Best Places to eat in Paris at Hôtel Plaza Athénée
Known across the globe for the quality of its cuisine, Paris has long been an attractive destination for food lovers. From authentic French bakeries and ice cream parlours to aromatic wine cellars and sophisticated tearooms, there’s much to delight the visiting gourmand. Sample some of the city’s best bread at Du Pain et Des Idées, sip premium tea at Mariage Frères, or pick up some new skills at Ecole de Cuisine Alain Ducasse; there are many ways to sate your appetite with this two-day foodie itinerary.
Start your day with a browse of Mariage Frères, just a 10-minute walk from the hotel.
Established in the mid 19th century, Mariage Frères is undoubtedly the premier purveyor of tea in Paris. Selling an encyclopaedic range of quality leaf teas, large books on the art of tea, iced teas, tea-based biscuits and chocolates, tea sets and tea incense sticks, there’s plenty to pique the interest here.
Walk 10 minutes back to the hotel for a pick-me-up at La Pâtisserie du Meurice par Cédric Grolet.
La Pâtisserie du Meurice par Cédric Grolet
The expertly crafted creations at the boutique of the multi-award-winning pastry chef Cédric Grolet are testament to the chef’s skill and vision. Expect freshly baked madeleines, chouquettes, and brioche Bundt cakes alongside unique and handmade desserts, like ‘trompe-l’oeil’ sculpted fruit.
Next, take a 10-minute walk to LAVINIA.
LAVINIA is a French-owned, high-end wine superstore. It displays everything from champagnes to New World vintages, and isn’t afraid to stock pricier labels alongside trendy new creations. There are also tasting machines on the ground floor, for those who prefer to try before they buy.
From here, it’s just a 10-minute journey by taxi to Le Café Alain Ducasse.
Le Café Alain Ducasse
Le Café Alain Ducasse sources coffee from top growers around the world and uses it to craft exquisite coffee. Each cup of cappuccino, espresso, or one of the other preparations on offer, is treated reverently by the team of ‘cafeliers/cafelierès’ – no simple baristas here – in pursuit of true culinary excellence.
Take a taxi for the 15-minute journey to École de Cuisine Alain Ducasse.
École de Cuisine Alain Ducasse
Catering both to beginners and experts, the Alain Ducasse Cooking School offers classes on a wide range of culinary techniques. Whether it’s gluten-free or French regional cooking, the preparation of seafood or patisserie, this is a wonderful opportunity to learn at the same table as the master.
From here, the hotel is just a 15-minute taxi ride away.
Start your second day at Comptoir Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse.
Comptoir Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse
The same pursuit of perfection that won the acclaimed chef numerous Michelin stars is now brought to bear on the creation of chocolate. With dozens of chocolate bar flavours, as well as truffles, ganaches and pralines, there’s no shortage of delicious, artfully-crafted chocolate at Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse.
Next, take a 10-minute drive or 30-minute walk to the market.
Hemingway loved it here. Today, tourist shops sit alongside fashionable student bars and eateries, but the best food is still found on the stalls that line the narrow, crowded Rue Mouffetard. Bustling with people buying charcuterie, seafood, bread and cakes, it’s known throughout the city as one of the best street markets around.
Hail a taxi for the 10-minute drive to Berthillon.
One of the most celebrated ice cream parlours in Paris, Berthillon keeps its recipes and techniques a closely guarded secret. There is a large selection of different flavours to choose from, as well as specialty layered ice cream cakes including the Pina Colada (vanilla ice cream with coconut and pineapple sorbets) and the Glace Tatin (vanilla and caramel ice creams with caramelised apples).
From Berthillon, Bar à Vins Frenchie is a 15-minute taxi ride away.
Bar à Vins Frenchie
The younger sibling of the much-lauded Frenchie Restaurant across the street, the wine bar offers a taste of chef Gregory Marchand’s delicious cuisine, just on smaller plates. Terrines, rillettes, cheeses, and artistic vegetable and meat dishes festoon the menu, alongside a comprehensive wine list that can be paired with your culinary choices.
The final stop of the day is Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels, a 20-minute taxi ride away.
Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels
Ditching the standard formula of an intimidating bar stocked with hundreds of spirits, this chic watering hole prefers to stick to the classics, offering red, white and rosé wines. There’s also a tantalising selection of gourmet snacks to enjoy alongside.
Hail a taxi from here for the 10-minute drive back to the hotel.
Beaupassage is the continuation of a tradition of passageways in Paris that dates back hundreds of years. This stylish incarnation, which connects Boulevard Raspail and rues de Grenelle and Bac, is home to a tantalising array of epicurean delights, including offerings from Yannick Alléno and Abdoulaye Fadiga.
The hotel is then a 20-minute walk or 10-minute drive from Beaupassage.
All journey times are approximate and subject to variation.