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Ravioli Chinois Nord-Est

You’re not here for the bare-bones space or the bare-bones service, you’re here for the fresh dumplings, pure and simple. They’re cheap, abundant, and most importantly, good.

There are usually 10 varieties on the menu including beef and turnip, pork and celery, shrimp & chive, and a great vegetarian mushroom option, all priced around €5 for a plate of 10, and served either grilled or boiled. The cucumber, peanut or noodle side salads are a good complement. Space inside is cramped, so plan on a short wait for a table, and don’t let the length of the queue put you off: Most are waiting for their goods to-go, no surprise when 100 frozen dumplings can be purchased for as little as €20.

— Catherine Down, January 2016

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Practical information

Address: 4 rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin, 75010
Nearest transport: Strasbourg-Saint-Denis (4, 8,9)
Hours: Open every day noon-midnight
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 40 37 69 43
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Kebab and falafel
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Reviews of interest

Le Fooding (2015) “Un «fine kebab»… Servie en gamelles rondes avec des frites de petit calibre, la viande qui tourne débarque en trois versions: agneau broche (épaule et poitrine marinées citron/épices, oignon nouveau, caviar d’aubergine et sauce curry), cochon broche (échine de porc orange/moutarde) et agneau braisé (viande cuite au jus pimenté, pickles, harissa…), plus un kebab fallafels (boulettes de pois chiches, chou vinaigré, yaourt à l’ail et salsa d’herbes).”

Paris Bouge (2015) “Notre crush: les boulettes de pois chiches, chou vinaigré, yaourt à l’ail et aux herbes, le tout servi avec des frites.”

Figaroscope (2015) “Avec un pain moelleux, des marinades bien senties, et des viandes finement sélectionnées et cuisinées (cochon et agneau à la broche ou agneau braisé), Rococo fait déjà de nombreux adeptes.”

Table à Découvert (2015) “Mousse au chocolat… Une densité comme je l’aime personnellement, un taux de gras proportionnel à celui de chocolat et de sucre, c’est à dire l’équilibre entre les trois. J’ai une image là soudain : le triangle équilatéral. Bref, elle est parfaite.”

Photo via Rococo’s Facebook page

A Mère

Practical information

Address: 49 rue de l’Echiquier, 75010
Nearest transport: Bonne Nouvelle (8, 9)
Hours: Closed Saturday & Sunday; Open Monday-Friday for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 48 00 08 28
Average price for lunch: 40-59€
Average price for dinner: 40-59€
Style of cuisine: Modern French
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Reviews of interest

Simon Says (2016) “Ces plats cérébraux ne murmurant que par onomatopées sont servis par des barbus au verbe précis, inspirés, souvent plus intelligents que vous et forcément plus jeunes. Il y a une énergie massive, une colère lointaine ramassée en une assiette toute mignonne.”

The New York Times (2015) “Zillo serves original but shrewdly composed dishes like green tomatoes with raw yellow pollock, black currants and faisselle, a slightly sour fresh cheese. Inventive main courses — like lamb sweetbreads with roasted cauliflower, beets, rhubarb and muscat grapes — are hearty but fresh.”

Le Figaro (2015) “Une planque du Xe, un décor en chic sommaire, la cuisine dans la salle, le menu quasi twitté, bref, tout pour plaider le suivisme jusqu’à la petite révélation d’une cuisine dans l’appétence, construite, pas cossarde à travailler cuissons et liaisons.”

Alexander Lobrano (2015) “All dishes demonstrated that Zillo is a really interesting chef with a wonderful mastery of technique and a nervy new mastery of the scores of taste and texture. I didn’t find a signature in his cooking, yet, but knowing nothing about his mother, I can only assume that the word play in the restaurant’s name refers to his evident love of differing tones of bitterness and acidity as his vector of expression. Already a very good chef, he’s obviously going to become a serious culinary contender in Paris.”

