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Al Taglio by Meg Zimbeck

Al Taglio

It’s pizza by the kilo at this (vaguely) Roman-style spot. Bright lights, high stools and cheap wine by the carafe. Locations in Oberkampf and the upper Marais.

Practical information

Address: 2 bis rue Neuve Popincourt, 75011
Nearest transport: Parmentier (3)
Hours: Open every day
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 43 38 12 00
Average price for lunch: Less than 10€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Italian & pizza
Website

Additional locations

Address: 27 rue de Saintonge, 75003
Nearest transport: Filles du Calvaire (8)
Hours: Open every day
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 09 50 48 84 06

Reviews of interest

Patricia Wells (2011) “I vote Al Taglio’s pizzas as some of the best in Paris. On a recent weekday we found mouth-watering Margherita; mozzarella and Parma ham; a version topped with truffle cream and thin discs of potato… The crust is thick and airy, the kind of chewy, long-rise dough my Italian mother used to make, and all ingredients are fresh.”

Gilles Pudlowski (2010) “La pâte d’apparence épaisse se révèle fine et croquante: la belle surprise du lieu! La garniture, elle, est plus inégale: tomate, poivrons piquants, fromage fumé ou nom, pomme de terre (pas assez cuite, donc peu digeste) et crème de truffe (pas très parfumée): c’est sympa, roboratif, généreux, plus sympathique, que savoureux…”

David Lebovitz (2010) “There are some really great pizza places now across Paris serving the real-deal, including Al Taglio…”

Barbra Austin (2010) “Roman style pizza, sold by the weight…wonderfully crisp on the bottom…it holds up to the generous toppings..”

Le Figaro (2009) “On aime beaucoup le concept futé de cette pizzeria pas comme les autres…”

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Frenchie Bar à Vins by Meg Zimbeck

Frenchie Bar à Vins

If you want a taste of Gregory Marchand’s cooking without the challenge of scoring a reservation at Frenchie, this is where to go.

 An absolute favorite

Practical information

Address: 6 rue du Nil, 75002
Nearest transport: Sentier (3)
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7p.m.-10:30p.m.
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: No phone
Average price for dinner: 20-34€
Style of cuisine: Modern French
Website

Reviews of interest

François Simon – Figaroscope (2012) “j’ai réussi à décrocher une salade de carotte, orange, avocat et cacahuètes. Pas mauvais, un peu court: trois feuilles de salade extraites du Tupperware, un croissant d’avocat…”

Emmanuel Rubin – Le Figaro (2011) “…épatante à chahuter l’idée du petit plat, à raffiner le canaille et à affûter le propos ménager. Tellement habile côté assiette qu’on en oublierait presque une cave tout aussi percutante.”

David Lebovitz (2011) “…the food is just as good as the main restaurant across the alley…The wine list is so compelling that the next morning when I woke up, I realized that the four of us had gone through four bottles of wine.”

François-Régis Gaudry – L’Express (2011) “Le générique des vins est oecuménique, déjouant le diktat du tout nature via le Nouveau Monde…tapas après tapas, on a retourné toute la carte…une burrata crémeuse dopée par une huile d’olive ardente et une concassée de petits pois frais à la menthe; un exceptionnel filet de truite fumée caressé par le velours d’une purée d’avocat et électrisé par une rafale de concombre vinaigré…”

Alexander Lobrano (2011) “…a terrific small-plates menu that comes from the kitchen across the street and offers delicious cameos of Marchand’s talent…I loved the wine list here, too…it not only suits Marchand’s cooking to a T but pushes out the walls a bit by including wines from other countries…”

 

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L’Alimentari

A minuscule trattoria in the heart of the Marais.

Practical information

Address: 6 rue des Ecouffes, 75004
Nearest transport: Saint Paul (1)
Hours: Lunch & dinner Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday & Monday
Reservations: book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 42 77 24 59
Average price for lunch: 35-49€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: Italian
Special attributes: Vegetarian options, open Monday

Reviews of interest

François-Régis Gaudry – L’Express (2012) “Très convaincant, cette fricassée calmars/arctichauts, arrosée d’un trait d’une belle huile d’olive ardante…Des linguine en plein batifolage avec une super sauce tomate fraîche. Un goût de soleil, une touche de basilic, l’Italie dans sa vérité.”

