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.
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.
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.
Le China is an iconic and a multi-purpose venue where one can either go there for their scrumptious Chinese cuisine or their lively bar. It even houses a nightclub with the best DJs in Paris. The dimly-lit wooden furnished lounge like setting is classy and intimate, perfect for enjoying great food and great music. Order one of their delicious cocktails and get ready to dance to the music.
French delicacies are cooked in a very contemporary style at Michel's. The convivial atmosphere puts you perfectly in sync with the fried bacon accompanied with baked potatoes or with mashed potatoes. Book a table in advance or you'll have to wait in line.
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 traditional French bistro only changed hands once in 80 years. So of course the venue is packed with memories and good food is the only valid creed around here! With Mr and Mrs Petit, you are in good hands. Dishes are traditional and refined, such as the Duck Pâté, the Pan-seared Beef Fillet, an assortment of French cheeses, and finally Profiteroles or a home-made tart with fresh fruit. As for the wine list, it is well-supplied.
Experience a little bit of Spain and lots of fun at the Les Piétons. This tapas bar is popular for its lovely and friendly ambiance that welcomes locals and tourists alike. The tasty lunch is filling enough to keep your energy levels high for the rest of the day. You can also try the Spanish delights doled out by the chef and wash down the meals with your favorite drink. Taste the Pisto Serrano or Arroz Frito and you can't resist but go in for a second helping. Ensure that you do not miss out on the decadent desserts.
Inside Gallery 88 you can see works of art from all over the world - pottery, statuettes, tapestries, and so on. Outside, on the terrace, you have a fine view of the embankments of the Seine. The menu is a selection of Mediterranean-inspired light dishes like tapas plates, salads and pastas. The selection of teas go perfectly with the cakes which are made in the confectionery next door. They also offer a selection of pre-set menus for lunch and dinner.
In a city where you can find almost any cuisine, Ao Yama is popular among locals for its Japanese and sushi preparations. Its dark chocolate store front facade is welcoming so is its light wood interiors. Their service is quick and efficient, making sure that you don't have to wait long. From yakitori to bento and sushi dishes, their food is reasonably priced.
With its brewery-style decor, this Belgian restaurant and bar is a popular spot for tourists and beer lovers alike. Featuring 20 tap beers and many bottled ones which are of Belgian origin and a few German and French brews as well. Dig into their Poilane roasted sausages, pancakes and mussels. Though you can't linger for long, you will surely want to come again to taste the ales.
Calling itself the 'Rock Area', Black Dog is the quintessential hangout for the metal and rock fans. The dim interiors and the cramped seating may give it the look of some seedy joint, but if you dig metal and rock music, then this is exactly the place you would want to be. The bar and restaurant welcomes Parisian as well as visiting metal bands to perform here to a crowd that seems to be always hungry for more. The fare served here is a blend of both French and Argentinian cuisines, and you will also find some delectable Argentinian wines on offer. The two bars of the Black Dog serve up some very sweet cocktails and beer and spirits from around the world. To plan a visit here, please see the website.