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La Cantine de Quentin

You’ll be surrounded by an array of tempting products if you decide to lunch at this canal-side épicerie. Bottles to go, too.

Practical information

Address: 52 rue Bichat, 75010
Nearest transport: Jacques Bonsergent (5)
Hours: Lunch only, Tuesday-Sunday
Reservations: Last minute booking usually OK
Telephone: 01 42 02 40 32
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Style of cuisine: Classic French

Reviews of interest

Meg Zimbeck (2010) “Come here for comforting French classics and some serious eye candy—walls that are lined with hundreds of bottles and tasty takeaway food products.”

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Coutume by Barbra Austin

Coutume

Part of the new wave of cafés, Coutume serves serious coffee drinks along with light & healthy lunch fare.

 An absolute favorite

Practical information

Address: 47 rue Babylone, 75007
Nearest transport: Vaneau (10) or Saint François Xavier (13)
Hours: Open every day
Reservations: Recommended for brunch
Telephone: 01 45 51 50 47
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Soups, salads & sandwiches
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Reviews of interest

Lindsey Tramuta-Morel (2013) “A Franco-Australian duo is behind this mega successful coffee operation which swells with both neighborhood regulars and out-of-towners the second the doors open. You can also find their house-roasted coffee…in many restaurants across the city. Siphon is one of their many claims to fame.”

Emmanuel Rubin – Figaroscope (2012) “…cafés (et variations) pleins de sentiment. Petites et pimpantes nourritures sucrés-salées…”

Charles Patin O’Coohoon (2012) “…rustique mais rudement bon. Le gâteau de carottes est un space cake juste épicé et garni d’une formidable crème vanillé…Avec le grand cru du Kenya, extrait par dépression au siphon, on la boit bien volontiers…”

Croque Camille (2011) “…something of a coffee-geek’s paradise, with single-origin beans roasted to perfection on the premises, and your choice of any brewing method…The breakfast formule, with three mini-viennoiseries, hot beverage of your choice, and a glass of freshly-squeezed juice, is a decent buy, especially for this neighborhood.”

Barbra Austin (2011) “The coffee is the big draw at Coutume, but it’s become one of my favorite spots for a light lunch…The attention to detail and freshness carries over into the colorful menu of organic salads and soups.

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Le Bal Café by Barbra Austin

Le Bal Café

At this café/exhibition space on a quiet impasse near Place de Clichy, a pair of former Rose Bakery cooks are giving modern British cooking a very good name (particularly for brunch) and a serious barista is serving some of the best coffee in town.

Practical information

Address: 6 impasse de la Défense, 75018
Nearest transport: Clichy (2, 13)
Hours: Closed Monday and Tuesday
Reservations: Reservations not necessary
Telephone: 01 44 70 75 51
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 20-34€
Style of cuisine: British
Website

Reviews of Interest

Lindsey Tramuta-Morel (2013) “Not many tourists find themselves in the Place de Clichy neighborhood but this café annexe to Le Bal art gallery is worth a special visit as much for the coffee as the anglo fare.”

Aurélie Chaigneau (2013) “Un soir d’été, sur la petite terrasse au bout de l’impasse de la Défense, à l’abri du brouhaha des voitures: truite de Banka, citron et fenouil, tendre et acidulé. Pour suivre, le merlu, palourdes, pommes de terre et bacon tout en équilibre. Et pour le dessert, cheesecake maison onctueux à l’anglaise. Revigorant.”

Barbra Austin (2010) “…the Brits invented brunch, and now two former Rose Bakery cooks are working on perfecting it at Le Bal.  Scones, yes, plus kippers, kedgeree, pancakes, porridge and Welsh rarebit…”

François Simon (2010) “Le soir, les cuisines haussent le ton: tête de cochon aux pruneaux, carrelet au fenouil, pintade aux endives, collier d’agneau aux carottes…Le tout galvanisé par des flacons inspirés des bonnes caves…”

Caroline Mignot (2010) “Ces anciens de Rose Bakery ont retenu la leçon du pain et du beurre déposés sur la table à votre arrivée, avec des plats simples, sains et bons…des desserts aux accents anglais, mais prennent carrément le contre-pied de Rose Bakery question service. Des sourires francs, de vraies attentions et un plaisir de recevoir, ça fait plaisir à voir.”

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Le Bal Café Coffeeshop Paris photo Barbra Austin

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Kooka Boora by Barbra Austin

Kooka Boora Café

Forget about café crème and go for a flat white at this Aussie-inspired shop, one of the new wave of serious coffee places popping up in Paris. Also on order are fresh juices, sandwiches, and house-made tea cakes and scones. It’s one of the few cafés with great coffee where it’s socially acceptable to pull out your laptop and work.

