Le Grand Véfour

Gastronomy in Louvre & Les Halles

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Holding two Michelin stars, this 18th-century jewel on the northern edge of the Jardin du Palais Royal has been a dining favourite since 1784; the names ascribed to each table span Napoléon and Victor Hugo to Colette (who lived next door). Expect a voyage of discovery from chef Guy Martin in one of the most beautiful restaurants in the world.

Dazzling flavour combinations might include snails with black garlic chestnut puree; lamb fillet with parsley root mash and butternut marrow gnocchi; pan-fried sole with roast celery leaves; and artichoke crème brûlée with candied carrots and almond sorbet. There's a mandatory dress code.