Near Place des Vosges

A square at the centre of Paris’ rich literary past.

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Restaurant Anne

The sophisticated Pavillon de la Reine hotel, which recently opened Restaurant Anne, sits on the historic Place des Vosges—the city’s oldest planned square. The menu features dishes such as pan-seared scallops with golden caviar, tender suckling lamb and chocolate soufflé.


While the majority beeline to Berthillon, believing it to be the best place in Paris for ice cream, a trip to Pozzetto will also reward with its world-class gelato. Sample a few of its offerings, but don’t leave without trying the sublime pistachio flavour.


Carette. Photograph by Joann Pai.

Follow in the footsteps of author Victor Hugo, who once lived on the square, and head to a café, boulangerie or patisserie for a classic French breakfast. Carette is famed for its croissants and freshly baked baguettes, and its neon-coloured macarons.

Near the Louvre

A world-class art museum in the heart of the city.

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A few minutes walk from the Louvre, Angelina café was a favourite of Coco Chanel when she lived at the Ritz Paris. Its hot chocolate, the fashion designer’s drink of choice, is legendary.


Loulou. Photograph by Joann Pai.

It might be Instagram-famous, but Loulou—the courtyard café with amazing views of the Louvre—is more than picture-perfect. Round off a day at the world’s largest art museum with a dinner of sumptuous seared tuna.

Le Garde Robe

Enjoy the ambience while sipping a glass of white wine, such as Les Alpes, at Le Garde Robe. This taste sensation is one of the many fine wines that can be paired with a cheese plate. If it’s late, buy a bottle to take to your hotel.

Near Moulin Rouge

Find sequins and showgirls at Paris’ much-loved cabaret.

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Le Moulin de la Galette

There is an iconic windmill atop its roof, but Le Moulin de la Galette is not just a whimsical novelty. The restaurant serves quality French classics to both locals and visitors. Try the Granville mussels, caught in Christian Dior’s childhood hometown.

Bouillon Pigalle

Bouillon Pigalle. Photograph by Benoit Linero.

Authentic and affordable, despite its popular location, this is an ideal spot for  a pre-cabaret meal. Start with the marrowbone before enjoying the beefsteak and fries and the chocolate profiterole (cream puff) for dessert.

Royal Fromentin

The Café des Deux Moulins, a location used in the 2001 movie Amélie, is a popular after-hours spot, but to skip the crowds, head to the Royal Fromentin hotel’s bar instead. This former cabaret venue is the best place to sample a shot of absinthe.

Near the Eiffel Tower

The “Iron Lady” is Paris’ most iconic skyline-defining structure.

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Monsieur Bleu

This restaurant inside the Palais de Tokyo art museum provides the ultimate backdrop with its close-up views of the Eiffel Tower. Dine after dark to experience the tower’s hourly gold light display, or arrive early to explore the museum.

La Bulle Parisienne

Feasting at the tower isn’t a cliché, but a one-of-a-kind experience. La Bulle Parisienne is a pop-up bistro inside a transparent bubble. The food, including nitrogen-baked meringues, is as quirky as the setting.

Café Constant

Photograph courtesy of Café Constant.

The morning after a romantic night out, a breakfast at Café Constant will invigorate and refresh. The antique interior is very vintage Paris, or, to watch the bustling city go by, opt for a table outside.

[This story appears in the March 2020 edition of WestJet Magazine.]