Le Figaro (2015) “Le chef brésilien Mauricio Zillo propose une courte carte de saison, très créative, changeant régulièrement, avec des intitulés par trois volontairement déconcertants: figues, anguille, roscoff; tomates Green Zebra, maquereau, cassis; cabillaud, rognons, brocoli; veau, mirabelle, fenouil; pêche de vigne, réglisse, noisettes; framboise, moutarde, concombre.”

Le Fooding (2015) “The Brazilian chef composes a blasphemous menu that’s as concise as it is provocative for a handful of diners seated at the three tables and the bar at lunch and dinner… a bavaroise that was as crazy as it was mustardy, made with cucumber spaghetti, raspberries and shaved frozen oyster for dessert.”

Photo courtesy of A Mère’s Facebook page

Le Triangle

In an exciting step forward for the craft beer scene in Paris, Le Triangle has opened its doors to become Paris’ first-ever gastrobrewpub. With brewing kettles on display behind the bar, an excellent selection of guest beers on tap (house-made brews are slated for early 2015), and enticing seasonal dishes coming out of the kitchen, the respect for good product is evident. The welcome is warm, the staff enthusiastic, the prices reasonable, and the menu changes daily – what more can a beer-loving foodie ask for?  Continue reading Le Triangle


Practical information

Address: 59 rue des Petites Écuries, 75010
Nearest transport: Poissonnière (7), Château d’Eau (4)
Hours: Closed Sunday; Open Monday-Saturday for lunch and Thursday for lunch & dinner
Reservations: Walk-Ins Welcome
Telephone: 09 80 43 58 85
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Indian

Reviews of interest

Le Figaro (2015) “Cette chic échoppe entièrement dévouée au curry et à l’authentique naan, galette roulée, farcie à l’envi d’épices et de malice. Très sain!”

Paris Bouge (2015) “… le nouveau spot street food indien frais et coloré… les produits bons, frais, de saison, locaux et français.”

Photo via Naan’s Facebook page


Burgers are ubiquitous in Paris, but the unique ones at Siseng are worth seeking out. The house specialty is bao burgers: five spiced beef patties with tamarind and tempura onion or a crispy chicken filet with coconut milk & basil on steamed Chinese buns. It’s pan-asian fusion that (mostly) works. Cocktails & sides were uneven. Crunchy risotto balls infused with a lingering lemongrass flavor were a surprising success while the sweet potato fries could have stood another round in the fryer. An evening visit on a weekend found the tiny, Canal-side space slammed with a young, international crowd, but service stayed funny & warm under pressure albeit somewhat forgetful. There are no reservations so it’s better to go in small groups and be prepared to wait.

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Porte 12

Overseen by Singapore starred chef André Chiang, Porte 12 opened during the rentrée season of 2014 with Vincent Crepel commanding the open kitchen and Thibault Passinge directing the dining room. Passinge’s enthusiasm for his budding wine list is infectious, and the dishes were some of the best we’ve had in a long time: chinchard draped over Ratte potatoes was visually reminiscent of sashimi, and smoked basil tied it all together in an unexpected way. The volaille with fermented corn was overwhelmingly vulvar in presentation but/and absolutely delicious. With a lunch menu priced at 28 or 35€ we expect door number 12 to be a revolving one. Continue reading Porte 12

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


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

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


We have never been disappointed by the excellent modern bistronomy at Abri, but the only way that we have been able to go in the last year has been when someone else had a reservation they couldn’t use. No, they will not answer their phone. No, there is no secret strategy. Even if you go in person and ask for a reservation, any reservation, at lunch or dinner for any number of people at any time in the futurethe answer will be no. So take it off your list, it’s not a functional restaurant if you can’t ever go.

— Meg Zimbeck, November 2014

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Ratapoil du Faubourg

Practical information

Address: 72 rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 75010
Nearest transport: Poissonnière (7)
Hours: Closed Sunday; Open Monday-Friday for lunch and dinner; Open Saturday for dinner only
Reservations: Book a day or two in advance
Telephone: 01 42 46 30 53
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 20-39€
Style of cuisine: Modern French
Website   Facebook

Reviews of interest

Figaroscope (2015) “Coup de chapeau pour le menu déjeuner à 22 € qui tape juste et suit le marché du jour: moules à la plancha épices au chorizo, épaule de porcelet confite, écrasée de pommes de terre et épinards, tarte fine aux pommes, crème fouettée à la cannelle. Pas d’esbroufe, goûts justes et fraîcheur des produits, on achète!”

