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Paris Food & Wine Events

Regular Occurrences 

  • Every Friday night: a free wine tasting every Friday night – their weekly happy hour “Wine Down” – at La Dernière Goutte from 5-7:30pm at 6 rue de Bourbon de Chateau, 75006.
  • Every Saturday morning: an introduction to coffee cupping at Belleville Brûlerie. Space is limited to 8 people and reservations are required. Tickets for the tasting are 20€ per person and include a sack of freshly roasted beans to take home.  Starts 11:30am at 10 rue Pradier, 75019.
  • Every Saturday: a free wine tasting at La Dernière Goutte from 11am-7pm at 6 rue de Bourbon de Chateau, 75006.
  • Every Sunday evening: bingo & pastrami (and other American) sandwiches at Freddie’s Deli. Prizes are different each week. From 6pm onwards at 22 Rue Crespin du Gast, 75011.

Coming Soon

  • April 24: Coutume coffee and Levalloise beer have partnered on a Porter made with cold brew. Celebrate their collaboration and taste the results from 6-9pm at 47 rue de Babylone, 75007. The first tasting is only 1€.
  • April 28: learn about (and taste) artisanal wines from Languedoc-Roussillon alongside Josh Adler from The Paris Wine Company.  From 7:30pm onward at The American Library in Paris at 10 rue du Général Camou, 75007. Tickets are 35€, booking is required, and can be done by e-mailing Grant Rosenberg at rosenberg@americanlibraryinparis.org. Snacks will be provided.
  • May 1: the Premier Mai means the launch of the spring cocktail menu at the  inauguration party of the terrace at Le Syndicat, the bar devoted to the “organization and defense of French spirits.” From 6pm-2am at 51 rue Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010.
  • May 12: cruise and booze with The Chamber during a Tiny Boat Apero. There will be a small bar aboard the small electric boat for sipping & snacking on a leisurely ride down the Canal Saint Martin.  Flasks and marine themed costumes are encouraged. Booking is required. Tickets are 30€ for members and 50€ for non-members. From 7-9pm at 37 quai de la Seine, 75019.
  • May 21-24: 14 chefs will install themselves at a pop-up restaurant in the Grand Palais for Taste of Paris. Alain Ducasse, Joël Robuchon, Francis Fauvel, Kei Kobayashi, Stéphanie Le Quellec, Jean-Louis Nomicos, David Rathgeber, Guy Savoy, Pierre Sang, Frédéric Simonin and Frédéric Vardon will all be serving mini plates of their famous food. Tickets range from 25-300€ depending on the package. Demos, cooking classes and other activities will also take place. At 3 avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008.

Planning Ahead

  • June 5-6: the Salon de Vin RDF will welcome hundreds of winemakers to the Palais de Brongniart for 2 days of tastings.
  • Late September: La Fête de la Gastronomie, a 3 day celebration of Gallic gastronomy, will be taking place throughout France. The hundreds of events both in Paris and outside include markets, tastings, classes, picnics and more.
  • Mid-October: The Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre celebrates the harvest of the neighborhood’s 1,200+ grape vines with a festival including poetry slams, a parade, singing children, and over 100 food and wine stalls.
  • Late October-Early November: the annual Salon du Chocolat will take place at the Porte de Versailles.
  • Late January: La Fête de la Coquille, celebrating coquilles Saint-Jacques (sea scallops) and other seafood at an outdoor tasting festival in Montmartre.
  • February 27-March 6: the annual Salon de l’Agriculture will be held at the Porte de Versailles expo center, featuring thousands of prize-hungry animals, ranging from pigeons to two-ton bulls, plus an entire hall devoted to sampling and buying products from the many distinct regions of France. Read more in Our Guide to the Salon de l’Agriculture.
  • March: Omnivore, the food festival devoted to “young cuisine” returns to Paris from their world tour with a series of demonstrations in Sweet, Savory, Artisan, Street Food and Beverage scenes.

Have an event to share? Send us an email at parisbymouth@gmail.com

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The 20 Best Bites of Haute Cuisine in Paris

Haute cuisine is not exclusively about what’s on the plate. Elaborately choreographed service, the spectacular number of dishes, the depth of a wine cellar and sumptuous surroundings – these are arguably the elements that separate restaurants with two and three Michelin stars from their starless competitors.

If we look exclusively at the food, however, ignoring the chandelier that twinkles overhead and the plush pedestal propping up our handbags, there is still much to celebrate in haute cuisine.  Continue reading

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The Best Paris Wine Bars for Small Sharable Plates

Top 5 Favorite Wine Bars Serving Small Plates

By Neighborhood

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Le Garde Robe
Le Petit Vendôme
Le Rubis
Pinxo

Verjus Bar à Vins

75002

A Noste
Frenchie Bar à Vins

75003

Le Mary Celeste

75006

L’Avant Comptoir

75009

Buvette
Le BAT

75010

La Cave à Michel
La Pointe du Grouin

75011

Au Passage
Aux Deux Amis
Bones (the bar)
Clamato
Clown Bar
Le Dauphin
Martin (at night)
Pas de Loup

75018

La Rallonge

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The Best Modern French Restaurants in Paris

Top 10 Favorite Modern French Restaurants

By Neighborhood

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Pirouette
Spring
Verjus
Yam’tcha

75002

Frenchie
Saturne

75003

Les Enfants Rouges

75004

Le Metropolitain
Le Sergent Recruteur
Mon Vieil Ami

75005

Itinéraires
Le Pre Verre
Sola

75006

Fish – La Boissonnerie
Le Timbre
Semilla
Ze Kitchen Galerie

75007

Garance
La Ferme Saint-Simon
La Table d’Aki
Restaurant David Toutain
Thoumieux

75008

Le Marché de Lucas
Le Mini Palais
Neva Cuisine

75009

Braisenville
Caillebotte
Encore
Le Pantruche
Le Richer
Office

75010

52 Rue du Faubourg St. Denis
Abri
Albion
Au Comptoir de Brice
Bistro Bellet
Hai Kai
Le Galopin
Porte 12
Ratapoil du Faubourg
Vivant Table
Youpi et Voila!

