The best luxury restaurants in France

France is a beautiful country with so much to see, but all that sightseeing and wonder can make you really hungry. And that’s when  you can encounter another one of France’s attractions: the cuisine. French cuisine can be enjoyed in many forms: at the market, sampling cheeses, mustards, wines and other tidbits, at a small eatery trying out the every-day food, and of course, at fancy restaurants, where the true haute cuisine comes to light. It will cost you, but you’ll remember the taste and the aroma of the food for years to come. Here are some of the best luxury restaurants in France.

Restaurant du Palais Royal, Paris

This restaurant not only serves top-notch food, but it also has a very romantic location. It overlooks the manicured gardens of the Louvre, and it has a distinctly French feel. If you’re lucky to get a seat at the terrace (open only in summer), your food will taste doubly better :D. The food is exquisite, yet simple: risottos (some with lobster, squid ink and other delicacies), steak-frites, fish dishes, and wonderful deserts like millefeuille filled with the best fruit of the season.

La Mère Brazier, Lyon

La Mère Brazier was established by Eugénie Brazier in 1921, and it quickly became the favourite spot of politicians and other important people in the city. This restaurant is definitely the most elite place to eat in Lyon, and well deserving of a place on the list of the best luxury restaurants in France. The specialties of the house are artichoke with foie gras, lobster and scampi stew with absinthe, and green chartreuse souffle.

Larrieu, Marseille

This restaurant, established in 1985, has had plenty of time to bring its menu to perfection. Amateurs of seafood and fish will never want to leave Larrieu, especially after tasting some of the oldest and best loved recipes of the house:  fish soup, fish with aioli (a type of garlic mayonnaise) and grilled fennel, and other delicious traditional dishes from the Provence region .

La Cigale, Nantes

This charming restaurant/brasserie has been around for over a century, and for good reason. Even if it weren’t such a good restaurant, people would still visit it because of its extraordinary beauty. La Cigale is a great place to grab a snack and a cup of tea, but they serve lunch until midnight – so try some of the mindblowing items on the menu – your taste-buds will be in heaven!

La Brasserie des Beaux-Arts, Toulouse

The Pink City has its fair share of great restaurants, but for the meal of a lifetime, go to La Brasserie des Beaux-Arts – it is on the banks of the Garonne, on the one hand, and on the other, it has some of the most amazing seafood dishes in the city. In addition to the fish, oysters and lobster, there are lots of delicious options for vegetarians too.

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