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