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Restaurants in Paris

Dine in luxurious surroundings at Les Ambassadeurs on place de la Concorde square. Try garlicky snails off the Champs Elysées at La Fermette Marbeuf. Traditional and contemporary Basque cuisine is served at Le Troquet and Chez L'Ami Jean near the Eiffel Tower. Rue St-Anne in the Opéra district is the place to eat Japanese noodle soups. Le Restaurant in Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Bateaux Parisiens dinner cruises are perfect for romantic tête-à-têtes. Restaurants usually serve 12pm-2.30pm and 7pm-10.30pm - 10% service is normally included.

Les Ambassadeurs, Paris. Courtesy of Hotel Crillon
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L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon

Concept dining

Famous chef Joel Robuchon's minimalist restaurant in Saint-Germain-des-Prés has revolutionised Parisian dining. L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon's vast open kitchen is surrounded by a circular bar which seats just 36 clients, who choose dishes from the Michelin-starred tapas menu according to their taste and appetite. The waiters are happy to recommend wine.



Opening Hours

Daily 11.30am-3.30pm & 6.30pm-12am

Address

5, rue de Montalembert, Paris 75007

Telephone

+33 (0) 1 42 22 56 56

Transport

Métro rue de Bac

Website

Joel Robuchon Website

Les Ombres, Paris. Courtesy of Les Ombres
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Les Ombres

Eiffel Tower views

On the Branly Museum's roof, near the Eiffel Tower, the trendy Les Ombres restaurant offers breathtaking views onto Gustave Eiffel's edifice. Choose the terrace or opt for a table inside where the décor imitates the shadows (ombres) the Eiffel Tower casts over the restaurant. Seasonal menus may include candied terrine of lamb and Nutella-fondue.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-2.30pm & 7pm-10.30pm (until 11pm Fri & Sat)

Address

27, quai Branly, Paris 75007

Telephone

+33 (0) 1 47 53 68 00

Transport

Métro Iena; RER Pont d'Alma

Website

Les Ombres Website

Le Restaurant, Paris. Courtesy of L'Hôtel
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Le Restaurant

Romantic rococo dining

Set inside a hotel called L'Hôtel, near Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Le Restaurant's intimate, rococo dining room, designed by Jacques Garcia, is stylish, hip and oozes romance. Bring a special person along to enjoy chef Philippe Bélissante's unusual take on French cuisine (the house speciality is crab-meat with argan oil and hot bisque) and sample some lip-smacking wines.



Opening Hours

Tue-Sat 12pm-2.30pm & 7.30pm-10.30pm

Address

13, rue des Beaux-Arts, Paris 75006

Telephone

+33 (0) 1 44 41 99 00

Transport

Métro Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Website

Le Restaurant Website

Bateaux Parisiens, Paris. Courtesy of Bateaux Parisiens
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Bateaux Parisiens

Gourmet cruise

Bateaux Parisiens lunch and dinner cruises, which depart Port de la Bourdonnais, are a memorable way to combine fine dining with sightseeing. Visitors drift along the Seine, taking in panoramas, listening to atmospheric French music, drinking wine and savouring excellent gourmet French cuisine which includes foie-gras, succulent salmon with Puy lentils and pastries.



Opening Hours

Daily 12.15pm & 7.30pm

Address

Port de la Bourdonnais, Paris 75007

Telephone

+33 (0) 1 76 64 14 45

Transport

Métro Iéna; RER Champs-de-Mars-Tour-Eiffel

Website

Bateaux Parisiens Website

Les Ambassadeurs, Paris. Courtesy of Hotel Crillon
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Les Ambassadeurs

Michelin-star cuisine

Exquisitely furnished with marble, gilded cherubs, sky-high mirrors and Baccarat chandeliers, the Hotel Crillon's Les Ambassadeurs restaurant, overlooking place de la Concorde square, is a spectacular setting for chef Jean-François Piége's acclaimed cuisine. Try the hand-fished scallops with sweet pumpkin crackle and white truffles. The award-winning sommelier will help you choose your wine. Book in advance.



Opening Hours

Tue-Sat 12pm-2pm & 7.30pm-10pm; Sun 12pm-3pm

Address

Hotel Crillon, 10 place de la Concorde, Paris 75008

Telephone

+33 (0) 1 44 71 16 16

Transport

Métro Concorde

Website

Les Ambassadeurs Website

6

Chez l'Ami Jean

Grandma's cooking

In the friendly Chez l'Ami Jean near Les Invalides, hams hang overhead, wooden tables sit snugly side by side and fine wines wait to be opened behind the bar. Whether you choose the pigeon terrine, the confit of Pyrenean lamb with parmesan or the creamy rice-pudding, it will be as hearty as it is delicious.