Practical information

Address: 62 rue des Martyrs/53 avenue Trudaine, 75009
Nearest transport: Pigalle (2, 12)
Hours: Open every day, 9am-7pm
Telephone: 01 56 92 12 41
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Soups/salads/sandwiches, cakes and cookies

Reviews of interest

Lindsey Tramuta-Morel (2013) “Nails the location…and coffee which you’ll wait what seems like an inordinately long time for unless you become a regular (so I’ve been told).”

Serious Eats (2013) “Using beans from Parisian roaster Café Lomi, this absolutely bustling cafe resembles more of a library-carrel setup than a typical Parisian sit-and-people-watch spot (most are on laptops). Espresso drinks are sturdy, or try one of their single origin coffees on Aeropress, prepared skilfully (if slowly) on the dedicated brew bar. And really, who doesn’t want a 6 Euro milkshake alongside their coffee?”

David Lebovitz (2012) “I ordered le cake (pronounced kek, in French), which was moist and slightly spiced, the perfect partner for the coffee, which had a somewhat sharp, less “roasty” coffee flavor that I was used to, yet similar to the other coffees I’ve had from Java.”

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Kooka Boora by Barbra Austin

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Le Marcab

The room feels posh, but the prices are reasonable at Le Marcab. Open every day.

Practical information

Address: 225 rue de Vaugirard, 75015
Nearest transport: Volontaires (12)
Hours: Open every day
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 43 06 51 66
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: Modern French
Website

Reviews of interest

John Talbott (2010) “…a place we’ve become accustomed to frequenting Sundays for it’s prix-qualite, good food and great products.”

Emannuel Rubin (2009) “…une adresse désireuse de bien faire même si un peu empêtrée à trop suivre les sirènes de la tendance.”

Croque Camille (2008) “…the kind of attention to detail you would see in any top-tier establishment.”

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Marcel by Barbra Austin

Marcel

Another brunch spot with an Anglo accent, in this case both British (porridge, scones, an English breakfast) and American (fluffy blueberry pancakes, a BLT).

Practical information

Address: 1 villa Léandre, 75018
Nearest transport: Lamarck-Caulaincourt (12)
Hours: Open every day
Reservations: Last minute booking usually OK
Telephone: 01 46 06 04 04
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: British, American

Reviews of interest

Gilles Pudlowski (2011) “On se régale à la new-yorkaise de choses exquises et bonnes: oeufs Benedict, pancakes, gaufres au sirop d’érable et fraises, plus crème foeuttée maison, salade Caesar ou COBB…”

Le Fooding (2011) “Rien à reprocher… à cette nouvelle lubie anglosaxonophile en cuisine : fish & chips qui mériterait un peu plus de chair et de saisissement, ribs à la sauce blue cheese, « daily specials », sandwichs au pastrami, pudding, cheesecake…”

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Soya

The vegetarian landscape in Paris continues to improve. In the airy, minimally decorated dining room at Soya, you’ll find the usual suspects (salads, curries, savory tarts, soy in all its forms), all organic, and a thoughtful winelist.

Practical information

Address: 20 rue de la Pierre Levée, 75011
Nearest transport: Goncourt (11)
Hours: Closed Sunday dinner
Reservations: Last minute booking usually OK
Telephone: 01 48 06 33 02
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Vegetarian
Website

Reviews of interest

Figaroscope (2012) “Une vraie cantine de bobos…95 % de la carte est bio, végétarienne et souvent sans gluten, avec des recettes «fusion» originales et savoureuses à faire pâlir d’envie leurs homologues carnivores…”

Aaron Ayscough (2011) “…it is downright astonishing: a vegetarian restaurant with an excellent, well-considered natural wine list.”

Alexander Lobrano (2010) “…we had a pleasant meal in this relaxed, friendly bobo nest in the 11th arrondissement. Among the dishes we liked were their mezze, houmous, soy couscous, lasagna stuffed with tofu, and tofu cheesecake…”

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Rose Bakery

You’ll find colorful salads, Neal’s Yard cheeses, strong coffee, a stellar carrot cake, and other lunch/brunch fare at this super-bobo British bakery. Locations in the 9th and the 3rd.

