Additional reporting by Dudi Aureus.
Pandemic or not, there is a reason why we keep going back to Paris, France. Also known as the “City of Lights”, it continues to draw in tourists from across the globe with its distinct architecture, famous museums and parks, and, of course, gastronomic offerings. The standard of cooking here is high, thanks to the chefs who have dedicated their professional lives to serve up top-notch dishes made with the season’s best offer. Having said that, it is safe to assume that you can never have a bad meal in the city.
While each season is special in its own right, we like to think that the best time to visit Paris is in the summertime, when the flowers are in full bloom, it’s warm and sunny, and sumptuous ingredients like asparagus and artichoke appear on the chefs’ menus. So, if you have an upcoming holiday there, here are some restaurants and bars worth exploring.
For a special night out, visit… Restaurant Guy Savoy Monnaie de Paris
Housed in the historic Monnaie de Paris that boasts a spectacular view of the river Seine is three-Michelin-starred Restaurant Guy Savoy, helmed by its celebrated eponymous chef. Fitting of its location, the restaurant looks like an art gallery decked out in contemporary artworks from Savoy and French businessman François Pinault’s personal collections. This sets the stage for an impressive menu that evolves with the season—one that is fresh and inventive, yet anchored in the traditional refinement of French haute cuisine.
Currently, Savoy and his team serve up a delightful spring-summer menu which features “textures and temperatures of green and white asparagus” and is decorated with “stained glass herbs” (see above pic). The meal is complemented by a warm and impeccable service led by Grégory Legal, the premier maître d'hôtel for 20 years. With a beautiful space, delectable menu and top-notch service, this restaurant deserves a spot on your Paris restaurants bucket list.
Restaurant Guy Savoy Monnaie de Paris, Monnaie de Paris, 11 Quai de Conti, 75006 Paris, France, +33 1 43 80 40 61