When the weather’s got you shivering in your boots and debating on why you never relocated somewhere tropical like the Caribbean, a good raclette will soothe your winter blues like few other French culinary traditions can. Who doesn’t love warming up with a wheel of deliciously melted cheese? Here are a few of the top raclette restaurants where you can indulge in this alpine delight and feel grateful to be in Paris in winter.
58 Rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris
Metro Ledru Rollin or Charonne
Ooey, gooey, deliciousness awaits you at Le Chalet Savoyard. Take the metro to the 11th arrondissement, where Le Chalet Savoyard serves up decadent raclette on Rue de Charonne. Enjoy dipping steamed potatoes and ham in the velvety cheese, accompanied by wine to really savor the experience. Say yes to temptation, who’s counting calories under all those sweaters?
14 Rue du Commandant Pilot, 92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine
Metro Porte Maillot or Les Sablons
Tucked in the very chic suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine, you might just rub elbows with politicians while enjoying some cheese here. Le Chalet de Neuilly is located just next to Paris (truly, just a quick Uber ride away from Arc de Triomphe, or a few minutes’ walk from the metro Porte Maillot), and its stone wall interiors and wooden tables will remind you of evenings in the Alps, perhaps Méribel or Courchevel. Warm up with raclette, fondue, and other authentic mountain specialties.
1 Boulevard Lannes, 75016 Paris
Metro Porte Dauphine
If you happen to be looking for a polar bear, you might find one between the Bois de Boulogne and the Arc de Triomphe – that is a statue of one inside Il Cottage. The unique restaurant specializing in raclette is an enormous and quirky space that includes both a pizza food truck and a lounge bar on the terrace. Winter or summer, it should definitely be on your must-visit list when traveling in the capital. Enjoy your hot raclette with a plate of potatoes and charcuterie for 24 €.
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