Awarded two Michelin stars after just one year in operation, Le Gabriel has made a majestic entrance onto the Parisian gastronomy scene and found its place at the peak of the capital’s demanding gourmet culture. The elegant surroundings will be a very plush way to spend your Christmas and will make sure it’s one you never forget.
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Alain Ducasse opened Champeaux in 2016 to critical acclaim, and the modern, 21st century brasserie has been popular ever since. No white table cloths here - this is a truly contemporary dining experience. Try one of the steaks for a Christmas lunch with a difference. This is one of the most popular restaurants on this list, so be sure to book well in advance.
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Set within an elegant 5 star hotel, Cleo Restaurant is a gourmet restaurant that’s open for Christmas Day. For just €90 you can enjoy a 5-course meal for lunch or for €149 you can attend the dinner sitting and enjoy a few extra courses and treats. Duck fois gras, scallops and chicken are all on the menu, so you’ll be in for a rich and varied dining experience.
This small restaurant on Saint-Dominique street, in the 7th arrondissement of Paris has been open since 2005 and has earned 1 Michelin star and a host of loyal customers. The Christmas menu is a very reasonable €140 and comes with three courses. They also have a very nice wine list. If you’re more into New Year’s Eve than Christmas Day, they also have a New Year’s Eve menu for €220.
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Headed by award-winning French chef Eric Frechon, the two restaurants in Le Bristol hotel are decadent, Michelin-star affairs, and lucky for you, they’re both open on Christmas Day. This is not a budget option, with the Christmas menus ranging from around €450 per person to €930 per head, but you will be paying for an exquisite meal that you’ll never forget. The surroundings are also particularly plush.
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On the roof of the Pompidou Centre in the Marais district is one of Paris’s most well-loved restaurants. Boasting spectacular views of the city skyline, this is a unique and beautiful place to spend Christmas, especially for couples, thanks to the romantic setting. There is no Christmas menu but you can eat off the a la carte menu which is consistently good.
Located in one of the most beautiful parks in Paris, Le Pré Catalan boasts three Michelin stars and is considered by critics to be one of the best restaurants in Paris. The Belle-Epoque dining room is a magical place to spend your day and will give your Christmas a romantic, old-world vibe. Be sure to book and pre-order your preferred menu.
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Ok, so eating inside a train station on Christmas Day might seem like a bit of a strange choice, but Le Train Bleu is no ordinary train station eatery. It’s an elegant and glamorous brasserie inside Gare de Lyon that will be serving a set menu costing around €150 a head.
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Thanks to the reasonable prices, Bofinger is extremely popular on Christmas Day. They serve all the French Christmas classics like seafood platters and a range of pates so you’ll be eating like a real local. The brasserie style dining room is very chic but pleasingly relaxed, so you won’t feel too buttoned up for your Christmas lunch.
Excellent value for money and simple ingredients are order of the day at 24 in Paris and for Christmas, the formula doesn’t change. Located just around the corner from the Champs Elysse, the central setting makes it even more appealing, as you can wonder around the city after filling up on a delicious lunch.
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