La Taverne du Croissant restaurant on much-loved Rue Montmartre in Paris 2nd has a long history of patronage by big names in media and politics. While famous faces are less frequently spotted these days, a cosy elegance remains in the darkwood furniture, wooden floor and overall minimalist look. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, La Taverne du Croissant is good for a casual, classic French meal any time of the day. Confident dishes are chalked up on the wall, with free-range chicken fricassee with mushroom casserole among the specials. Save room for the generous choice of homemade ice cream or La Taverne du Croissant’s super-sumptuous house rum baba. Drink your specialty beer on the terrace come summer.