Meeting a friend in Paris requires the perfect spot ! We’ve compiled some of our top Parisian addresses with this in mind.
As you await your May “White Blossom” boxes, we are inspired by the way that Paris has come to life in the full swing of warm weather. The terraces are full, gardens sprawling with picnics and groups enjoying the lovely scenery.
As for our top Parisian addresses, we’re ignoring St Germain for a change and staying on the Right Bank, enjoying the grand avenues and open parks.
Starting with breakfast, there is honestly no better place to start than at Le Meurice. This palace hotel by the Tuileries is exquisite, and the staff is so kind. Breakfast in the Dali salon can be an all morning event, and tables are spaced far apart so you feel intimate and private, even in the grand space. Your breakfast partner is certain to be impressed by the decor !
Our next stop would be through the Tuileries gardens and up the Champs Elysées for morning coffee at Le Berkeley. Lay claim to a table in the glass fronted veranda or move into the plush salon behind for extra privacy. Waiters are attentive but never invasive. This is a favorite spot for a series of meetings that run from one to the next, and they serve a good lunch too!
For a lunch with a girlfriend we adore a spot on the Place des Etats Unis at the Baccarat Museum. This beautiful elegant building, hosts the Baccarat collections in tableware, crystal decor and even jewellery. Up another flight of stairs there is a beautifully curated small museum which is fascinating, and just across the other side of the stairs is their delightfully pink restaurant, the Cristal Room. This is not a brasserie restaurant that stays open all day, but they are quite happy for you to take your time over lunch. We recommend their desserts accompanied of course by a glass of champagne, served in … Baccarat, what else?!
Tea time is always a special moment to meet with your favorite women. There is something about the indulgence of a platter of pretty cakes, and a cup of Souchong that men don’t really appreciate. For tea, we love to pop over to Le Burgundy Hotel on the rue Duphot. They serve tea between the hours of 3 – 6 , and the chic grey and yellow salon in the veranda is gorgeous, and their delicious lemon tart that fits in with the décor!
And finally if for joining someone for a glass of wine or champagne before the evening; and it is a special occasion then it is hard to beat the luxurious comfort of the Bar du Bristol at the Bristol hotel. Deep comfy sofas, excellent service and a great position.
An alternative and more surprising venue would be the L’Apicius, for its grandiose decor, stunning entrance and excellent cocktails.
We hope you enjoy ! And make sure to follow the My French Country Home blog as well if you don’t already, for more addresses and upcoming tour dates in France !