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Les Cocottes by Barbra Austin

Les Cocottes

Though the breezy service and long counter are reminiscent of an American diner, they are not slinging hash at Christian Constant’s Les Cocottes. An easy, no-reservations choice in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.

Practical information

Address: 135 rue St. Dominique, 75007
Nearest transport: École Militaire (8)
Hours: Open every day
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: no phone
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 20-34€
Style of cuisine: Classic French
Special attributes: market-based cooking, comfort food, renowned chef, vegetarian options, good for solo dining, communal table, open Monday

Reviews of interest

David Lebovitz (2010) “…the hearty food served in Staub casseroles is worth the wait.”

Barbra Austin via Girls’ Guide to Paris (2010) “Constant’s impeccable kitchen at Les Cocottes, in the hands of Philippe Cadeau, turns out thoughtful, unpretentious food in short order.”

Le Figaro (2010) “Savoureuses pommes de terre caramélisées, farcies au pied de porc, fricassée de volaille aux olives et citron confit, jeunes légumes du moment cuisinés en cocotte… Ultrafrais, ultrabon.”

David Lebovitz (2009) “Les Cocottes sits on a pretty prestigious piece of land, in the seventh arrondissement, not known for good-value restaurants…But Les Cocottes is a good value, and what makes it even better, the food is worth every centime.”

John Talbott (2007) “I started with a cold ptipois soup with strip of spicy salty chorizo and crème fraiche, then going on to the pigeon with big peas and delicious greens and scallions, finishing with a waffle with Chantilly and salty caramel. The meal was just as advertised, simple, honest and made from good products. It ain’t starred cooking nor is it meant to be…”



Hidden Kitchen

Hidden Kitchen (Closed)

Book many weeks in advance for a seat at this fantastic table d’hotes, run by a young American couple in their apartment near Palais Royal. 100€ for ten courses, including bubbly and wine pairings. OCTOBER 2011: Hidden Kitchen is now closed, but you can find the pair at their new venture Verjus.

Practical information

Address: 75001
Reservations: Book many weeks in advance
Contact: e-mail hkreservations@gmail.com

Average price for dinner: 50-99€
Style of cuisine: American
Special attributes: prix-fixe, market-based cooking, prestige ingredients, no-choice menu, communal table
Type of crowd: foodies, tourists
Interior: elegant & luxe
Atmosphere: casual

Reviews of interest

  • Le Figaro (2011) “Une quinzaine de convives venus partager un menu-dégustation (10 petits plats bouchées) épousant l’harmonie mets-vins. Plutôt chic, anglophone et visiblement succesfull puisque l’agenda affiche complet jusqu’à la mi-septembre.”
  • The New York Times (2010) “For the proprietors, being out of public view and restricting access offers greater autonomy and much more intimacy with clients. In this private Paris, discretion is valued over ostentation, and a family-like atmosphere is appreciated far more than mass appeal.”
  • Meg Zimbeck (2009) “Reserve well in advance for an inspired dinner, free-flowing wine and the chance to make new friends in a beautiful Parisian apartment.”
  • David Lebovitz (2009) “… impeccably fresh, and inventive.”
  • Travel + Leisure (2008) “The professional chefs from Seattle used their knife skills, and delicious market ingredients, to make new friends in a foreign city. Some 10,000 dinners later, their social circle could fill a small arrondissement.”
  • Food & Wine (2008) “After just 18 months, their dining atelier, which is also their apartment, has seen hundreds of diners, resulting in exponential expansion of their social circle—and buzz.  Dinners, which start with an aperitif and end with petit fours presented in a silver jewel box, are as artful as they are delicious.”
  • Clotilde Dusoulier (2007) “…a highly promising dinner, each dish tastefully plated, well balanced, and clean-flavored, projecting an energy that, to me, epitomizes contemporary American cuisine.”

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Candelaria by Barbra Austin


With its bright, bare-bones kitchen, crowded counter, communal table, and addictive salsas — all mercifully un-Frenchified — this upper Marais spot has officially changed the game, and people are lining up for tacos and agua fresca. Go through the unmarked door next to the stove and you’ll find a serious bar, staffed by Experimental Cocktail Club grads.

 An absolute favorite

Practical information

Address: 52 rue de Saintonge, 75003
Nearest transport: Filles du Calvaire (8)
Hours: Open every day
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 42 74 41 28
Average price for a cocktail: 12€
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Mexican
Special attributes: vegetarian options, good for solo dining, communal table, continuous all-day service, open Sunday

Reviews of interest

David Lebovitz (2011) “…house made tortillas… deep-fried as a base for tostadas or for chips to dip in guacamole and salsa. Or else served soft, to wrap up sautéed spicy meats or melting cheese with strips of green chiles layered inside for warm taco fillings…Thankfully they’re started doing take-out and they’ve extended their hours.”

Pierrick Jégu for L’Express (2011) “Côté rue, un confetti de taqueria mexicaine qui délivre ses bons tacos carnitas et autres tostadas queso fresco dans une pièce toute blanche pensée au centimètre près pour caser une cuisine ouverte, une table, un comptoir bricolé main, et quelques cactus nains. Côté porte dérobée, au bout du couloir, un bar quasi clandestin dessiné par quelques designers en vogue.”

Le Fooding (2011) “Quelques mètres carrés pleins de crêpes de maïs du jour : longaniza, rajas, tinga… fourrées au fromage, oignon rouge, chipotle, poulet mariné, avocat, piments doux, frijoles…une deuxième salle, nettement plus grande, ambiancée speak easy cosy, cocktail bar…”

Croque Camille (2011) “…these are the best tacos this side of Juarez.  The menu changes periodically, but the carnitas are a standout… They also serve an excellent tostada – none of that overly salad-filled taco shell business here.  Instead, it’s a freshly fried corn tortilla topped with something wonderful.”





Rosa Bonheur by Meg Zimbeck

Rosa Bonheur

The mood goes from picnic to party as the day progresses at this pavillion in the Parc des Buttes Chaumont. Small plates, straightforward plats du jour and drinks.

Practical information

Address: 2 avenue de la Cascade (Parc des Buttes Chaumont), 75019
Nearest transport: Botzaris (7 bis)
Hours: Closed Monday and Tuesday
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 42 00 00 45
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Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: small plates/tapas
Special attributes: outdoor dining, panoramic view, good for groups, good for solo dining, communal table, late night bites, open Sunday
Type of crowd: hipsters, bobos, neighborhood locals, students, families
Interior: bare bones & minimal
Atmosphere: casual

Reviews of interest

  • François Simon (2010) “La nourriture…pas mauvais mais totalement accessoire. En fait, on est venu ici boire un coup, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six,sept, huit, neuf, dix.”
  • Phyllis Flick (2009) “While the food was certainly good, it’s more the feeling of the place that would lure me back…”
  • Phyllis Flick (2009) “It’s the perfect place for a café or an apero with friends en terrace.”
  • Thierry Richard (2009) “Tout le village tranquillement branché du XIXème s’y presse. Pourquoi pas vous ?”

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