Restaurants in Paris are famous for their great food, and also for their beautiful, inviting spaces. For hospitality projects, these 5 are an amazing inspiration; for a tourism visit, these are must-visit! From traditional bistros to smart, trendy restaurants and Michelin-starred establishments, here’s a list of incredible chic dining spaces in the City of Light.
Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée
When looking for restaurants in Paris, there’s no way you won’t consider Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée. The experience begins at the entrance of the room, this area set off by three polished stainless steel bells – evoking those traditionally covering plates – creating a smooth transition, a gentle manner of giving time to the visitor to enter the restaurant’s world. The dining room is a gem – designed by Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku – where all is softness of curves, materials, and contents. Everywhere is wonder in the remarkable quality of the pieces created with an absolute attention to every detail.
Italian restaurant Il Carpaccio, one-Michelin-star, first opened its doors 30 years ago and has since established itself as a true institution. The intimate dining room draws on a Sicilian baroque style with an extravagant shell decor on the walls, opening onto a lovely glass conservatory drenched in light. Two contemporary artists have created unique works of art that add to the Italian theme.
Built into the Palais Garnier opera house’s east facade, L’Opéra is a restaurant premiered in 2011, 136 years after the Opera itself was opened. Designed by architect Odile Decq, L’Opera restaurant brings a touch of modernity to the Paris Opera by integrating design and organic shapes. The tables are beautifully designed in red and white, and allow visitors to sit down for a coffee, a drink or to eat a good meal.
Boasting beautiful views of the Hotel’s courtyard, the three-Michelin-star Le Cinq is an exquisite dining room, dressed in gray and gold. The tablecloths, china, and silver were all created specifically for this legendary Hotel. This gourmet restaurant in Paris, part of the Four Season Hotels Hotel George V, opened in 2001 to much fanfare and rapidly achieved 1, 2, then 3 Michelin Red Guide stars under the direction of chef Philippe Legendre before being demoted to 2 stars. Chef Eric Briffard took over from 2008 until October 2014 when Christian Le Squer, formerly of the 3-star Michelin restaurant Ledoyen, became head chef.
Septime restaurant in Paris presents modern French cooking with the best ingredients. But that’s not all. Its bohemian look comes from the fact that it is based in a former furniture workshop in eastern Paris. The twin dining rooms have polished anthracite-color cement floors, sleek Danish modern chairs, and tables made from rough gray recycled wood. And there’s often a bouquet of flowers in a steel bucket on the bar.
Written by Inês Veiga