Practical information

Address: 46 rue des Martyrs, 75009
Nearest transport: Notre Dame de Lorette (12)
Hours: Lunch, Tuesday-Sunday; closed Monday
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 42 82 12 80
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: lunch only
Style of cuisine: Health Food

Additional locations

Address: 30 rue Debelleyme, 75003
Nearest transport: Filles du Calvaire (8)
Telephone: 01 49 96 54 01

Address: 24 rue de Sèvres, 75007 (inside Le Bon Marché department store)
Nearest transport: Sèvres-Babylone (10, 12)

Address: 10 boulevard de la Bastille, 75012
Nearest transport: Quai de la Rapée (5)
Telephone: 01 46 28 21 14

Reviews of interest

Time Out (2012) “Too-good-to-be-true puddings: carrot cake, sticky toffee pudding and, in winter, a chocolate-chestnut tart. The DIY salad plate is crunchily satisfying, but the thin-crusted pizzettes, daily soups and occasional risottos are equally good choices. Don’t expect much beyond scones in the morning except at weekends, when brunch is served to a packed-out house.”

Le Figaro (2011) “Tartes salées et salades, soupe du jour, saumon fumé bio œufs brouillés, crumble, scones, pancakes… Implacablement bons, comme d’hab’.”

Dorie Greenspan (2011) “Rose is homey and unfussy.  There’s a long display counter lined with the sparkling fresh ingredients that go into the salads and savory dishes, and in the morning there’s a steady bustle of cooks getting ready for the lunch crowd.  It’s a friendly place with friendly food. I especially liked her individual carrot cake…”

Gilles Pudlowski (2011) “On s’attend à quelque chose de savoureux et de sensible, au lieu de quoi une serveuse qui ne sait même pas le nom des patrons….vous assure que le service est terminé, que la maison est au repos, alors que deux dames finissent leurs thés, que les cakes dans les vitrines font envie.”

François Simon (2009) “Une superbe salade pétant de santé et de bonté avec tout ce que la terra porte de bon en ce moment. Jolis légumes sains et assaisonnés comme il faut…”

Chocolate & Zucchini (2003) “On the sweet side, they make truly excellent baked goodies: scones, shortbread, cookies, brownies, cheesecake, carrot cake, date cake, fruitcake, lemon cake, and a flourless orange cake I just had to try and emulate.”

 

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Chez Casimir by Meg Zimbeck

Chez Casimir

This bustling annex of Chez Michel offers hearty seasonal cooking and a heavy dose of old Paris charm. Open weekdays for lunch and dinner with menus at 22€ and 29€, and from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays with 25€, all-you-can-eat brunch.

  An absolute favorite

Practical information

Address: 6 rue de Belzunce, 75010
Nearest transport: Gare du Nord (4, 5, RER B)
Hours: Open every day; Lunch and dinner, Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
Reservations: Last minute booking usually OK
Telephone: 01 48 78 28 80
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 20-34€
Style of cuisine: Classic French
Special attributes: comfort food, decent brunch, outdoor dining, continuous all-day service, open Sunday, open Monday

Reviews of interest

Alexander Lobrano (2010) “The dimly lit room still read like the sixties vintage bistro is once was, with a bar off to one side, wooden tables and chairs…Served with excellent country bread and consumed with a juicy Cotes du Rhone, my terrine was wonderful…All told, an excellent lunch for 22 Euros (the dinner menu runs 29 Euros).”

Caroline Mignot (2008) “qu’est-ce que c’était bon…L’ardoise arrive, on salive aussitôt, soupière de velouté de topinambour et salsifis aux copeaux de parmesan, pot-au-feu et son os à moelle…”

 

 

 

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Au Comptoir de Brice

After success on Top Chef, and with a grant from the city of Paris (for “alimentary encouragement”), Brice Morvent opened this counter-service resto in the marché Saint Martin, serving unfussy contemporary cooking.

Practical information

Address: 31-33 rue Chateau d’Eau (in the covered Marché Saint Martin), 75010
Nearest transport: Jacques Bonsergent (5)
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; closed Monday
Reservations: Last minute booking usually OK
Telephone: 07 87 36 77 38
Website
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: n/a
Style of cuisine: Modern French
Special attributes: decent brunch, open Sunday

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Bob's Kitchen by Barbra Austin

Bob’s Kitchen

Lunch at Bob’s might include a smoothie green with wheatgrass, a plate-sized pancake, a spicy veggie burger, or a colorful curry. All natural, all organic.

Practical information

Address: 74 rue des Gravilliers, 75003
Nearest transport: Arts et Metiers (3, 11)
Hours: Open every day for breakfast and lunch
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 09 52 55 11 66
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Health food
Special attributes: decent brunch, vegetarian friendly

Reviews of interest

Figaroscope (2010) “Presque entièrement végétarienne (hormis les desserts) et, avouons-le, délicieuse. Les cocktails de fruits minute, les smoothies du jour, les soupes et veggie stew (légumes vapeur relevés d’herbes et d’épices) ont la fraîcheur et la simplicité du fait maison.”

