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What began as a literary café during the Belle Époque, where the likes of Marcel Proust and Emile Zola would spend hours drinking and deliberating, is now a discreet dining destination, reachable only by boat.
In 2013, Le Chalet des Îles re-opened its historic doors following a redesign by architects Bruno Borrione and Caroline Lory. Set serenely on a lake in Bois de Boulogne, you imagine to be deep in the countryside, surrounded only by wildlife. This bucolic Parisian setting has remained a well-kept secret, known only to those with discerning taste.
The perfect spot for a celebration among friends, you can begin with an apéritif on the lakeside terrace, and wind your way into a three-course dinner. The intimate interior is reminiscent of a Swiss chalet, and filled with just as much charm. The traditional French cuisine, complete with an extensive wine list, will transport you back to Paris.
What Le Chalet des Îles is known for is their Sunday brunch, unlike any other in Paris. Prepare for a feast! A grand buffet is served from twelve to three o’clock, with endless selections from both land and sea. Fill your plate, and your palate with an assortment of seafood, fish, meats, vegetables, salads and desserts. With top quality ingredients, you’ll certainly be back for seconds, if not thirds.
What better way to spend a Sunday than brunching on an island followed by a leisurely stroll among flora and fauna? Rowboats are also available for rent if you prefer exploring by water.
14 Chemin de Ceinture du Lac Inférieur, 75016, Tel: +33 (0)1 42 88 04 69
Open daily 12-3 / 7:30-10:30
Unlimited Sunday Brunch 55€
Lead photo credit : photo courtesy of Le Chalet des Iles