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Au Passage
Blue Valentine
Bones
Clown Bar
Le 6 Paul Bert
Le Chateaubriand
Le Dauphin
Le Servan
Le Sot l’y Laisse
Les Déserteurs
Qui Plume la Lune
Restaurant Pierre Sang Boyer
Septime
Yard

75012

Table
Will

75013

Simone

75014

75015

Le Clos Y

75016

Akrame
Étude
Hexagone
Pages

75017

Coretta
Fréderic Simonin
Gare au Gorille
Le Bouchon et L’Assiette

75018

Chamarré Montmartre
La Table d’Eugène

75019

Le Chapeau Melon
Ô Divin

75020

Chatomat
Roseval

Le Baratin classic bistro in Paris | parisbymouth.com

The Best Classic French Bistros in Paris

Top 10 Favorite Classic Bistros

By Neighborhood

75001 (Louvre, Palais-Royal, Les Halles)

Juveniles
La Régalade Saint Honoré
(open Mon)
La Tour de Montlhéry – Chez Denise (open Mon)
Pharamond 

75002 (Sentier, Bourse)

Chez Georges
Terroir Parisien at the Palais Brongniart

75003 (Northern Marais)

Café des Musées
Glou
L’Ami Louis

75004 (Southern Marais)

Benoit
Brasserie de l’Isle Saint Louis

75005 (Latin Quarter)

Café de la Nouvelle Mairie
Le Ribouldingue

Terroir Parisien

75006 (Saint-Germain)

Allard
Josephine (Chez Dumonet)
Le Chardenoux des Prés
Le Comptoir du Relais
Restaurant AG

75007 (Eiffel Tower & Invalides)

Bistrot Belhara
Café Constant
Chez l’Ami Jean
La Fontaine de Mars
La Laiterie Sainte-Clotilde
Le Cinq Mars
Les Cocottes de Christian Constant

75008 (Champs-Elysées)

Le Griffonier
Napoleone

75009 (Grands-Boulevards, Pigalle)

Bistrot la Bruyère
Bourgogne Sud
Chez Grenouille
Comptoir Canailles
La Régalade Conservatoire
Le Bon Georges
Les Canailles
Les Coulisses
Les Saisons

75010 (Canal St-Martin, Faubourg St-Denis, Gare du Nord)

Chez Casimir
Chez Michel
La Cantine de Quentin
Philou

75011 (Oberkampf, Voltaire, Charonne)

À La Renaissance
Astier
Bistrot Paul Bert
Jeanne A
L’Auberge Flora
Le Chardenoux
Le Repaire de Cartouche
Martin (lunch)

75012 (Aligre, Bercy)

À la Biche au Bois
Café Cartouche

75013 (Butte-aux-Cailles, Chinatown)

Au Petit Marguery
L’Auberge du XV
L’Auberge du Roi Gradlon
L’Avant Gout
L’Ourcine

75014 (Montparnasse, Alésia)

Aux Enfants Gâtés
Jeu de Quilles
L’Assiette
La Cantine du Troquet
La Cerisaie
La Régalade
Le Cornichon

75015 (Eiffel Tower, Javel)

Jadis
Le Casse Noix
L’Epicuriste
Le Grand Pan
L’Os à Moelle

75016 (Chaillot, Trocadéro)

Chez Géraud

75017 (Ternes, Batignolles)

Le Bouchon et L’Assiette

75018 (Montmartre, Clichy, Goutte d’Or)

Jeanne B
La Cantine de la Cigale
Le Coq Rico
Miroir

75019 (La Villette, Buttes-Chaumont, Belleville)

Quedubon

75020 (Belleville, Ménilmontant, Gambetta)

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Police Close Shops on Rue des Rosiers

Due to the ongoing hostage situation at a kosher supermarket near Porte de Vincennes, Le Figaro reports that police ordered the closure of shops and restaurants along the rue des Rosiers in the  historically Jewish neighborhood of the Marais today.

Most of the shops normally close for the sabbath on Friday evenings and all-day Saturday, but were forced to take extra precautions and shutter early this afternoon.

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La Pointe du Grouin

Named for a pig’s snout (and not its other end), this dirt-cheap Breton wine bar is sandwiched between Thierry Breton’s two other eateries Chez Michel and Chez Casimir.  Don’t worry if you don’t understand the system–it’s not clear that there is one. Just sidle up to the bar, let them know how hungry you are, and wait for the small plates to roll out. Continue reading

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Calendar of Upcoming Food & Wine Tours

ABOUT OUR TOURS

Our tours are lead by English-speaking food & wine professionals who share our passion for eating in Paris. The small-group food tours & the wine bar tour listed below are priced at €95 (including all tastings) and last around three hours. We keep these groups small in order to provide a more personalized experience for you, and to ensure that we are welcome in shops of exceptional quality.  You can click the links below to learn more and to book directly online.

A fabulous new tasting space in the Aligre market neighborhood permits us to welcome up to ten guests for the popular French Cheese & Wine Workshop and even larger groups for private and corporate tasting events. We also offer privatized versions of our food tours in Saint-Germain, the Marais and the Latin Quarter. For more information about private tours, just send us an email.

We are happy to accommodate any requests to avoid meat, gluten, dairy or alcohol, just let us know during the registration process.

Click to read what people have been saying about our tours, and we hope to see you soon!

