Paris is full of all the businessmen and women who lunch. This is a serious group who dine out at least five days a week and at the best restaurants, notably in the 1st, 2nd, 8th, 7th and 6th arrondissements. In fact of the restaurants here, Ralph's is highlighted for its inviting courtyard terrace dining which makes you feel like you're in some French countryside version of Ralph Lauren's RRL Ranch in Colorado and not nestled in Saint-Germain des Pres, the choicest part of Paris' city center.
Then there is the notion of Ladies Who Lunch which takes on a whole different dimension here in Paris. In chic neighborhoods there are any number of fashionable women, of a certain age, who dine out for lunch as much to display their impeccably coiffed hair and their perfect manicures as to enjoy a meal outside their high-ceilinged Haussmanian building apartments. You will find many of them at Le Recamier, a well-guarded Parisian secret.
That's not to say, however, that fashionable bistros and little lunch eateries haven't popped up all over. Indeed, a few, like Graine and Shaka Poke are currently all the rage for healthy, quick meals. But one of the nice things, if not the nicest thing, about being on vacation is that you can linger over a delicious lunch. And what better than to linger over lunch? Here on this list you will find lovely restaurants, such as Baltard au Louvre, Restaurant Lumen, Uma Nota and Grand Bistro de Breteuil where the food and the setting vie with each other for what is most alluring about the restaurant.