After many trips to Paris, these are our favorite spots for great French cuisine:
Fauchon, at 26 place de la Madeleine, has wonderful gourmet items.
Maille: For the famous French mustards and other specialty food items.
Laduree: At 75 Avenue des Champs-Elysees, this is the place in Paris for macarons.
Mariage Freres: Located in the Marais at 30 rue du Bourg, this store has the best teas!
Au Pied de Cochon, 6 rue Coquilliere: Great brasserie in the old Les Halles market area. It is known for its onion soup.
Le Petit St.-Benoit: Located at 4 rue St. Benoit, this is a charming restaurant opened in 1901.
Au Fin Gourmet: It has wonderful southwestern French food with great cassoulet. It is located at 213 Boulevard Saint Germain.
Lasserre, 17 Ave. Franklin Roosevelt: This was my first major five star experience years ago. I loved the fact that the second floor roof opens for alfresco dining.
Le Jules Verne, at the Eiffel Tour: This was a fun spot for our family Thanksgiving Dinner in 2001. The views are amazing.
Brasserie Balzar, 49 rue de Ecoles: Have enjoyed the great atmosphere on two separate trips.
Brasserie de l’Isle St. Louis, 55 quai de Bourbon: This is an Alsacian restaurant serving very hearty food.
Cremerie Restaurant Polidor, 41 rue Monsieur Le Prince: Opened in the 1800’s this has a wonderful atmosphere and great food. The beef bourguignon was a big hit.
La Fourmi Ailee, 8 rue du Fouarre: Charming small restaurant.
Berthillon A Café on rue St. Louis on the Ile St. Louis, known for its wonderful ice cream.
My favorite cafe is Les Deux Magots at 6 Place Saint Germain-des-Pres. It has the perfect ambiance and setting. A close second is Cafe de la Paix at 5 Place de l’Opera. Le Petit Zinc at 11 Rue St.-Benoit is also a great spot.