OUR CALENDAR OF UPCOMING TOURS

April

Tuesday April 21

  • Taste of Saint-Germain at 10am (sold out with wait list)
  • Taste of the Marais at 10:30am (sold out with wait list)

Wednesday April 22

Thursday April 23

Friday April 24

Saturday April 25

Sunday April 26

Monday April 27

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Wednesday April 29

Thursday April 30

 May

Friday May 1

  • French Cheese & Wine Tasting Lunch at 11am (sold out with wait list)

Saturday May 2

Sunday May 3

Monday May 4

  • Taste of Saint-Germain at 4pm (sold out with wait list)

Tuesday May 5

Wednesday May 6

Thursday May 7

Friday May 8 

Saturday May 9

Sunday May 10

Monday May 11

Tuesday May 12

Wednesday May 13

Thursday May 14

Friday May 15

Saturday May 16

  • Taste of the Marais at 10:30am (sold out with wait list)
  • Beyond Bordeaux: A Tour of Natural Wines & Wine Bars at 4pm (sold out with wait list)

Sunday May 17

Monday May 18

Tuesday May 19

Wednesday May 20

Thursday May 21

Friday May 22

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Friday May 29

Saturday May 30

Sunday  May 31

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Tuesday July 14

  • Bastille Day – No Tours

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Yam'Tcha steamed buns bao brioche vapeur December 2014 from Adeline Grattard | Paris by Mouth

Hot buns from Yam’Tcha’s Adeline Grattard

While their gastronomic restaurant prepares to move to a new location in the new year, the folks at Yam’Tcha are using their space at 4 rue Sauval to sell boxes of bao, or steamed buns, to go. Adeline Grattard’s Franco-Chinois take on les brioches vapeur includes fillings like Comté with sweet onion, Basque pork with Szechuan eggplant, shrimp with gauchoï, spicy shitake & veg, and surprising bite of Stilton with Amarena cherry. Continue reading

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Aizpitarte to open Le Chabanais in London

Bloomberg reported today that Le Chateaubriand (now le Chateaubrand?) will be opening a 90 seat restaurant early next year in London’s Mayfair district.

Le Chabanais, which takes its name from a brothel and is also the name of an international escort service, will be helmed by Paul Boudier, currently Iñaki Aizpitarte’s second in command. The space will be designed by Clement Blanchet who designed, along with Rem Koolhaas, Le Chateaubriand’s adjacent white marble wine bar Le Dauphin

Read the full article from Richard Vines on Bloomberg

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Terroirs d’Avenir

Even if you haven’t been to Terroirs d’Avenir yet, odds are you’ve still tried one of their products. Alexandre Drouard and Samuel Nahon started Terroirs d’Avenir in 2008 to bring exceptional French products from small producers to Paris restaurants, revolutionizing our city’s dining scene along the way. After building a devoted clientele of chefs (among others: Daniel Rose (Spring), Braden Perkins (Verjus) and their current neighbor on the Rue de Nil, Grégory Marchand (Frenchie), Alexandre and Samuel opened the Terroirs d’Avenir shops in 2013. Continue reading

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The Bombardier

A hub for English culture, this pub proudly pours “real ales” from Wells & Young’s, beers in classic English styles you won’t find elsewhere in Paris. Traditional English pub fare is served at lunch and a full English breakfast is offered on weekends. With rugby and soccer/football matches on TV and a pub quiz every Sunday, it would be easy to think you were in England.  Continue reading

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A la Bière Comme à la Bière

“Boissons vivantes & épicerie funk” announces the tagline on this small, brightly decorated storefront. Inside, you’ll find nearly 200 different bottled craft beers from Europe and North America, many kept chilled for immediate consumption. The colorful interior is cheerful and inviting, and the enthusiasm of owners Jean-Baptiste and Dédé is infectious. Continue reading

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Le Bouillon Belge

Lots and lots of different beers, served inexpensively and without pretense – that’s the draw at this welcoming, convivial bar in the far reaches of Eastern Paris. The selection is predominantly Belgian, as the name would suggest, but you’ll find a handful of French and German brews in the collection of at least 100 bottles on offer. Continue reading

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Les Trois 8

Revolutionary for Paris, this shoebox-sized bar just north of the lively Oberkampf district has a lot to offer lovers of craft beer… and their natural wine-drinking friends, too. French beer is well-represented both on the eight rotating taps and in the 80 or so bottles on offer, featuring such breweries as Outland (Ile-de-France), Sainte-Crucienne (Alsace), and Northmaen (Normandy). French bar snacks (cheese and charcuterie boards) and a small selection of natural wines available by the bottle or glass round out the menu. Service is friendly and knowledgeable, eager to help you find just the beverage you’re after, even if it’s something you’ve never tried before.  Continue reading

Bierissime craft beer shop in Paris

Bièrissime

Situated in the increasingly lively Marché Saint Quentin, this shop is home to a wide variety of French and international craft beers, with particularly good selections from Italian and English breweries. Prices are very fair, and service is as chatty (or not) as you want them to be.

Address: Inside the Marché Saint Quentin at 85 bis boulevard Magenta, 75010
Nearest transport: Gare de l’Est (4, 5, 7)
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am-8:00pm, Sunday 9:30am-1:30pm
Telephone: 01 44 79 02 97
Website

Average price for beer: 3-6€ for 33cl bottles
Notable Brews: Brewfist (Italy), St. Austell (England), Matten (France)

Best Sommelier in France at Spring Restaurant

Capture-d’écran-2014-11-01-à-22.33.30-260x203Jonathan Bauer-Monneret, the sommelier at Spring Restaurant, has been awarded the title Meilleur Sommelier de France 2014. This distinction comes five years after he won the title Best Young Sommelier in France.

For those who are curious about what Bauer-Monnaret is pouring, the Spring wine list (last updated July 2014) can be found here.

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Paris Restaurants Open on Sunday

Did you know that at least half of Paris restaurants are closed on Sunday?