Emmanuel Rubin – Figaroscope (2012) “une micro-trattoria plus disposée à soigner son décor en veine vintage qu’à surveiller l’al dente de la pasta… ici, comme souvent, au prétexte de l’Italie, la nonchalance des assiettes finit par agacer.”

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Cul de Poule Paris by Meg Zimbeck

Cul de Poule

Good ingredients, simple prep, cool atmosphere and great prices make Cul de Poule the butt to beat.

Practical information

Address: 53 rue des Martyrs
Nearest transport: Pigalle (2, 12)
Hours: Closed Sunday
Reservations: Book a day or two in advance
Telephone: 01 53 16 13 07
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 20-34€
Style of cuisine: Classic French
Special attributes: prix-fixe, market-based cooking, prestige ingredients, comfort food, vegetarian options, open Monday, outdoor dining

Reviews of interest

John Talbott (2009) “Very reasonable, simple, good food with no frills…”

Barbra Austin (2009) “The menu is pedigreed, peppered with names of farmers and sources, and the preference for small and organic carries over to the wine list…”

David Lebovitz (2009) “…if you like good ingredients, definitely not sourced from the local supermarché, prepared with simplicity and care, it’s a très bonne adresse…”

Caroline Mignot(2008) “Formules déjeuner on ne peut plus efficaces et menus du soir…avec des noms comme qui diraient connus (le name dropping marche toujours aussi bien à Paris)…Pascal Beillevaire et ses bons beurres…Alain Passard et ses légumes…”

 

 

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Baba au rhum at Mini Palais restaurant in Paris | parisbymouth.com

Mini Palais

Eric Fréchon of the Bristol is the consulting chef of this contemporary, chic brasserie. Book a table on the terrace when weather permits. Open every day, all day.

Practical information

Address: Ave. Winston Churchill, in The Grand Palais, 75008
Nearest transport: Champs-Elysées Clemenceau (1, 13)
Hours: Open every day
Reservations: Last minute booking usually OK
Telephone: 01 42 56 42 42
Website
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: Modern French
Special attributes: prix-fixe, renowned chef, vegetarian options, outdoor dining, good for groups, good for solo dining, continuous all-day service, open Sunday, open Monday, valet parking

Reviews of interest

Alexander Lobrano (2013) “Without ever becoming fussy, Mr. Frechon’s appealing menu cleverly moves brasserie dining toward a more elegant register with dishes like a tartare of oysters and scallops garnished with a lemon-and-curry-flavored foam and veal sweetbreads glazed with Comté cheese and vin jaune…The hostesses can be chilly, and the service disorganized.”

Patricia Wells (2011) “a Paris restaurant with a welcoming outdoor terrace, open non-stop seven days a week from 10 am to midnight, service that’s polite (if a bit slow) and food that is utterly modern, fresh and seasonal. I’d call it Grand Slam.”

Thierry Richard (2011) “…sans aucun doute une des terrasses les plus agréables…Une table gentiment fusion…C’est joliment fait et de très bonne tenue pour une salle transatlantique qui défile les couverts par dizaines.”

François Simon (2011) “Le lieu est magnifique, surtout aux beaux jours…Parfait pour une clientèle choisie de se retrouver autour d’assiettes jouant pianissimo mais non sans efficacité…”

John Talbott (2010) “..inside it was gorgeous, stunning, beautiful and I breathed freely.  Before ordering they served an amuse bouche of a mini-brioche…Then I decided to have the formula (28 E for two dishes) and he two entrees with dessert (32 E); not bad eh for three-star grub?”

Alexander Lobrano (2010) “Handsome though this room might be, I’d never be tempted if the food weren’t good, and happily it’s very good…Dining with friends, we loved the brilliant clafoutis of ceps mushrooms, squid with pil-pil sauce…and all of us eyeballed a gorgeous looking rock-lobster club sandwich as it went by on a waiter’s tray, too…”

Barbra Austin via Girls’ Guide to Paris (2010) “In the spirit of a brasserie, Le Mini Palais is open every day with continuous service, which makes it an elegant choice for a late lunch, a snack, an afternoon tea or an apéro.”

 

 

 

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Rose Bakery Paris Photo Meg Zimbeck

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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Anahuacalli

A well-regarded Mexican address in the 5th, serving specialties like huitlacoche quesadillas, tortilla soup, mole and tamales.

