How to dine in Paris, like a Parisian


Paris is a kind complicated beauty, a place where you need to buy your baguette, fromage frais and vin rosé in completely separate stores. Navigating your way around like the chic Parisians we are all dying to be is equally as complex – so let me walk you through a three-part series, starting with where to dine and wine; and just because we know planning a European vacation is half of the fun, we've teamed up with Hotels.com to bring you an unbeatable itinerary, and a special discount at checkout when you use our unique code: 8OFFAUIZI

Somewhere Iconic...

These are the places that will make your trip to Paris complete

L’oiseau Blanc -
An eatery on the very top floor of the Peninsula Hotel, on the iconic Avenue Kléber. The space sits within a glass enclosure, offering the perfect spot to watch the Tour Eiffel sparkle at night.
The restaurant offers a typical, yet elevated French cuisine, highlighting fresh and seasonal produce.
But don’t stop at the top; make sure you go for a spin around the premises. You could loose yourself within the confines of The Peninsula, sipping whisky at Bar Kléber or enjoying a cigar at Le Lounge Kléber.

Café de Flore –
Café de Flore is one of the oldest coffee houses in Paris, known for its exclusive clientele and famous past time of high-profile writers and philosophers. Sitting in the very trendy Saint-Germain-des-Prés, offers the perfect spot to people-watch over an espresso and warm baguette smeared in butter.

Lavenue –
Located opposite Christian Dior, just down from The Ritz is this very trendy Costes Brothers eatery. Immaculately decorated by Jacques Garcia, this French brassiere has welcomed just about everyone from Kanye West to Karl Lagerfeld.
Offering a French-inspired menu, you can expect to find an array of smoked fish specialties, supermodel-approved salads and a classic steak with French fries. You can dine until the early hours of the morning, accompanied with midnight DJs and 2am star sightings.

Carette –
An ultra Frenchy tea salon located in the 11th arrondissement. The perfect outdoor seating arrangement for people-watching and one of the best Croque Monsieur’s you will ever have. Enjoy the morning sun with a macron, that might just be better than the famous patisserie – Laudrée. 

For somewhere cool...

If you want somewhere a little more local with a little more sass.

Ralphs –
Take a walk through the elaborate Ralph Lauren store on the Boulevard St. – Germain and you will find yourself in the super-chic courtyard restaurant, Ralph’s. The menu pulls the best elements from a real-American cuisine; starting with brunch - straight from the back-streets of Brooklyn, and the kind of artisanal cocktails you would expect to find in downtown New York. “Just when you’ve had one too many croque-monsieurs at the Café Flore, right across the street you have this amazing oasis. You can have a cheeseburger and Champagne.”

Monsieur Bleu-Paris-France -
Inside the contemporary art museum - Palais de Tokyo, in the 16th arrondissement is the sleek brasserie, Monsieur Bleu. The interior is splashed in black marble and emerald green fabrics, while the rest of the space is wrapped in an elaborate terrace, embracing the dramatic Eiffel Tower backdrop.
The menu pays homage to a traditional French brassiere, offering everything from tartar, steak frites to a full-caviar selection. Friday onwards brings with it a late-weekend lounge scene, with appearances from underground Parisian DJ’s.

La societe –
This is another Costes Brothers eatery that is sitting just across from the Saint Germain Church. The restaurant has long held its place at the heart of the social scene in Paris, amongst the young and affluent. The menu is that of a modern French brassier, serving dishes like Tuna Nicoise, Lobster Spaghetti or a cool-girl serving of French fries and champagne.
By night the atmosphere becomes a little more un-done, with upbeat lounge tunes and some thoughtfully dimmed lights.

For everything in-between...

Marché Bastille:
Boulevard Richard Lenoir, 75011; Open Thursday and Sunday 7 a.m to 2:30 p.m

This is one of the most iconic markets in Paris, staggering all the way up Boulevard Richard Lenoir twice a week. You can fill up your basket with fresh blooms, toasty baguettes and source just about every local cheese your heart desires. On Saturdays the market becomes Le Marché de la Création Bastille, where you can find local artists selling their pieces amongst other hand-made creations.

Marché de l’Alma:
Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris

Sitting pretty in the 16th arrondissement, beside its swanky neighbours The Shangri-La and The Peninsula is the produce market - Marché de l’Alma. This is considered as the ‘luxury’ market in Paris, and without doubt offering some of the finest produce of its kind. Wander around and you will be warmly greeted by the local vegetable growers, all while a sleek view of the Eiffel drapes in the background.

Chanel Au Ritz Paris:
Chanel Au Ritz Paris, 17 Place Vendôme, 75001 Paris

If it’s good enough for Coco Chanel, I’m definitely making an appointment. I suggest booking in for the Le Massage de Chanel, an approach that’s tailored to the individual – fusing a combination of delicate music and light that is designed to accompany the body’s natural biorhythms – ooh la la.

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