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Le Barav’

This friendly upper Marais wine bar serves simple charcuterie, cheese, salads, and sandwiches to go along with 5€ glasses, or a bottle from their cave next door. In the summer, there’s a great terrace on the street.

Practical information

Address: 6 rue Charles François Dupuis, 75003
Nearest transport: République (3, 5, 8, 9, 11)
Hours: Lunch, Monday-Friday; dinner, Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday
Reservations: Last minute booking usually OK
Telephone: 01 48 04 57 59
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Classic French
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Reviews of interest 

Paris Bouge (2013) “Parce qu’il fait à la fois office de bar, de restaurant, de cave à vin et d’épicerie, le Barav et sa cave mitoyenne offrent tout ce dont on peut rêver pour un apéritif bien français.”

Photo via Le Barav’s Facebook

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Bibovino

This is one wine shop that’s thinking outside the box by thinking inside the box. Don’t worry–it’s not the Franzia of your youth. Bibovino’s bright purple boxed wines come from high-quality, small producers and are available by the glass, carafe, or box.

Practical information

Address: 35 rue Charlot, 75003 (inside the Marché des Enfants Rouges)
Nearest transport: Filles du Calvaire (8)
Hours: Closed Mondays, Open all day Tuesday-Sunday
Telephone: 01 42 71 14 08
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Additional Locations

Address: 14 rue Poncelet, 75017
Nearest transport: Ternes (2)
Hours: Closed Monday; Open Tuesday-Sunday
Telephone: 01 47 64 89 01

 Reviews of interest

Figaroscope (2013) “Les créateurs de BiBoVINo parmi lesquels Olivier Baussan, auquel on doit Olivier & Co n’y sont pas alles avec le culot de la bouteille pour élaborer la gamme dc nectars confidentiels de leur carte magicien de la cave du Lafavette Gourmet pendant une vingtaine d’annees, Bruno Quemouv sélectionne lui même les leferences parmi lesquelles des cuvees spéciales.”

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Boot Café

A shoebox sized coffee shop inside of a former cobbler. The coffee’s made for walking so plan to take your Belleville Brûlerie coffee and Emperor Norton baked goods to go.

Practical information

Address: 19 rue du Pont aux Choux, 75003
Nearest transport: Saint-Sébastien-Froissart (8)
Hours: Open every day
Telephone: 06 26 41 10 66
Style of cuisine: Cakes & cookies
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Reviews of interest

Seth Sherwood (2014) “This year the city hosted its first coffee-making competition by AeroPress, a manufacturer of innovative brewing devices. Top prize went to Melodie Knight, a barista at Boot Café, a tiny nook lined with white subway tile and glossy lifestyle magazines that was opened this year (and designed) by Phil Euell, a transplanted New Yorker and furniture designer.”

Paris Bouge (2014) “Pas du jus de chaussettes, mais plutôt celui des grains de la brûlerie de Belleville… très fort en goût, décliné en crème (4 euros), expresso (2,50 euros) et noisette (3 euros). Une valeur sûre pour les amateurs du petit noir. Le temps de loucher sur ce carrot cake qui s’offre gracieusement sur le comptoir (3,50 euros) et hop!”

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Clasico Argentino

This Argentinian restaurant and traiteur specializes in empanadas and helado — ice cream.

Practical information

Address: 217 rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine, 75012
Nearest transport: Faidherbe-Chaligny (8)
Hours: Every day, 12-3pm and 6:30-10pm
Reservations: Reservations not necessary
Telephone: 01 56 06 95 14
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: South American
Website

Additional Locations

Address: 56 rue de Saintonge, 75003
Nearest transport: Filles du Calvaire (8)
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, noon-11p.m.; Closed Monday
Reservations: Reservations not necessary
Telephone: 01 44 61 00 56

Reviews of interest

Time Out (2013) “There’s something for everyone: beef, ham and cheese, tuna, humita sweetcorn with coriander and choriempa herby pork. On the side, fresh rocket and spicy chimichurri sauce. Punchy Argentinean wines go perfectly with all this, or a local Quilmes beer. For dessert, there’s a lovely list of artisanal ice cream (raspberries with malbec, zagablione, dulce de leche) or sweet empanadas with dulce de leche.”

