Nestled in the charming 7eme quarter of Paris, steps from Ecole Militaire and the Tour Eiffel, L'Auberge Bressane is pretty much a local institution for authentic French cooking, reminiscent of the country's 1950s and 1960s kitchen. With a flexible lunch menu and wonderful dinner options, L'Auberge is a go-to, reliable address you'll want to keep on hand for years. Wines are sourced by French winteries from the Rhone, Loire, Bourgogne and Bordeaux regions. The cheese souffle is decadent and unforgiving, while the meat medallions in pepper sauce are made of highest-quality ingredients that will leave you in utter appreciation for mother nature's capacity to cultivate such fine produce. Do not miss out on the or the crepe with Calvados or Grand Marnier souffle.
16 Avenue de la Motte-Picquet, 75007 Paris, France
+33 1 47 05 98 37
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Whether you're in the heart of the Marais or admiring the ambitious architecture at the Trocadero, Cafe Carette offers two great locations with classic lunch options that never fail. The pastry shop first opened in 1927 by Jean and Madelaine Carrette, and a portrait of the lady still hangs in the Trocadeo cafe, reminding visitors of the days when she assumed her place by the cash register, overlooking the pastry shop business with diligence and admiration. Aside from being a top address for everything pâtisserie, Cafe Carette offers a wide range of salads and toasts in generous portions, as well as the classic French onion soup which is high on the hit list. Service here is professional, friendly and efficient. Admire the views and passersby with a caffe au lait and some of their fine macarons.
4 Place du Trocadéro, 75016
Tel: 01 47 27 98 85
28 Place des Vosges, 75003
Tel: 01 48 87 94 07
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Paris Seven Boulangerie
If you'd like a change of environment, head to this bustling pastry shop and take your pick among their delicious sandwiches made fresh daily. This boulangerie is well-loved by local Parisians, with an array of breads, quiches, cakes and desserts on offer. The sandwiches disappear into thin air within two hours of lunch time, so it is highly recommended to arrive early. While there is no place to sit outside, your best bet is to pack some napkins and cold beverages, and head to the lawns that surround Les Invalides, just three blocks away. There you can lay out a small blanket, and bask in the sun to enjoy your lunch and live like a local in Paris.
20 Rue Jean Nicot, 75007, Paris
+33 1 47 05 80 88
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La Ferme Saint Simon
For a more chic and intimate setting, head to La Ferme Saint Simon on Rue Saint Simon, a quaint street just by Rue du Bac and the start of St. Germain. Tucked inside a romantic urban garden, La Ferme offers guests a chance to try bourgeois cuisine, relying on classic French recipes and the artisan tradition of slow cooking, with hearty broths and sauces that are prepared with utmost love, care and attention. The house chefs also incorporate creative ways to revive tradition with modern and refined dressings, all in good taste. Try their cheese menu, including those by Roland Barthélémy. This charming little locale has French savoir-vivre down to the last bite.
6 Rue de Saint Simon, 75007, Paris
+33 1 45 48 35 74
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