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In the last few years, food courts have become more and more common in Paris. They are inspired by the ones in American shopping centres, historically situated in the suburbs of a city, but now they are being placed in the heart of major cities around the world. Paris is certainly one of these cities, with several food courts dotted around the French capital. Here is our list of some of the best ones Paris has to offer:

Ground Control

This food court, situated in a large warehouse near the train station Gare de Lyon, offers an eclectic mix of things, from food, grocery stores, music and even a radio station. In terms of the food, there are 12 pop-up restaurants that offer a huge variety of cuisines from Italian to Syrian. The worldwide range of cuisines reflects the dynamic and diverse nature of Paris’ culinary scene. Ground Control represents a great place to grab a bite to eat on the go or somewhere to relax for a while to spend some time with friends or family and enjoy the friendly atmosphere. On a nice summer’s day, you can eat outside under the sun on the deck chairs or on the buses that have been converted into food stands and seating areas.
Opening times: Wednesday – Friday: 12 p.m – 12a.m, Saturday: 11 a.m – 12 a.m, Sunday: 11 a.m – 10:30 p.m

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La Félicita

This huge food court is situated in Station F, which is a big start-up space in the 13th arrondissement, and it covers 4500m2 with an open terrace that is 1000m2. It is run by a group called Big Mamma who own several other very successful restaurants in Paris already. La Félicita is the perfect place to get some authentic, homemade Italian food, in a very stylish place decorated with huge plants and street art. The restaurants offer food like pizza, truffle pasta and burgers. There are 3 bars, 5 kitchens, a cafe, a bakery and more than 1000 seats on offer. This trendy place also holds music events and film viewings in the evenings. The only problem with this place, as with the other Big Mamma restaurants, is that it is extremely popular and gets very busy so try to get there early to get a space.
Opening times: Monday and Tuesday: 12 p.m – 2:30 p.m, Wednesday – Friday: 12:15 p.m – 2:30 p.m, then 6 p.m – 11 p.m (10:30 p.m on Wednesday), Saturday: 12 p.m – 11 p.m, Sunday 12 p.m – 10:30 p.m

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Le Food Court des Galeries Lafayette Champs Elysées

Located where the old Virgin Megastore used to be on the Champs Elysées, this relatively new food court is found in the room underground, beneath the shopping centre. There is a great variety of food for both sweet and savoury. You can find pâté en croûte, banh-mi, noodles and French food from the South-East. There are also 3 chocolatiers and a Stohrer shop, the oldest patisserie in Paris, which offers some lovely pastries and desserts. In addition to the food, there is a large wine selection. Le Food Court offers a very impressive selection that caters to most people. The only problem with this food court is that there aren’t that many places to sit which poses a problem for a ‘food court’. But for somewhere that is in such a touristy area, the huge selection of traditional French cuisine and foreign cuisine should excite any food lovers.
Opening times: Monday and Sunday: 10:30 a.m – 10 p.m, Tuesday – Saturday: 10:30 a.m – 11 p.m

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Opened in 2018 after years of work, Beaupassage is a pedestrian walkway in the 7th arrondissement that is home to some of the best chefs in France. This idyllic walkway, between le Boulevard Raspail and la Rue de la Grenelle, is mainly open air but is partly covered by the trees that line it. Beaupassage covers 10,000m2 and has housing for sale and 14 high-end boutique. It showcases modern art, as well as fine dining. For example, Anne-Sophie Pic, a 3 star Michelin chef, has created a restaurant with a concept of premium fast food with healthy, seasonal dishes served in shot glasses, or Olivier Bellin, a 2 star Michelin chef, who serves seafood street food as if it is being served to you in any big restaurant. Beaupassage is an extremely picturesque place to visit, and if you are in to good food – this place is ideal for you!
Opening times: 7 a.m – 12 a.m

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So there is our selection of some of the best food courts in the Île-de-France. They are all great places to go on a summers day to relax or even just to quickly grab something to eat. Each one offers you different types of gastronomy, so you will be able to find what you want among all the choice.

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