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Paris City Guide: Best Restaurants, Cafes and Dessert Shops

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Published: July 9, 2024
Paris City Guide: Great places to Satisfy Your Culinary Cravings
Photo: Courtesy of Cédric Grolet Opéra

With the highly anticipated Paris Summer Olympic Summer Games quickly approaching, what better way to gear up for the exciting event than with the art of authentic French dining in the vibrant capital? Immerse in the bustling atmosphere by going on a journey through some of Paris's most exquisite dining establishments. Indulge in the freshest seafood and embrace the romantic ambience along the Seine quayside or take a French macaron to-go from the Picasso of pastry, Pierre Hermé. Ahead, we have gathered a curated list of some of our favourite Parisian culinary gems, from the sweet to the savoury.

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CALI SISTERS

For a vitamin-packed brunch, this feel-good place celebrates colourful, healthy cuisine and the Californian way of life. Think fluffy pancakes, oh-so-cheesy egg sandwiches, meatballs, Shakshuka, or cheesecake with lemon zest. Bohemian gipsy décor emulates Venice Beach with giant palm trees and XXL glass roofs.

THE CRYING TIGER

Paris City Guide: Great places to Satisfy Your Culinary Cravings
Photo: Courtesy of The Crying Tiger

A European twist on Thai cuisine is served in a traditional bistro restaurant, adding a Parisian touch. The dishes are accompanied by a healthy dose of herbs, ensuring your meal is packed with flavour. A must-try is the satay skewers.

DOUBLEVIE

Paris City Guide: Great places to Satisfy Your Culinary Cravings
Photo: Geraldine Martins

In the heart of Montmartre, spanning several floors with large bay windows, this establishment offers exquisite cuisine with beautiful plates to share, such as croquetas and beef kefta, perfectly capturing the sunny flavours of the Mediterranean. The warm atmosphere and attentive service make for a delightful dining experience. Additionally, every Wednesday to Saturday, patrons can enjoy the lively bar downstairs, which is open from 10pm until 2am.

LA HALLE AUX GRAINS

On the third floor of the Bourse de Commerce-Pinault Collection, Michel and Sébastien Bras invite you to discover a cuisine rooted in the essentials, reflecting the history of the building, formerly known as the “Halle aux blés”. The restaurant-café embodies a vibrant spirit, evident in both its design and tablescapes. Enjoy a three-course menu at lunchtime and opt for a five- or seven-course menu at dinnertime, with wine and food pairings available. Open from midday to midnight, every day of the year.

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LA PLAGE PARISIENNE

Paris City Guide: Great places to Satisfy Your Culinary Cravings
Photo: Courtesy of La Plage Parisienne

Reinterpreting the celebrated “guinguette” — a popular cabaret bar dating back to the 17th century in France — this establishment embraces a maritime ambience along the Seine quayside. Indulge in seafood offerings such as ceviche, oysters, calamari or tuna tartare, alongside meat dishes. Choose between the large bright terrace or the lavish interior designed by Martin Brudnizki, featuring Pierre Frey fabrics. The view of the Statue of Liberty replica and the Eiffel Tower adds the final touch.

BERTHILLION

Established in 1954, Paris' most famous ice cream parlour, widely regarded as one of the best in the world, is located on the Île Saint-Louis. It serves up a host of delicious pastries, sorbets and homemade ice cream.

POPELINI

Paris City Guide: Great places to Satisfy Your Culinary Cravings
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Their delicate cream puffs come in an enormous array of colours and flavours, with firm favourites that include pistachio, dark chocolate, passion fruit and Madagascan vanilla. Additionally, there is always a “Choux of the Moment” available.

PIERRE HERMÉ

Famous for his macarons and considered the Picasso of pastry, Pierre Hermé’s boutiques offer a world of discovery. A firm favourite is the Cake Ispahan, featuring rose, raspberry, and lychee flavours. Expect a masterclass in taste.

CÉDRIC GROLET OPÉRA

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The home to internet sensation and prestigious maître pâtissier, Cédric Grolet’s first boulangerie-pâtisserie-café is an immaculate space. Every creation is carefully handmade daily, from the golden croissants and pain au chocolat, to the wide array of tarts and cakes — each so intricately decorated they rival artwork. Go early as the pastries sell out quickly.

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LA PÂTISSERIE CYRIL LIGNAC

Paris City Guide: Great places to Satisfy Your Culinary Cravings
Photo: Courtesy of La Pâtisserie Cyril Lignac

Cyril Lignac is France's favourite chef. A successful restaurateur-entrepreneur, with eight restaurants (including one in London), and a star on reality TV show Le Meilleur Pâtissier. We're crazy about his chocolatine and his very first signature pastry, the Equinoxe, featuring light Bourbon vanilla cream, a caramel heart and crispy Speculoos praline. Indulge in exceptional breads and irresistibly addictive marshmallow bears.

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