When it opened in 1958, Publicis Drugstore offered Parisians a more chic (and adult) version of our old drugstores with soda fountains. After a recent makeover by Tom Dixon, the interior is sexy and comfortable. Request seating outside – even in a bubble when it is cold – to gaze at the Arc de Triomphe while dining. Peruse the fancy cocktail list and order from friendly staff. The experience is kind of like stepping into a James Bond movie, or dining with Don Draper. Probably more Don Draper…
Unlike other places, ask for a cocktail and “Finger Food” first, then the waitstaff comes back for the food order. Quick delivery after order of healthy portions. Although there are plenty of Americans who are loud and do not try to speak French, Parisians make up a gentler percentage of the patrons. Our waitress said all desserts are made in house and what we tasted was excellent!!! By the way, beautiful bathrooms. Le Drugstore is especially convenient if you are going to the Lido for a show after dinner. Or, it stays open so late, dine after the show.
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133 Av. des Champs-Élysées
Tel.: +33 (0)1 44 43 77 64
Métro: Charles de Gaulle–Étoile
Can reserve online
Open until 2am, so if you are hungry late…
Telephone 24 hours ahead of your reservation to reconfirm. Or, ask your hotel to do this for you.
Don’t miss the opportunity to shop for novel souvenirs before or after your meal. Everything from pens to posters to pet rocks! Okay, I didn’t see a pet rock, but it seems like they should have them.
If you’re in the mood for an intimate and authentic Parisian bistro, check out this post.