French gastronomy is justly famous throughout the world and Paris has a record number of prestigious restaurants to discover during your stay at the Hotel Opera Lafayette. As you enjoy your break in the capital, you will undoubtedly find a renowned eating place or a cosy tea room in which to discover new flavours. Also, if you happen to be in Paris mid-December, treat yourself to a visit to the Noël Gourmand trade fair.
From December 15th to 18th, 2017, Paris will host the Salon Noël Gourmand, a Christmas event dedicated to gastronomy in all its forms but mainly to local produce and regional specialities. In a unique architectural setting designed by the French architects Jakob and MacFarlane, you can meet some of the 120 artisans and independent producers in attendance from all over France, who will share their passion with you and demonstrate their talents and expertise. From farmhouse cheeses and seafood to wine, chocolate and confectionary, this trade fair offers a cornucopia of delicious food and drink to grace your Christmas table.
As Christmas approaches, excellent and prestigious pâtisseries such as Ladurée, Lenôtre and Pierre Hermé offer special seasonal creations including Yule logs that are as enchanting to look upon as they are to taste. Renowned pastry chefs such as Christophe Michalak and Laurent Duchêne also design a wide variety of particularly appealing and inventive confectionaries and desserts. However, if you feel the onset of the winter munchies and fancy something utterly irresistible, head to one of the countless Parisian restaurants that have made fondue, raclette and other cheese specialities the stars of their menus. This is particularly true in the Oberkampf and République districts and on the Left Bank, around the Rue Galande and Place Saint-Michel.