Parisian restaurants are up there with the best in the world, if you add to this a panoramic view of the historic buildings, squares and Eiffel Tower and you'll have a meal to remember for years to come.
Located on the second floor 125 metres up the Eiffel Tower, the Jules Verne is not to be confused with the 58 on the first floor. Headed by Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse and Pascal Féraud, the cuisine is of a modern seasonal French style. The restaurant first opened in 1983 and was redesigned in 2007 by French designer Patrick Jouin. The result is contemporary yet cosy with a warm atmosphere that has been created via a clever play on light. The Jules Verne boasts 360° views and is one of the most exclusive venues in the city.
LUXOS Recommends: Menu expérience (with five or six dishes)
Tour Eiffel, avenue Gustave Eiffel, 75007 Paris.
Tel. +33 (0)1 4555 6144
Another exclusive favourite among locals in the know is Les Ombres. Perched on the quai Branly Museum rooftop, the restaurant was designed by famed architect Jean Nouvel. Tables lie under a beautiful lattice glass ceiling and boast fantastic views of the city including the Eiffel Tower. Head chef Frédéric Claudel, formerly at the Shangri-La Paris's La Bauhinia, rustles up contemporary French dishes where his focus is on the freshness and seasonality of the produce used. Les Ombres is open for lunch and dinner.
LUXOS Recommends: Open ravioli filled with Brittany lobster, razor shell clams, romaine lettuce, peas and shellfish broth
Musée du quai Branly, 27 Quai Branly, 75007 Paris
Tel. +33 (0)1 4753 6800
The chic brasserie Café Marly sits in the enviable location of the Louvre's Napoleon courtyard with a terrace overlooking the museum's iconic glass pyramid. Set in the surrounding arches of the Salon Louis XIV, the restaurant (part of the very trendy and upmarket Costes brothers' Beaumarly group) exudes emblematic sophisticated Parisian charm and offers high-end burgers and salads. The Michelin star chef Jean-François Piège heads the kitchen while Olivier Gagnère and Yves Taralo signed the Neoclassical Napoleon III décor.
LUXOS Recommends: Veal liver seasoned with dried raisins and vinegar and a red berry millefeuille.
Louvre, 93 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
Tel. +33 (0)1 4926 0660
Step into a whimsical world of wonder that has existed since 1764. Entirely redesigned by Philippe Starck in 2003, the restaurant, aptly named Le Cristal Room, is located inside Maison Baccarat, the hotel particulier where Marie-Laure de Noailles, important patron of the arts, descendent of the Marquis de Sade and muse of Baccarat's founder Louis-Jospeh de Laval-Montmorency, lived. In 2010, French Michelin-starred chef Guy Martin and chef Adrien Manac'h took over the kitchens and created a menu of contemporary French food.
LUXOS Recommends: Menu découverte (five dishes with wine pairings)
Read the full review of Le Cristal here.
Maison Baccarat, 11 Place des États-Unis, 75116 Paris
Tel. +33 (0)1 4022 1110
Rather pretentious, Georges' glass walls and white interiors provide the perfect backdrop for those who love to be seen more than to eat great food. However, what it lacks on the plate, the restaurant makes up with its views of the Paris rooftops. Designed by architects Jakob + MacFarlane (also behind Paris' Les Docks Cité de la Mode et du Design), Georges is perched on the top floor of the Centre Pompidou contemporary art museum. The restaurant – another trendy venue by the Costes brothers – serves neo-bistro French food.
LUXOS Recommends: Start with the foie gras canapés, followed by the veal cutlets served with cep mushrooms and a lemon, raspberry and basil tart to finish.
Centre Pompidou, 19 rue Beaubourg, 75004 Paris. Tel. +33 (0)1 4478 4799 www.beaumarly.com
While the Montparnasse tower, inaugurated in 1973, isn't Paris' most attractive building, its views are second to none. The Ciel de Paris restaurant is located on the 56th floor and was redesigned by French designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance. The dining space is modern and simple; the tables are arranged under a floating canopy of discs producing soft amber lighting. Chef Christophe Marchais holds the reins in the kitchen and offers a fine French dining experience of foie gras, caviar and lobster.
LUXOS Recommends: Marinated lotte (anglerfish), and a Saint-Marcelin cheese to finish.
Montparnasse Tower, 33 avenue du Maine, 75015 Paris
Tel. +33 (0)1 4064 7764
Signed Yannick Alléno, the French Michelin star chef, Terroir Parisien is one of two restaurants of the same name; the other at the Maison Mutualité opened in 2012. The Palais Brongiart's upmarket bistro opened last November and focuses on French terroir highlighting quality charcuterie. Another star on the menu is rillettes at the 'rillette bar' every evening. The space, designed by high-profile French designer Michel Wilmotte, is a cosy fusion of dark hues, zinc, wood and leather. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner.
LUXOS Recommends: Beef sirloin, tomato béarnaise sauce, and homemade matchstick potatoes
Palais Brongniart, 28 Place de la Bourse, 75002 Paris
Tel. +33 (0)1 8392 2030
Perched high up in the bewitching village of Montmartre at the end of the rather steep rue Tholozé, is the atmospheric wooden windmill, Moulin de la Galette. Originally two windmills built in 1717, they were used to press grapes, flowers and wheat. Later in 1869 the windmills were turned into a 'bal' (public dancing venue), which was immortalised by Renoir, Picasso and Van Gogh. The venue then became television studios before becoming the present-day high-end French restaurant in the 1980s.
LUXOS Recommends: Start with the escargots, followed by the confit de canard and the pistachio crème brûlée to finish.
Le Moulin de la Galette, 83 rue Lepic, 75018 Paris
Tel. +33 (0)1 4606 8477
In the ultra contemporary Palais de Tokyo museum, Monsieur Bleu has succeeded in being a venue in its own right. Designed by the French architect Joseph Dirand, the soft blue and green hues create an intimate subdued and yet cosmopolitan atmosphere while the marble and brass touches add a neo-Art Deco chic. Traditional French fare like frogs' legs and sautèd veal's liver is served non-stop from midday to 2.00 a.m. every day. DJs take over the decks from 11pm most nights.
LUXOS Recommends: Start with the Kaspia caviar or the Gillardeau oysters and follow with the vitello tonnato or frog legs, and finish with pavlova with citrus flavours.
Palais de Tokyo, 20 avenue de New York, 75116 Paris
Tel. +33 (0)1 4720 9047
For a quick bite when seeing the sights
Le Jardin du Petit Palais
Empty of crowds, the café nestles in the pretty and very tranquil courtyard of the Petit Palais. The food ranges from salads and sandwiches to simple hot food.
Petit Palais, avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris
Tel. +33 (0)1 5343 4000
Café Campana at the Musée D'Orsay
Located beyond the Impressionist gallery, the informal café was designed by Brazilian design duo, the Campana brothers. The whimsical aquatic theme is a tribute to Art Nouveau artist Emile Gallé.
Musée d'Orsay, 1 rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris
Tel. +33 (0)1 4049 4814
Café Carlu Cité de L'architecture
Café Carlu is located inside the Cité de l'Architecture, (a.k.a. Palais Chaillot), which sits atop the Trocadero. Casual and contemporary, the café is dressed in white and red and boasts beautiful views of the Eiffel Tower.
Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, 1 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, 75016 Paris
Tel. +33 (0)1 4705 6557