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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.

L’Es­car­got Mon­torgueil

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