David Lebovitz (2012) “The flavors were very good – especially the swirl of cold sabayon ice cream, rich with the flavor of egg yolks and wine, and the dulce de leche was thick and chewy…”

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Fragments

Black Market, a well loved café with great coffee, has adapted and transformed–into a bigger and better coffee shop. Youssef Louanjli has a tightly edited menu of simple food to complement the beans sourced from Coutume, Belleville, Coffee Collective and more. Expect a variety of coffee preparations including aeropress, filtered coffee, a variety of milky coffee beverages, and espressos pulled on a Mirage machine.

Practical information

Address: 76 rue des Tournelles, 75003
Nearest transport: Chemin Vert (8), Saint-Sébastien – Froissart (8) 
Hours:
Closed Sunday, Open Monday-Friday 8:30am-6pm and Saturday 10am-6pm
Website

Reviews of interest

David Lebovitz (2014) “Owner Youssef Li carefully concocts filtered coffees and espresso drinks in spartan surroundings. I had a quick espresso and two tiny madeleines, which were light and delicate.”

Lindsey Tramuta-Morel (2013) “Expect reliably good roasts from a host of purveyors (Belleville, Coutume, etc.) and a compact but smart savory menu. In the warmer months, take the coffee to go and head to nearby Place des Vosges.”

 

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Fondation Café

A tiny spot near the Marché des Enfants Rouges from barista Chris Nielsen (formerly of Ten Belles) with an equally tiny menu of espressos, lattes, and filtered coffee from Belleville Brûlerie, plus a handful of sweets from Emperor Norton. The closet sized space (sans toilet) doesn’t encourage lingering so plan to pound your shot of espresso and depart. When it’s warm out, it’s another story entirely as there is a tiny terrasse you can take advantage of.

Practical information

Address: 16 Rue Dupetit Thouars, 75003
Nearest transport: Temple (3)
Hours:
Open every day 8am-6pm
Average price for coffee: 2.50-4€
Style of cuisine: cookies & cakes
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Reviews of interest

Time Out (2014) “Keeping it French with espressos, café crèmes and filters – allowing for crucial iced lattes in summer. Food-wise, it’s more of a snack menu, with Emperor Norton providing the cakes and slices, and a breakfast choice of granola or delicious tartines with fresh avocado and cracked sea salt or ricotta and honey.  If you’re a coffee aficionado, you’ll be interested to know that Fondation Café is proud to be the only place in Paris sporting a mean steel Kees van der Western Spirit coffee machine.”

Lindsey Tramuta-Morel (2013) “Chris is the first barista in Paris to work with designer Kees Van Der Westen’s ‘Spirit’, a machine known as much for its performance as its ergonomic and decidedly striking design.”

Hipsters in Paris (2013) “Unsurprisingly the coffee is excellent, whether its a café latte or a succinct cup of filter. For those that prefer their beverages without caffeine, there is freshly squeezed OJ and artisan lemonades and cola. Emperor Norton are on snacks. Think banana bread, delicious tarts and their now signature Granola. As well as avocado on toast (hurrah!) and Italian ricotta lovingly spread on crunchy toast with a lash of honey.

Photo via Fondation’s Facebook

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Josephine Vannier

Near the Places des Vosges, Vannier offers playful chocolate sculptures and a range of bon bons.

Practical information

Address: 4 rue du Pas de la Mule, 75003
Nearest transport: Chemin Vert (8)
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-1pm and 2pm-7pm; Sunday, 2:30pm-7pm; closed Monday
Telephone: 01 44 54 03 09
Website Facebook

Reviews of interest

Figaroscope (2010) “..sa vitrine remplie de sculptures cacaotées incite, non sans raison, à venir y goûter de plus près.”

David Lebovitz (2007) “A hands-down favorite of ours was the piquant Pain d’Epices, dipped chocolates with a dusting of spices on top and a burst of peppery-spices in the ganache filling. The spices were fresh and strong, although the subdued chocolate was a bit overwhelmed by the assertive flavors inside. The Café Pralinés were cleverly scribbled with a musical note and probably have their own cult-status in Paris. And I especially hypnotized by the Nougat; that airy, tender, honey-scented confection with crunchy nuts enrobed in chocolate.”

Photo courtesy of Josephine Vannier’s Facebook

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Mary (Closed)

NOTE: NOW CLOSED. 

Mary Quarta charms everyone with her gelato, market fruit sorbets, warm smile, and ability to conquer any language barrier.

An absolute favorite

Practical information

Address: 1 rue Charles-François Dupuis, 75003
Nearest transport: Temple (3)
Hours: No set hours
Telephone: 01 73 74 88 22
Website

Reviews of interest

NOW CLOSED

Rachel Khoo (2012) “The raspberry sorbet is like eating fresh raspberries off the bush. Divine!”