We’ve put together this list – organized by neighborhood and whether you need a reservation – to help you find a great meal on this very tricky day of rest. Our absolute favorites are highlighted with a heart. You can also consult our list of Paris Restaurants Open on Monday.Kunitoraya

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Walk-Ins Welcome

Kunitoraya – A favorite address for udon and rice bowls that recently moved to a narrow but beautiful space. Open all day. Reservations are not accepted, so be prepared to queue unless you go early.

Book a Few Days in Advance

Café des Abattoirs – a meat-centric spot from the Rostang sisters – daughters of Michelin-starred chef Michel and the sixth generation of restaurateurs in their family.

Kunitoraya 2- Slurp your udon in style at this new branch of the rue Sainte Anne classic, housed in a renovated brasserie. Menus range from 18€ at lunch to a hefty 70€ at night.

Camélia – Thierry Marx’s second restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental after his flagship Sur Mesure. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Walk-Ins Welcome

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Frenchie To Go – Open for breakfast, lunch or a mid-afternoon snack on Sundays. This Anglo-inspired eatery from the chef at Frenchie features excellent Reubens, flavorful fish and chips, sweet treats, housemade ginger beer, and a great beer list.

Frenchie Wine Bar – If you want a taste of Gregory Marchand’s cooking without the challenge of scoring a reservation at Frenchie, this is where to go. But go early, like 15 minutes before they open at 7pm, or don’t go at all. The small plates and wine selection are excellent, but the throbbing crowds make this place unmanageable on all but the luckiest of evenings.

A Noste – This is the brash new place from Julien Duboué (formerly Dans les Landes) where you can walk in for southwestern French small plates at the bar or reserve for seated dining upstairs.

Hokkaido – A basic and busy noodle bar near rue Sainte Anne, serving gyoza and ramen. Be prepared to queue for lunch and dinner.

Liza – Brunch only on Sundays. Lebanese goes chic (and a little pricey) at Liza.

Book a Few Days in Advance

Drouant – This historic restaurant, now run by Antoine Westermann, serves a poulet frites special at lunch on Sundays (roast chicken and fries), and more elegantly updated classics, including great seafood, at dinner.

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Walk-Ins Welcome

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Le Mary Celeste – Some of the best cocktails in the city  from the team behind Candelaria and Glass. On the food front, you can expect an eclectic menu of small plates from chef Haan Palcu-Chang, and a rotating cast of mostly wild oysters sold by the piece for 2-5€ during the season. Open for drinks and dinner.

Café des Musées – There’s a lot to like about this bustling corner bistro: The cooking is honest, the location is easy, and it’s open every day for lunch and dinner. Note: there’s been a recent change in ownership and reports are mixed.

Candelaria – With its bright, bare-bones kitchen, crowded counter, communal table, and addictive salsas — all mercifully un-Frenchified — this upper Marais spot has people  lining up for tacos and agua fresca. Go through the unmarked door next to the stove and you’ll find a serious bar. Sunday brunch means huevos rancheros and cocktails in the back bar.

Café Pinson – Fashionable health food freaks can get their fix at this (surprisingly?) popular vegan hangout. Open for brunch only.

Happy Nouilles – Hand made Chinese noodles, at very happy prices, for both lunch and dinner.

Al Taglio – It’s pizza sold by weight for lunch and dinner at this Rome-inspired spot. Bright lights, high stools and cheap wine by the carafe.

Bob’s Kitchen – Open every day but for breakfast and lunch only. Lunch at Bob’s might include a wheatgrass smoothie, a plate-sized pancake, a spicy veggie burger, or a colorful curry. All natural, all organic.

Pink Flamingo – “Pas comme les autres,” is the motto at kitschy cool Pink Flamingo Pizza. Take-out and delivery for lunch and dinner is available at all locations.

Glou – Pedigreed and organic ingredients rule the menu, and pretty waitresses run the loft-like, two-level, room. Last minute reservations are usually okay for either lunch or dinner.

Book a Few Days in Advance

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 Breizh Café – Lacy buckwheat galettes, artisanal ciders, briny oysters, and salted butter caramel crêpes, all for under 20€ a person. Open all day.

Dessance – Life is short. Eat dessert first. And second. And for every other course at this desserts-focused restaurant where the small plate sweets are nuanced and occasionally savory. Open from midday to midnight.

Grazie – Serving pizza in a low-lit space with industrial loft décor and decent cocktails. Open for lunch and dinner.

Book a Few Weeks in Advance

Les Enfants Rouges – Bistronomie from a young Japanese chef who trained under Yves Camdeborde near the Marché des Enfants Rouges. Open for lunch and dinner.

L’Ami Louis – It’s possible that this legendary address serves the most famous — and ridiculously expensive — roast chicken in the world. A roster of VIP regulars (hello, Bill Clinton) make this a difficult reservation for us plebes. Open for lunch and dinner.

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Walk-Ins Welcome

 L’As du Fallafel – Cheap, messy and seemingly obligatory – regularly cited as the best falafel in Paris.

Miznon – Another pita place for the Marais – this annex of an Israeli chain has far more creative offerings than your corner kebab stand. Notable options include grilled cauliflower, grilled sweet potato, and beef bourguignon. Open all day.

Brasserie de l’Isle Saint Louis – This classic brasserie has been in business since 1953, is open for lunch and dinner, and is still run by the same family.

Maison David – Squeeze into this tiny butcher shop for lunch only (1-3pm) and watch owner Michel Kalifa in action.

Jaja – From the team behind Glou comes Jaja, a contemporary bistro open for lunch and dinner that features top notch organic products, a serious wine list, airy urban decor, and… hot dogs.

Book a Few Days in Advance

Benoît – Open since 1912, this picture-postcard Paris bistro is part of the Ducasse group. Open for lunch and dinner.

