I am *finally* headed back home to the USA after almost 3 weeks of European fun. I am one suitcase and probably a few pounds heavier because the shopping and the food are so fab in Paris! Though I’ve compiled a list of great spots in the past (read here), I’ve uncovered even more, only for the supremely fabulous moments you might want to splurge on yourself in Paris.
Without further ado:
1. Hotel Costes (239-241 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris, France)
As I wrote here, Costes might be the most exclusive, see and be seen place in Paris, particularly during Fashion Week. I was given the impression that you have to be super connected to get a reservation there–during peak season that is indeed the case! But if you’re in Paris at any other time, I’d say make a reservation and live your best life! This place is expensive–22 Euros drinks, 50 Euro entrees–and the people who come are fabulous. Dress up a little bit, order a cucumber martini, and toast to the Bomb life.
2. Mandarin Oriental (251 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris, France)
Mandarin Oriental is another lovely hotel located on Rue Saint Honoré. When I visited, I spied Giuseppe Zanotti, Anna Dello Russo, and others. The service was a bit slow, but the food was bomb! The Thai Curry Chicken dish was slightly spicy and oh so good.
3. The Ritz (15 Place Vendôme, 75001 Paris, France)
Putting on the Ritz! Yes! I never thought to step foot into the Ritz before, but it is a pretty popping place to be, especially during Fashion Week.I ran into a gaggle of editors in the hallway, and spied many famous faces in their Bar Vendome. I didn’t eat anything, but I did order a lovely Kir Royal. The staff was super nice and the hotel is jaw droppingly gorgeous. One fine day, I will stay there. Let’s say next trip, why not?
4. Le Relais de l’Entrecote (15 Rue Marbeuf)
So last night my group and I tried to go to Entrecôte, but had to pump our breaks when we saw a line outside that almost wrapped around the sidewalk. Yeah. Etrecote is bomb. We decided to go across the street to Chez André which was very good (more on that in a bit). By the time we were done at André, the line at Entrecôte had dwindled, which signals to me that even though there’s a line, said line moves quickly. Fast service, good food, what more could you want? I’ll definitely be trying this out next time I come to Paris!
5. Chez André (12 Rue Marbeuf, 75008 Paris, France)
After spying the madness at Entrecôte, my friends and I went across the street to Chez André. Service was quick. Everything from the escargots to the hamburger were delicious. No complaints!
6. L’Avenue (41 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris, France)
Like Costes, L’Avenue is a celeb favorite located on the super swanky Avenue Montaigne. Getting reservations here can be tricky as well, but you should be fine during off season times.
7. Les Ombres Restaurant Musée du Quai Branly ( 27 Quai Branly, 75007 Paris, France)
Aside from Entrecôte, this is the only restaurant on this list I haven’t personally tried. That said, my friend highly recommended it, writing, “They have a super cafe there and a beautiful Eiffel tower view. It is the pure Parisian place to be and work.”
8. La Coupe D’Or (330 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris, France)
If you head to Colette for your fashion fix, enjoy the people watching on Rue St. Honoré afterwards at La Coupe D’Or. The food is fine–nothing to write home about. Come here to see and be seen or to rest in between shopping stops.
9. Le Coq (2 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, 75116 Paris, France)
If you pop by the Eiffel Tower, decompress after at Le Coq. There are a bevy of restaurants at Trocadero, but this one caught my eye. Service is great, and the food is adequate. No need to reserve! Just walk up and sit down!
10. Cafe de Flore ( 172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris, France)
This historic landmark located in St. Germain des Pres, Cafe de Flore is one of the oldest coffee houses in Paris. It can be difficult to get a seat at a prime people watching perch, but the food and drink are solid. You must stop there at least once during your trip!
This is just the beginning of an even larger Paris guide! If you guys have other suggestions, please leave them in the comments (as you can see, I like to eat).
Until then, be sure to stop by one of the restaurants above–and tell them I sent you:)
Love & Light,