It’s no secret that the Champs-Élysées, arguably the most famous avenue in the world, has been taken over by international brands and box stores that aren’t necessarily Parisian (of course there are a few exceptions!) But sometimes it’s a challenge to find an authentic place to eat in the area.
Where do Parisians reserve for lunch? We’ll let you in on a little secret, an address we recently discovered: The Intercontinental Paris Marceau is an intimate, family-owned hotel in the heart of the Golden Triangle. (The location on avenue Marceau puts you just a stone’s throw from the prestigious Avenue George V and the Avenue des Champs-Élysées).
Recently, the Bansard family revamped their restaurant called le M64, named for the hotel’s address on avenue Marceau. A highlight is the lovely, leafy terrace for eating al fresco. It’s a quiet place, away from the urban hubbub, and you’ll see business meals alongside lingering, leisurely lunches.
The Bansards also recruited a new chef, Cedric Douchin, who has overhauled the menu based on seasonal products. Starters might include the soft boiled egg with wild asparagus and parmesan, followed by pan-fried sea cod served with multi-colored carrots, or a rib-eye steak with potato purée. Desserts are just as tantalizing. Try the truffled brie cheese, or go for the lemon meringue pie or the peanut-butter and Guanaja chocolate treat. There’s also the classic Café Gourmand, pairing an assortment of sweet delights with an espresso.
Le M64 also proposes a fixed-price daily lunch menu, priced at 39 EUR for a starter and main dish, or main dish and cheese or dessert; or 45 EUR for a starter, main dish and cheese or dessert.
Looking to book a room? The 55 guest rooms were elegantly designed by Bruno Borrione, a member of Philippe Starck’s team for 20 years. The best rooms are the duo of suites on the top floor which offer Eiffel Tower views.
InterContinental Paris Marceau , 64, avenue Marceau, 8th arrondissement. Tel: +33 (0)1 44 43 36 36.