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Formerly a high-end hotel, this architecturally rich restaurant is known for its lavish spread since its inception in 1766 on the banks of the Seine. The fare is French and one can savor it while sitting at one of the tables where eminent personalities like Guy de Maupassant and Alexandre Dumas have cherished the satiating morsels. Enter the pristine walls of this established and be struck with awe at the old-world charm that it exudes, complete with its wooden beams, leather chairs and brass tableware. The private rooms are well away from prying eyes, behind a hidden stairway, ideal for an exclusive, intimate dinner.
This snug wood-paneled bistro has a great and well-deserved culinary reputation. Bigger on the inside than it looks, it's worth waiting if there's a line, because chef Rodolphe Paquin's menu is always a superlative look at classic ingredients. The menus change according to the seasons. In autumn, try the game and the mushrooms; in spring, fish has all the honors, and all year long you will be able to eat pork and poultry. All these products are fresh and excellent quality, and so is the wine.
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.
A glorious red and gold, 18th-century dining room, resplendent with mirrors and chandeliers, greets guests as they enter Le Grand Véfour. Within its palatial boundaries, Chef Guy Martin displays magical culinary artistry, as he skillfully whips up his trademark dishes like Tourte d'Artichauts et Légumes Confits and some divine concoctions, such as Ravioles de Foie Gras à l'émulsion de Crème Truffée. Business lunches are often organized during the day, but, at night, a romantic atmosphere takes over. Don't let the long names on the menu intimidate you. Indulge, and let the flavors linger. Even longer lasting, however, are memories of this splendid dining experience.
Les Papilles opened in 2003, has captured the hearts of the picky gourmands of Paris with its gourmet food, classic wines and amiable service. It's a delicatessen by the day offering wide choices of local dishes spiced up with authentic herbs. In the afternoon, when you look forward to an elaborate lunch, Les Papilles offers you dining services. Since they believe in serving fresh recipes, the food served varies seasonally and the menu board always has a list of exclusive delicacies. As the day ends, all we want is a glass of fine wine and good company. In the evening, explore the cellar of Les Papilles which stocks the finest vintage wines, specially hand-made by masters of renowned vine-yards. A visit to Les Papilles and you get to experience all that is France famous for.
When in the city, a visit to Sur un Arbre Perché (meaning "Perched on a Tree") is a must. The mesmerizing yellow lights on tree branches perfectly light up the ceiling, while candles on every table lend a soft glow. Low seating with big comfy cushions invite you to sink right in! Green walls, wooden furnishings and a barren lit tree give you the feeling of dining on a tree top! You can sit on a swing set as you enjoy the delicious food. The service is excellent and the staff is friendly. Run through the list of soups and take your pick. Move on to the menu du jour and enjoy a sumptuous meal. The restaurant also offers traditional Japanese Shiatsu, a massage through pressure of the fingers and palms, which can be taken before your meal. A memorable experience, you will be talking about this place for a long time!
This lovely bar located in the Hôtel Meurice was redesigned by Philippe Starck in December 2007. The bar, achieving the perfect balance of cozy and chic, serves more than fifty whiskeys and malts, and over three-hundred drinks including seventeen original creations such as the cocktail Starcky or the 228. Bar 228 also serves a full menu of French specialties as well as small tapas-like plates to munch on.
Opened in 2011, L'Affable is a trendy yet warm Parisian bistro that offers French comfort food with a twist. This perennially busy restaurant (that shows its popularity) is beautifully decked up with globe-shaped lamps and red-hued banquettes. Featuring seasonal produce, the menu offers delightful dishes such as Terrine of Foie Gras Mi-Cuit along with Jelly Gingerbread, Oxtail Ravioli, crispy Sweetbreads and more. Complement your meal with a glass of wine and round it up with a decadent dessert like their Mont Blanc Maison, that surely shouldn't be missed.
Located inside the beautiful Mandarin Hotel Paris, Camélia offers a modern take on simple, traditional French cuisine. For those coming in for breakfast, you can choose from an à la carte menu featuring Japanese dishes. For those guests who enjoy a show while they dine, take a seat at the counter where one can enjoy watching the chefs show off their amazing culinary skills as they prepare special dishes. Camélia pays special attention to details in its decor; check out the butterflies along the walnut panels. With all that fine cuisine Paris has to offer, make sure you add Camélia to your list.
La Closerie des Lilas is a chic bar and restaurant located in the 5th arrondissement in Paris. Indeed, the celebrated Hemingway penned his epic novel 'The Sun Also Rises' sitting in this very bar. This gourmet restaurant can easily be very expensive due to its location near the Luxemborg Gardens and also due to the exceptional quality of food served. Gorge on Fin Clair oysters and sip on white wine, as the piano player creates music that filters the entire dining room.
Dine in class at Café le Baron, a modern French restaurant located in the 9th Arrondissement. The decor combines modern and baroque elements to create a setting that elicits warmth and elegance. So whether you are celebrating a special occasion or just looking for a place to enjoy French food and cocktails, Café le Baron is the place to be. Highlights from entrees include Saint-Jacques broth with coconut milk and Salmon tartare with fresh goat cheese. Menu specialties besides the French entrees are the pizzas which are prepared in true Italian style; favorites being the Margherita and Napoletana. Wines and cocktails are served at the bar where the atmosphere is more mellow and laid-back with the live music and lively locals.
Caillebotte gets its name from the French artist of the Impressionist period, Gustave Caillebotte. It is the second venture of chef Franck Baranger after the success of his Le Pantruche. This upscale bistro features classic French specialties like scallops with watercress and lemon butter as well as foie gras paired with fine wine. Guests can be seated on the marble counter overlooking the open kitchen and take in all the backstage action. The artistic decor and sparkling mirrors create an ambiance of understated elegance. Make sure you reserve a table as its popularity is undeniable.