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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. The plate of truffled ham is always a good bet.  In the summer, there’s a great terrace on the street.

-Catherine Down, September 2015

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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

Reviews of interest

Sugared & Spiced (2015) “This tiny hole in the wall is one of my favorite cafes in Paris. The original “cordonnerie” (shoe repair) facade is kept, while the interior has been renovated into a charming space filled with color block chairs, eclectic collages, and gorgeous flowers in full bloom. Delicious coffee and handsome-looking pastries, but of course.”

The New York Times (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!”

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

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…”

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)
Open every day 8am-6pm
Average price for coffee: 2.50-4€
Style of cuisine: cookies & cakes
Website Facebook

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

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

Mary (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

Reviews of interest


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.”

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

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!”

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

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

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.

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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.”

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.”

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

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


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.”

Pink Flamingo

We have not yet reviewed this restaurant, but you’ll find practical information about location and hours on this page, along with links to other reviews. Feel free to share your own opinion in the comments.

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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

This is no longer included among the favorite 350 addresses that make up Our Guide to Paris Restaurants. We’ve maintained this page so that you can refer to the practical information and other reviews of interest. Feel free to share your own opinion in the comments.

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…”