Where to find the most romantic restaurants in Paris?
Here are some tips:
1. 58 Tour Eiffel
One of the two Eiffel Tower Restaurants has been given a new lease of life thanks to a joint venture by chef Alain Ducasse and designer Patrick Jouin and undergoing a revitalisation such as that experienced after a holiday in the South of France. Formerly Altitude 95 this Eiffel Tower restaurant still retains its charm and is the perfect place for a romantic dinner in one of the most remarkable settings in the world. The 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant is perfect for either an Eiffel Tower lunch or dinner, changing its menu has Paris changes its clothes as night falls. The views, the menu and the accessibility of this restaurant above the streets gives it the number one spot for a romantic meal in Paris.
2. Le Pré Catelan
If the strains and stresses of metropolitan life are wearing you down then head out to the haven of Le Pré Catelan in the Bois de Bologne. This venue would have an abundance of romantic charm even if diners brought their own picnic. Luckily, the food served is of the highest quality and diners are treated to sumptuous culinary delights in this calm, classy and chic restaurant. The Bois de Bologne has long been a haven for artistic and aristocratic Parisians who are in need of fresh air. Head chef Frédéric Anton brings variety and imagination to the menu and accompanied by the ‘Best Sommelier in the World’ in charge of the wine list. To make that date extra special, there is even a “table du chef” situated in the kitchen to see the master at work
3. Jules Verne Restaurant Paris
Widely regarded as one of the best restaurants in the world the Jules Verne restaurant Paris has the advantage of being the highest in metres and most highly regarded of the venues on the list, but misses out on the top spot due to difficulty in securing a table. The menu at the Jules Verne restaurant has also been crafted by Alain Ducasse, who has provided innovative cuisine for world leaders, film stars and the glitterati. It is hard not to be seduced by the charm of one of the highest restaurants in Paris, and hopefully your dining partner will agree. An impressive array of food and breathtaking views of Paris are presented to diners at the Jules Verne restaurant Paris, and both are enjoyed enthusiastically on an evening of romance at the Eiffel Tower.
4. Les Ombres at Musee de Quai Branly
Famous for housing the greatest display of overseas art in Paris the Musée de Quai Branly also contains a badly kept secret of a restaurant above the collections. Benefiting from a glass ceiling, an outdoor terrace (in summer) and a varied menu there are few places with such spectacular views and atmosphere so close to the ground than at Les Ombres. Guy de Maupassant dined at the Eiffel Tower so would not have to look at a view of what he considered an architectural aberration, but now few trips to Paris are complete without dining in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. Les Ombres restaurant has access to such a view, and woos admirers and aficionados of the Eiffel Tower. Eating in its shadow is celebrated in this restaurant and the décor has been constructed to capture the reflections of the great tower. The silhouette of the Eiffel Tower is visible all over Paris at night, but is best seen in the rooftop Les Ombres restaurant. Translated as ‘The Shadows’ it makes reference to its position in relation to the most iconic shape in Paris, and is unfortunately eclipsed by 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant.
5. Le Cour Jardin
Yet another Alain Ducasse eatery is shortlisted for the most romantic restaurant in Paris, this one very different from the other two included. A well kept secret in a miniature enclosure and known only to those who look, this restaurant is hidden from the rest of the city by the instantly recognisable walls of Parisian architecture. A clandestine venue perfect for an intimate date, and more subdued than an Eiffel Tower dinner, Le Cour Jardin comes into its own on summer evenings. As soon as the temperature rises the restaurant takes on more than its fair share of Parisian romance.
Written and contributed by Isabelle Lawson