Practical information

Address: 30 rue des Bernardins, 75005
Nearest transport: Maubert-Mutualité (10)
Hours: Dinner everyday; Lunch, Sunday only
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 43 26 10 20
Website
Average price for lunch: 35-49€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: Mexican
Special attributes: vegetarian options, open Sunday, open Monday

Reviews of interest

Le Figaro (2007) “…un accueil délicieux et 100 % mexicain, et surtout des assiettes qui ont un sens et une vraie personnalité. Les tortillas au maïs servies tièdes développent les mêmes parfums qu’à Oaxaca..”

 

 

 

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Bob's Juice Bar by Meg Zimbeck

Bob’s Juice Bar

Bob’s is the place to detox with fresh juices, veggie sandwiches on homemade bagels, soups and salads.

Practical information

Address: 15 rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010
Nearest transport: Jacques Bonsergent (5)
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 09 50 06 36 18
Website
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Health food
Special attributes: vegetarian options, good for solo dining, continuous all-day service, open Sunday, open Monday

Reviews of interest

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

 

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Maceo Paris

Macéo

The more elegant sibling of Willi’s Wine Bar, with a dedicated tasting menu for vegetarians in addition to their carnivorous fare.

Practical information

Address: 15 rue des Petits-Champs, 75001
Nearest transport: Pyramides (7, 14)
Hours: Closed Sunday, Closed Saturday lunch
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 42 97 53 85
Website
Average price for lunch: 35-49€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: Classic French
Special attributes: prix-fixe, market-based cooking, superior wine list, vegetarian options, good for groups, event space, open Monday

Reviews of interest

Chrisoscope (2009) “Une soirée agréable et réussie…tout cela pour un tarif des plus raisonnables (une grosse soixantaine d’euros pour le menu et l’accord vins) si l’on tient compte de la grande qualité de l’ensemble.”

Figaroscope (2008) “De très beaux volumes haussmanniens et un coin salon idéal pour conversations discrètes.”

 

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Le Cambodge

Where bobos go for bo bun. Go early or be ready to queue.

Practical information

Address: 10 avenue Richerand, 75010
Nearest transport: Jacques Bonsergent (5) or Goncourt (11)
Hours: Lunch and dinner, Monday-Saturday; closed Sunday
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 44 84 37 70
Website
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 20-34€
Style of cuisine: Vietnamese/Cambodian/Laoatian
Special attributes: outdoor dining, open Monday

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Hotel Amour by Barbra Austin

Hôtel Amour

Fashion types flock to to this boutique hotel for lunch in the secluded back garden.

Practical information

Address: 8 rue de Navarin, 75009
Nearest transport: Pigalle (2, 12) or Saint-Georges (12)
Hours: open every day
Reservations: Last minute booking usually OK
Telephone: 01 48 78 31 80
Website
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 20-34€
Style of cuisine: classic French
Special attributes: vegetarian options, outdoor dining, continuous all-day service, open Sunday, open Monday

Reviews of interest

François-Regis Gaudry (2011) “Cet endroit a un sex-appeal terrible…[mais] je viens de découvrir avec stupeur que cette fameuse assiette verte est au régime…Problème : le prix.”

Figaroscope (2010) “À côté des inévitables burgers, croques et conserves, elle n’oublie ni les viandes d’Argentine-frites maison, ni le poulet rôti des Landes, ni le bar grillé et sa tombée d’épinards. Bien vu.”

 

 

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Nanashi by Barbra Austin

Nanashi

Colorful, Japanese-inflected salads, soups, and small plates, as well as a decidedly non-Japanese coffee cream tart, courtesy of a Rose Bakery alum. Three locations, one on the rapidly changing rue du Paradis, the thoroughly bobofied upper Marais, and now in the Bonpoint boutique in the 6th.

Practical information

Address: 31 rue du Paradis, 75010
Nearest transport: Poissonière (7)
Hours: Open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, until midnight on Thursday and Friday, and from noon to midnight on Saturday. Closed Sunday
Reservations: Reservations not necessary
Telephone: 01 40 22 05 55
Website
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Japanese
Special attributes: small plates, exceptional desserts, vegetarian options, good for solo dining, continuous all-day service, open Monday

Additional locations

Address: 57 rue Charlot, 75003
Nearest transport: Filles du Calvaire (8)
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-midnight
Telephone: 01 44 61 45 49

Address: 6 rue de Tournon, 75006 (in the Bonpoint boutique)
Nearest transport: Mabillon (10)
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday

Reviews of interest

Journal du Dimanche (2013) “Les produits sont frais, travaillés simplement. Pris par l’ambiance “santé”, on se fait du bien au corps et à l’esprit, en terminant avec un cake matcha (6 euros) pour le corps et un thé pour l’esprit. Ou bien alors l’inverse. Service souriant et sympathique. Le lieu idéal pour un déjeuner de copines entre deux averses.”

