Dining in Paris: Rise of the Green Scene

Nowadays, the French capital is embracing its natural heritage with a new aesthetic code that is redesigning the cityscape: the urban jardin, everywhere. Several hotels, restaurants, and bars in Paris are going green, with plants becoming a powerful visual element.

by Karin Hémar and Eleonora Betesh

The 'City of Light' is more than a hub for timless art, fashion and architecture. Although indeed rich in lush, romantic parks, the historic European capital is increasingly connecting to its greener side, from interiors to new modes of transportation, including a new 'flying' river taxi to be trialed this summer along the Seine. Whether you plan to walk or 'fly' to the next address on your itinerary, LUXOS recommends a rendez-vous with nature at these captivating green cafes and Parisian bistrots.

Ober Mamma

Known for their wild cocktail concoctions, Ober Mamma brings Italian specialities such as pizza baked in wooden fire ovens and fresh pastas with creative sauces, all in a modern design and buzzing atmosphere. The dishes offered have fun names as well such as 'Sausage Party In The Forest' for a pasta dish, and 'Carpaccio Is Coming' as a salad. You’ll also spot a large tree in this restaurant as well with its branches flowing across.

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Lilly of the Valley

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With a ceiling adorned in flowers and wild, green leaves, teatime may last longer than usual in this charming little teashop. You can choose from a variety of different teas including chocolate roasted, South American mate and rooibos. You’ll want to match your tea to one of their alluring sweets such as their Matcha Green Tea and Rasberry Cake.

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Alcazar

A Michelin guide restaurant, Alcazar uses fresh ingredients and top chefs to serve you traditional dishes with an original twist. Reconnect with nature in their green based ambiance. You can try their Sunday brunch to enjoy delicacies such as an almond milk smoothie and avocado toast.

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Peonies

We imagine you'll feel right at home at Peonies, a welcoming flower and coffee shop with an abundant amount of greenery. The design is reminiscent of ecltectic Miami cafes, with the bubble-gum pink and tropical green hues conquering the scene. A great rest stop while discovering the 10th arrondissement, the menu consists of both sweet and savoury items including floral cookies, gluten-free pear cake, and grilled cheese sandwiches, and several tea and coffee options.

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Le Chalet des Iles

On the lake of Bois de Boulogne (Boulogne Woods), in Paris's 16 arrondissement, the charming Le Chalet des Iles is set up with several terraces on various levels of the property, with great views of this stunning park. Just fifteen minutes from the Arc de Triomphe (L'Etoile), the restaurant has free parking for guests and if you're already wandering through this stunning park, you can access the property by boat. It is places like these that remind you that alongside Parisian know-how for chic fashion and distinct architecture, there is a keen aesthetic understanding and appreciation for green 'comme il faut'. The property also has a chic hunting lodge, with lounge areas designed in wood and glass to both complement and highight the natural surroundings. Reservations are recommended.

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Le Bistrot Des Dames

Tucked in the 17th arrondissement of Batignolles, this bistrot is home to the local artists who seek cultural refuge, French wine from small producers, and home cooking. The tropical garden in the courtyard overflows with trees, plants and seasonal flowers, and the atmosphere is friendly, laid-back and relaxed. Mind you, this is not the place for fast service as time here seems to stand still when you're away from the honking frenzy of the Champs D'Elysees, so embrace the moment and experiment with slow-cooked stews, fresh salads and classic desserts.

Le Bistrots Des Dames Le Bistrot Des Dames, Paris

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