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Restaurants for Christmas in Paris

Leave it to the professionals for your Christmas meal in Paris

© Britta Jaschinski

If you’re in search of an indulgent Christmas meal in Paris, there are some (very) indulgent restaurants on hand to help you out; for simpler celebrations, you’ll need to plan carefully, and in all cases book as far in advance as possible. These venues will be open on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day itself; call ahead to reserve and for details of their festive menus.

Le Meurice

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With its extravagant Louis XVI decor, mosaic tiled floors and modish restyling by Philippe Starck, Le Meurice is looking grander than ever. Sample Yannick Alléno's refined 3-star Michelin cuisine this Christmas Eve, with a fish-heavy and jaw-droppingly expensive seven-course blowout featuring oysters, scallops, sea bass, blue lobster and citrus vacherin. The menu can be read in full here...

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1er arrondissement

Ciel de Paris

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Built in 1974 on the site of the old station, the 209m steel-and-glass monolith of the Tour Montparnasse is shorter than the Eiffel Tower, but better placed for fabulous views of the city. Zip up to the 56th floor this Christmas Eve for a four-course Champagne dinner with magnificent views over the city. Courses include half-cooked foie gras with Monbazillac, breaded with ginger bread, and roasted veal T-bone with sage, crozets and Beaufort. Click here to see the menu...

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Necker

Le Train Bleu

This listed dining room – with vintage frescoes and big oak benches – exudes a pleasant air of expectation. Don't expect cutting-edge cooking, but rather fine renderings of French classics. The gorgeous dining room is a real treat, especially on Christmas Day, when you can dig in to a €117, seven-course extravaganza featuring champagne, home-cooked duck foie gras, Scottish smoked salmon and cauliflower with truffle juice, and an edible Santa’s hat (yes, really). You can see the menu in all its glory here...

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12e arrondissement
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La Coupole

La Coupole in Montparnasse is the grandest of grand Parisian brasseries. An Art Deco triumph on an extraordinary scale, its famously vast dining room was once regularly graced by the top tiers of the artistic Rive Gauche set like Picasso, Sartre and de Beauvoir. So expect a full room this Christmas Day. A €79 menu is relatively cheap for what you get: think starters like hazelnut and chesnut cappuccino with smoked salmon and truffle, mains like sea bass and langoustine with a vegetable millefeuille, and desserts... Well, you can see the menu for yourself here...

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Montparnasse

L'Arpège

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Assuming you can swallow an exceptionally high bill - it’s €42 for a potato starter, for example - chances are you’ll have a spectacular time at chef Alain Passard's Left Bank establishment. His attempt to plane down and simplify the haute experience - the chrome-armed chairs look like something from the former DDR - seems a misstep; but then something delightful comes to the table, such as tiny smoked potatoes served with a horseradish mousseline.  L’Arpège is open for lunch and dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but there’s no special fixed menu...

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