Table à Découvert (2015) “Je me réchauffe aussitôt au pavé de lieu noir cuit à la vapeur (c’est bien aussi la cuisson vapeur, les chairs sont fermes et tendres, ça donne une belle humidité), ses grenailles et légumes d’hiver poêlés (navet jaune et autres légumes racines) et cette sauce terrible, olives noires, câpres et herbes, le tout haché dans une huile d’olive dont l’épaisseur me fait penser à un jus à peine pressé, encore un peu épais et très jeune. C’est sans doute la présence de tous les condiments qui émulsionne un peu l’huile et ça fait comme un retour en arrière, c’est délicieux.”

John Talbott (2014) “Deceptive, dreadful and dirty too boot… At the end of the meal we wondered, how could Figoroscope have misled us so by giving this restaurant 3 hearts!”

Le Figaro (2014) “Il y a là une heureuse construction de carte (à l’aise comme au tapas, inspiré comme au menu unique, ample comme au repas dégustation). Il y a surtout une cuisine rafraîchissante, appliquée dans ses sources (de vrais bons produits) et se creusant le ciboulot même si, ici ou là, avec quelques imprécisions, un peu essoufflée à tenir la distance.”

Photo via Ratapoil du Faubourg’s Facebook page

La Cave à Michel

There is no real “Michel” behind La Cave à Michel – the name of this lively, standing-room-only Belleville wine bar uses the name in its French sense of “everyman.” And indeed, the bar is as welcoming and informal as its product standards are rigorous and precise. The product of a friendly collaboration between caviste Fabrice Mansouri and Romain and Maxime Tischenko, the brothers behind next door tasting-menu restaurant Le Galopin, La Cave à Michel rivals the Left Bank’s L’Avant Comptoir for the best Parisian cuisine you’ll eat standing up. Romain Tischenko reins in his more maximalist impulses in the bar’s tiny kitchen, and turns out small plates of jewel-like delicacy: beef tartare beneath ricotta salata, bass céviche, or mozzarella with salmon roe. Mansouri’s selection of natural wines is well-considered and well-priced. If service can become a little sluggish at times, it’s because the bar is reliably packed with restaurant industry regulars and Mansouri has a gift for banter. Serious cuisine is rarely this fun.

— Aaron Ayscough, January 2016

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Café Pinson

Practical information

Address: 6 rue du Forez, 75003
Nearest transport: Filles du Calvaire (8)
Hours: Open Monday-Saturday for breakfast, lunch & dinner and Sunday for brunch
Reservations: Walk-ins welcome, but book a day or two in advance for brunch
Telephone: 09 83 82 53 53
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Vegetarian & vegan, soups/salads/sandwiches, healthy eating
Website   Facebook

Additional Locations 

Address: 58 rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 75010
Nearest transport: Poissonnière (7), Cadet (7)
Hours: Open Monday-Saturday for breakfast & lunch and Sunday for brunch
Telephone: 01 45 23 59 42

Address: at Le 66, 66 Avenue des Champs-Elysées, 75008
Nearest transport: Saint-Philippe-du-Roule (9)
Hours: Open every day for lunch

Reviews of interest

Le Figaro (2014) “Risotto champignons, potimarron, échalotes confites et kale: plus un riz cuisiné qu’un risotto mais pas désagréable. Galette de pomme de terre, épinards, pesto de kale: sans grande finesse. Cake citron-pavot: carré.”

Lost in Cheeseland (2013) “American chef Cameil Kaundart swaps refined sugar for agave syrup or non-refined sugar to sweeten up desserts and uses almond or hazelnut milk for all coffee and spiced tea beverages. A rainbow of fresh savory dishes changes regularly and you can expect a hearty range of salty-sweet treats for weekend brunch (that is, if you were wise enough to reserve a spot).”

