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Mar 7, 2009 08:59 AM

Palais Garnier dinner with 13-year old


I am taking my 13-year-old niece to Paris in early July. She takes ballet and so we're going (assuming I can get tickets) to the Paris Opera Ballet and I'm wondering about where to eat near the theater. She's a sophisticated, relatively adventurous eater but she IS 13. I looked around here for spots near the Palais Garnier and here are the three that sounded interesting:

Le Cafe de la Paix
La Fontaine Gaillon

Drouant obviously is kid-friendly. But is it adult-friendly? And what about the others? They look lovely but would they be OK for a young person?

Any other ideas in the area?

Merci beaucoup!!

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  1. I should think that Cafe de la Paix is OK for any age as long as everyone is well-dressed and well-behaved! It's very cozy and congenial, elegantly furnished, has good food, and is open late enough that you can go there after the ballet. It's best to have reservations, but not always necessary. I've been there three or four times and have always enjoyed it--oysters and other seafood, blinis with caviar, foie gras two ways... It's not an awesome gastronomic experience, but everything is fresh and tasty and you don't have to wait too long for your food. By the way, I recommend buying your ballet tickets online at They're doing La Fille Mal Gardée in early July and tickets for that go on sale starting TOMORROW March 9!!

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    1. re: fanoffrance

      Thanks for the info. And yes, I plan to set my alarm to get up to buy tickets as soon as they go on sale! I've heard good things about the Ashton and that tickets can go fast so I'm taking no chances!!

      1. re: laurahutch

        Let me just pitch in with my two cents of agreement with the above--I would definitely recommend le Café de la Paix. Good price/quality relationship and what fanoffrance says is on the money--a sure bet. Enjoy!

    2. If I was in the area, I would head to Senderens and/or Tante Louise. But all three you mentioned are pretty good, if less interesting imo.