David Lebovitz (2010) “I invariably choose chocolate as one of my flavors. It’s a decision I rarely regret, and this shiny-dark chocolate gelato was no exception.”

Barbra Austin (2010) “…the standout was a magnificent crema, tasting of sweet pure cream.”

Phyllis Flick (2010) “…if you want to taste one of the best, and certainly the newest addition to the Paris ice cream scene, head to Mary.”

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Fromagerie Jouannault

This family run fromagerie (and affineur) is part of a stretch of food shops on rue de Bretagne, and just outside the Marché des Enfants Rouges.

 An absolute favorite

Practical information

Address: 39 rue de Bretagne
Nearest transport: Filles du Calvaire (8)
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 8am-1pm and 4pm-8pm; Sunday, 8:30am-1pm; closed Monday
Telephone: 01 42 78 52 61
Website

Reviews of Interest

Les Tasters (2012) “Cette boutique à l’ancienne propose des produits que l’on achète de moins en moins frais…Si vous voulez rencontrer l’homme qui ne souriait jamais, demandez le patron, si vous préférez l’accueil sourire et enthousiaste, tapez 2 et demandez sa fille, (comme quoi ce n’est pas génétique) qui a travaillé pour Neal’s Yard!”

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134 RdT

This upper Marais bakery has  award-winning baguette and croissants, but Benjamin Turquier’s schwarzbrot has won praise, too.

 An absolute favorite

Practical information

Address: 134 rue de Turenne, 75003
Nearest transport: République (5, 8, 9, 11), Filles du Calvaire (8)
Hours: Closed Saturday & Sunday
Telephone: 01 42 78 04 72
Website

Additional Locations

Address: 59 rue de Saintonge, 75003
Nearest transport: République (5, 8, 9, 11), Filles du Calvaire (8)

Reviews of interest

Best Croissant (Concours du Meilleur Croissant au beurre AOC Charantes-Poitou) 2nd place in 2013.

Best Baguette (Grand Prix de la Baguette de Tradition Française de la Ville de Paris) 2nd place in 2009.

Best Croissant (Concours du Meilleur Croissant au beurre AOC Charantes-Poitou) 12th place in 2009

Painrisien (2011) “Pas de décor élaboré, les produits sont présentés avec sincérité et honnêteté… on retrouve une belle gamme de pain spéciaux, à commencer par le « Schwartzbrot », pain noir riche en graines de sésame et de tournesol. Il est ici particulièrement savoureux, avec sa saveur maltée et le croquant apporté par les céréales.”

Meg Zimbeck for Budget Travel (2010) “The addictive Schwarzbrot (black bread) from this bakery is a standout…”

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Gérard Mulot

This traiteur/pâtisserie/boulangerie offers a visual feast of grand cakes and tarts, tiny and tempting petit-fours, chocolates, savory prepared foods, and baguettes to boot.

Practical information

Address: 76 rue de Seine, 75006
Nearest transport: Odéon (4,10)
Hours:Closed Wednesday; Monday-Sunday 6:45am-8:00pm
Telephone: 01 42 78 52 17
Website

Additional Locations

Address: 6 rue du Pas de la Mule, 75003
Nearest transport: Chemin Vert (8)
Hours:Closed Monday; Open Tuesday-Sunday 8am-8pm
Telephone: 01 45 26 85 77

Address: 93 rue de la Glacière, 75013
Nearest transport: Glacière (6)
Hours: Closed Monday; Open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-7:30pm
Telephone: 01 45 81 39 09

Reviews of interest

Le Figaro (2011) Ranked #1 in their test of the city’s best strawberry tarts.

David Lebovitz (2007) “…magnificent fruit tarts, from simple to architectural, buttery pastries which include a rich-rich-rich chocolate coconut fondant that’s barely finish-able (if that’s a word), and an impressive selection of hearth-baked breads for the appreciative crowds that are always oogling the pastries in the shop.”

Camille Malmquist (2008) “I like the way Mulot has taken some liberties with traditional pastries while retaining their integrity and palatability.  (By which I mean, there wasn’t anything that was weird for the sake of being weird.)  It all made sense, but none of it was boring.”

