Fabulous Food and Paris Views at the New Café de l’Homme

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Fabulous Food and Paris Views at the New Café de l’Homme
Beyond the massive statue of Hercules taming a bison (Albert Pommier, 1937), the Eiffel Tower rises above the fountains of the Jardins du Trocadéro. It’s almost close enough to reach out and touch. In the distance, you can make out the gilded dome of Invalides and the unmistakable outline of Notre Dame cathedral. From the Palais de Chaillot—the grand, neoclassical building erected for the 1937 Universal Exhibition—all of Paris is at your feet. You’d be hard-pressed to find a prettier Paris view than what’s on offer at the newly reimagined Café de l’Homme. But it’s not just the outside vistas that are captivating. A gorgeous new redesign by interior architects Gilles et Boissier has transformed the restaurant with chic décor channeling 1930s Art Deco. All of it was custom-designed especially for the space: marble tables, Arabic-style latticework in wood and marble, banquettes designed with a sumptuous, green plant motif. The restaurant officially opened in December, two months after the grand debut of the Musée de l’Homme. (We can’t recommend this museum highly enough.) After a six-year renovation project, the Museum of Mankind presents a thought-provoking, interactive approach to humanity’s evolution and future. You could linger for an entire morning or afternoon here, book-ending your experience with a great meal at the Café de l’Homme. Managed by Christophe Bonnat and Coco Coupérie-Eiffel (the great-great-granddaughter of Mr. Gustave Eiffel himself), this contemporary brasserie also boasts an outside terrace with exceptional views. To develop the menu, Michelin-starred chef Frédéric Vardon worked in collaboration with Executive Chef Mickaël Foubert. You’ll find classic French cuisine with an international influence; there’s a real focus on artisanal seasonal products representing French terroir. For a starter, you might choose the Oeufs gros en meurette, the sautéed shrimp in a Thai bouillon, Duck “pâté en croute,” or the Tataki tuna served with yuzu and wasabi. Mains include scallops, wild sea bass, and filet mignon. It’s also possible to enjoy Afternoon Tea (or a sinfully rich hot chocolate), and brasserie-style items like a club sandwich, beef tartare, Caesar salad, and a croque monsieur. In the evenings, indulge in creative cocktails like L’Homme Américain– made with Noilly Prat, orange, lemon, and Martini Prosecco. For dessert, don’t miss the Café de l’Homme cheesecake served with dried clementine, lemon and bergamot marmalade, or the “Souvenirs d’enfance”—featuring two petits pots (chocolate cream, coffee, or vanilla) plus madeleines. Bon appétit! Café de l’Homme, 17 place du Trocadéro, 75016 Paris. Métro: Trocadéro (6, 9). Tel: +33 (0)1 44 05 30 15. Web: http://www.cafedelhomme.com. Main courses from 22€. Brasserie-style items, like the Caesar Salad, cost 15€. Open every day from 12 noon to 2 am.

Lead photo credit : The view from the terrace at Café de l'Homme/ ©Pierre Monetta

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Based in Paris, Nicklin is the Editor of Bonjour Paris. She served as the Digital Editor for France Today, the site's sister publication, from 2013-mid 2022. As a freelance journalist, she has contributed to publications like The Washington Post, Condé Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, Afar, CNN, USA Today, Travel Agent Magazine, and Luxury Travel Advisor.


  • Dalal BMS
    2018-03-21 06:26:16
    Dalal BMS
    You can't imagine how i love this place & love to hang out more often. I went with my daughter on September 1st, 2017, to enjoy an afternoon together and have some coffee & ice cream. It started from the beginning when we reached there. i kindly asked the manager that i would like to have a table to face the Eiffel tower , he thought we were dum & gave us a table outside but not facing the tower at all ! i have explained to him that i was sot satisfied & would like to change the table, he didn't like that at all, and he whispered to all the waiters not to give us a good service so we get bored & get out. stayed in the temporary table till he comes & pretend as if he didn't know what i wanted , i have asked for another table and 2 tables were empty, he insisted that the table is for a wedding !! after me insisting 45 minutes complaining & all the waiters were treating us very badly because of his orders. i spoke with him in french and kindly i asked for a table. my daughter was about to cry seeing me frustrated ... he gave us a table ... but what ???? HE DIRECTLY BROUGHT OTHER STRANGERS TO SIT WITH US !!! AND SHARED OUR TABLE WITH US in order to annoy me and not to enjoy my stay. My daughter got scared and i cried too ... i was thinking to give him big tip but he didn't deserve it at all ... HE TREATED US VERY BADLY ... WAITERS TOO ... we didn't enjoy our afternoon nor our time !!!!!


  • J Sterling
    2016-02-02 14:09:02
    J Sterling
    I'm making a LIST for my next visit to my favorite city...PARIS of course, and Cafe de l,Homme is now on it. Five la plus belle ville du monde!!!


  • Jules
    2016-01-21 18:07:17
    I ate at Cafe de l'homme in May of 2010, shortly before they closed. It was an amazing evening. Cannot wait to return to Paris and try this!


  • JChristina
    2016-01-18 17:06:45
    What a beautiful restaurant and with a magnificent view! On my list for my next visit to Paris.