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Paris is renowned for its cuisine, but which restaurants look as good as the food tastes? These are the most photogenic restaurants in the French capital.
With the feeling of your bohemian aunt’s apartment that you use as a crash pad during Eurostar weekend getaways, this cosy restaurant is all kooky wall art, mismatched chairs and fringed red-velvet cushions. For “candid” action shots, step through Derrière’s mirrored version of Narnia’s wardrobe and into the hideaway smoking room. Even the loos are Instagram-friendly with their geometric mirrors hanging from chains and enormous washbasin.
With candy pink and white-striped awnings, tumbling ivy and black trellises, this is any fashion lover’s dream spot for sipping a café au lait while watching chic Parisiennes stroll in wearing cigarette trousers and click-clacking across the black-and-white checkered flooring. The sexy pink-hued bedrooms are equally ideal for snagging some coquettish pics if you’re looking for a place to stay.
If you’re on the hunt for the ideal palm tree aesthetic, head to Alcazar. Strung with fronds of all kinds, this warmly lit green-and-white space will have you feeling like you’ve stepped into a sophisticated urban jungle. To check out the restaurant from above, head to the equally leafy upstairs bar (complete with a requisite neon-pink wall sign).
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The millennial dream, this bubblegum-pink and aqua fantasy is what #instagoals are made of. Once you’ve finished devouring your panko-crusted portobello burger, snap away between sips of your equally photogenic Oreo milkshake.
Black-marble columns, a copper wall, acid-green velvet booths… Monsieur Bleu nails the industrial-chic look. Whether you want a picture of your Moscow mule in front of one of the restaurant’s columns or a snap of the Eiffel Tower from the sought-after terrace, you might need to clear out some space on your camera roll for this one.
Set in the Louvre’s courtyard amid meticulously trimmed hedges, Loulou sprawls out under a canopy of pristine white umbrellas shading a crowd of Sandro-clad couples sipping on Aperol spritzes as they take in the views of the Tuileries. The golden facades of the museum serve as the perfect backdrop if you’re looking for a little bourgeois glamour come lunchtime.
If sinking into a plush velvet chaise overlooking a fountain is your cup of tea, step into the courtyard at L’Hotel immediately. With copper hanging lanterns and silk wall drapes, it’s one of the most sophisticated places in Saint-Germain for a lunch break.
Another Saint-Germain hotspot and truly something that no one should miss on a trip to Paris, Ralph’s is set in the glorious courtyard of, you guessed it, Ralph Lauren’s four-story Left Bank shop. Nestled between the surrounding buildings’ high arches, this restaurant is the perfect place to cosy up on a couch piled high with navy and white-striped cushions and enjoy a plate of crab cakes to switch up the usual tartare routine. If it’s a bit chillier outside, the restaurant’s indoor section is equally stunning, with dark oak panels, an enormous fireplace and English-inspired paintings of hunting scenes. And make sure to get a coffee or tea after your meal to get a tower of toffee-drizzled popcorn on the house – very Instagram-friendly.
For seriously sculptural silver surroundings and, yet again, pink seating, Georges is an on-trend artsy locale. On top of its unique decor, which is basically an art installation, the restaurant is set on the top floor of the museum offering panoramic views of the city – Eiffel Tower, Sacré-Coeur, Grande Roue and Grand Palais included.
If you like being surrounded by beautiful people just as much as beautiful settings, Costes is for you. A playground for all the PYTs of the fashion set, it’s the best spot to go for a burrata and cherry tomato salad (or go all out with their famous Crackers cheesecake – truly delightful) and people-watch. It’s no wonder so many stylish folks swarm here; the walls in the courtyard are painted a gorgeous muted cherry, Romanesque statues dot the tops of pillars and ivy tumbles from the balustrades lining the rooms above. If you want to keep the party going post-mealtime, retreat to the sexy bar decked out with dimly lit chandeliers and thick velvet curtains, or one of the candlelit library rooms for a nightcap before heading upstairs.
For a cutesy afternoon snuggled up with a book and a pot of mint tea, the library at Merci is a perfect place to stop after an exhausting morning spent browsing the expansive shop. Make sure to snap a pic of the iconic red Merci car parked outside the window on your way out.
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