Fine Dining in Paris
Paris is among the world’s top cities when it comes to fine dining. Some 70 restaurants have at least one Michelin star, so you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to exploring the fabulous cuisine.
If appearances are just as important to you as the quality of your food, look no further than Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée. Found close to the Grand Palais, pure white table linens and classic French architecture are just a few of the things you can expect when you step inside the dining room. The food does depart from some of the traditional concepts of haute cuisine though, and you’ll see things like gluten-free bread on the menu alongside the caviar.
Despite its location, don’t try to walk into Le Jules Verne dressed in shorts, as you’ll be turned away at the door. The restaurant’s 400 feet up the Eiffel Tower, and lives up to its lofty expectations. Pairing stunning views with a menu that includes dishes such as braised sea bass and seared veal chops, eating here will be a memorable experience.
If you want to rub shoulders with the Parisian elite while you have dinner, Laurent in Champ-Elysées is the place for you. Rock stars and politicians alike come here to enjoy lobster, crab, turbot, truffles and other dishes that have been prepared to a Michelin star standard.
If you’re after a haute cuisine experience that focuses solely on the food in relatively humble surroundings, head to L’Arpège near Invalides. Although the décor’s quite plain, organically-sourced dishes like the sautéed free-range chicken are full of the wow factor.
Book a table at Le Meurice for a more lavish dining experience. Found in the posh hotel of the same name, the décor will bring you back to the era of Louis XVI. With three Michelin stars, your food will be as impressive as the setting.