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We can’t get enough of the vegetarian restaurants popping up in Paris these days. One of the most exciting of this bumper crop is CRÉATURES, an ephemeral summer concept on the rooftop at Galeries Lafayette Haussmann. Launched in June, it will only be around until mid-October– so RUN, don’t walk, to this trendy hot spot…
For one thing, you’re privy to one of the finest panoramic views of the city of Paris, the endless skyline punctuated with familiar landmarks including the Eiffel Tower. The famous department store has transformed its rooftop as a veritable summer ecosystem, so not only do you have the vegetarian restaurant, but you also have urban gardens and a mixology bar with creations– both alcoholic and non-alcoholic– based on garden-fresh herbs and plants.
Chef Julien Sebbag (Moma Group) was tapped to oversee the restaurant, and he’s designed a menu that’s meant to be shared, with dishes prepared right in front of you in an open kitchen. His dishes reflect his Mediterranean roots and a childhood spent between Tel-Aviv and Paris. Think roasted cauliflower, hummus, aubergine pancakes, roasted peaches with feta, strawberries with smoked buffalo mozzarella, and focaccia stuffed with vegetables. Gorgeous salads include cucumber, blackcurrant & basil or fennel, kohlrabi, ricotta, avocado and summer pear.
We won’t blame you if you want to stay all day. Start with a veggie breakfast, linger until lunch, stroll the gardens, then order up an aperitif to watch the sun go down in style. The space itself has a cool retro vibe, designed with a gazebo, vintage decor sourced from the Paris flea markets, and recycled materials. You’ll also find books and vinyls resembling a curiosity cabinet. Fun perk: You can even browse in a library of self-service vinyl records.
Open 7 days a week, from 10am to 1am, continuous service.
Breakfast, lunch & dinner
The Rooftop-Terrace at Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann
25, Rue de la Chaussée d’Antin, 9th arrondissement.
Lead photo credit : CRÉATURES at Galeries Lafayette Haussmann