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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.
Of all the things to do in Paris, eating ice cream at Berthillon probably counts as one of the top ten. To get to this fabled ice cream parlor and their celebrated ice creams, head for Île Saint-Louis located in the middle of Seine river next to Notre Dame. The story of this cafe goes back to 1954 when the eponymous Raymond Berthillon brought an ice cream maker to his mother-in-law's cafe on Île Saint-Louis and created ice cream so incredibly good that it exceeds his legacy today. And the secret that went into making this heavenly dessert? Only the best ingredients, freshest fruits as they're when plucked sans any sort of stabilizers, preservatives or artificial sweeteners/flavors. At present the fourth generation of the Berthillon family runs this cafe in Île Saint-Louis along with several others across Europe. From the fruity sorbets (cassis, blackcurrant), chocolate, coffee, marrons glacés, Agenaise, nougat au miel to the popular favorite- Salted Caramel, every icy treat calls for at least two scoops. So leave the shame behind and indulge in a giant scoop on a cone just the way kids do to experience the best ice cream in the world. Closed for a few weeks during summer.
The quintessential bakery on the corner of Rue Jacob and Rue Bonaparte in the 6th has a lovely tea salon in the back. A popular breakfast place for the locals, Ladurée's tea room actually goes against the grain to create a spaced-out and colonial setting rather than a traditional French setup. Under a canopy, the room is interspersed with faux palm trees, red and green chairs with murals adorning the walls. Tea is accompanied by croissants, eclairs and the likes- just the good old fashioned way. And since you'll be picking something from the macaron emporium on your way back, ask them to pack those for you in one of the boutique boxes- perfect Parisian souvenirs for keepsakes.
Nestled in the 1st Arrondissement of Paris, Aki Boulanger is a fusion bakery specializing in Japanese and French confections. Small yet cozy, this corner cafe bakes around the clock to provide patrons with the freshest baked goods like their marbled green tea and red bean bread, matcha eclairs, green tea macaroons, azuki bean filled beignets and more. They also serve up fusion gourmet coffee drinks like their matcha au lait. So grab one of the few tables, a sweet treat, and watch the world go by at this popular Parisian boulangerie.
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.
Angelina has been appeasing sweet teeth since 1903. This quintessential Parisian patisserie prepares and offers innovative versions of classic French confectionery like eclairs, macaroons and brioche, as well as savory items like salads, sandwiches and quiches. A visit is incomplete without a cup of their famous hot chocolate. Served with a scoop of whipped cream, the Chocolat African is another favorite on the menu.
Irrespective of whether you are a dessert person or not, a visit to Le Bac à Glaces on Rue du Bac will certainly instill in you a reverence for Parisian icy treats. A giant ice cream cone beckons you inside to this old-fashioned and cozy cafe, running since 1982, where you are instantly taken by the assortments of sorbets and desserts. The handwritten specials and new-arrivals add further to the innocent charm of this little parlor which almost passes for a tea room if not for the signs. You could order your choice of ice cream either sundae style, in a crepe or atop a crispy cone, however you like it. The au naturale sorbets come in more than 50 flavors, from classics like Creole (rum & raisins), fruity (Mirabelle, Blueberry), exotic (Chocolate Passion) to the unusual (Apricot with Ginger Confit and Green Ice Tea). So for a respite from a hot summer afternoon in the city duck into this parlor or take a tub home with you.
A high-class restaurant on the world's most famous avenue, Ladurée (founded in 1862) also boasts a bakery. You can try the famous “macarons” (moist jam-filled cookies), a specialty of this establishment, or enjoy the raw and cooked vegetable salad along with a variable of other dishes served for lunch and dinner.
Le Beurre Noisette, roughly translated to hazelnut butter or brown butter, is a friendly restaurant that offers a pleasant meal bursting with traditional French flavors. Operating since 2001, it has pre-set menu options of starters and a main course. Relish the food with a wine from the rich selection. The bean soup and the madeleines are worth trying out here.
For people with a sweet tooth, you may want to literally live here! The perfect place to chill over a cup of coffee or tea, the ambiance is fun with the friendly staff. Sugarplum Cake Shop offers you desserts that are of top notch quality in taste and designs. Whether its a single, double or three layered cake, it will be creatively baked for your senses. The carrot cake is a must-try! Try from their other American style baked goods, and you sure won't regret anything! For further details and orders, check out the website or call ahead.
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.
Inventor of the traditional French macaron, Ladurée's Rue Royal pastry shop is the original flagship store in Paris. And if you happen to be in Paris then take out time for a lovely breakfast or an afternoon tea at this macaron cafe. The archetypal pastry shop has a cozy tea room in the back where they will fix you up with a cup of hot tea and sandwich. The setting is reminiscent of an 18th century teahouse with its Victorian fixtures, gilted mirrors and intricate detailing on walls and ceiling, perfect for those intimate tête-à-têtes. If you're dropping in just to pick up sweet somethings then they will gladly wrap them up for you in the most elegant boutique boxes, ones you'd want to keep safe in showcases for admiration. And the Marie-Antoinette, Caramel with Salted Butter and Orange Blossom are three varieties you must definitely try!