Figaroscope (2012) “…un joli mix de cuisine franco-nippone avec soupe, chirashi de saumon, bento ou rouleau de printemps végétarien, mais aussi petites salades légères et délicieuses…”

Thierry Richard (2011) “La cantine bobobio par excellence, avec ce qu’il faut de jus de fruits et légumes (carotte, orange et gingembre décoiffant), de world food naturelle (salades, légumes croquants, petites pousses, germes, graines et céréales), et de belles plantes aux jambes longilignes qui peu à peu se croisent sous les tables.”

Aaron Ayscough (2011) “It’s pretty excellent: a trim, calm, winningly designed corridor of a space,  in which one can enjoy fresh, healthful, completely unconventional bento-like meals accompanied by, among other things, a crude but well-intentioned selection of organic and natural wines.”

Emmanuel Rubin – Figaroscope (2011) “tarifs ‘bobos’, entre 10 et 20 €. Rouleau printemps veggie : bien gavé. Salade patate douce, pois chiche, pavot : amusante, sans plus. Chirachi (bol de riz) saumon : correct…”

Barbra Austin (2011) “Is it strange for a salad to inspire culinary reverie? Maybe, but Kaori Endo’s gorgeous, fresh food will do that.”

Barbra Austin via Girls’ Guide to Paris (2011) “At lunch most people seem to order one of the bento boxes…On the right, two thick wedges of grilled tofu with sweet soy glaze and sesame seeds…On the left was a salad of baby greens, a wedge of roasted pumpkin and a seriously delicious salad of chickpeas, avocado and tiny cauliflower florets, with an aromatic and zippy coriander seed dressing.

Emmanuel Rubin – Le Figaro (2010) “une modeuse mangeoire où la bobovoracité s’excite la papille en fréquentant les particules alimentaires d’une agitatrice de la popote nippone plutôt habile.”

Pudlo (2010) “Voilà « la » perle du moment…Ce midi, le velouté de courge Butternut et châtaignes avec ses graines de courge, le rouleau végétarien (un poil sec), le délicieux shirashi de saumon, avec un poisson cru extra moelleux, une salade vive, un riz épatant

Caroline Mignot (2010) “Le bento du jour (13 €), choisi au tofu, celui-ci est cuisiné au gingembre, plutôt bien saisi, pas hyper généreux, mais gourmand…A côté, salades du jour patidou poêlé-brocoli-chou romanesco et carottes-pois chiches-fenouil, fraîches et savoureuses.

François Simon (2010) “Cuisine familiale de Karuizawa (Nagano), bentos bienveillants et vivacité des saveurs dans un cadre aéré.”

 

 

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El Nopal by Barbra Austin

El Nopal

A crowd queues at this sliver of a taqueria off the canal for Claudia and Alejandro’s tacos, burritos and quesadillas. There are only two stools in the tiny place, so plan on taking it to go.

Practical information

Address: 3 rue Eugène Varlin, 75010
Nearest transport: Chateau Landon (7)
Hours: Closed Monday
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 07 86 39 63 46
Average price for lunch: Less than 10€
Average price for dinner: Less than 10€
Style of cuisine: Mexican
Special attributes: comfort food, vegetarian options, good for solo dining, open Sunday, open Monday, Take-out available

Reviews of interest

Meg Zimbeck (2011) “I love the cactus-filled campechana and Alejandro’s handmade corn tortillas…that [tortilla] press will get a workout when summer arrives and locals discover the joy of  taco picnics along the Canal.”

Barbra Austin (2010) “I’ve also had the quesadilla with chorizo and its cousin the campechana, filled with grilled beef, nopalitos, avocado, and cheese. I’d like a burst of freshness in all of them, something to brighten up the flavors. Alejandro’s delicious salsa, made with fresh chilies – whatever varieties he finds – certainly helps. (Sensitive-palated Parisians, consider yourselves warned.)”

