The best restaurant in Paris for dining out alone during a business trip could be Cafe de la Paix
Deciding on the best restaurant in Paris can feel daunting when you’re on your own on a business trip, and prefer quiet and a first-class, local menu.
Of course, Paris is known and respected throughout the world for its excellent cuisine, plus the array of popular restaurants, quaint cafes and bustling bistros that line its streets.
But just as many of the best restaurants in Paris offer classic French menus with numerous courses to enjoy at your leisure, some can feel overwhelming and busy – especially when you’re dining out solo.
When you want to sample decent French cuisine in the peace and quiet, and during downtime on a business trip, then the iconic Cafe de la Paix could be the best restaurant in Paris for you.
Stooped in history and Cafe de la Paix is located in the 9th arrondissement, at the corner of the Place de l’Opéra and Boulevard des Capucines.
It’s also nestled discreetly inside the 5-star Intercontinental Grand Hotel (known as ‘The Travelers Hotel’).
This prime restaurant faces the Garnier Opera House and combines luxe interior design in Second Empire style with elegant Parisian ambiance.
Pristine white linen tablecloths, comfortable red velvet seating, warm golden columns, and an elaborate frescoed ceiling take you back to the 1860’s – the decade during which this landmark venue first opened.
The service is friendly, efficient and streamlined and, from what I experienced during my visit here, a polite team of waiting staff cater well to the solo diner.
During the spring and summer months, al fresco dining is offered on the light-filled, outdoor terrace.
This provides the ultimate Parisian outdoor cafe experience, where the world literally springs to life in front of you.
This terrace is enclosed during the winter, and if time is of the essence, it continues to offer an excellent fast food service throughout the day.
Executive chef here is Laurent Andre who includes homemade dishes on his menus whilst using fresh, seasonal produce.
This also ensures the menus changes accordingly.
For lunch inside -and during this summer’s super-challenging heatwave – I opted for a couple of recommended, signature French dishes.
The foie gras “Café de la Paix” (Foie gras de canard confit) was superb and came with a delicious chutney, as well as fresh, toasted brioche.
A generous-sized, piping hot sole menieure followed and was served with dreamy, semi-salted, butter mashed potatoes.
I noted other popular choices seemed to be the classic onion soup, (Gratinée à l’oignon) with croutons and vintage Comté cheese, followed by the French beef fillet.
I completed my relaxing lunch with the Café de la Paix millefeuille.
This is the restaurant’s infamous puff pastry dessert, that’s layered with a delicate vanilla pastry cream and sits alongside a mouthwatering apricot sorbet.
Other than that, Cafe de la Paix is famed for its impressive list of clientele which has included Oscar Wilde, Ernest Hemingway, Jules Massenet, Émile Zola, and Edward VII.
Of course, in-line with Cafe de la Paix’s impeccable and calm hosting style, throughout my lunch, I was attended to just like the latter.
As were the several other clientele who, like I, were there happily dining solo.
Café de la Paix, InterContinental Paris Le Grand, 2 rue Scribe, 9th. Metro: Opera. Tel: 01 42 66 12 51