Picture of the Eiffel Tower

Dreaming of Dinner in Paris

Lately I have asked myself, “If you could eat dinner anywhere in the world today, where would it be?” For me the answer is always the same: Paris. As long as I can remember I have loved Paris and France in general. I used to have a pen pal, Valerie, when I was in middle school and she was from France, maybe that is where my love of France first came from. 

My first visit to Paris was during my semester abroad my senior year of college. I lived in London and went on a three day trip to Paris, it was even better than I could have imagined. Two years ago I had the opportunity to go back and celebrate my birthday. Paris was as amazing as it was before and I so enjoyed being able to wander the city at a leisurely pace to find some amazing spots. 

So many memories from my last trip are tied up in the food I ate. I had croissants for breakfast, baguettes, chocolates and of course macaroons. Don’t worry I did actually eat lunch and dinner too – not just sweets! 

One of the best way to enjoy dinner in Paris is to pick up a baguette, some snacks, wine and enjoy it sitting in front of the Eiffel Tower. We are currently under a winter storm warning here – so I am dreaming out being in Paris and watching the sunset in front of the Eiffel Tower while eating dinner.  

Two Teddy Bears at a cafe
Sometimes you have to fight a teddy bear to get a seat at a cafe!

My Favorite Paris Dinners

On my last trip to Paris I stayed in the 5th arrondissement at  the southeast corner of Le Jardin du Luxembourg at the Hotel Observatoire Luxembourg. The hotel is a beautiful boutique hotel with friendly staff and I loved the location near the park.

The first night in Paris we were looking for a great restaurant close by and found Treize au Jardin. Treize offers amazing food that is all made in house with a beautiful terrace and a warm, friendly environment. They had biscuits that would rival those of any southern chefs. I ate there twice this past trip to Paris and can’t wait to go back again. 

Photo of the Eiffel Tower & A Replica of the Statue of Liberty in Paris
The Eiffel Tower & The Statue of Liberty (photo taken by me on Le Capitaine Fracasse)

I celebrated my birthday on my last trip to Paris in 2019 with a dinner cruise on the Seine river. We found Le Capitaine Fracasse diner cruise online, they had really good reviews, and booked our cruise. The cruise started just before sunset and was about 2 1/2 hours long. 

It was a beautiful boat and we had a reserved table by the window. The weather was spectacular that evening and we were able to spend time out on the deck taking pictures and then went back inside to have our meals. 

I was so pleased with the food – everything was cooked perfectly and was delicious. To end the night we had ordered the birthday cake for me which arrived at the table with a lit sparkler on it. The cake was delicious. 

Le Capitaine Fracasse made my birthday really special. I would love to take another one of their dinner cruises next time I am in Paris. 

As I sit here waiting for the winter storm to begin I am bringing myself back to Paris thinking about all of the wonderful food I have eaten there. I can’t wait to be able to travel again, especially to Paris to enjoy a fresh croissant. If you could eat dinner anywhere in the world today, where would it be?

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