 

 

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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
Website
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…”

 

 

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Piccoli Cugini

This new pizzeria is the little cousin of I Cugini, also in the 10th.

Practical information

Address: 34 rue des Vinaigriers, 75010
Nearest transport: Jacques Bonsergent (5)
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 6 p.m.-midnight; closed Sunday
Reservations: last minute booking usually OK
Telephone: 09 50 57 79 25
Website
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 20-34€
Style of cuisine: Italian – pizza
Special attributes: open Monday, vegetarian options

Reviews of interest

Emmanuel Rubin – Figaroscope (2012) “… facile comme un filet d’huile d’olive, complice et crissante comme ces pizzas gaies, colorées et, pour tout avouer, aussi joliment gaulées que les filles du canal Saint-Martin.”

 

 

 

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Pink Flamingo

“Pas comme les autres,” is the motto at kitschy cool Pink Flamingo Pizza. Take-out and delivery available at all locations.

Practical information

Address: 67 rue Bichat, 75010
Nearest transport: Jacques Bonsergent (5)
Hours: Closed Monday
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 42 02 31 70
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Italian & pizza
Website

Additional locations

Address: 105 rue Vieille du Temple, 75003
Nearest transport: Filles du Calvaire (8)
Hours: Open every day
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 42 71 28 20

Address: 23 rue d’Aligre, 75012
Nearest transport: Ledru-Rollin (8)
Hours: Closed Monday
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 43 43 47 07

Address: 30 rue Muller, 75018
Nearest transport: Chateau Rouge
Hours: Open every day
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 42 23 14 07

Reviews of interest

Meg Zimbeck (2010) “…cheap and fun…a brilliant option when there’s a large group (or one of indeterminate size), including people who are otherwise difficult to accommodate: parents with kids, vegetarians, friends with no money…”

Emmanuel Rubin – Figaroscope (2010) “Des spécimens de galette décalés, potaches et, une fois sur deux, plutôt convaincants.”

Meg Zimbeck via Budget Travel (2009) “Kooky names and inventive combos are part of the program at the Pink…Whatever the topping, you can be assured of a thin crust made with organic flour and sel de Guérande.”

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Lengué

An Izakaya joint, serving small plates, Japanese beer and cocktails, in the heart of the touristville.

Practical information

Address: 31 rue de la Parcheminerie, 75005
Nearest transport: Cluny-La Sorbonne (10)
Hours: Dinner, Tuesday-Sunday; closed Monday
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 46 33 75 10
Average price for dinner: 20-34€
Style of cuisine: Japanese
Special attributes: small plates, open Sunday, vegetarian options

Reviews of interest

Ann Mah (2011) “a convivial place to share a meal with friends, to sip a cocktail (or two) and order (and reorder) a series of small, bright, salty bites…”

François Simon (2011) “C’est tout nouveau et délicieux. une izakaya en plein coeur de la Huchette, c’est à peine croyable…Petits plats adorables: girolles sautées à la sauce soja et beurre, palourdes au saké, poulpes sautés à l’ail, encornets grillés, porc mariné au gingembre…”

Caroline Mignot (2011) “Assurément le succès du dîner (on en a recommandé en cours de route), les aubergines au bouillon…Une chair terriblement soyeuse qui nous a douté un bon moment sur la cuisson du légume, vapeur, grill…Vrai coup de coeur perso!”

 

 

 

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Le Petit Cambodge by Barbra Austin

Le Petit Cambodge

It’s all bo bun, all the time at this airy annex to the heavily trafficked Le Cambodge.

Practical information

Address: 20 rue Alibert, 75010
Nearest transport: Goncourt (11)
Hours: Lunch and dinner, Monday-Saturday; closed Sunday
Reservations: reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 42 45 80 88
Website
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Cambodian/Laoatian/Vietnamese
Special attributes: vegetarian options, open Monday, outdoor dining, good for solo dining

Reviews of interest

Emmanuel Rubin – Le Figaro (2011) “Sympathique, même si l’on a connu Cambodge plus authentique…”

 

 

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l'Arpège by Meg Zimbeck

L’Arpège

Alain Passard spins turnips into gold at this vegecentric (but not vegetarian) three star restaurant.

