Lynn was on a strict budget this month so she said that the 6th floor restaurant at Galeries Lafayette had some good lunch deals with an added bonus of panoramic views of the city. We arrived about 12:30 and it was already packed. The thriving, bustling cafe crowded with hungry shoppers trouncing shopping bags with their latest treasures was more like an upscale cafeteria than a cafe. It had the usual stations of a modern cafeteria including a salad bar, a grill with hot plats du jour, a fruit salad bar, a section with composed salads, a petit dejeuner section with croissants & pastries, and a most yummy looking dessert bar.
Lynn chose the salad bar and heaped as much as she can on her medium sized plate for 4.70 euros (3.80 euros for the small). Her towering plate had black olives, lots of veggies, some salad, and hard-boiled eggs and she said it was fresh and tasty. I opted for the Indian-style composed salad plate with spiced chicken, cucumber & yogurt, and a curried remoulade salad for 8.90 euros. It was a tender, sizable portion of chicken (I find they many times on plates like this they skimp on the meat portion) and the other things were nicely spiced. In the end it was decent but not a must-eat Paris restaurant to rave about to your friends back home . However the sweeping views on the hazy sunny day and most special birds-eye view of the Opera Garnier more than made up for the mediocre food. After lunch we walked two flights up to the roof that's open to the public to get a 360 degree view.
If you want a quick, simple lunch with some great views of the city without paying an arm and a leg at the Eiffel Tower or other tourist places with views, Lafayette Cafe is a good find. Make sure you take the main escalators so you can see the magnificent dome when riding them.
Galeries Lafayette- 6th fl.
40 Blvd. Haussmann, 9th arr.
Metro: Chaussée d’Antin or Opera
I am happy to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes. Come take an ethnic culinary journey with me and chef and caterer Charlotte Puckette, co-author of the bestseller The Ethnic Paris Cookbook (with Olivia Kiang-Snaije). First we will shop at a Paris green-market for the freshest ingredients and then return to Charlotte’s professional kitchen near the Eiffel Tower to cook a three-course lunch. After, we will indulge in the delicious feast we prepared along with hand-selected wines.
Cost: 185 euros per person (about $240)
Time: 9:30AM- 2PM (approximately 4 1/2 hours)
Location: We will meet by a metro station close to the market
Class days: Tuesday,Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Minimum of 3 students, maximum 6 students.
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I am pleased as punch to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Tours, which are 3-hour walking tours I will personally be leading. The Eye Prefer Paris Tour includes many of the places I have written about such as small museums & galleries, restaurants, cafes & food markets, secret addresses, fashion & home boutiques, parks, and much more.
I look forward to meeting you on my tours and it will be my pleasure and delight to show you my insiders Paris.
Check it out at www.eyepreferparistours.com