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IT’S NO SECRET THAT PARIS IS KNOWN FOR great food and wine. True, a boulangerie- bought baguette and a wedge of cheese from almost anywhere in this city is perfectly fine fare, especially on the go. But to experience French dining at its best, head to the Philippe Starck–designed Le Dali at the Hôtel Le Meurice. This, the second (and more affordable) Alain Ducasse restaurant in the famed space, serves delicate French specialties with the same impeccable service as its more formal sister restaurant. Order dessert that looks more art than edible and enjoy every bite.
Save time on your trip for another French specialty by visiting Le Soufflé near Musee D’Orsay. An institution for more than 50 years, this cozy bistro offers both sweet and savory selections. Go for lunch to shorten your wait time and order the three-course menu for sampling.
You might need a walk afterward and Paris is a great city to meander. If you work up an appetite again, find your way to Rue Montorgueil in the 1st and 2nd arrondissement. This pedestrian area is known for its food options and is a good stretch to pick up a light dinner. Try L’Escargot Montorgueil for small plates and tasty snails.
Prefer to find it all in one spot? Head to the flagship location of the famous department store Galeries Lafayette on Boulevard Haussmann in the 9th arrondissement and walk the expansive gourmet food hall on the bottom floor. The marketplace layout means you can also pick up traditional French provisions — like Dijon mustard — to bring home.