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1st & 2nd Arrondissement Restaurants

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Davé
12 Rue de Richelieu, 1st
Davé—named after its proprietor who to this day can be found greeting guests at the door—first took up residence on Rue de Richelieu in 1982. Since then, it’s become a favorite among actors, musicians, fashion types, and pretty much anyone who is anyone looking for some privacy and good Chinese food (some of the best in Paris, actually), which you have to order blind since there’s no menu. The decor is all red lacquered walls and photos of Davé with his big-name clients. It’s also one of the few establishment that still allows smoking indoors.
1st & 2nd Arrondissement
Dim Sum Cantine
85 Rue Montmartre, 2nd
Much like the Cantonese-style dumplings that are its claim to fame, this restaurant is compact but mighty. The house-made dim sum (mushroom, shrimp, lacquered pork, and more) is steamed and then immediately served by the basket and accompanied by salad and rice. Lest you forget you’re still in Paris, the steamed brioche buns make for the perfect dessert. Since this restaurant is always packed, you can also check out their second location in the 9th arrondissement.
1st & 2nd Arrondissement
La Dame de Pic
20 Rue du Louvre, 1st
Though Anne-Sophie Pic’s three Michelin stars belong to her flagship restaurant in Valence, the world expects La Dame de Pic (which translates as Queen of Spades) to land the same rating. That’s because Pic is one of the best chefs in the world, lending the food she touches a rare and very specific elegance. The high-concept menu here revolves around fragrance profiles (Pic partnered with Phillip Bousseton, the nose from Takasago), which makes for an unusual and unabashedly sensual experience.
1st & 2nd Arrondissement
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