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Coutume café in Paris | parisbymouth.com

Coutume

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

 An absolute favorite

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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
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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

Le Bal Café Coffeeshop Paris photo Barbra Austin

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
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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.”

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
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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…”

Chez Casimir restaurant in Paris | parisbymouth.com

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 

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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

Candelaria taqueria in Paris | parisbymouth.com

Candelaria

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

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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…”