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.
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.
Situated in the Bastille area, Brasserie Bofinger possesses a beautiful Belle-Époque decor with a stained-glass ceiling, ceramics and mirrors. Celebrities, Parisians and tourists alike come here to taste the varied cuisine, which includes choucroute garnie (a sauerkraut dish), roasted lobster or magret de canard (duck breast). So when in Paris, do not miss out on the opportunity to sit under this exotic stained-glass ceiling and to be greeted by an unparalleled ambiance and a pleasant service.
Truly a Parisian gem, this world-class restaurant is located inside the Eiffel Tower. Dining at Le Jules Verne is an experience unto itself. Patrons are whisked up a private elevator to a breathtaking dining room replete with some of the most amazing views from inside the iconic Paris landmark. The cuisine rivals the views with contemporary French dishes that are sumptuous and paired perfectly with a wine list of only the finest French wines. Prix fixe menus and specialty options complete the experience and add to the wow factor of this beloved Paris establishment.
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.
A Dinner at Le Cinq can give you a good idea of what fine French dining is all about. With a decor that resembles the dining room of a royal palace - carpeted floors, elegant chandeliers, ornate adornments, and more, this restaurant is tucked in the revered Four Seasons Hotel. The traditional classics are made, garnished, and presented with all the charm and etiquette that the French are known for. The atmosphere is rich with an elite crowd and views of the hotel's courtyard and garden.
What do you get when you combine fine dining with theater? A place called Metamorphosis. An old barge cleverly converted into a dining area and stage with a glass roof, attracts lots of people everyday. The traditional cuisine served here goes well with the illusions, jokes, mimicry, magic and other shows performed. Be there among the 120 who get fascinated each night. Their services are available at quai de Montebello from April until the end of October.