As the oldest café in Paris, Le Procope is an institution. This historic place exudes the former glory of the 18th century, with the shadows of Rousseau, Voltaire and Bonaparte still lingering there. The décor is sublime, with gilded bronze, porcelain, tablecloths and napkins in assorted fabrics. Le Procope’s cuisine is representative of the French savoir-faire. Try the coq au vin, the famous tête de veau, and the fresh oysters. The staff are very professional and the atmosphere has a remarkable languidness. Diners speak in a soft murmur, certainly because of the majesty of the place.
ris, France, +33 1 40 46 79 00
Relais Louis XIII
Relais Louis XIII is one of the few restaurants to offer both the the classic dishes that established its reputation and an inspired menu that changes daily. Try some of Relais Louis XIII’s traditional favourites, like the ravioli de foie gras, lobster, duxelle mushrooms with champagne, Parisian salade d’araignée, duck, or tarte soufflée au chocolat.The service is very attentive and friendly.
Relais Louis XIII, Rue des Grands Augustins, Paris, France, +33 1 43 26 75 96
Another historical gem, Laperouse was once the meeting point for Paris’ literary geniuses. Guy de Maupassant, Emile Zola, Alexandre Dumas and Victor Hugo were habitués, and numerous politicians also took advantage of the confidentiality of the private salons to hold their meetings here. These rooms, lined in red velvet, also witnessed the amorous encounters of mythic courtesans such as La Belle Otero, and their lovers. A guided visit led by the encyclopaedic Vincent is offered to clients. This is a great place for traditional French gourmet cuisine. We suggest le Homard Amoureux, a lobster dish, or la Belle Côte de Veau for lovers of red meat and velvety crêpes Suzette.
Lapérouse, Quai des Grands Augustins, Paris, France, +33 1 43 26 68 04
At L’Agrume you will get to personally witness the methodological genesis of your dish. Franck Marchesi passionately prepares all the delicacies before your very admiring eyes. Try the ris de veau d’anthologie, an exquisite veal rice dish, or the fresh seafood, and end your lovely meal with stewed rhubarb and strawberries topped with home-made chantilly. All this is accompanied by subtle matching wines.
L’agrume, 15 rue des Fossés St-Marcel, 75005, Paris, +33 1 43 31 86 48
Ze Kitchen Galerie and KGB
Ze Kitchen Galerie and KGB, are two complementary restaurants, both located on the Rue des Grands Augustins, and run by William Ledeiul. Beautiful, colorful, textured dishes are on offer in these Asian fusion restaurants that takes the concept of ‘alternative thinking’ very seriously indeed. The starters are petit delights, and the dishes (fish, pasta or meat) are tasty and imaginative. We suggest the huître chaude, the potage à la citronnelle and the hachis Parmentier de canard.
Ze Kitchen Galerie, 4 Rue des Grands Augustins, 75006 Paris, France, +33 1 44 32 00 32
KGB, 25 Rue des Grands Augustins, 75006 Paris, France,+33 1 46 33 00 85
A few minutes walk from the Jardin de Luxembourg you’ll find La Ferrandaise, a pleasant restaurant with beautiful décor that specializes in seasonal products from Auvergne. The venue is named after the Ferrandaise, a breed of French cattle native to Puy-de-Dome, an area close to the city of Clermont-Ferrand in Auvergne. We recommend the specialty of the house: the perfectly cooked veal, and also the crab ravioli.
La Ferrandaise, Rue de Vaugirard, Paris, France,+33 1 43 26 36 36
Pizza Chic is a pretty, charming venue where both the Italian touch and the pleasant industrial-chic décor will transport you back to the 1950’s. Expect thin dough and crispy pizza with copious toppings and top quality produce. Try the bacon colonata or the mozzarella di bufala XXL. The, wine is quite remarkable, with around 30 carefully chosen bottles on the list. A wonderful way to finish the meal is the sgroppino maison, a delicious summer drink from Venice that is not to be missed
Pizza Chic, Rue de Mézières, Paris, France, +33 1 45 48 30 38
Chef Yves Camdeborde and his team are the responsible for the success of this excellent gastropub. On the menu you’ll find fine concoctions like Foie gras, noix de St Jacques and croque monsieur conté et truffes. The wine list is varied, and you can find affordable or expensive wines. Book in advance, the place is popular.
This unpretentious little Parisian bistro specializes in old-style French cuisine, serving homely dishes such as bone marrow and rump steak with pepper sauce, and oysters. The welcome is warm, and you’ll have a great time listening to the nostalgic sound of an accordion in Les Pipos.
Les Pipos, Rue de l’École Polytechnique, Paris, France, +33 1 43 54 11 40
Le Petit Zinc
At first your attention is dragged to the exquisite original art nouveau façade of Le Petit Zinc, a restaurant located on a cosy corner, a stones throw away from the Église and the Café de Flore. Once inside, candelabra and table lamps in various colors create an ambience for romantic and intimate encounters. To enhance the cocooning effect, tables are arranged on platforms of different heights. The menu is small, as Le Petit Zinc chooses to specialize in the classics of French cuisine: foie gras, escargots, tartare, and crème brûlée. The wine list was carefully created to flatter the great mains. Expect the finest.
Le Petit Zinc, Rue Saint-Benoît, Paris, France, +33 1 42 86 61 00