Where fashion influencers eat out in Paris

Leading designers reveal their hotspots for sashimi, tapas, caviar and cake

Julie de Libran loves Chez l’Ami Louis and Ralph’s
Julie de Libran loves Chez l’Ami Louis and Ralph’s | Image: Léa Crespi

Julie de Libran, artistic director of Sonia Rykiel Paris

For lunch in Le Marais, I like Chez l’Ami Louis, a tiny, narrow restaurant like a train carriage serving large portions of very traditional food with a degree of ceremony. Ralph Lauren’s restaurant, Ralph’s, provides a slice of top-quality New York with all-American food and an interior that echoes the brand’s signature aesthetic. I love the crispy olives, the tuna burgers and the popcorn they serve with coffee – very rare in France. Chez l’Ami Louis, 32 Rue du Vertbois, 75003 (+331-4887 7748). Ralph’s, 173 Boulevard St-Germain (+331-4477 7600; ralphlauren.fr).

Ralph’s serves all-American food
Ralph’s serves all-American food

Clare Waight Keller, artistic director of Givenchy

I was so impressed by Yam’Tcha, a French-Chinese restaurant in the first arrondissement, where I had the salmon sashimi followed by a light and beautifully balanced rice pudding. It serves traditional Chinese food like nothing I’ve tasted before, and I love that it has a tea-tasting menu as well as alcohol. 121 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris (+331-4026 0807; yamtcha.com).

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Alessandro Sartori, artistic director of Ermenegildo Zegna Group

Isami, a Japanese restaurant on Ile Saint-Louis, may not be particularly smart or well known, but it serves some of the best raw fish and sashimi in the world, and they are things that have to be perfect. 4 Quai d’Orléans, 75004 Paris (+331-4046 0697).

Yam’Tcha focuses on traditional Chinese food
Yam’Tcha focuses on traditional Chinese food | Image: Edouard Caupeil

Olivier Rousteing, creative director of Balmain

I love caviar, so I like to go to Caviar Kaspia in Madeleine for the signature potato with caviar and sour cream. The crowd here is great; you can spend the evening going from one table to another, talking to people you haven’t seen in a while. For a Sunday dinner by candlelight I like La Belle Epoque on the Rue des Petits Champs – it’s cosy, almost like a French pub. You don’t want to go there during Fashion Week, though, because you will spend all night saying hi to everybody. Caviar Kaspia, 17 Place de la Madeleine, 75008 (+331-4265 3332; caviarkaspia.com). La Belle Epoque, 36 Rue des Petits Champs, 75002 (+331-4927 9717; labelleepoqueparis.com).

Oliver Rousteing’s favourites include Caviar Kaspia and La Belle Epoque
Oliver Rousteing’s favourites include Caviar Kaspia and La Belle Epoque | Image: Léa Crespi

Pierre Hardy, footwear designer

Le Dauphin serves very sophisticated tapas and you can pick dishes in whatever order you like, starting with pudding if that’s what you fancy. It’s exactly the way I like to eat because, for me, sitting at a table for three hours and following a menu is torture. I also love its white-marble architecture and mirrors. 131 Avenue Parmentier, 75011 Paris (+331-5528 7888; restaurantledauphin.net).

Caviar Kaspia’s signature dish is potato with caviar and sour cream
Caviar Kaspia’s signature dish is potato with caviar and sour cream

Alber Elbaz, fashion designer

For Chinese I’ll go to Chez Ly. What I like most, besides the red velvet decor, is Mr Ly: he is so sensitive and ensures everything is made for me without oil or soy sauce, which is almost impossible. I’ll have huge soups with lots of fruits de mer and vegetables, or grilled chicken or fish. He brings everything with so much love that I taste the love more than the spices. I also love Les Deux Abeilles, which is run by a mother and daughter. They make the best cake in the world, as well as quiches, salads and couscous so refined that everything fills you, but nothing makes you feel heavy. Chez Ly, 8 Rue Lord Byron, 75008 (+331-4563 8868). Les Deux Abeilles, 189 Rue de l’Universite (+331-4555 6404).

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