Lunch in Paris. There’s arguably no city more magical for enjoying a meal while taking in your surroundings, from the Parisians enjoying everyday life in the city to ancient architecture that remains some of the most fascinating in the world. Palais Garnier is one of those pieces of architecture, and enjoying a meal while overlooking it on a gorgeous day in the city is nothing short of magical. These are 13 places where you can eat near the opera in Paris.
Places to Eat near the Opera in Paris
1. YC Cafe By Yann Couvreur
Indulge in the latest place to eat at Haussman, the YC Cafe by esteemed chef and baker Yann Couvreur. It’s the pastry chef’s first cafe inside a department store in Paris, and it’s an ideal place to stop for a savory lunch, brunch, or an afternoon tea accompanied by a sweet treat.
2. Big Fernand
Every hamburger served at Big Fernand is made from products sourced from the many regions of France. Raw milk cheeses, homemade sauces, French meats, and the chef’s exclusive bread recipe combine to create what may be the best burger you’ve ever eaten. Find these burgers, homemade fries, and decadent desserts on the first floor of L’Homme.
3. Petrossian Caviar at Lafayette Gourmet
Tasting boutiques are some of the best places to sample the many flavors of Paris, and there’s no better one to try than the Petrossian Caviar at Lafayette Gourmet. Found on the ground floor of the Lafayette Maison and Gourmet, Petrossian offers all of their flagship products, like Russian-style herrings, Tarama with Maviar, and Caviar Alverta Royal.
4. Lafayette Cafe
Head to the sixth floor of the Coupole for some of the best views of Paris at the Lafayette Cafe. Enjoy sandwiches, bagels, salads, pizza, hot lunches, pastas, and a wide selection of other dishes and drinks at this cafeteria known for offering a variety of flavors with an unforgettable view. Cafeteria service begins at 11 a.m., but you can purchase take-away foods as early as 9:30 a.m.
5. 5 Jotas
Pig is always on special at 5 Jotas, and whichever dish you choose, you’re bound to be blown away. Taste the Pata Negra pure Iberian ham, red wine braised pig cheeks, chorizo, black pudding, or sausage. Dine on the finest Spanish hams here on the ground floor of the Lafayette Maison and Gourmet, and you’ll want to return on every visit to the city.
Visit Angelina, the sophisticated eatery on the first floor of Lafayette Dome, on Saturday, and you’ll enjoy one of the best brunches of your life. But don’t be discouraged if your visit falls on another day of the week. Angelina always serves superb teas, club sandwiches, salads, and mouthwatering desserts, like the famous Mont-Blanc cake.
7. Bar Kaspia
There’s always something new happening under the dome, and Bar Kaspia is one of the latest dining areas. Dine on specialties like smoked salmon, caviar, or lobster soup while sipping a fine glass of champagne or fresh fruit juice. Found on the first floor of the Lafayette Coupole, this new favorite won’t be going anywhere soon.
8. Steak Point
Top quality meats are the specialty at Steak Point, in the heart of the Lafayette Gourmet. Watch the chef cook your burger in front of you, snack on meat tartares, dine on succulent steaks, and enjoy unlimited chips. Meat lovers will find exactly what they’re seeking here.
9. Fish Point
Not a meat lover? Fish Point, inside the Lafayette Gourmet, is an ideal alternative to Steak Point for those who prefer fish, crustaceans, and shellfish to heartier meats. This escape to the sea can be found on the ground floor of the Lafayette Maison and Gourmet, and specialties include the seafood platter, a selection of oysters from renowned regions, raw fish, and king crab.
Travel around the world in a single bite at Panasia. Taste daily fusions of flavors inspired by a variety of cultures and countries around the globe, like Khao Pad Kong, Nasi Goreng, and Stir-fry Ramen. Don’t forget to taste the authentic bubble tea while dining at this favorite eatery on the sixth floor of the Coupole. It’s a go-to place to eat near the Opera in Paris.
11. La Maison De La Truffe
Street food at its finest — La Maison de la Truffe invites you to enjoy traditional street foods, like hot dogs and hamburgers, that have been elevated with unique ingredients like black melanosporum truffle and dill cream. The restaurant is located on the ground floor of le Gourmet, and you can dine at the counter or take your meal to the rooftop of the Coupole store to enjoy while overlooking the city. Pick up some truffle oils, salts, and other products while you’re there.
Take a fresh salad from Jour to the steps of the opera or the rooftop of the coupla store, and this may be your favorite lunch in Paris. Choose from nine hot or cold bases, a whopping 47 toppings, and 12 dressings for your mouthwatering made-to-order salad. Fresh fruit juices, wraps, quiches, muffins, cookies, and other treats are available here at Jour, on the ground floor of L’Homme, as well.
13. Pret a Manger
Pret a Manger is a quick, easy, and delicious place to grab a sandwich, baguette, or soup to enjoy on the steps of the Palais Garnier. All sandwiches and baguettes are made-to-order, so you can enjoy a fresh meal with quality ingredients on the go.
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