In one sense, nearly every restaurant in Paris offers outdoor dining. As soon as the sun makes its presence again, usually in Spring, all at once, it seems, the outdoor café tables come out and Parisian sidewalks are filled with diners enjoying a leisurely lunch or dinner in the midst of passersby.
There are, however, certain tables in the city whose courtyard terraces are famous for the outdoor dining they afford their customers. One of these, Laurent, is probably the most well-known among that certain set of businessmen and politicians who enjoy an excellent meal and prefer to enjoy it outdoors, secluded and shaded by century-old chestnut trees. And the Mandarin Oriental's Camelia courtyard garden restaurant seating is one the city's most delightful "secret" dining spots. Another treasure, less well-known among the travel set, is Le Pavillon at Parc Montsouris.
Outdoor dining can also include the charming little cafés that are to be found in some of the city's parks and gardens. The one in the Champs de Mars, about midway between the Eiffel Tower and the Ecole Militaire, is one of the most pleasant little outdoor places to have a snack and a cold drink in the summer time that you can imagine. On this list, you'll find many more suggestions, in a range that accommodates most nearly every budget. And the settings are all superb, giving you that sense of being outside the city, while still being very much within and a part of it.
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