An absolute favorite

Practical information

Address: 84 rue de Varenne, 75007
Nearest transport: Varenne (13)
Hours: Closed Sunday, Closed Saturday
Reservations: Book many weeks in advance
Telephone: 01 47 05 09 06
Website
Average price for lunch: More than 100€
Average price for dinner: More than 100€
Style of cuisine: Modern French
Special attributes: prix-fixe, market-based cooking, prestige ingredients, haute cuisine, superior wine list, exceptional desserts, renowned chef, vegetarian options, open Monday

Reviews of interest

Patricia Wells (2011) “A big disappointment, once again. We sampled the 120 euro garden luncheon, and Passard turns out to be a real Johnny one note in the potager…course after monotonous, unimaginative course turned out a little more than I could bear of carrots, beets, turnips, onions. Dish after dish I kept waiting for Passard to finish the sentence. But he never did.”

François Simon (2010) “…Passard…cultive lui-même ses légumes non loin de Paris, travaille le thème dans tous les sens, son restaurant est sans doute l’un des meilleurs observatoires sur le thème.”

Sophie Brissaud (2009) “…le poème végétal d’Alain Passard s’élève désormais avec une délicatesse infinie, une maîtrise arrivée au stade du jeu permanent.”

Ulterior Epicure (2009) “…Rarely does a chef cook vegetables well. Even scarcer is a chef who can cook vegetables well AND do something interesting with them…Passard does both, and more.”

Food Snob (2009) “…there is Passard’s panache and flair, his creative and culinary genius to contend with. This is most keenly felt via his valuable vegetables.”

 

 

 

 

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Le Depanneur

Le Dépanneur

The team behind the food truck Cantine California was hired by owner Olivier Marle to capitalize on all the Parisian food trends of the moment: burgers, tacos and cocktails.  The food is disappointing, but the outdoor seating and well-crafted cocktails and extensive tequila list at the non-mobile endeavor are notable. The breezy “Big Sur meets Palm Springs” decor (created by the designer behind Le Mary Celeste and Candelaria) is backed by a dreamy musical soundtrack.

Practical information

Address: 27 Rue Pierre Fontaine, 75009
Nearest transport: Blanche (2), Pigalle (2, 12)
Hours: Open every day with food from 12pm-12am
Reservations: Book a day or two in advance
Telephone: 01 48 74 48 74
Average price for a cocktail: 12€
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: American, Mexican
Website

Reviews of interest

François-Régis Gaudry (2014) “Impossible de s’en saisir avec les doigts, ils se cassent, se délitent, aucune souplesse, un goût de carton… De deux choses l’une : soit ce sont des tortillas industrielles soit ce sont des faits maison… mais alors il y a 10 jours!”

Aurélie Chaigneau (2013) “Au menu, du hamburger façon Tex Mex : du Cali Classic (avec guacamole, cheddar et bacon) au veggie, en passant par le dude au boeuf bio, beaufort et poivrons rouges, tous sont accompagnés de cornets de frites bien dorées. Pain crousti-tendre, produits frais… et même à 17 euros le burger en moyenne, la mayonnaise a l’air de prendre.”

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Maria Luisa

A popular one for pizza near the canal, with outdoor seating.

Practical information

Address: 2 rue Marie et Louise, 75010
Nearest transport: Goncourt (11)
Hours: Every day, noon-2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 44 84 04 01
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Italian – Pizza
Special attributes: vegetarian options, kid-friendly, outdoor dining, open Sunday, open Monday

Reviews of interest 

Aurélie Chaigneau (2013) “C’est plein de bonne humeur et à craquer. Et comme la maison n’accepte pas les réservations, l’attente sur le trottoir fait partie du charme du lieu. Assiette d’antipasti simple à grignoter à plusieurs jusqu’à l’arrivée tardive des pizzas: Margherita, Caprese, 4 fromages… Service adorable, détendu et gentiment tête en l’air.”

 

 

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Saravanaa Bhavan

Before getting on the Eurostar, stop for pan-Indian vegetarian fare in this bright, packed hall, part of an international chain.

Practical information

Address: 170 rue du Faubourg Saint Denis, 75010
Nearest transport: Gare du Nord (4, 5, RER B)
Hours: Open every day, 10:30 a.m.- 11 p.m.
Reservations: not accepted
Telephone: 01 40 05 01 01
Website
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Indian
Special attributes: vegetarian options, open Sunday, open Monday, continuous all-day service

Reviews of interest

François-Régis Gaudry (2011) “Ici, ni viande ni poisson, seulement des légumes frais, des épices puissantes, des céréales et l’indispensable ghee (beurre clarifié), qui n’a pas son pareil pour révéler les saveurs…un bon indien à Paris. Peut-être même le meilleur.”