Barbra Austin via Girls’ Guide to Paris (2010) “…there is a veggie burger, served on a whole-wheat English muffin, with three different salads…Those of you who like it raw could order a bol cru, a deep bowl filled with a rotating cast of vegetables and grains of many colors.”

Alexander Lobrano via David Lebovitz (2009) “…resets the dial with delicious dishes like veggie stew, made with quinoa and garnished with eggplant, pumpkin and sweet potato.”

Caroline Mignot (2009) “…des smoothies bien entendu…des salades, un futomaki du jour (rouleau japonais sacrément bien garni et relevé), des muffins, le tout bien vu…”

 

 

 

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Drouant by Barbra Austin

Drouant

Facing a very pretty square, Drouant has been around since 1880. Now run by Antoine Westermann, the menu offers elegantly updated classics with an emphasis on seafood.

Practical information

Address: 16-18 place Gaillon, 75002
Nearest transport: 4 Septembre (3)
Hours: Open every day
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 42 65 15 16
Website
Average price for lunch: 35-49€
Average price for dinner: 50-100€
Style of cuisine: Classic French
Special attributes: decent brunch, outdoor dining, good for groups, open Sunday, open Monday

Reviews of interest

Caroline Mignot (2012) “…je suis fidèle, j’y reviens encore et encore. Malgré ma dizaine (au bas mot) de visites par an, j’ai l’impression qu’il y a toujours des nouveautés…”

Caroline Mignot (2011) “…c’est un lieu intemporel où je me sens bien à déguster mon poulet-frites dominical…les morceaux sont terriblement bien rôtis, la peau croustillante à mort, les frites (pommes pont-neuf, car 1 cm de côté) dorées comme je les aime”

Barbra Austin via Girls’ Guide to Paris (2011) “Drouant is a classic that feels contemporary, with cooking that is both broad enough to please a crowd and refined enough to satisfy pickier palates.”

Chrisoscope (2011) “…un verre en terrasse, un brunch amélioré, ou un diner dans le salon Goncourt, Drouant assure et fait toujours plaisir. Un classique bien vivant.”

Gilles Pudlowski (2010) “On prend le brunch maison qui se nomme le « pt’it trainard » et propose, en guise de brunch relax et gourmand, fromage blanc à la ciboulette, velouté de potiron et marrons, salade de fruits exotiques, oeuf jambon et jambon ibérique…J’oublie les viennoiseries, les jus de fruits, le thé ou le crémant d’Alsace. On est bien là chez Antoine Westermann…”

Carline Mignot (2009) “…ce restaurant exerce son charme sur moi. Un dîner de langoustines (un énorme plateau béni des dieux, rempli de langoustines juste beurrées et rôties au four), un déjeuner autour de la Bouchée à la Reine du mercredi, un apéritif qui s’éternise…”

Chrisoscope (2009) “Tout était très bon, servi dans de bonnes portions. Service avenant et efficace, c’est agréable…”

 

 

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Eggs & Co by Meg Zimbeck

Eggs & Co.

Eggs rule the roost at this sunny spot in Saint-Germain, where brunch is not only for Sundays. Formerly known as Coco & Co.

Practical information

Address: 11 rue Bernard Palissy, 75006
Nearest transport: St. Germain-des-Pres (4)
Hours: Open every day, 10am-6pm (Thursday 11am-11pm)
Reservations: Last minute booking usually OK
Telephone: 01 45 44 02 52
Website
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 20-34€
Style of cuisine: Classic French
Special attributes: comfort food, decent brunch, vegetarian options, good for solo dining, open Sunday, open Monday

Reviews of interest

Barbra Austin (2009) “…the Oeufs Coco, two poached eggs over english muffins with a bacon and onion sauce, were awfully good…the omelette next to me was fluffy and full of ham.  All are served with a decent green salad and roasted potatoes by very friendly people…”

Le Figaro (2009) “…des œufs sous toutes leurs formes : mollets, brouillés, au plat…il ne reste plus qu’à choisir le fond, la façon de les accommoder : herbes, jambon, fromages, champignons, au total ­29 possibilités…”

Chrisoscope (2008) “Pour un resto-concept œuf, j’attendais un peu plus d’originalité, de voir des œufs préparés de façons innovantes…C’est bon, mais je ne suis pas convaincu…”

Food & Wine (2008) “…cozy two- story shrine to eggs in St.-Germain-des-Prés…”

Caroline Mignot (2008) “…je peux vous dire que vous n’en laissez pas une goutte, que tout est frais et savoureux, gourmand limite régressif…”

 

 

 

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