Le Figaro (2013) “Archétype sans  faux pli de la dînette «Marais»  où, sous le motif d’un décor  rétro-minimaliste, le régime naturopathe (du bio, du veggie,  du sans gluten) se glamourise dans l’instant de recettes  pleines de jugeote.”

Unlock Paris (2013) “The daytime cafe has a seasonal, daily-changing menu of mostly vegan dishes, made without dairy and without gluten, such as kale, lentil and tofu salad, or beetroot and alfalfa tart, available in a fixed menu including a starter, main course and dessert for €17. Vitamin-packed fresh juices are made to order and cafe from Coutume is also on the menu for those needing even more of a boost.”

Photo via Café Pinson’s Facebook


In the heart of the colorful rue Faubourg Saint-Denis, this full service traiteur has an excellent cheese department, and boasts an impressive collection of Champagnes, whiskies, and other spirits.

Practical information

Address: 54 rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010
Nearest transport: Chateau d’Eau (4)
Hours: Monday 4pm-8:30pm; Tuesday-Saturday 9:30am-8:30pm; Sunday 9:30am-1:30pm
Telephone: 01 44 83 96 30

Additional Locations

Address: 59 rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin, 75010
Nearest transport: Chateau d’Eau (4)
Hours: Monday 4pm-8:30pm; Tuesday-Friday 10am-2pm and 4pm-8:30pm; Saturday 10am-8:30pm; Sunday 10am-1:30pm
Telephone: 01 83 94 83 37

Reviews of interest

Painrisien (2013) “Les conseils à la cave et à la fromagerie sont particulièrement avisés, et il serait bien difficile d’en repartir en ayant fait le mauvais choix. Le personnel de vente connaît ses produits et cette compétence est plus qu’appréciable.”

Camille Malmquist (2010) “… the best part is that the cheeses (and wines…) are good.  The service is friendly, too.”

Not Drinking Poison in Paris (2010) “… in addition to stocking a broad range of wines (some, not all, natural) also houses a superb fromagerie/épicerie, and one of the best spirit selections I’ve encountered in Paris. It’s an ambitious place.”

Wine Terroirs (2010) “Located in a diverse neighborhood, out of the tourist beaten path and it embodies the good old professional food shop where you feel a continuity in the quality and service rooted in the early 20th century. You find there the good wines and all the good artisan delicacies to go with…”

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Du Pain et Des Idées

Christophe Vasseur’s breads are worth crossing town for, and many people do.

 An absolute favorite

Practical information

Address: 34 rue Yves Toudic, 75010
Nearest transport: Jacques Bonsergent (5)
Hours: Monday-Friday 6:45am-8pm; Closed Saturday, Closed Sunday
Telephone: 01 42 40 44 52

Reviews of interest

Hipsters in Paris (2013) “It really is one of those dream Paris addresses that one (naïvely) expects to find on every street corner, with a goal to preserve time-honoured baking traditions and churn out exceptional product.”

Food Intelligence (2011) A video from Bruno Verjus profiling Vasseur’s products & philosophy.

Gilles Pudlowski (2011) “…il y aussi le pain au blé, celui au seigle ou aux châtaignes, issus de levain. Plus les jolies viennoiseries: pain au raisin, chausson aux pommes fraîches, palmier croustillant ou encore crumbles et – tartelettes aux fruits. Bref, une belle demeure avec son artisan hors norme…”

Barbra Austin (2010) “Formed by hand and given a slow rise, these are loaves with character…”

Croque-Camille (2010) “Yes, I’ve already written about Du Pain et des Idées, but that was before I became a regular…It is safe to say that I have by now sampled all their products…”

Meg Zimbeck for Budget Travel (2009) “Vasseur’s wildly popular pain des amis (friendship bread) makes me want to move to the neighborhood. Light but chewy, with a nutty fragrance and deliciously charred bottom—it’s one of the best I’ve ever tried.”

David Lebovitz (2008) “One of my absolute favorite bakeries in Paris…”

Clotilde Dusoulier (2008) Recommended in Clotilde’s Edible Adventures in Paris.

