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In its «Life» section this week, USA Today meets with Christine Muhlke, executive editor of famous Bon Appetit magazine, who shares her two favorite spots for eating in Paris.

«Paris is exciting on two levels, she tells USA Today journalist. The classics are the height of perfection and they’re worth saving for. And there’s really an exciting young movement celebrating these young chefs. You’ll have one guy who’s the chef and dishwasher and the reservation taker. He’ll have a 35-euro tasting menu that will blow you out of water.»

And here are her two favorite spots in the 10th and 11th arrondissements of Paris that you should look for if you’re travelling from the USA and looking for a dinner place. Here are our advices on the venues.

Le Dauphin

Le Dauphin, by the tourist in paris

Looking for a convivial tapas-based meal or drink at the bar in a crowded modern glazed surroundings bistrot, 10 minutes away from Republique, this is the place.  It is definitely a hotspot for Parisian snobs, so if you don’t mind a cold welcome, a high bill and small plates -for dinner, bigger plates at lunch- book a table there, for a Friday night, at least two days in advance (+33 1 55 28 78 88) and don’t be late, they won’t let you in otherwise. Some Parisians just want to look like conceited. But we believe they are good on the inside.
Where? 131 Avenue Parmentier, 75011 Paris / +33 1 55 28 78 88 / Metro: Goncourt, Line 8 (the brown line)

Vivant Table

Viviant Table, by the tourist in paris

Yet, another major bobo-modern-gastronomic-cuisine bistrot in Paris. There, you’ll find a commited chef to giving the best products. French organic and natural food is the chef priority in this unusual location, as it used to be a bird shop -you’ll get it by looking at the wall’s decorations). The Chef himself guarantees an industrial products free menu. This also holds true for the wine. «Our meat is purchased directly from local farmers and is all grain fed and hormone free.» Healthy and trendy for a friendly dinner on a weekday. We strongly advise you book a day or two in advance by calling +33 42 46 43 55.
Where? 43 rue des Petites Ecuries, 75010 Paris. Metro: Bonne Nouvelle (Line 8 or 9). When? Open from Monday to Friday

If you enjoy these places, remember to try these two The Tourist in Paris picks in East Paris: Felicty Lemon in the 19th arrondissement and Chatomat in the 20th arrondissement.

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