Contemporary French culinary traditions are created by its great chefs. These are people of flesh and blood, but sometimes it seems that their incredible gastronomic magic is not subject to mere mortals. How can such a controversial assumption be verified? Only on my own experience, having visited one of the best restaurants in Paris.
La Closerie des Lilas
The name of the restaurant La Closerie des Lilas can be translated as “Lilac Farm”. In the 17th century, there was an inn on the way from Paris to Fontainebleau. At the beginning of the 20th century, French writers and poets liked to sit here, around whom the elite strata of society and bohemians gradually began to gather. A small roadside bistro expanded and eventually turned into a cozy restaurant that lured the entire wealthy public from Montmartre. The halls of the restaurant have preserved the memory of their most distinguished guests. Memorial plaques on the walls of the restaurant speak for themselves: Picasso, Apollinaire, Mann Ray, and many others. James Joyce and Samuel Beckett dined here. Ernest Hemingway finished his work “The Sun Also Rises” here, for Dos Passos he went to La Closerie des Lilas every day as in his study, where he created the trilogy “USA”. Today, as well as many years ago, scientists, researchers, and artists gather here. The laureates of the Nobel Prize in Literature come here as if to work, to chat with each other over a pleasant dinner.
La Closerie des Lilas is one of the most expensive restaurants in classic French cuisine. But the guest can sit in the bar and admire the atmosphere of the restaurant – here prices are more affordable for tourists.
Address: 171 Boulevard du Montparnasse
Opening hours: 12:00 – 01:00
Epicure is the best hotel restaurant in the world. It is located in Le Bristol – no less famous place in Paris. The restaurant is awarded three Michelin stars and has an impressive supply of wines – here visitors will have to make a difficult choice from 2,200 names. During his presidency, Nicolas Sarkozy, who worked next door, often visited here for a bite to eat with his favorite stuffed pasta from the chef Eric Frechon.
Address: 112 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
Opening hours: 07:30 – 10:30, 12:00 – 14:00, 19:30 – 21:30
Nice, a very cozy French restaurant in the back of the courtyard in the Marais quarter. There are tables on the terrace and indoors. Taste and serving dishes with a twist, good service, prices are average Parisian. Dinner for one with a glass of wine will cost you 25 – 35 euros. A menu with prices is on the site. Popular with Parisians, so book in advance for a weekend table.
Address: 3 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie
Working hours: 12:00 – 14:30, 19:30 – 23:00, 12:00 – 15:00, 19:30 – 22:30 (Sunday)
Le Bar a Huitres
The expression of French charm in the interior, combined with the best selection of oysters in the capital, have made this small restaurant chain very popular. Le bar a Huitres is considered the best oyster bar in Paris. Here you will find 24 types of oysters, including the special Gillardeau N ° 3, Corsican and Tarbouriech pink oysters N ° 00.
Address: 112 Boulevard du Montparnasse and 33 Rue Saint-Jacques
Working hours: 12:00 – 00:00 (weekdays), 12:00 – 01:00 (weekends, only at the first address)
If you love French cuisine, take a look here. Many guests recommend tasting the mouth-watering veal, bouillon and snails. Here you can order good profiteroles, parfaits and lemon tart. At Bouillon Pigalle, be sure to order some wonderful homemade wine, beer or rosé. Many visitors order good chocolate frappe, tea or juice.
Address: 22 Boulevard de Clichy
Opening hours: 12:00 – 00:00
The restaurant, founded in 1766, is located in one of the 17th-century private Parisian hotels. Here you can taste classic French cuisine.
Address: 51 Quai des Grands Augustins
Working hours: 12:30 – 14:00, 19:00 – 22:00. Closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Pharamond serves French cuisine. You can always try delicious bouillon, foie gras and andouilles here. You will love a good parfait, tarte taten and profiteroles.
The convenient location of this place makes it easy to reach it even during rush hour. This place offers good wine, cider, or calvados. Many visitors order good coffee. Many guests point out that the staff at this restaurant are helpful. You will find that the service is excellent here.
Address: 24 Rue de la Grande Truanderie
Opening hours: 12:00 – 00:00
A restaurant serving “haute French cuisine” in an elegant dining room with a magnificent setting in the style of the Peace Salon of the Palace of Versailles. The interior of the restaurant is enlivened by the effect of the dazzling beauty of the architectural features of this period and the landscape paintings on the walls. In 2005, the restaurant was included in the list of “50 best restaurants in the world”.
Address: Rue de Rivoli, 228, 75001
Phone: 33 (0) 1 44 58 10 55
Metro station: Tuileries
Official site – www.lemeurice.com/restaurants-bars
Le Train Bleu
Opening the heavy door of the Le Train Bleu restaurant, you seem to find yourself at a party at the Versailles Palace or the Fontainebleau Palace. Antique candlesticks, frescoes, gilding, and stucco molding – this luxurious interior was once appreciated by Coco Chanel, Brigitte Bordeaux, Salvador Dali, Jean Cocteau, and other famous visitors. In the 20s of the last century, all Parisian bohemia gathered here.
Here you will be warmly welcomed and told in detail about each dish. Many waiters speak good English. Each of them has its own area of responsibility: one is responsible for appetizers, another for wine, and the third for main dishes or desserts.
Address: Place Louis-Armand.
Working hours: 11:30 – 14:45, 19:00 – 22:45
Le Moulin de la Galette
Le Moulin de la Galette serves French cuisine. Regular visitors note that good biscuits, foie gras, and pumpkin soup are prepared in this place. This place is famous for its good parfait, meringues, and chocolate mousse. In this restaurant, be sure to try good wine, champagne, or kir. According to customers, good coffee is offered here.
Enjoy a delicious lunch on the Le Moulin de la Galette veranda. Most guests report that the staff is energetic at this location. Visitors find the service to be amazing. According to guests, this establishment has attractive prices. You will definitely appreciate the cozy atmosphere and excellent interior.
Address: 83 Rue Lepic
Opening hours: 12:00 – 22:30, 12:00 – 23:00 (Friday and Saturday).