Liberté par Benoît Castel

A stylish new pâtisserie and boulangerie from Benoît Castel (Josephine, La Grande Epicerie, Helène Darroze) serving sandwiches, salads, stuffed savory breads and more. The “bobo au rhum” is very aptly named for the neighborhood.

Practical information

Address: 39 rue des Vinaigriers, 75010
Nearest transport: Jacques Bonsergent (5)
Hours: Closed Sunday; Open Monday-Saturday
Telephone: 01 42 60 20 39
Average price for lunch: Under 10€
Style of cuisine: Soup/salad/sandwiches
Website Facebook

Additional locations

Address: 150 rue de Ménilmontant, 75020
Nearest transport: Pelleport (3bis)
Hours: Closed Monday & Tuesday
Telephone: 01 46 36 13 82

Reviews of interest

Time Out (2015) “Quand le chef pâtissier Benoît Castel récupère et transforme la boulangerie d’un ancien « meilleur ouvrier de France », on obtient la magnifique boutique de Liberté Ménilmontant… Le brunch n’est pas donné, 27 €, mais vous remplirez facilement votre estomac pour une semaine avec des produits exceptionnels!… Mention spéciale pour les pancakes rebondis, la mousse au chocolat très visuelle, la confiture de lait, l’excellent café et le pain, qu’il soit de campagne ou Granola (mélange de graines de céréales, de noix, de noisettes et de raisins blonds sultanine).”

Le Figaro (2014) #4 madeleine in Paris

Caroline Mignot (2014) “La tarte à la crème avec sa crème chantilly bien vanillée qui cache une sublime crème pâtissière, le tout déposé tel un Everest sur une pâte sablé fine et croustillante. Il y a le bon dosage de sucre, de fraîcheur (pour le coup, c’est bien de la manger assez rapidement après l’avoir sorti du frais), de croustillant, de tout en fait.”

John Talbott (2014) “Beautiful and teeming with good stuff.”

Hipsters in Paris (2014) “It is the humble Madeleine chocolat that has captured our stone-cold-savoury hearts, and the better-than-average baguettes stuffed with crudites, cold cuts, cheese or chicken. For just a few centimes more than your local bakery, this is lovingly-made calorie-laced goodness not to be missed.”

Les Tasters (2013) ” En guise de douceurs, des sablés gourmands, un pain au chocolat et quelques pâtisseries franco du collier mais pas suisse. La célèbre tarte à la crème, trop petite pour être lourdée dans la gueule du premier râleur, fait déjà vibrer le net, peut-être moins les papilles. C’est affaire de goût: bonne idée pour un oublié, crème travaillée pour une texture douce, avec du goût et pas trop de sucre. Chacun se fera son idée. Simple, efficace, travaillé avec de bonnes matières.”

Raids Patisseries (2013) “L’égérie du chef pâtissier, c’est la tarte à la crème, seule et unique en son genre à Paris…Le lieu est quant à lui chaleureux et atypique, avec ses allures de loft d’artiste et un labo de pâtisserie offert à l’oeil du public.”

Paris Bouge (2013) “Quelques sandwichs, quelques viennoiseries et surtout des pâtisseries. Chez Liberté par Benoît Castel on trouve des petites tartes au citron, des “cheesecakes” qui ressemblent à de la neige ou encore des ‘bobos au rhum'”.

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Pascal Guerreau now runs this longstanding bakery, pastry, and chocolate shop.

Practical information

Address: 47 rue Château d’Eau, 75010
Nearest transport: Château d’Eau (4)
Hours: Closed Monday
Telephone: 01 42 39 93 12

Reviews of interest

Time Out (2014) “This patisserie-cum-chocolate shop in any case has an old-fashioned rustic charm to it. No concessions to fashion or contemporary food trends (lovers of organic need not apply); at Tholoniat, the action happens in the kitchen, whence impossibly crisp baguettes and tongu-tinglingly tasty confectionery are churned out on a daily basis.”