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Walk-Ins Welcome

Terroir Parisien

 Terroir Parisien – Yannick Alleno (of Le Meurice) revives reasonably priced Parisian classics, with Ile de France ingredients, at this chic, airy bistro. Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Book a Few Days in Advance

Lengué – An Izakaya joint, serving small plates, Japanese beer and cocktails, in the heart of the touristville. Open for dinner only.

Anahuacalli – A well-regarded Mexican address in the 5th, serving specialties like huitlacoche quesadillas, tortilla soup, mole and tamales. Open only for lunch on Sundays.

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Walk-Ins Welcome

L’Avant Comptoir - Crêpes up front and pork (Ibaïona) in the rear. It’s standing room only at Yves Camdeborde’s recently renovated tapas and wine bar, a hit since it opened in fall of 2009. Go during the off hours or be prepared to be get to know the person next to you very, very well. Open for lunch and dinner.

Huitrerie Régis – Régis’ fantastic oysters come from the Marenne-Oleron and are available for dégustation on the spot in the pale blue and white dining room for lunch or dinner, or to take home. Included in our list of Five Great Places for Oysters.

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Le Relais de L’Entrecôte – The choices here are steak and… really that’s it. Served with crisp fries in outrageous quantities, the only question is how you want it cooked. Reservations not accepted, so go early or be prepared to wait on the sidewalk.

Little Breizh – Hidden in plain sight on a street of tourist traps, this charming crêperie features organic ingredients, nutty galettes flecked with buckwheat, tender dessert crêpes, and sweet service. You can get out for under 20€, barring a cider bender.

Le Comptoir du Relais – Yves Camdeborde’s beloved bistro, once neo and now classic. During the week you’d have to book months in advance for a no-choice dinner, but on weekends you can just queue up for the so-called brasserie menu.

Cosi – The sandwiches at this shop — run by Juan Sanchez and Drew Harré of Fish — are made with a focaccia-like bread, right from the oven, with fresh fillings and plenty of vegetarian choices. You can eat on-site or take your sandwiches to go for lunch or dinner.

Eggs & Co. – Eggs rule the roost at this sunny spot in Saint-Germain, where brunch is not only for Sundays. Open from 10am-6pm.

La Rotonde – Currently closed through the end of March 2014 for renovations, this is a classic Montparnasse café and brasserie, serving standards like onion soup and steak tartare all day every day, along with oysters and other seafood in season. When it re-opens, it’s open all day.

Pizza Chic – Devotées love the artichoke pizza for lunch and dinner at this (very) sixth arrondissment address, which features a wood-burning oven, and contentious pricing. Open for lunch and dinner.

Book a Few Days in Advance

 Semilla – A contemporary bistro with an MOF chef in the open kitchen and a menu featuring an array of market-driven plates served in full or half portion. Space to eat at the bar and a fantastic wine list, which is what you’d expect from the team behind Fish, Cosi & La Dernière Goutte.

Fish (La Boissonnerie) – A left-bank haven for Anglos, wine lovers, and food writers on their day off. The bar area makes Fish ideal for solo diners, too. Open for lunch and dinner.

Fogón – A popular, contemporary Spanish table. Open for lunch and dinner.

Le Chardenoux des Près – A second outpost of Cyril Lignac’s Chardenoux. Prices are trés Saint-Germain. Open every day, lunch and dinner

Allard – The sepia-toned dining room at this historic bistro remains the same, but Alain Ducasse and protégé Laëtitia Rouabah have taken over the kitchen and the accompanying carte of cla

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Praise for Our Food & Wine Tours

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Curious about our tasting tours? We’ve been recommended by The New York Times, USA Today, Time OutDavid Lebovitz and Ruth Reichl, and you can read below what some of our wonderful clients have said about their experiences.

Be sure to check out our calendar of upcoming food & wine tours or just send us an email with any questions. Hope to see you soon!

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“Diane, our tour guide, is and absolutely delightful gourmand who knows her stuff! This tour was much more than we anticipated. Not only did we learn all about various breads, cheeses, wines, chocolates and pastries of Paris, we learned of the Parisian culture, including how to act in the tiny shops that line the avenues of the city. I would highly recommend this very personal and customized tour to anyone wanting to go the extra mile to experience Paris. I recommend booking early into your visit so you can use the information learned for the rest of your visit…You will not be sorry you signed up for a Paris by Mouth tour!”

- Taste of Saint-Germain, reviewed on TripAdvisor in October 2014

“If you are a serious foodie (or just love cheese and wine), what better way to spend three glorious hours then tasting cheese and wine with Meg? This was an amazing in-depth class where we learned so much about the cheeses of France and the wine pairings. The class was held in a knife shop with a large u-shaped table that sat about 10 people. For a nice break, we took a short walk just across the street for a tour of a market with a fromagerie. This workshop is a really a special experience.”

French Cheese & Wine Workshop, reviewed on TripAdvisor in October 2014

“My husband and I spent a Friday afternoon in early October exploring the Marais and discovering amazing food and wine with our fabulous Paris by Mouth guide, Claire…We thoroughly enjoyed every moment of our three hour tour but enjoyed sitting down together at the wine shop and sharing our goodies and good conversation with our group most of all. The fact that I don’t eat most meat wasn’t an issue for me… pass the cheese, please! We left feeling warm and fuzzy and made our way back to many of the stops over the course of our week’s stay. Thank you, Claire, for a wonderful introduction to the Marais!”

-Taste of the Marais, reviewed on TripAdvisor in October 2014

While I am generally not a “tour” person, this was a truly great experience and one of the top highlights of our most recent stay in Paris… Phyllis, an American expat, was a great guide and open to immediately relevant questions as well as anything else about Paris. She was very informative, friendly, generous with her information and as an expat living in Paris, a great bridge for tourists. We really came away with a much greater understanding of the foods we tasted and especially the distinguishing quality features to look for when shopping on our own. Highly recommended.”