Photo via Gérard Mulot’s website

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Jacques Genin

Madman Jacques Genin crafts some of the city’s most exquisite chocolate, but he’s almost equally known for his caramels and pâtes de fruits. Visit his salon in the northern Marais to gain access to a made-to-order millefeuille or a pot of decadent chocolat chaud. Update: as of January 2013, Genin is no longer making individual-sized pastries to go (many of which are reviewed below), but you can still order a pastry of the day or a millefeuille in the salon.

 An absolute favorite

Practical information

Address: 133 rue de Turenne, 75003
Nearest transport: Filles du Calvaire (8)
Hours: Closed Monday; Open Tuesday-Sunday 11am-7pm;
Telephone: 01 45 77 29 01

Reviews of interest

David Lebovitz (2012) “Of all the desserts and pastries in Paris, there isn’t one better than Jacques’ Paris-Brest… The traditional pastry is pâte à choux (cream puff dough) split horizontally, then filled with rich hazelnut praline cream…This one has chunks of toasty hazelnuts embedded in the pastry and the filling is absolutely perfect.”

Le Figaro (2011) Ranked #2 in their test of the city’s best strawberry tarts.

Gilles Pudlowski (2011) “Ses mille-feuille, sa tarte au citron, son saint honoré, son paris-brest sont d’une finesse insigne. Et ses fameux éclairs, longs, fins, délicats, avec cette pâte briochée craquante, cette crème chocolat douce amère, fort peu sucrée, ce caramel à fondre, sont des chef d’oeuvre du genre.”

Camille Malmquist (2010) “…come for the chocolates, but consider staying for the tea and pastries, and don’t leave without a bag of caramels.

Barbra Austin (2010) “Order the millefeuille for which he is known and maybe an éclair as well…Try not to wince at the price of a pot of tea and sit back and relax, knowing that someone in the kitchen upstairs is assembling that famous napoleon to order (this is not one of those bricks that sits all day in a refrigerated case) and that soon it will be served to you, maybe by M. Genin himself.”

Caroline Mignot (2009) “Un café crème particulièrement réussi et ce millefeuille préparé à la commande, je vous assure que cela fait toute la différence… Le croustillant du feuilleté est à pleurer de croustillant et de légèreté, un nuage de feuilleté qui fait qu’on sent chaque feuille du “millefeuille” sous la dent, un parfum légèrement beurré, mais tout en subtilité et cette crème onctueuse et fraîche à la saveur de caramel bien équilibrée. Le meilleur millefeuille goûté à ce jour, d’ailleurs.”

David Lebovitz (2008) “I was completely wowed by his shop…I sampled plenty of chocolates, including ones flavored with fresh mint, pu er tea, and grapefruit zest…And those caramels. Oh yes…those heavenly caramels…”

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Popelini

This bakery — named for the Italian cook who supposedly invented pâte à choux — sells only cream puffs. Tiny, adorable cream puffs.

Practical information

Address: 53 rue Debelleyme, 75003
Nearest transport: Filles du Calvaire (8)
Hours: Closed Monday
Telephone: 01 44 61 31 44
Website Facebook

Reviews of interest

Time Out (2012) “The sweet little mouthfuls with their creamy centres are decorated with Morello cherries or finished with lemon, caramel, pistachio. Allow €1.85 each, €11 for 6 and €21 for 12.”

T Magazine (2011) “On any given day, the choux are lined up in a half dozen flavors including dark chocolate, lemon praline, salted butter caramel, Madagascar vanilla and rose; some have an additional confit filling of passion fruit or raspberry.”

Caroline Mignot (2011) “Je dirais que c’est le genre de petites choses parfaites à dévorer sur le moment, en sortant de la boutique, tandis que la crème sort de tous les côtés..”

Paris Pâtisseries (2011) “…it’s a cute shop in a fun little neighborhood. However . . . the work isn’t where it could be. I purchased three rose-framboise, a violette, a caramel, a pistache and a vanille; they were all ok – better than average…”

Dorie Greenspan (2011) “…the spare new boutique is not much bigger than the puffs in the display case — and the puffs are petit.  Very. They’re also deeply flavorful — the creams are velvety, luxurious, really, and full-flavored.”

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La Bague de Kenza

Make a pot of mint tea or strong black coffee and bite into these fragrant, sticky-sweet Algerian pastries.

