August 14, 2010 12:45 am

Pierre Gagnaire’s Paris

Pierre Gagnaire, whose restaurants include Sketch in London, Reflets in Dubai, and the Michelin three-starred Pierre Gagnaire in Paris, picks his foodie favourites in the French capital.

My favourite place for breakfast ... is a small café, Le Poète. It’s really French and, to be honest, it’s not very friendly – everyone is on their own there. It’s very early when I go and I just quietly have a coffee and a croissant. 39 avenue Victor Hugo

For a business lunch ... I go to Casa Bini, an old Italian restaurant that does excellent spaghetti and ravioli, and I love their gnocchi, served with lemon. It’s too busy in the evenings but is very nice for lunch. 36 rue Grégoire de Tours, www.casabini.fr

My favourite market ... is the Marché rue Cler, on Sunday mornings. It’s not for tourists – it’s very Parisian, posh and elegant. I buy cheese or charcuterie there. I go running on Sunday mornings with some Armenian friends, so I have to fit visiting the market around that. Marché rue Cler, open Sunday mornings

For cakes ... I go to Béchu, a very good, typical bakery in my quartier. It’s not high-end like Pierre Hermé, but they do great patisserie. In summer I buy strawberry tarts or apricots, and in winter I buy little pies made with almond paste or candied fruit. They do very, very good bread. 118 Ave Victor Hugo

For a celebration ... I would go to either L’Arpège or L’Ambroisie, both of which have three Michelin stars. L’Arpège, 84 rue de Varenne, www.alain-passard.com ; L’Ambroisie, 9, Place des Vosges, www.ambroisie-placedesvosges.com

My guilty pleasure ... isn’t burgers or anything like that, but near my home there is a small cheesemonger, and on Friday afternoon I indulged myself there: I bought a special kind of yoghurt called Malo – very rich and very heavy. Donnadieu, 169 rue de la Pompe

Pierre Gagnaire, 6, rue Balzac 75008 Paris, tel: +33 1 5836 1250; www.pierre-gagnaire.com ; Sketch, 9 Conduit Street, London W1, tel: +44 (0)20 7659 4500; www.sketch.uk.com

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