Saint-Germain-des-Prés is a vibrant districts in Paris, known for being one of the artistic and intellectual hearts of the city, because of its huge density of cafés, bookstores and publishing houses. Cafés such as “les deux Magots” or “Café de Flore » are famous worldwide: they have become touristic attractions but lost in the meantime their authenticity. Café Louise is a great option to try authentic French restaurant praised by locals. There you can taste traditional French cuisine or delicious modern dishes at reasonable price.
Perfectly locateld (3 minutes walk from the Saint-Germain-des-Prés church and metro station), Cafe Louise is a restaurant which makes people feel at home. The interior consists of vintage furniture and cozy atmosphere, with terraces on the outside and spaces for private parties in the basement. From furniture to decoration and tableware, you can see that they paid attention to every detail of the interior.
For the basement, there are many seats and bars, you can also enjoy private parties after booking in Cafe Louise. It is available for 75 seated and 120 guests for a standing cocktail. Café Louise has great food and a variety of drinks, so it's a good place to have a good time with your friends.
If you are looking for a restaurant with a clean and quiet atmosphere, we recommend you to try it. Not convinced yet ? then let’s have a look at some of their dishes, you will not be able to resist it!
Like most French traditional restaurants, you can choose in Café Louise a set menu “entrée – plat -desserts” (starter, main dish, and dessert) or choose directly your courses “à la carte”. There is a great variety of dishes and there are different “plats du jour” (dishes of the day), changing every day. As an example, here are the dishes that we had the chance to try:
Which dish best represents French cuisine? For sure the famous Foie Gras. In Café Louise, this very traditional dish from Southern France is served in a modern way, with toasts and marmalade jam. It’s the right time for you to experience a high quality Foie gras with a fantastic taste.
If you want to grab a lighter starter, you can try their Gazpacho, a harmonious combination of fresh ingredients, perfect appetizer before a consistent dish.
The fresh salade is a very healthy, non-greasy dish with smoked salmon, crayfishes, avocado, mixed salad, and citrus fruits. All the ingredients are harmoniously blended. It’s a good option if you want to lose a bit of weight after eating too much French pastries during your trip...
Steak tartare is a classical French dish that is often served in French restaurants. Well if you haven’t tried raw meat you might be reluctant to order it . But it worth trying, and the taste is very mild. The meat is mixed with onions, capers, pepper, and is served with a raw egg yolk on the top. It comes with thick homemade French fries and a salad.
“île flottante” (floating island) is a famous French dessert: a meringue served floating on a milky custard sauce. Unfortunately many restaurants are serving industrial ones which are not tasty at all. The homemade île flottante of Café Louise is huge and succulent. The sweet meringue melts gently in your month while the roasted almonds add a crunchy feeling.
These delicious profiteroles are perfect for summers (but sweet lovers will like them all year long!). The sweet, cold vanilla ice cream in the cream puffs matches perfectly with the hot chocolate sauce. It’s a good way to finish a delicious meal, as it’s not a too heavy desert.
To conculude, we can say that while visiting Paris, Saint-Germain-des-Près is a must visit place. And while coming to Saint-Germain, Café Louise is a must try restaurant. Thanks to O'bon Paris, you can enjoy a 10% discount on the "à la carte": check and download the coupon here. If you want to get more information about Saint-Germain-des-Prés district, have a look at our dedicated article here.
Author - O'bon Paris Team
Photographs - Phan Thanh Thủy
Address: 155 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris
Transportation: Metro line 4 Saint Germain des Pres station / Metro line 10 Mabillon station
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11:00-24:00, Sat-Sun 10:30-24:00
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