The classiest, most famous old brasserie in Paris

Paris's most famous brassiere opened in 1880, although the delightful mirror-and-sepia-toned decor dates to 1914.

Lipp's tradition and reputation as a writers' and intellectuals' hangout is almost as important as its food, which, while rather expensive, is usually quite good. It's very popular with Parisian businesspeople at lunch, so come around noon to secure a table—though you can dine at this classic brasseries all day long and until late, as its stays open from 9am to 1am.

You'll probably be seated upstairs, because the first floor is reserved mainly for regulars—the tables to the right of the door are for the Parisian intellectual elite. (Tourists, as always, are considered third-class citizens at best—and treated accordingly. Sigh.)

At lunch, you might run into renowned artists, writers, politicos, or American expatriates who try to relive the times Hemingway came to Lipp's to dream up stories.