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.
Epicure is an elegantly appointed restaurant that changes its decor seasonally. In winter, dine in a rotund-shaped room adorned with Hungarian oak and French Tapestry. In the summer, enjoy the beautiful garden of the Hôtel Le Bristol's courtyard. Award-winning chef Eric Fréchon is an ardent advocate of French culinary traditions and a personal admirer of great past chefs like Escoffier or Vatel. His cuisine, although spanning the French classics is revisited to enhance the recipes with exotic flavors and spices highly praised by the food critics. Patrons favorite include roast duck breast with spices and orange-caramelized turnips or macaroni with Foie gras, artichokes, and truffles. The restaurant also has an exceptional wine cellar.
Escape from the city center by taking a culinary ride to the Le Pré Catelan. Located in Bois de Boulogne and housed in a Napoléon III-style mansion, the magnificent décor will make you feel special. Chef Frederic Anton has won many "Chef of the Year" awards and was granted a three-star rating by Michelin. He is inventive when it comes to his cuisine yet uses the finest traditional ingredients. A great selection of seafood and shell, seasoned with delicately mixed flavors and spices, is on the menu. The Velvet Swimming Crab, sumptuously dressed with Coral Jelly, French Caviar, and accompanied by a fennel soup is a house specialty. Other delicacies include the Ris de Veau (calf sweetbread), the Langoustine (giant prawns) and the Homard Breton (lobster).
For over 100 years, Fouquet's has been a landmark of the Champs-Élysées, patronized by confirmed celebrities and political figures along with a discerning public. Remodeled and purchased by the Barrière group, proprietors of the palatial Hôtel Fouquet's Barrière next door, Fouquet's continues to offer traditional French cuisine and a high-end experience steeped in cultural history.
Near the Longchamp racetrack, Jean-Louis Nomicos settled in this beautifully decorated Napoléon III-style restaurant. Alain Ducasse's 'disciple' revamped the traditional cuisine and now creates excellent dishes such asmushrooms with vegetables; oysters cooked with seaweed and butter and macaroni stuffed with foie gras; and roasted figs and blackberries for dessert. Décor, service and the cellar are the stuff of dreams! Call ahead for restaurant timings.
Bistro Marguerite is a quaint diner that will charm you with its antiques and dim lights. Located near the banks of the River Seine, you will relish their classic French dishes such as Beef Bourguignon, Sausage Aligot and Smoked Salmon. Round it off with a chocolate mousse.
Nestled besides the iconic Saint-Jacques Tower and Parc de la Tour Saint-Jacques, Le Café Livres is a charming restaurant for everyone especially book lovers. With more than 13,000 books neatly arranged and adorned with mirrors, clocks, light fixtures and comfy leather armchairs, this is a place where you will want to linger even after you have had your meal. Their seasonal menu is made up of fresh ingredients procured from local markets. Complement your meal with wine or coffee.
Au Verre Luisant is a Parisian bistro that is always brimming with locals. If you know French then that would be a boon since no one speaks English and the menu is also in the native language. Their menu has some Southern American flair which just gives a burst of flavor to their food. Their range chicken (poulet fermier) is the crowd favorite. So if you don't know what to order, just ask for this hot seller. Complement your meal with caipirinha or beer.
Le Second Empire with its neo-Imperial look offers a refine dining experience. Whether it is a business lunch, a romantic date or you are trying out a new restaurant, it aims to satisfy all its diners. Though it is a French diner, there are glimpses of gourmet delights that is a culinary journey in itself. Ideal for special occasions since it is on the pricey side.
Voulez-Vous has a sleek and modern look that reflects the style of owner, Thibault Jardon. This cafe-bar is gay-friendly and has an amicable staff. The background music is soft enough for you to have a conversation. Dig into their burgers and take a sip of their crafty cocktails.
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.