Practical information

Address: 106 rue Saint Maur, 75011
Nearest transport: Parmentier (3)
Hours: Every day 9am-10pm
Telephone: 01 43 14 93 15

Additional locations

Address: 233 rue de la Convention, 75015
Nearest transport: Convention (12)
Telephone: 01 42 50 02 97

Address: 70 rue de Turbigo, 75003
Nearest transport: Temple
Telephone: 01 44 61 06 39

Address: 173 rue du Faubourg St-Antoine, 75012
Nearest transport: Faidherbe-Chaligny
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11am-8pm, Friday 1:30pm-9pm, Saturday 10am-9pm, Sunday 10am-8pm
Telephone: 01 43 41 47 02

Address: 31 rue Linné, 75005
Nearest transport: Jussieu (7,10)
Telephone: 01 45 87 02 04

Address: 136 rue Saint Honoré, 75001
Nearest transport: Louvre-Rivoli (1)
Hours: Saturday-Thursday 10am-8pm, Friday 2:30pm-8:00pm
Telephone: 01 42 86 85 23

Reviews of interest

Barbra Austin (2009) “Sticky honey, rich nuts, the crunch of semolina, the perfume of orange and roses, chewy dates, rose:  These are the themes upon which the the variations of Algerian sweets are built.  And they are sweet:  The honey in some of them is dizzying, toothache-inducing. I mean that in a good way.”

Caroline Mignot (2009) “…je pense que cela fera plaisir aux amateurs voisins. A savoir aussi, on peut commander un couscous (pour 6 personnes minimum) ou un tajine à emporter. On retrouve toujours ces galettes salées à dévorer et bien sûr ces étages de pâtisseries algériennes.”

Clotilde Dusoulier (2006) “It’s okay not to know the names of all (or any) of the little guys: the staff often caters to novices, so you can just smile and point, or ask for an assortment… their confections show a subtlety and balance that clearly set them apart from the cloying, oily specimens one occasionally comes across. And because the shop is renowned and popular, their turnover is high and their selection correspondingly fresh.”

Pain de Sucre by Meg Zimbeck

Pain de Sucre

At this wild pâtisserie/boulangerie, you’ll find multicolored marshmallows, square-shaped tarts, and a baba that receives its dose of rum from a hypodermic needle.

 An absolute favorite

Practical information

Address: 14 rue Rambuteau, 75003
Nearest transport: Rambuteau (11)
Hours: Thursday-Monday 10am-8pm; Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
Telephone: 01 45 74 68 92
Website

Reviews of interest

Caroline Mignot (2013) “Pain de Sucre est dorénavant divisé en deux parties : une boutique boulangerie/traiteur et une boutique pâtisserie/confiserie. Les créations salées font penser à de la pâtisserie délicate et créative mais version salée, comme cette incroyable tarte aux tomates cerise qui me fait baver devant la vitrine.”

Dorie Greenspan (2010) “…then along the rue Rambuteau, which means only one thing to me: Pain de Sucre, the matchbox-size patisserie with the lovely square tarts, luscious marshmallows and breads chockful of things like nuts and fruits and grain and seeds.”

Braden Perkins (2010) “Pastry chefs and Pierre Gagnaire alums Didier Mathray and Nathalie Robert have become the square tart and marshmallow mavens of the 3rd. Chocolate covered marshmallows on a stick and individual baba au rhums stabbed with a rum filled plastic syringe are both fantastic as are the mint macaroons.”

Clotilde Dusoulier (2008) “Rarely am I disappointed, but I do have to mention that one recent time when I bought an assortment from Pain de Sucre and got mostly weirdo flavors nobody in their right mind would want in their marshmallows — I’m talking chicory and whiskey, angelique, or saffron and chili pepper. I mean, really, I’m as open-minded as the next person, but what’s next…”

Clotilde Dusoulier (2005) “…a new and very promising pastry shop…They have a striking selection of creative tartlets and pastries and desserts in glasses, I have heard great things about their brioche, and they have the most tempting stuffed bread rolls that look like pains au chocolat, only savory.”

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Première Pression Provence

A user-friendly (and increasingly omnipresent) olive oil shop featuring a range of oils from small producers. Grab a plastic spoon because you can taste just about everything in the shop.

