Another iconic literary hangout, Le Procope first opened its doors in 1686, and has been serving traditional French cuisine ever since. People come here more for the history than the food though, with former patrons including Rousseau, Diderot and Verlaine. Similarly, at Brasserie Lipp, it’s the restaurant’s illustrious history and thrilling atmosphere that draw customers in over its menu, with everyone from Marcel Proust to Madonna having taken a seat at its white linen tables.
Those looking for more elevated cuisine will find it at Aux Prés, Chef Cyril Lignac’s lauded second restaurant. With its intimate red banquette seating and vintage feel, this is a great place to come for elegant rural French cooking. Helmed by Chef Massimo Tringali, Emporio Armani Ristorante serves Michelin star Italian cuisine in chic surroundings. Located on lively Rive Gauche, the menu features refined dishes created with style and flair.
Looking for something a little sweeter? La Tarte Tropézienne, on rue de Montfaucon, is named for its signature dish: a soft brioche topped with sugar and filled with an indulgent, silky cream. Technically you can’t eat in here, but we’d wager you won’t make it far out of the door before devouring your purchase. Make another stop at Ladurée, to pick up one of its famous pale green boxes filled with jewel-bright macarons, or take a seat in Ladurée Bonaparte’s elegant dining room to experience a real Parisian treat. From ice cream to macarons to viennoiseries and signature pastries, this is a rather special way to spend an afternoon in St-Germain-des-Prés.