Le Caveau du Palais, a canteen for lawyers
Place Dauphine is slightly on the edge of the capital. Frequented more by tourists than Parisians, it is a truly peaceful haven and a top spot for lunch or dinner on the Caveau du Palais terrace. This institution, a favourite haunt for the legendary Signoret-Montand duo and the leading lights of the Bar today, offers a very classic menu that avoids becoming stereotypical. Alongside the house speciality of Bourgogne escargots, there are also more contemporary dishes: duck samosas, spicy salmon gravlax, rice fricassee with veal and kidney and soft shell lobster. Enough to satisfy the appetites of both the most demanding as well as the most delicate constitutions. And savour a moment overlooking the calmest square in Paris. B.D.