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Paris is synonymous with incredible food and Parisians have a reputation for utilizing quality local ingredients and time-tested preparations. This often translates into rotating menus with seasonal produce and sumptuous presentation.
During warmer months, most Parisians take full advantage of patios and parks for long-lingering meals. For indoor dining, many restaurants – even casual ones – provide a sophisticated ambiance that will make your trip feel magical.
Here are some of the best bakeries (boulangeries), pastry shops (pâtisseries), and chic eateries in Paris.
The Parisian tartine is an art form and Comptoir Poilâne, the restaurant attached to the Poilâne bakery, makes some of the best open-faced sandwiches in Paris. Comptoir Poilâne has used the same style of slow fermentation and locally grown and ground flours since its 1932 inception – it’s a marriage of the old and new worlds.
Bread is baked daily in the 6th arrondissement in wood-fired ovens and topped with creative pairings. Choose a classic preparation of crème fraîche with smoked salmon or melted Gruyère with crispy ham among other seasonal versions, including lacto-fermented vegetables.
No visit to Paris is complete without a meal en plein air. At Loulou, the outdoor decor is the epitome of urban enchantment. The restaurant is housed in the outdoor terrace of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and surrounds the Palais du Louvre; there isn’t a lusher location in Paris.
Loulou is known for its sensational Mediterranean menu featuring salads and simple pizzas. The team behind Monsieur Bleu in the Palais de Tokyo helms the restaurant, so lunch is impeccable. And the views aren’t so bad either.
Le Bristol Paris
For many, visiting a Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris is a must, and Le Bristol Paris houses two of the hottest reopenings this fall. 114 Faubourg, with one Michelin star, takes its brasserie-deluxe title seriously. Executive chef Éric Fréchon’s menu focuses on impeccable French classics, including takes on hand-chopped steak tartare and duck pâté with foie gras.
Epicure, his space with three Michelin stars, is a feast for the eyes and the palate, setting the stage with Italian Botticino marble flooring and glittering chandeliers. Enjoy caviar de Sologne on bone-china plates and wine pairings, poured into the finest Baccarat crystal, from sommelier Bernard Neveu. Part of the Oetker Collection, Le Bristol Paris upholds its reputation as the first to earn “palace” status in France, which allows all guests to feel like royalty.
La Cour Jardin
Another lovely and distinctly French dining experience is La Cour Jardin, where scrumptious dishes such as grilled octopus, foie gras, and beef tartare are served in a gorgeous interior courtyard. It’s best enjoyed on a warm spring or summer day when you can see the space in all its glory: dotted red umbrellas and table decor, as well as trees, topiaries, and ivy that climb the walls of a building constructed in the early 1900s.
Le Train Bleu and La Gare
For a dinner that marries the best of Paris ingredients with modern Lebanese cuisine, Liza in the 2nd arrondissement is not to be missed. Owned and operated by chef Liza Asseily, the restaurant is a chic and glamorous testament to Asseily’s Beirut heritage, with an elevated presentation and distinctly Parisian feel.
Dishes are ideal for sharing and the space encourages tasting everything – classic falafel and lamb kébbé, grilled Halloumi with sesame tomato marmalade, black lemon hummus, and imported Arak. The must-order dessert is the riz au lait with orange water and rose petals that will vanish bite by delicious bite.