Oysters have been enjoyed in France since Roman times, when bivalves were exported to Italy from the Arcachon basin.  Though it’s possible to find oysters in Paris year round, midwinter is when they are at their peak, piled high in poissonneries and displayed outside brasseries to be shucked by gnarly-handed men.

Where can you score some great oysters in Paris? We asked our contributing advisors – a group of food-obsessed Paris writers – to name their favorite spots for indulging in some half-shell love. The overall favorite: Huîtrerie Régis. All five restaurants are presented below according to the number of votes each one received.

Five Great Places for Oysters:

  1. Huîtrerie Régis Régis’ superb oysters come from the famous claires of the the Marenne-Oléron.  They’re  available for take out or to eat on the spot in the cheerful little dining room.
  2. L’Ecailler du Bistrot The “bistrot” in question is carnivore-heaven Paul Bert, just next door.  But at L’Ecailler the focus is on seafood, including a gorgeous array of Belon, Utah Beach, and Spéciales.
  3. Garnier Get your Gillardeaux to go like Lobrano does or take a seat in this classic brasserie for some of the city’s best bivalves.
  4. L’Ecume Saint-Honoré This charming poissonnerie has several tables for dégustation on the spot.
  5. L’Huîtrier Claires and Belons are on the menu at this sleek address in the 17th.

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