Paris is buzzing back to life, with tourists and locals venturing out again. The City is full of exciting dining options to explore, whether you’re looking for breathtaking views, fine dining, classic bistro cuisine, or farm-to-table fare. Here are 5 restaurants to try on your next trip to Paris.
Madame Brasserie Tour Eiffel
The views alone are enough to draw the crowds in to this highly anticipated brasserie from celebrity chef Thierry Marx. Located on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower, here you’ll find Marx’s signature creative French cuisine made with the finest local products. Make sure to reserve and you’ll be able to enter the area via a quick access line dedicated to the restaurant. Stylish, contemporary interiors and huge windows win you over before the food has arrived. Classic cuisine with a luxurious twist is found on the menu. Indulge in dishes like goat’s cheese tartlet with beets and hazelnuts, pâté en croute with black truffles and pickled vegetables, chicken with puréed celeriac, truffles and orange juice, and roasted apples with crème fraiche, caramel ice cream and buckwheat crumble to finish.
Most recently honored with a place on the 2022 edition of The World’s Best Restaurants list, Le Clarence is a must visit on your next visit to Paris. Located near the Champs-Elysées in an historic mansion from 1884, Le Clarence has the talent of chef Christopher Pelé, formerly of La Bigarrade, to thank for its accolades. Sensational classic dishes prepared in “an audacious, modern and devilishly seductive way” is how Pelé describes his approach to cooking. Dishes include porcini mushrooms with puff pastry and parmesan; pigeon tourte and foie gras, spinach, and pigeon jus; and fried cuttlefish.
Le Petit Rétro
Classic interiors and quality bistro cuisine has become harder and harder to find in Paris. Le Petit Rétro has gotten it right though. Irwin Durand is at the helm at this institution which opened its doors in 1904. Hearty classics like salmon tartare, pâté en croute, ris de veau, Paris-Brest, and Île flottante are on the menu at this neighborhood favorite.
L’Auberge Nicolas Flamel
You would be hard-pressed to find a restaurant anywhere that dates as far back L’Auberge Nicolas Flamel. This auberge dates back to 1407 and is the oldest inn in Paris. Though completely remodeled in 2021, some original features still survive including the terra cotta tiles and wooden beams. Chef Grégory Garimbay has made this establishment a destination once again. Marinated leeks, blue Breton lobster, and hen with wheat risotto, horseradish, roasted artichokes and poultry jus are some of dishes on offer at this one Michelin-starred restaurant.
Le Doyenné, Saint-Vrain
Located just under an hour from Paris, this restaurant feels like it is a world away where you can watch the sunset over the restaurant’s breathtaking gardens from within the vast dining room. Australian chefs Shaun Kelly and James Edward Henry highlight local produce and ingredients that travel no more than 50 meters from soil to plate. Though it is a small trek from Paris, dishes like leek and Brussels sprouts salad with homemade ricotta, scallops with wild mushrooms and wine, meat roasted over coals, raw vegetables from the garden, clementine granita and coffee, and more are worth the journey.
Madame Brasserie Tour Eiffel – Eiffel Tower, 1er, 75007 Paris, France
Le Clarence – 31 av. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 75008 Paris, France
Le Petit Rétro – 5 rue Mesnil, 75116 Paris, France
L’Auberge Nicolas Flamel – 51 rue de Montmorency, 75003 Paris, France
Le Doyenné, Saint-Vrain – 5 rue Saint-Antoine, 91770 Saint-Vrain, France
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