To get to Al Fresco, you must first go through Éclair, the café/bakery on the ground floor. Although the smells that greet you here are very tempting, if you want more than just cakes the homely restaurant upstairs offers a more extensive menu. The food is traditional Italian, serving a range of signature dishes and authentic specials. The friendly and on-the-ball staff are not actually Italian but have certainly picked up a few Italian mannerisms. Conveniently situated in the heart of the Left Bank, Al Fresco is perfect for a speedy lunch or a more relaxed post-work meal with friends. It is also popular for kid’s parties, but they have a separate room for this so couples can wine and dine in peace and quiet.