Practical information

Address: 3 rue Antoine Vollon, 75012
Nearest transport: Ledru-Rollin (8)
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, noon-2:30pm and 3:30-7:30pm; Saturday, 10:30am-2:30pm and 3:30pm-7:30pm; closed Sunday and Monday
Telephone: 01 53 33 03 59
Website

Additional locations

Address: 7 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75003
Nearest transport: Hôtel de Ville (1,11)
Hours: Closed Monday
Telephone: 01 44 54 93 71

Address: 9 rue des Martyrs, 75009
Nearest transport: Notre Dame de Lorette (12)
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10:30am-2:30pm and 3:30pm-7:30pm; closed Monday
Telephone: 01 48 78 86 51

Address: 15 rue Daguerre, 75014
Nearest transport: Denfert-Rochereau (4, 6, RER B)
Hours: Monday, 2pm-8pm; Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30am-2:30pm and 3:30pm-8pm; Sunday, 10am-2pm
Telephone: 01 43 22 66 29

Address: 37 rue de Lévis, 75017
Nearest transport: Villiers (2, 3)
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10:30am-2:30pm and 3:30-8pm; Sunday, 10am-2pm
Telephone: 01 40 54 81 63

Address: 8 cours du Commerce Saint André, 75006
Nearest transport: Odéon (4, 10)
Hours: Monday-Friday, noon-3pm and 3:30pm-8pm; Saturday, noon-10pm; Sunday, noon-8pm
Telephone: 01 43 26 79 72

Goumanyat by Meg Zimbeck

Goumanyat

You’ll have to be buzzed into this upper Marais spice shop; the specialty here is saffron, kept under lock and key.

Practical information

Address: 3 rue Dupuis, 75003
Nearest transport: République (3, 5, 8, 9, 11)
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-7pm; closed Sunday, closed Monday
Telephone: 01 55 78 96 74
Website Facebook

Reviews of interest

David Lebovitz (2008) “…a treasure trove of spices and comestibles… There’s all sorts of unusual grains, haricots Tarbais, curiously-flavored vinegars and oils, plus a whole section of jars containing various powders and essences for molecular gastronomists. Downstairs is a wine cellar and ultra-modern demonstration kitchen, and upstairs is a concise collection of cookware.”

 

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Meert

This ornate pastry shop has a long legacy in Lille dating back to 1761. Their thin waffle cookies stuffed with a variety of creams have only been available in Paris since 2010, however.

Practical information

Address: 16 rue Elzévir, 75003
Nearest transport: Saint-Paul (1)
Hours: Closed Monday
Telephone: 01 49 96 56 90
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Additional locations

Address: 3 rue Jacques Callot, 75006
Nearest transport: Saint-Germain-des-Prés (4)
Hours: Closed Monday
Telephone: 01 56 81 67 15

Reviews of interest

Lindsey Tramuta (2014) “Known primarily for their small, thin waffles (gauffres) and chocolates, I wandered inside after being seized by the robust galettes displayed in the window. The shop always offers the traditional recipe, which features almond cream (frangipane), but I made a beeline for the chestnut cream & pear variety – rich but not overly sweet; a real marvel.”

Dorie Greenspan (2011) “I don’t know if they were the first to make this style of waffle – the grids are barely etched, the waffle is soft and it’s split in half and filled – but they are certainly the best known.  At Meert, the choice of fillings was vanilla, caramel or chicory, an important ingredient in Lille.”

David Lebovitz (2010) “Quite unique, these dainty, chewy waffles come sandwiched with either vanilla or speculoos cream. The shop is a bit austere, so expect understated elegance rather than opulence, a nice change of pace away from the shoppers crowding the sidewalks a few blocks away.”

Song Heng by Barbra Austin

Song Heng

Pho and bo bun are the only things on the menu at this vestpocket Vietnamese, where the seating is very, very tight.

Practical information

Address: 3 rue Volta, 75003
Nearest transport: Arts et Metiers (3, 11)
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.; closed Sunday
Reservations: not accepted
Telephone: 01 42 78 31 70

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Average price for lunch: under 10€
Average price for dinner: n/a
Style of cuisine: Southeast Asian
Special attributes: open Monday
Type of crowd: neighborhood locals
Interior: bare bones & minimal
Atmosphere: bustling

Reviews of interest

  • Barbra Austin (2010) “if you are hungry, have €10 in your pocket and like bo bun or pho, head to rue Volta.”

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Chez Omar by Barbra Austin

Chez Omar

Go early, or be prepared to queue up with the fashionable masses at this perennially popular address for couscous.

Practical information

Address: 47 rue de Bretagne, 75003
Nearest transport: Arts et Metiers (3, 11)
Hours: Closed Sunday lunch
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 42 72 36 26
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 20-34€
Style of cuisine: North African
Special attributes: open Sunday, open Monday, vegetarian options

Reviews of interest

David Lebovitz (2008) “Terrific couscous and the best roast lamb in town…”