- Taste of the Left Bank, reviewed on TripAdvisor in October 2014

“We did a tour of the Latin Quarter with Catherine and extremely enjoyed it. She was very knowledgeable and fun. It was an excellent way to find the very best of the best in Paris and it was definitely a highlight of our time there.”

- Taste of the Latin Quarter, reviewed on TripAdvisor in October 2014

“It was on our first day of a week-long visit to Paris and it was easily the highlight of our trip. Sara was a very friendly and knowledgeable guide and was happy to answer all of our questions and give us the ins and outs of eating in the city. Much to my delight, cheese was the star of the tour, although the charcuterie, wine, chocolate, bread and apple tart were all incredible as well. Sara picked out an amazing variety of cheese for us and shared details and stories for each one, which is something you would never get wandering into a shop on your own… I would advise anyone visiting Paris, even for just a couple days to definitely do a Paris by Mouth tour, as it is time and money very well spent!”

- Taste of Saint-Germain, reviewed on TripAdvisor in October 2014

“Jennifer was so knowledgeable and taught us a lot about bread, cheese, and more that we put to use the rest of our trip. We went back to four of the vendors she introduced us to later in the week to get more goodies. We loved the small group experience- it was personal and engaging. I am a bit of a picky eater and she was great about accommodating me without making me feel bad about not being too adventurous. I would absolutely do a Paris by Mouth tour again.”

-Taste of the Marais, reviewed on TripAdvisor in October 2014

Joining the effusive throng in praise: we signed up for the Latin Quarter tour, expertly guided and curated by Emma… we sampled fabulous pastries, meats, chocolates, and cheese, accompanied by delicious wine… our only regret was that we only had the time to take one tour with this company. Yes, it’s a little expensive – but for a quick but in-depth look at a neighborhood, I can’t think of how we could have enjoyed it more.”

- Taste of the Latin Quarter, reviewed on TripAdvisor in October 2014

What an afternoon! Our group (of strangers) gelled instantly and the mood lightened quickly as comfortable small talk filled the gaps between the laughter and more serious moments of our St Germain Food Tour…Along the way we met a diverse range of characters who owned or worked in the small shops…And all of them took their business of food seriously; examples of the best in their business…Diane’s keen knowledge in food, acquired by years in the food industry and food journalism ensured the matches of food and wines were precise and hit the spot…Thoroughly recommended by all who attended, including our teenage boys! A Paris highlight!

- Taste of Saint-Germain, reviewed on TripAdvisor in October 2014

“My sister booked the French Cheese & Wine Workshop for us during a recent visit to Paris. I was just expecting a tasting. WOW…this was so much better! Not only did we taste delicious cheeses paired with excellent wines, but we learned a lot about how the cheese is made and the history of it all. Really fascinating!”

French Cheese & Wine Workshop, reviewed on TripAdvisor in October 2014

Worth every cent. This was my first food tour and I loved it! It was my first time in Paris and I only had a short amount of time to taste the best croissants, cheeses, baguettes etc and know where to go. I took the Marais tour with Claire who was extremely knowledgeable (also a chef) and provided information about Paris as well as the food. For the tour and the generous amount of food and wine we tasted, I thought this was quite affordable in comparison to other food tours. Their website is also equally good for restaurant and other food related recommendations.”

-Taste of the Marais, reviewed on TripAdvisor in October 2014

“My taste buds are still dreaming of this tour. Catherine, our guide, is truly wonderful. A Parisian who knows the inside story, she showed us places that I would never had known about without her. Real places that locals visit. The next time I am in Paris, I will choose another Paris by Mouth tour.”

- Taste of the Latin Quarter, reviewed on TripAdvisor in October 2014

“This was the highlight of our trip to Paris! It was a wonderful way to learn and experience some of the best foods of Paris and see the St. Germain neighborhood. Diane, our guide, was phenomenal…You could tell she was well liked and respected by the shopkeepers. She was friendly, warm and outgoing and made the experience really wonderful… Because the group is small (they only take up to 7 people) it’s very intimate… If we ever go back, we’d do it again in a heartbeat. This is a high quality tour, geared toward the people in the group.”

- Taste of Saint-Germain, reviewed on TripAdvisor in October 2014

The tour was fun, informative and (most importantly) delicious! I brought along my friend who lives in Paris (for 11+ years) and he had only been to one of the places we visited, and he LOVED the tour and how informative it was. I learned tons about cheese and bread and got enough food that I wasn’t remotely hungry until our late dinner. Now writing this review I just wish I could have some of the things we ate again! Great experience, would recommend 100%.”

-Taste of the Marais, reviewed on TripAdvisor in September 2014

“Diane thought of every detail that made the tour fabulous, leaving us hungry for more tours with Diane and Paris By Mouth. She shared information from her expansive knowledge about Paris, its food, wine, markets and restaurants that cannot be found in a guidebook! PBM tours are a must for travelers who appreciate learning about life in Paris.”

- Taste of Saint-Germain, reviewed on TripAdvisor in September 2014

“Since I was already seeking out knowledge of Paris and its natural wine scene I especially found the Beyond Bordeaux tour to be spectacular. Aaron is a total pro having been a sommelier in the states but also having immersed himself in the natural wine scene in Paris. Going around with him really felt like going out with your best wine nerd friend to their favorite haunts — a definite insider’s feel!”

- Beyond Bordeaux tour of Natural Wine Bars, reviewed on TripAdvisor in September 2014

Simply Amazing: This was the best start to my Paris experience, with a a guide (Sara) who was knowledgable, friendly and great host, with a passion for food only outshined by her knowledge of the food and wine and local producers. Couldn’t say anything more about this tour other then it was amazing, the tour were all inclusive did not have to pay for extra foods included cheese, meat, chocolate, macaroons, pastries and amazing bread. Honestly incredible. Average age was a little older but as a 25 year old Australian traveller was well worth the spurge and every cent. Amazing thank you so much for the experience.”

