais du Comptoir and L’Avant Comptoir. With his vast network of creative young chefs, Lanher will be a welcome addition to the party.