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  • February 8-13: celebrate Mardi Gras all week long at Lulu White, the cocktail bar named after a famous New Orleans madame. They’ll have plenty of beads and slushy drinks on hand and a jazz or blues concert every single night this week. From 8pm onwards each night at 12 rue Frochot, 75009.
  • February 11-14: The Taste of Paris returns to the Grand Palais. The food festival will feature more than 18 chefs and 60 different bites.
  • February 12: A housewarming party, so to speak, for the new craft beer shop Houblon ou Brune. There will small plates and beers all night at the celebration. From 6-10pm at 16 rue de Cotte, 75012.
  • February 13: Get buzzed and sing your heart out at a Valentine’s Day Love Buzz karaoke at Red House. There’s will be plenty of bitterness and penis cookies to go around. From 8pm onwards at 1 bis rue de la forge royale, 75011.
  • February 23-26: the Salon du Fromage will feature 165 producers, farmers and cheesemongers from 13 different countries for a celebration of all things dairy. There will be ample tastings, discussions of major trends in cheese, and even cheese platter composition contests. From 9am-7pm at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles at  1 place de la Porte de Versailles, 75015. 
  • February 23: learn more about biodynamic wines at the American Library in Paris with a workshop from Josh Adler of Paris Wine Company. The tasting will include a discussion of the process of biodynamic winemaking and the difference from conventional production, and cheese and charcuterie. Tickets are 45€. To register, e-mail rosenberg@americanlibraryinparis.org. From 7:30pm at 10 rue du Général Camou, 75007.
  • 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.

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What life was really like during the week after the Paris attacks

Contrary to most news reports, Paris is not on lockdown. The city’s residents, and especially those of us who live, work and play on the city’s east side, are shaken up. But together we’re getting through it. Here is an incomplete attempt to show what that looked like during the week after the attacks on November 13th.  Continue reading What life was really like during the week after the Paris attacks

Chez la Vieille

Chef Daniel Rose of Spring restaurant has purchased Chez La Vieille and plans to reopen this historic Les Halles institution in January 2016. Here’s an excerpt from our article about his plans:

“Chez la Vieille occupies an unassuming corner at the intersection of two quiet streets, Bailleul and l’Arbre Sec, between the Louvre and what’s left of Les Halles. It was opened by the formidable Adrienne Biasin back in 1960 and catered – like most restaurants in this neighborhood – to a clientele of workers from the nearby Les Halles market. When the towering iron and glass pavillions were torn down in 1968 and the market was transferred to the sanitary suburb of Rungis, the “old lady’s” place remained as a comfort for locals who were (and still are) mourning the loss of “the belly of Paris.”

Continue reading Chez la Vieille

Upcoming Food & Wine 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-Germainthe 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

January

February

Sunday February 14

  • Taste of the Left Bank at 11am (sold out with wait list)
  • Taste of the Marais at 11am (sold out with wait list)

Monday February 15

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

Tuesday February 16

Wednesday February 17

Thursday February 18

Friday February 19

  • Taste of Saint-Germain at 10am (sold out with wait list)
  • Taste of the Marais at 3:30pm (sold out with wait list)

Saturday February 20

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

Sunday February 21

Monday February 22

Tuesday February 23

Wednesday February 24

Thursday February 25

Friday February 26

Saturday February 27

Sunday February 28

Monday February 29

March

Tuesday March 1

Wednesday March 2

Thursday March 3

Friday March 4

Saturday March 5

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

Sunday March 6

Monday March 7

Tuesday March 8

Wednesday March 9

Thursday March 10

Friday March 11

Saturday March 12

Sunday March 13

Monday March 14

Tuesday March 15

Wednesday March 16

Thursday March 17

Friday March 18

Saturday March 19

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

Sunday March 20

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Saturday March 26

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Friday April 1

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La Fine Mousse Restaurant

It should come as no surprise that the Parisian craft beer pioneers behind La Fine Mousse bar would be the first to open a restaurant dedicated to beer and food pairings. Slightly more surprising is just how refined, inventive, and delicious the food here is. Knowledgeable beer sommeliers work closely with the talented chef to present an intelligent set of seasonal small plates, paired with beers from one of the 10 taps or the extensive bottle collection.

Continue reading La Fine Mousse Restaurant

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 The 20 Best Bites of Haute Cuisine in Paris

The Best Paris Wine Bars for Small Sharable Plates

Top 5 Favorite Wine Bars Serving Small Plates

By Neighborhood

75001

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
Clamato
Clown Bar
Le Dauphin
Martin (at night)
Pas de Loup

75018

La Rallonge

The Best Modern French Restaurants in Paris

Top 9 Favorite Modern French Restaurants

By Neighborhood

75001

Pirouette
Spring
Verjus
Yam’tcha

75002

Frenchie
Saturne

75003

Les Enfants Rouges

75004

Le Metropolitain
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

75011

Au Passage
Blue Valentine
Clown Bar
Fulgurances L’Adresse
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

75020

Chatomat

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)
La Cantine du Troquet Cherche-Midi
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 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)

Le Baratin

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.

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 La Pointe du Grouin

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 Hot buns from Yam’Tcha’s Adeline Grattard

Au Passage to open new wine bar

The team behind Au Passage is opening a new wine bar called Martin on Saturday night November 29.

Au Passage barman Loïc (family name Martin) is leading the charge with backing from Au Passage co-owners Jean-Charles & Audrey and with menu supervision by Au Passage chef Edward Delling-Williams. Continue reading Au Passage to open new wine bar

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

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 Terroirs d’Avenir

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 The Bombardier

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 A la Bière Comme à la Bière

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 Le Bouillon Belge

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 Les Trois 8

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.