-Taste of Saint-Germainreviewed on TripAdvisor in September 2014

“I couldn’t think of a better way to spend 3 plus hours on a Saturday afternoon in Paris. Aaron’s kind temperament and personal passion for wine was a thrill to be around. The group all shared the interest to discover the hidden treasures of the 11th arrondissement . My first tour of the Marais the previous year was so excellent I thought why not do it with wine this year. As a solo traveler in Paris don’t hesitate to sign up!

- Beyond Bordeaux tour of Natural Wine Bars, reviewed on TripAdvisor in September 2014

“Phyllis was on time, well-prepared and kept us on track for this food tour. She took us to an olive oil purveyor where we ordered a great black olive oil shipped home. Yum. I will not spoil the insights by telling you about them, but Phyllis told us important history of restaurants and of the MOF system in France. Liberal wine tasting, lots of samples. Highly recommended.”

- Taste of the Left Bank, reviewed on TripAdvisor in September 2014

“Foodie’s delight: We had a wonderful time with Emma on our food tour through the Latin Quarter. It was a nice blend of sweet and savory food and of course wine. We did this on our first day in Paris and it was a great way to learn some history and taste many things Paris is known for right of the bat. It gave us a great foundation for the rest of our stay.”

- Taste of the Latin Quarter, reviewed on TripAdvisor in September 2014

“A food lovers dream come true: Jennifer toured us through the Marais with charm, humor and a great deal of expertise. She had a wonderful rapport with the various shop keepers and the tour was a highlight of our visit to Paris.”

-Taste of the Marais, reviewed on TripAdvisor in September 2014

“Our family took a private food tour of the Saint-Germain area with Diane. My entire family family, including our two children (ages 9 and 6) thought it was a highlight of our Paris vacation! This tour was not only DELICIOUS, but it was informative and fun, and it allowed us to feel very “local”… I highly recommend Paris by Mouth food tours as it will be an incredibly memorable part of your vacation!”

-Private Taste of Saint-Germain, reviewed on TripAdvisor in September 2014

Just a perfect way to experience ParisParis by Mouth say they specialise in small groups and this is correct. There were only 6 of us, 3 couples, so we all felt very special as we slowly walked around the wonderful area of Paris known as St Germaine. Sara our guide was excellent, she was very knowledgeable on French cuisine and took us to little places were we ate cheese that was sensational, beautiful wine to accompany it and then a selection of meats, then off for cakes, and finally chocolate (the quality of the foods would be impossible to find in Paris without Sara). I could go on forever but suffice to say it is also a highlight of our tour to France. Look up their website and book well in advance before you leave home that way you won’t miss out.”

Taste of Saint-Germain, reviewed on TripAdvisor in September 2014

I’ve heard lots of great things about Paris by Mouth food tours and they definitely delivered! The Wine and Cheese workshop started with a glass of bubbly and things only got better throughout the course of our time together. We tasted 14 cheeses paired with wine, beer and cider from every corner of France. Not only did I learn a lot of about cheese and wine, but Meg even took us to a market and gave us tips on how to order cheese. The workshop was educational, but also fun and light hearted. I would highly recommend Paris by Mouth!”

French Cheese & Wine Workshop, reviewed on TripAdvisor in September 2014

If you are into food and wine and interested in learning about the best Paris has to offer, I highly recommend Paris by Mouth. I did two tours – The Tour of the Left Bank with Diane and the Wine and Cheese Extravaganza with Meg, highlights of my Paris stay. I was blown away by the command of the subject and non-pretentious, engaging style of ‘teaching’ that both these women displayed, which made these small group experiences feel more like time hanging out with friends and enjoying good food/wine rather than a superficial hospitality event. I stayed in Paris for a month, and Paris by Mouth became one of my most important resources for the best in food and wine. I highly recommend you check them out!

Taste of the Left Bank and French Cheese & Wine Workshop, reviewed on TripAdvisor in August 2014

Awesome experience: I am so glad that I booked the Wine and Cheese Extravaganza with Meg. It was so much fun and I learned a lot. Meg is very engaging and was truly interested in the interests of myself and my fellow workshop participants. We were introduced to a wide variety of cheeses and wines that went with them. This class is very interactive and we were encouraged to ask questions. Most of the class was conducted in one place, but we did get to cross the street to the covered market-Marché Beauvau to visit the cheese monger and to buy more cheeses to sample. I would love to take the class again. My only regret is that I could not take another one of their tours. Maybe next time I’m in Paris!”

French Cheese & Wine Workshop, reviewed on TripAdvisor in August 2014

“Catherine led us through the delectable tastes of the Latin Quarter, from macarons and award-winning chocolates to fresh goat cheese and wine. Along the way she shared fascinating insights on the food as well as the history and architecture of the neighborhood. Her background in American culture (her spouse is American and she has lived in California) gave her a unique perspective on the similarities and differences of the two cultures. We would highly recommend this entertaining and educational food tour.”

- Taste of the Latin Quarter, reviewed on TripAdvisor in September 2014

Worth every euro: I had the opportunity to join Meg last week for an afternoon Cheese and Wine Workshop and I was completely satisfied! I mean that literally and figuratively. The knowledge shared and wine and cheese selections by Meg were more than generous, the company was very enjoyable and it was a perfect way to experience cheese and wine in Paris while hopefully, gathering some knowledge to take home. I highly recommend Paris by Mouth and will definitely join them again if I have the chance. Well done.”

French Cheese & Wine Workshop, reviewed on TripAdvisor in August 2014

Stop scrolling and book this now: honestly, don’t spend any more time on trying to decide what to do while in Paris. My wife and I spent 10 days in Paris, did all sorts of different tours, and this was hands down our favorite. Catherine’s expertise in all facets of French food & wine cannot be emphasized enough. Can’t recommend this enough!!”

