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Best Outdoor Dining in Paris

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Café Mollien

Take the regal marble stairway to Café Mollien at the Musée du Louvre, which is home to several dining alternatives. Marvel at ornate columns, opulent decor and renowned masterpieces while enjoying a light lunch of cheese and bacon quiche, ham baguette, vegetable soup, pain au chocolat or apple pie with specialty tea or coffee. The balcony is punctuated by atlantes and caryatids that overlook the Carrousel gardens. Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting, Mona Lisa, is within stumbling distance of this cafe.

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Les Deux Magots

Les Deux Magots legendary terrace has long been the meeting-point for great writers and thinkers in Paris. Ernest Hemingway regularly popped up at the bar, and it's no wonder that Paris's best bookstore set up shop next door. The legend lives on, as the café it's often full of people sipping a Kir Royal after shopping at the nearby stores. A novel addition to the typical Parisian café-restaurant menu, there are mixed platters of salad and cold meats as well as a dish of the day like rustic chicken ratatouille and cold salmon.

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Café de Flore

A historic landmark in Paris since 1890, this cafe was a favorite of many great 19th-century writers and artists. French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre always took his coffee and croissant on the terrace. These days you can drop in for either a quick snack or delectable desserts, or a glass of Champagne, having shopped-till-you-dropped in the district's luxurious boutiques. The sophisticated clientele that revels in the cafe's upscale style insures that its reputation lives on.

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Ralph's

You've definitely heard of Ralph Lauren's brand of designer clothing and accessories, but Ralph's restaurant shows you that this name goes beyond fashionable apparel alone. Serving delicious grilled meat, burgers, soups, sandwiches and salads, this restaurant offers guests authentic and classy American flavors. The patio is a serene and an idyllic place to dine in. Flowering bushes surround a space housing lounge seats and iron wrought chairs, while British lamps cast a warm glow; the patio resembles a pretty English garden. Complete the experience by enjoying your afternoon tea here.

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Drouant

Not far from the Garnier Opera, Drouant offers diners a beautiful modern table from Alsatian chef Antoine Westermann, and features updated classic French cooking. The establishment has a fine legacy dating back to the 1800s when it was first opened by Drouant. Today owned by Antoine Westermann, the cheery venue is often filled with regulars who love to sample the fine food. Choose from among Carpaccio of Scallops, Roasted Lamb Rack and Beet ravioli to excite the senses while having a fill of their fine wine here.

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Café de la Paix

This cafe is undoubtedly one of the most popular in Paris. With its exquisite Second Empire style, it has forever been a favored hangout for celebrities and tourists alike. The leafy look combined with the rich decor of ornate flourishes and deep polished wood creates an atmosphere of freshness blending with class. You can drop in here for an early breakfast or a delayed supper as the cafe remains open till late in the night. During winter, you can dine alfresco at the winter terrace that overlooks the Boulevard des Capucines, while summer months see crowds filling in at the open air terrace that gives a great view of the Place de l'Opera. While in Paris, this is one destination you should not miss.

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Café Barge

If you love food, and you love boats, then this nautical cafe will rock your world. Situated in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, this dirigible dining vessel offers a 300 seat dining hall in addition to a terrace with 200 places. Café Barge serves up traditional southern French/Mediterranean food in style, with a decor that positively sparkles. The dining hall is done up with the flashy silver sheen of glass and steel, and features pop cultural icons stenciled on the furnishings for an effect that is decidedly Warhol-esque.

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L'Assaggio

An elegant decor and inviting ambiance welcomes you as you enter L'Assaggio, the charming Italian restaurant of the grand Starhotels Castille Paris. Snuggled in the hotel's stately courtyard, the restaurant offers a taste of Italy featuring all the Italian regions. Excellent pasta platters featuring ingredients from the land and sea rule the roost while their other Italian dishes are equally noteworthy. Breakfast is an all American buffet but its their Italian cuisine that is acclaimed. Dine alfresco at their beautiful garden patio with a lovely Roman fountain during the spring and summer months. Savor your meal accompanied with delicious wine from their extensive wine list. It is an idyllic place in the financial district of Paris that will give you immense pleasure.

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Minipalais

Located at one end of the Grand Palais, this restaurant reflects the same architecture of the exhibition center. Conceptualized by Alain-Charles Perrot, right from the time you enter the Minipalais, you are taken on a ride of architectural splendor. Moreover, executive chef Eric Frechon's tantalizing contemporary dishes are sure to delight your palate. Do try out the chef's recommendations: Pil-Pil Squids, Foie Gras Burger, sweetbread glazed with wine and cheese, escargot in almond butter and salad of raspberries and green apples. The restaurant houses a beautiful terrace with ornate pillars. Enjoy your fares on the idyllic terrace, it will surely be a feast for your senses.

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Le Wengé

Spread out lavishly on the top floor of the Hotel Concorde Montparnasse, Le Wengé is home to not just a vibrant contemporary ambiance of pastels and reds, but is also an avenue for the perfect retreat into the world of fine French cuisine. For those folks who like their French platters to be produced in the most authentic and uncompromising of ways, the culinary magic that comes out of Le Wengé's kitchen certainly makes this restaurant a place to vouch for. Despite its sophistication and class, the ambiance at Le Wengé is infused with a gracious and warm vibe, which does not make your dining experience a matter of pretense and uprightness. Chef Koenig promises a meal worth your money in this pristine setting complete with a salad bar and a summer-time terrace.

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La Bellevilloise

La Bellevilloise is a garden in the heart of Paris, that has a restaurant and a mezzanine level on 250 square meters (820 square feet) of space where you can admire the hundred years old olive trees, Washingtonian palm trees, and ironware tables and chairs. Open from Thursday to Sunday, it’s the perfect place to come for dinner or just to have a drink while listening to one of the acoustic bands that occasionally perform. Created in the art deco style this is the perfect place for huge exhibitions, art markets, designers shows, and more. This astonishing garden welcomes you between palm trees, flowers, pergola, and shady bowers.On weekends and certain days, the opening times vary according to the program. Call ahead to find out more.

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Le Relais du Parc

For a unique experience, visit Le Relais du Parc, the one Michelin-starred restaurant at the Renaissance Paris Hotel Le Parc Trocadero. Its interiors, with the colorful and classy furnishings is very inviting. You can enjoy your meal while being warmed by one of the fireplaces. If thats not good enough, then how about outdoors at the open air courtyard terrace? So, come and enjoy the seasonal menus and outdoor dining, especially in the warmer months.

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