Opening Hours

Tue-Sat 12pm-2pm & 7pm-12am

Address

27, rue Malar, Paris 75007

Telephone

+33 (0) 1 47 05 86 89

Transport

Métro Invalides or La Tour Maubourg

Website

Chez l'Ami Jean Website

7

La Fermette Marbeuf

Art Nouveau dining room

Garlicky snails, foie-gras, tender steaks, veal shanks and fresh fish are just some of the culinary delights La Fermette Marbeuf offers at its restaurant near the Champs Elysées. Ask for a table beneath its breathtaking Art Nouveau cupola, one of the best-preserved in Europe, or combine your meal with a show at the theatre.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-3pm & 7pm-11.30pm

Address

5, rue Marbeuf, Paris 75008

Telephone

+33 (0) 1 53 23 08 00

Transport

Métro Alma Marceau

Website

La Fermette Marbeuf Website

Willi's Wine Bar, Paris. Photo by Peter Lippmann, courtesy of Willi's
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Willi's Wine Bar

Wine buff's dream

Decorated with wine-themed collectors' posters, Willi's Wine Bar in the Opéra district is a must for wine buffs with over 250 wines on offer and knowledgeable waiters. Dishes such as guinea-fowl with confit of onions and bacon sit alongside ripe Bordeaux in this intimate dining-area. Reservations are recommended.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 12pm-2.30pm & 7pm-11pm

Address

13, rue des Petits Champs, Paris 75001

Telephone

+33 (0) 1 42 61 05 09

Transport

Métro Pyramides

Website

Willi's Wine Bar Website

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Le Fumoir

Eating with the Literati

In an unrivalled location opposite the Louvre, the fashionable and cosy Fumoir looks rather like a gentleman's smoking-club with dark wooden pannelling and furniture. Head to the little library at the back, coveted by trendy artists and intellectual types, and opt for a bar snack or mouth-watering dishes like poached cod and Argentinian rib-eye steak.



Opening Hours

Daily 11am-2am

Address

6, rue de l'amiral Coligny, Paris 75001

Telephone

+33 (0) 1 42 92 00 24

Transport

Métro Louvre Rivoli

Website

Le Fumoir Website

10

Mini Palais

Museum dining

Inside the Grand Palais museum, near the Champs Elysées, Mini Palais chef Gilles Choukroun produces inventive cuisine. Signature dishes include foie-gras crème-brûlée for starters, roasted duck with orangey carrots and a most unusual take on peach melba. Sit inside and enjoy the funky interior or head out to the sunny terrace.



Opening Hours

Daily 8.30am-1am (from 10.30am Sat & Sun)

Address

Avenue Winston Churchill, Paris 75008

Telephone

+33 (0) 1 42 56 42 42

Transport

Métro Champs Elysées-Clémenceau

Website

Mini Palais Website

Le Troquet, Paris. Photo by Alexandre Champeil, courtesy of Glucoz
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Le Troquet

Locals' rustic favourite

Locals flock to the rustic Basque dining room, Le Troquet, in the residential 15th arrondisement, where Chef Christian Etchebest uses seasonal produce to create daring dishes that always mélange unexpected flavours. Diners sitting at Gingham-clad tables tuck into delights such as smoked eel with avacado mousse, cheesy biscuits and apple.



Opening Hours

Tue-Sat 12pm-3pm & 7.30pm-11pm

Address

21, rue François Bonvin, Paris 75015

Telephone

+33 (0) 1 45 66 89 00

Transport

Métro Cambronne, Sèvres Lecourbe or Volontaires

Rose Bakery, Paris. Courtesy of Rose Bakery
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Rose Bakery

Homemade organic food

Owned by a French-English couple, Rose Bakery, just below Montmartre, is a wonderful organic delicatessen-cum-restaurant that sells mouth-watering homemade food to queues of hungry locals. The menu includes soups, salads, buttery quiches, mini-pizzas and scrumptious cakes, including traditional English carrot cake. Come early for a table or join the throngs for a take-out lunch.



Opening Hours

Tue-Sun 11.30am-3pm

Address

46, rue des Martyrs, Paris 75009

Telephone

+33 (0) 1 42 82 12 80

Transport

Métro Notre-Dame de Lorette or St Georges

13

La Fresque

Quintessential French bistro

A former fishmongers near Les Halles, once a market, La Fresque serves French cuisine inside a cosy, fresco-clad dining-room with a small, bustling terrace. Friendly waiters scurry between the kitchen and narrowly spaced tables carrying dishes such as salmon terrine and lamb with Provencal tomatoes.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 12pm-3pm; daily 7pm-12am

Address

100, rue Rambuteau, Paris 75001

Telephone

+33 (0) 1 42 33 17 56

Transport

Métro Les Halles or Etienne Marcel

14

Café Constant

Low-key bistro

Michelin-starred chef Christian Constant turned this tiny tabac near the Eiffel Tower into a buzzing bistro selling uncompromisingly good fare at low prices. Café Constant's menu includes recipes Christian's grandma handed down to him, such as specialities like steak-tartare with hand-cut fries, Spanish omelette, lentils with foie-gras and dreamy chocolate profiteroles.



Opening Hours

Tue-Sun 8.30am-10.30pm

Address

139, rue St-Dominique, Paris 75007

Telephone

+33 (0) 1 47 53 73 34

Transport

Métro Ecole Militaire

Website

Café Constant Website

15

Chartier

Cheap and hearty food

Chartier, near the Grands Boulevards, is a cheap eatery that has changed little in a century. A former workers' canteen, it still serves lashings of French dishes such as egg mayonnaise, snails, steak and fries and sausage and potato purée to hungry crowds. It's a typical 19th-century dining-room with large mirrors and tiled floors.



Opening Hours

Daily 11.30am-3pm & 6pm-10pm

Address

7, rue du Faubourg Montmartre, Paris 75009

Telephone

+33 (0) 1 47 70 86 29

Transport

Métro Grands Boulevards

Website

Chartier Website

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