Delicious Dining In The Former Fresh Market of Paris - Les Halles

Among the many excellent restaurants in and around Les Halles, there are two that are so emblematic of Paris that any time spent in the city without stopping in at either or both of them is a missed opportunity. These two restaurants are Au Pied de Cochon and Georges.

Au Pied de Cochon, now in its 72nd year, is not just a true Les Halles tradition but also a veritable Parisian institution. Up until 2016 it had never once closed its doors remaining open 'round the clock, 24/7.  That has since changed and it's only Thursdays-Saturdays that it remains open 24 hours. Au Pied de Cochon is where you come for a hearty meal of the best onion soup you'll find in Paris, a plate of homemade pork charcuterie and some of the choicest cuts of meat, fish and poultry to be found anywhere.

The other emblematic restaurant of Les Halles district is Georges. This true jewel sits atop the Centre Georges Pompidou and is considered one of the most romantic, upscale dining spots in Paris. The sweeping views over Paris from the glass-encased dining room provide an unforgettable backdrop. The chef here turns out asian-fusion dishes of fish, filet mignon and duck.

A newer addition to the neighborhood is Odette. Its Executive Chef is Rostang whose other restaurants include a 2-Michelin star in Paris' 17th arrondissment. Chef Remi Henaux's house specialties include flaky pastry encrusted seasonally fresh white fish, gnocchi in a delicate creamy poisson sauce and for dessert be sure to sample his very own take on crepes suzette. The back terrace dining area, open in warmer months, offers comfortably discreet dining. 

The Auberge Nicolas Flamel is a favorite, especially of the English. Legend, as well as historical record, has it that this is the building in which Nicolas Flamel, the alchemist credited with discovering how to turn metal into gold, lived in the XIVth c. All you Harry Potter fans can take it from there to color in more of the rich history!

The other stellar Les Halles restaurants on this list are also not to be missed. In short, dining at any of these establishments before, after or while enjoying the nightlife or shopping in this district is an excellent choice.


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