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This is an amazingly well-kept secret in Paris. With just a handful of tables, Breakfast in America recreates the American breakfast diner experience as well it should - it was established by a bona fide American ex-pat in 2003. Complete with American coffee, O.J., pancakes with real maple syrup, eggs-to-die-for and the breakfast and brunch menus are the better known offerings. However, be sure to check out their burgers in the afternoon.
Located in the heart of literary Paris, this cafe is an innovative place where you can enjoy food or coffee over literary musings. The restaurant creates the perfect ambiance for contemplation and introspection with its elegant decor, well-lit rooms and a calm atmosphere. Add to this the dollops of food, or just a light coffee, and it's a perfect recipe for pleasing your mind and body simultaneously. This 200-seater has over 5000 books, many being well-recognized best sellers, to make your time here enjoyable.
Café Marly boasts one of the best locations in Paris, looking out on the Louvre Museum's courtyard and world-famous glass pyramid from the arcade of the Richelieu wing. The decor at Marly commands an imperial elegance, reminding guests of the Louvre's history as the royal palace of Paris. The menu is similarly upscale, with Michelin-rated chef Jean-Francois Piege serving his contemporary French creations to eager museum visitors. Perfect to round out a day at the museum, Café Marly is a must-stop, if only for the view.
Restaurant Le Dali serves sumptuous French cuisine in an environment that is mystical as well as very creative. Located in the grand Le Meurice, the first thing you notice about this place is the vast 145-square meter (1560-square foot) painting by Ara Starck, whose father Philippe Starck designed the place. The gold and ocher colors enhance the striking decor of this place. The chef churns out tantalizing dishes fit for this excellent restaurant. Opening its doors from 8a in the morning, this is an ideal place to drop by for a hot breakfast meal.
Le Train Bleu is located in the Gare de Lyon Station and was built simultaneously with the Grand Palais, Pont Alexandre III and Petit Palais for the World Exhibtion of 1900. This dining room is ornate and gorgeously decorated with exquisite wall frescoes, gilded beams, rich wooden booths with blue motifs. The service is spot on and the cuisine is prepared in French Escoffier style. Must-haves include, Escargots in Chablis sauce, Loin of Lamb Provençal and Veal Kidneys in Mustard. In addition, the Big Ben Bar serves drinks in a jiffy.
Inaugurated in 1862, this café 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 décor 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 café 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.
Located in the Hotel Mama Shelter is its restaurant of the same name. Trendy and cozy, this place is pretty charming. With a staff that's always happy to help and quite an excellent menu, it is almost always crowded, buzzing with locals and travelers alike. Worth mentioning is the Sunday brunch that is surely a hit among the guests staying here. With a never-ending list of delicious hot and cold dishes that include soups, entrees, main courses, desserts and much more, you keep coming back! Though a little pricey, this is one gorgeous spread; not to be missed.
On the Place du Trocadéro, with a stunning view of the Eiffel Tower, this chic and enduring institution dating back to the 1930s offers an exquisite selection of the finest French pastry. Their luscious scrambled eggs, copious salads and quiches, all served with delicious bread, are perfect for lunch or brunch. Their claim to fame, however, is really everything sweet – their many flavored 'macarons' and their outrageously rich hot chocolate with whipped cream are considered by many a gourmet to be the best in town.
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.