Emmanuel Rubin – Figaroscope (2011) “Onion Rava Masala Dosa (crêpe fine légèrement épicée garnie de pommes de terre et d’oignons): craquante, sans pesanteur. Onion & chilli Uthappam (crêpe épaisse garnie d’oignons et de piments verts) : moelleuse. Vegetable Makhanwala (cubes de légumes au beurre épicé) : plaisant…”

Caroline Mignot (2011) “végétarienne, incroyablement étoffée, au sens “étoffe” du terme, pleine de couleurs, de sensations, de toucher…”

Sophie Brissaud (2010) “…c’est spectaculairement bon…La fraîcheur des ingrédients est remarquable, la longueur aromatique des plats vous réchauffe longtemps après que vous êtes sorti du restaurant…”

 

 

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Fée Nature

Everything is organic at this Sentier lunch spot and tea salon.

Practical information

Address: 69 rue d’Argout, 75002
Nearest transport: Sentier (3)
Hours: Monday-Friday, noon-4 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday
Reservations: not accepted
Telephone: 01 42 21 44 36
Website
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: health food, soups/salads/sandwiches
Special attributes: vegetarian options, open MondayReviews of interest

Caroline Mignot (2012) “…une cantinette gentille qui propose des petits plats, des salades, des tartes et des desserts appétissants, le tout sans gluten et bio. Pas de quoi affoler tout le quartier, mais si vous êtes dans le coin et que vous avez envie de légèreté…”

 

 

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Voy Alimento by Phyllis Flick

Sol Semilla

Not just vegetarian, but totally vegan and organic, this canal-side canteen specializes in “superfoods”. Detox here. Formerly known as “Voy Alimento”.

Practical information

Address: 23 rue des Vinaigriers, 75010
Nearest transport: Jacques Bonsergent (5)
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, noon-7p.m. and Sunday, noon-6p.m.; closed Monday
Reservations: Reservations not necessary
Telephone: 01 42 01 03 44
Website
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Health food
Special attributes: vegetarian options, open Monday, continuous all-day service

Reviews of interest

Phyllis Flick (2011) “In addition to selling things like raw chocolate, cat’s claw, guarana, maca and purple corn, they serve a vegan, organic lunch menu Tuesday-Sunday.  I’m not sure I buy into the therapeutic claims of many of their products, but the food is as delicious as it is unusual.  I’d have no problem switching to a vegan diet if it all tasted this good.”

 

 

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Krishna Bhavan by Barbra Austin

Krishna Bhavan

The vegetarian Tamil cooking at Krishna Bhavan is generous, aromatic, colorful, and cheap. Open every day from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Practical information

Address: 24 rue Cail, 75010
Nearest transport: La Chapelle (2)
Hours: Open every day
Reservations: Reservations not necessary
Telephone: 01 42 05 78 43
Website
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Indian/Sri Lankan
Special attributes: vegetarian options, good for solo dining, continuous all-day service, open Sunday, open Monday

Reviews of interest

Barbra Austin – Girls’ Guide to Paris (2011)”…perfect for vegetarians, the budget conscious and anyone craving Indian food or just looking to get off the beaten central Paris path.”

Le Fooding (2010) “Le régime maison? Sans viande et sans alcool. Le must : l’assiette composite Thaali (8 €) aux six légumes, servie avec du riz, et un dessert au yaourt.”

 

 

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Liza

Lebanese goes chic (et un peu cher) at Liza.

Practical information

Address: 14 rue de la Banque, 75002
Nearest transport: Bourse (3)
Hours: Monday-Friday, lunch and dinner; Saturday, dinner only; Sunday, brunch only.
Reservations: Last minute booking usually OK
Telephone: 01 55 35 00 66
Website
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: Lebanese
Special attributes: small plates, vegetarian options, good for groups, open Sunday, open Monday, valet parking

Reviews of interest

Figaroscope (2011) “Pour manger avec classe du bout des doigts, on n’a pas trouvé mieux que les mezze de cette table libanaise…”

 

 

 

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Balls

Nothing but balls (of the beef, chickpea, lamb, chicken or pork variety), served with tomato or yogurt sauces and handful of sides.