Barbra Austin (2010) “Pascal Guerreau’s mille-feuille at Tholoniat rivals the one at Jacques Genin… Guerreau recognizes that a mille-feuille is really best made just before serving… Delicate, buttery, light as air. Go see for yourself.”


Pancakes, poached eggs and hearty seasonal fare served alongside excellent coffee sourced from Belleville Brûlerie in a sunny space along the Canal St. Martin. An international array of coffee preparations (flat whites, espressos, long blacks, cappuccinos, and very good “real deal” filtered coffee) are accompanied by hot chocolate made from homemade chocolate syrup and a selection of teas from Le Parti du Thé. The exceptionally friendly service is notable. Also notable, the lines for weekend brunch. Get there early.

 An absolute favorite for coffee

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Café Craft

Good coffee with a designated co-working space for laptop warriors. Strong wireless signal and plenty of plugs for freelancers to camp out. The pricing system for using this space changes just about every week. Currently, it’s 3€ fee per hour either in product (coffee/cookies) or just an upfront fee.

Practical information

Address: 24 rue des Vinaigriers, 75010
Nearest transport: Jacques Bonsergent (5), Gare de l’Est (4,5)
Hours: Open every day
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 40 35 90 77
Average price for lunch: under 10€
Style of cuisine: cookies, muffins, soups, salad, brunch

Reviews of Interest 

NY Times (2014) “And when the time comes to work on your own novel, dissertation or blueprint, Craft awaits with long shared desks, power outlets, lamps, Ethernet connections and a rotating menu of artisanal espressos and filter coffees complete with tasting notes.”

Lindsey Tramuta-Morel (2013) “The first spot in Paris to properly merge office space + quality coffee. For the price of excellent coffee and a snack, you can latch onto the wi-fi and set yourself up at a proper work station.”

Camille Labro (2013) “Pour siroter son kawa de chez Lomi, tout en travaillant bien connecté.”

Time Out (2013) “With its high speed WiFi, studious atmosphere and minimalist yet welcoming design inherited from Brooklyn and Scandinavia, Craft Café represents a kind of place that is still relatively unusual in Paris.”

Go Go Paris (2013) “Great (Lomi) coffee, international mags, designer interior – with everything you need in a temporary office space:  desk, ethernet + electrical connections, Post-Its + pens, and a meeting area. There’s also a growing selection of tasty snacks and fresh juices to keep you going. Bring your laptop and spend the day.”

Eating & Drinking the Canal St-Martin

There are few neighborhoods that are nicer for strolling than the area around the Canal Saint-Martin. On warm evenings, the waterway that runs through this neighborhood provides the backdrop for a great number of picnics and impromptu acoustic concerts. There’s plenty to enjoy here that doesn’t require sitting on the ground or listening to another rendition of “No Woman No Cry.” Here are our favorites.

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Helmut Newcake

Thanks to this pastry shop in the 10th, gluten-intolerant gourmandes can have their gateau and eat it, too.

Practical information

Address: 36 rue Bichat, 75010
Nearest transport: Goncourt (11)
Hours: Open every day
Telephone: 09 82 59 00 39
Website   Facebook

Additional Locations

Address: 28 rue Vignon, 75009 (take-away only)
Nearest transport: Havre-Caumartin (3,9), Madeleine (8,12,14)
Hours: Closed Sunday & Monday
Telephone: 09 81 31 28 31

Reviews of interest

David Lebovitz (2012) “I wasn’t expecting traditional French pastries…but was surprised (and delighted) to see they hit the right notes with French classics, including one of the best canelés I’ve ever had…”

Maison Castro

Smart students line up for the killer sandwiches at this Mediterranean shop, which offers French, Italian, and Spanish meats and cheeses, plus an assortment of groceries and wine.

Practical information

Address: 15 bis rue Alexandre Parodi, 75010
Nearest transport: Louis Blanc (7, 7bis)
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5 p.m.-8 p.m.; closed Sunday
Reservations: Take-away only
Telephone: 01 46 07 11 60

 Reviews of interest 

David Lebovitz (2014) “It’s obvious that this isn’t the place to find just the standard sandwich jambon-fromage. Instead, you’ll find a slew of interesting options…You can also request a made-to-order sandwich on excellent baguettes from Julien bakery, with everything from artichoke cream, Pata negra and lomo Ibérico (black-footed ham and pork tenderloin from Spain), Buffalo mozzarella, and honey from Crete, to Corsican sausage, English cheddar, and Italian air-dried beef.”

