Paris, France, the city of love and beauty as well as probably the best restaurants in the World. Well, I guess that depends on your point of view, French cuisine certainly offers very fine dining and here are some of what we consider to be the most swankiest places in gay Paris. Enjoy the excellent food and superb wines offered at each of these great restaurants.
Located in rue du Pont Louis-Philippe, in the old Paris, Chez Julien offers fine dining and a fantastic menu and is at the gateway to the Marais, with the Seine not far away. After your meal consider a stroll into the Paris evening and enjoy this picturesque city. They have one of the best mojitos you will ever savour, but the real joy is in their menu.
La Gare as the name suggests, used to be a train station and the dining hall has retained that theme with old train tracks and platforms.
A very nostalgic venue to enjoy fine dining including a fabulous terrace for al fresco dining in the wonderful Paris spring and summer. Prices are reasonable and the food is gorgeous, it may be one of the largest restaurants around but well worth a visit.
Caveau du Palais
A quaint and pretty restaurant café in Place Dauphine, a famous Paris square. The atmosphere is lovely with stone and timber surround The best seats are a table outside overlooking the square, where you can enjoy your food and drink while observing the locals playing petanques. As one would expect the food and wine is excellent and you never know who may drop in for a quick bite, evidently Jonny Depp has a pied-a-terre nearby.
Frequented by the local Parisians, this place starts to fill up by about 10pm. Sit further back within the restaurant to really simply enjoy the meal or venture closer to the front and get involved in the buzz of the locals. Situated next to the river, the location is close to the Palais de Justice de Paris. Try their fillet, the filet de bœuf, or one of their other fantastic menu options.
Technically a brasserie, but that’s close enough for me. Open daily from noon to 11:30pm, the menu is à la carte and you can order pancakes and eggs and a hamburger and a glass of Champagne and your sweetie can go for the croissants and coffee, black, without the often inflated one-for-all brunch price. The Brasserie is in the heart of trendy Pigalle and full of hip Parisians enjoying cocktails on the outdoor patio. A perfect singles scene.
Ben is an avid foodie and is always on the look out for where to eat in Paris. He loves trying out all the coolest restaurants in town and often blogs about his experiences.