Practical information

Address: 47 rue Saint-Maur, 75011
Nearest transport: Rue Saint-Maur (3), Saint-Ambroise (9), Père Lachaise (2,9)
Hours: Closed Saturday lunch and all day Sunday and Monday
Reservations: Reservations not required
Telephone: 09 51 38 74 89
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Meatballs, vegetarian options
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Reviews of interest

  • Jerôme Berger for A Nous Paris (2014) “Une vraie surprise. En premier lieu, donc, une salle-comptoir brute de design, remplie de fashionistas et de mobilier industrialo-vintage. Déjà vus. La suite, en revanche… Des boulettes par cinq, comme s’il en tombait : bœuf (persil plat, oignons), poulet (estragon, citron), porc (fenouil, paprika)… Fraîches, parfumées, voire addictives.”
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Grazie

Piping hot pies with fresh toppings, industrial loft décor, and cold cocktails from the full bar draw the branché masses to this pizza place between République and Bastille.

Practical information

Address: 91 boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003
Nearest transport: Saint Sebastien Froissart or Chemin Vert (8)
Hours: Open every day
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 42 78 11 96
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 20-34€
Style of cuisine: Italian, pizza
Website

Reviews of interest

Le Fooding (2013) “Certes les pizzas sont excellentes…les antipasti, très frais…Mais il y a un truc en plus: les cocktails: Il Vecchio e il Mare (gin, marasquin, Lillet rouge), Green Blazer (whisky Ardbeg Alligator, marmelade de citron vert, miel et bitter)… Mixés avec talent par Franck Conti et son équipe italienne, d’implacables chauffeurs de salle…”

World’s Best Bars (2012) “From the inventive cocktail list, the Vie en Rose is a gin and tonic with a Mediterranean twist and the sake and wasabi Bloody Mary is guaranteed to give you a kick, or try the super smooth basil and honey martini. They also do a mean Breakfast Martini as well as a range of well-executed classic drinks.”

Forest Collins (2011) “These pizzas are the perfect accompaniment to the cocktails. When a drinks menu is so tempting, upscale carby goodness is the ideal way to soak up any overindulgence. And these pizzas aren’t just belly-fillers, they’ll draw as much clientele on their own as the cocktails.”

François Simon for Le Figaro (2011) “Le Bellini avait des fourmis dans les jambes et ne décollait pas vraiment, il manquait de pulpe et de bulles. De fraîcheur quoi, alors que dans le verre voisin une délicieuse bombinette fit des ravages: basilic, miel et martini: boum. Parfait pour accélérer des soirées.”

Bruno Verjus (2011) “Brooklyn pour le décor et Naples pour la qualité des pâtes a pizza…Les Chefs…m’avaient impressionnés par le soin porté aux farines, eaux, levure, temps de repos et par la qualité de leurs pâtes à pizza.”

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rose bakery

The Wilted State of Vegetarian Dining in Paris

If anyone can put to rest the idea that a vegetarian banker is an oxymoron anywhere outside of India, it might be my college friend Duncan from Boston. He’s been a vegetarian ever since I’ve know him, and in deference to his meat-free diet, I suffered through dozens of bean-and-grain “Whole Earth Catalog” type meals in cafés festooned with spider plants in macramé holders in the college town in Western Massachusetts where we went to school.

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soul kitchen

Soul Kitchen

This cozy coffee shop run by the Anzel sisters has a limited menu of veggie centric dishes that change each day.

Practical information

Address: 33 rue Lamarck, 75018
Nearest transport: Lamarck-Caulaincourt (12)
Hours: Closed Monday; Open Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday-Sunday 10am-5pm
Reservations: Reservations not needed
Telephone: 01 71 37 99 95
Website

Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: soups/salads/sandwiches
Special attributes: vegetarian options, open Sunday, brunch
Type of crowd: locals, expats, bobos, vegetarians
Interior: quirky & playful
Atmosphere: casual

Reviews of interest

  • Clotilde Dusoulier (2013) “At this bright and welcoming little place at the back of the Montmartre hill, the daily veg-heavy dishes always include an all-vegetarian option.”
  • Le Fooding (2013) “Vous avez le choix entre un chorophyllique velouté de cresson, noisettes et toast au foie gras maison, un pétulant chili con carne au riz rouge, un « mac n’cheese » bien bronzé au vieux comté, une tarte au poivron grillé et chèvre valencay…”

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