Cooperative Latte Cisternino

The source for some of the best burrata in town, and other products direct from Italy.

Practical information

Address: 46 rue du Faubourg Poissonière, 75010
Nearest transport: Poissonière (7)
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.- 8 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday
Telephone: 01 47 70 30 36

Additional Locations

Address: 108 rue Saint Maur, 75011
Nearest transport: Parmentier (3)
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.- 8 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday
Telephone: 01 43 38 54 54

Address: 17 rue Geoffroy Saint Hilaire, 75005
Nearest transport: Censier Daubenton (7)
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.- 8 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday

Address: 37 rue Godot de Mauroy, 75009
Nearest transport: Havre-Caumartin (3, 9)
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.- 8 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday
Telephone: 06 74 91 66 58


Hai Kai

There has been a need for less casual sit-down dining near the Canal Saint Martin and Hai Kai delivers on the food front with a delicate, minimalist menu from chef Amélie Darvas. The room, the clients and the staff are all very pretty, but service is spotty and undermines what is otherwise an elegant but unpretentious restaurant. Still, it’s a good Canal-side option for the fashion crowd.

Catherine Down, March 2014

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The Sunken Chip

Michael Greenwold of Roseval and James Whelan of L’Inconnu have teamed up to open the first dedicated fish and chips shop in Paris. Hake, pollock or catch of the day are available alongside thick chips and mushy peas. Pickled eggs, fish nuggets, chip butties (french fry sandwiches) and candies from across the chunnel make for an authentic Brit experience.

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Bob’s Juice Bar

Practical information

Address: 15 rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010
Nearest transport: Jacques Bonsergent (5)
Hours: Closed Sunday; Open Monday-Saturday for breakfast & lunch
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 09 50 06 36 18
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Soups/salads/sandwiches, vegetarian, healthy eating
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Reviews of interest

Le Fooding (2015) “Dans la cabane boisée-carrelée du pape brooklynite de la healthy food, Marc Grossman… on se signe au jus pressé à froid Bob Cold Press, centrifugé (pomme-carotte-betterave-gingembre) ou mixé (banane-mangue-fraise, de 4 à 6,50€), avant de partager un top rouleau de futomaki fourré de riz complet, avocat, mangue, concombre et ciboulette, relevé d’une pointe de wasabi.”

Le Figaro (2014) “À l’heure des ambiances zen et épurées, elle est certes conviviale mais un peu datée avec son côté dépareillé et gentiment bric-à-brac.”

Le Figaro (2006) “… une série de jus, soupes, smoothies et autres «junkeries» simples, sincères et mieux que saines.”

Urfa Dürüm

Practical information

Address: 56 rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010
Nearest transport: Château d’Eau (4)
Hours: Closed Sunday; Open Monday-Saturday
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 48 24 12 84
Average price for lunch: under 10€
Average price for dinner: under 10€
Style of cuisine: Kurdish, sandwiches

Reviews of interest

Figaroscope (2015) “Tous les jours, de midi au soir, on se presse dans ce couloir pour croquer dans le dürüm, galette kurde cuite au feu de bois, roulée et garnie de tomates, persil et oignons et, selon l’envie, poulet, bœuf ou agneau. La street food dans ce qu’elle a de meilleur!”

Le Figaro (2011) “Une bouchée équivaut à un aller simple pour la Turquie. Tout est frais, parfumé et délicieux.”

My Paris Notebook (2010) “No chips, no fries, no sauce, hardly any spices—just simple goodness rolled up in freshly baked flat bread…They add a bit of arugula, red onion, tomato, no more, all very fresh and crisp, which was the perfect contrast to the warm bread and perfectly grilled lamb.”

 Photo courtesy of Phyllis Flick