The venerable Michelin-starred ‘Silver Tower’ is famous for its caneton (duckling), rooftop garden with glimmering Notre Dame views and fabulous history harking back to 1582 – from Henry III’s inauguration of the first fork in France to inspiration for the winsome animated film Ratatouille. Its wine cellar is one of Paris’ best; dining is dressy and exceedingly fine.

Reserve eight to 10 days ahead for lunch, three weeks ahead for dinner. Various set menu options include a duckling menu, Îles Chausey lobster menu and a truffle menu in season.

Buy fine food, accessories and Champagnes from its own vineyard in La Tour d’Argent's boutique directly across the street, near its casual bistro La Rôtisserie.