-Taste of the Marais, reviewed on TripAdvisor in August 2014

“No better introduction to Paris: on our first full day in Paris, my mother and I did the cheese class (which was really the cheese, wine, bread and awesomeness class). Amazing cheese and wine plus a group of new friends (some of whom we’re still in touch with long after our trip) made for the perfect start to our visit. The class is both an in-depth look at how cheese is made, aged and sold in France and a delightful party. You learn and have fun and eat and drink some of the best food/wine you’ll have while in Paris.”

French Cheese & Wine Workshop, reviewed on TripAdvisor in August 2014

“A Must-Do in Paris: Catherine was our guide for Taste of the Left Bank. She was really fantastic. It was pleasantly informal, like having a personal friend give you her perspective of Paris and their food culture. We had a small group so it was easy to ask questions and customize the tour for us. Not scripted, she bought food at specialty shops as we went telling us what to look for, allowing us time to shop for gifts, and choosing items for us to try according to what looked good that day and to our tastes. At the end (and some along the way) we enjoyed cheese, charcuterie, chocolates, and wine. Plenty to eat for everyone… So come hungry and don’t plan to eat too soon afterwards. Well worth the cost. Don’t hesitate and book well in advance as spots fill up quickly. “

Taste of the Left Bank, reviewed on TripAdvisor in August 2014

Meg is clearly excited about the topic at hand, and really set up a wonderful pairing of wine and cheeses, taking us through different regions of France and describing what wines and cheeses they are famous for. The wines are not everyday names, which we really enjoyed; I love learning about small independent producers of natural and/or relatively low alcohol wines. It was really enlightening (and a little sad) to learn all about what we are missing here in the US because of some not-terribly-well-thought-out regulations. The opportunity to taste and buy some of these forbidden cheeses at the local fromagerie was wonderful. The amazing bread that Meg brought in to pair with some of the cheeses also was a treat. Highly recommend not missing this opportunity to learn about French wine and cheese.”

French Cheese & Wine Workshop, reviewed on TripAdvisor in August 2014

Great tour, even though we’re not in to natural wines! We booked this tour with trepidation – original we’d booked a foodies tour but had to change days. Certainly not into natural wines, but thought we’d give this a go.  Well, can’t recommend more highly, a great tour of wine bars with an interesting selection of wines. Our tour was lead by Aaron who has a fantastic knowledge of all things wine. You don’t have to be a natural wine fan to enjoy this tour – it adds spice to an already diverse subject.  Follow up after the tour has also been impressive – we received a comprehensive list of where we had been and what we tasted, meaning there’s no need to take notes as you go.  You won’t be disappointed.”

Beyond Bordeaux tour of Natural Wine Bars, reviewed on TripAdvisor in August 2014

“Just what we needed! We almost didn’t take this tour. Although it sounded intriguing, we were concerned about our return on investment. We also researched several other similar tours and were having difficulty choosing between them. However, I am so glad we went with our gut and said “yes” to Paris by Mouth! Our guide, Emma, was incredibly personable and knowledgeable. Our primary objective was to gain some know-how and experience for perusing the food shops and markets in our Latin Quarter neighborhood and Emma delivered on that big-time. She not only helped us choose and sample along the way, she answered questions, gave us background information, and imparted skills for our own exploration. This tour turned out to be one of our favorite memories for the 10 days we were in the city. I only wish we had scheduled it earlier in our stay. Highly recommended!!”

- Taste of the Latin Quarter, reviewed on TripAdvisor in September 2014

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Prodigal chefs return to cook with Passard

For two days in November, chef Alain Passard will be partnering for a series of meals with his former acolytes – chefs who worked for him at L’Arpège before moving on and gaining acclaim with their own restaurants. The list is impressive, and you’ll find the following chefs working together with Passard to create 100€ meals:

November 15: 

November 16:

  • Lunch at 11:30am and 2:30pm at Bertrand Grebault (Septime in Paris) and Tatiana Levha (Le Servan in Paris)
  • Dinner at 7pm:  Marc Cordonnier (soon to open Gare au Gorille in Paris) and Ludo Lefebvre (Trois Mec in Los Angeles)

Reservations will open at noon on October 27 on Le Fooding’s website. Proceeds from the meals will benefit the charity Centre d’Accueil des Enfants du Congo-Béthanie.

Pharrell macarons at Laduree

The Taste of Hype: Pharrell macarons from Ladurée at Colette

For this week only, until October 18, the concept store Colette will be selling a box of limited edition Ladurée macarons with two flavors – cola and peanut butter – created by Pharrell Williams.

What a feat of brand synergy – Pharrell gets attention for his concerts this week at Le Zénith and Ladurée gets for one week to appear more young and vibrant, less like a multinational corporation peddling stale souvenirs at the airport.

Well done marketing team!

Learning Edible French with Clotilde Dusoulier

Edible French book by Clotilde Dusoulier

One of our favorite bloggers (and contributing editors) Clotilde Dusoulier has a new book out today – her collection of food-related idioms called Edible French.

We’ve been following the series on her blog for years (since 2008!) and can’t wait to get our hands on what seems to be a very beautiful object with thick paper and watercolor illustrations by Mélina Josserand.

Until October 14, you can visit Chocolate and Zucchini to enter a contest to win a free copy of Edible French.

Joël Robuchon to return to NYC

Two years after the closure of his first New York outpost, Joël Robuchon will bring his relaxed fine dining back to New York with a brand new restaurant in Battery Park City . This atelier will be considerably bigger (at 11,000 square feet) and will include a bar & lounge space for small plates — a first for Robuchon’s global Atelier empire.

-Read more about the expansion in The New York Times

-Read more about the original location on our guide page for L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon.