Le Procope: For starters, this is one of the oldest cafés in Paris! Dine where some of the literary legends and intellectuals (think Diderot, Voltaire) once met and shared ideas over Coq Au Vin. The elegant atmosphere is cozy yet distinguished, and the dishes are beautifully presented. You’ll spy portraits on gold-trimmed walls, tea lights, grand, floor-length curtains and, yes, white tablecloths. Outdoor seating is also available so you can people-watch. Don’t miss out on their Tiramisu!
Le Relais de l’Entrecôte (two locations in Paris: Montparnasse and St. Benoît): Simplicity at its finest—the menu is comprised of just one thing: steak frites. You’ll receive a crisp walnut salad as a starter, and then a gorgeous, melt-in-your-mouth steak. The only question you’ll need to answer: how would you like your steak cooked? The decor is colorful, with red booths and green and yellow tablecloths, and the waitresses all wear black dresses with white aprons. While the hearty side of the meal is already decided, they do have a selection of delicious cakes, sorbets and coffees. You may be due for a nap after this one!
Team Member Gaby: It pays to get here early (right when they open), because they are always pretty busy, but it’s well worth it! The sirloin is so tender you can actually cut it with your fork, and their signature pepper sauce is perfection.
Team Member Courtney: When my mom lived in Paris 40 years ago this was her favorite restaurant. To this day, my family still makes a copycat of the steak, fries and sauce recipe and it is to die for!