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Taste of Saint-Germain

About this tour 

Saint-Germain is a destination for visitors from all around the world who come to shop and (most importantly) to eat. For this tour, we’ll be exploring some of the tiniest and most special food shops in this gastronomically-gifted neighborhood.

What we’ll taste

This upscale neighborhood boasts the most impressive concentration of chocolate and pastry shops in Paris, and perhaps the world. But don’t worry, we’ll also be sharing an impressive array of savory delights, from iconic breads to carefully aged cheeses to artisanal charcuterie. We’ll be tasting a bit along the way and finishing at a table where pair our “picnic” finds with different estate bottled wines.

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Taste of the Left Bank

About this tour

This fantastic tour moves between both the Latin Quarter Saint-Germain, exploring a boulangerie  that revitalized French baking, one of the most exhilarating & expensive fromageries in the city, and many incredible sweets. We’ll sample all this, plus some delicious charcuterie, at a hidden treasure of a wine shop.

What we’ll taste

Hand-shaped traditional baguettes, patés and terrines from a French traiteur, artisinal cheeses from one of the most reputable cheese shops (and affineurs) in France, chocolates from a Meilleur Ouvrier de France (an MOF – the highest rank for a French chocolatier), and plenty of other surprises, including pastry. We’ll also take you to one of our favorite wine shops in Paris and taste some incredible wines along with our cheese and charcuterie.

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Taste of Saint-Germain

About this tour 

Saint-Germain is a destination for visitors from all around the world who come to shop and (most importantly) to eat. For this tour, we’ll be exploring some of the tiniest and most special food shops in this gastronomically-gifted neighborhood.

What we’ll taste

Hand-shaped breads and buttery pastries from a wood-burning oven, traditional charcuterie from a charismatic butcher, artisinal cheeses from all over France, chocolates from a Meilleur Ouvrier de France (an MOF – the highest rank for a French chocolatier), and sweets from an acclaimed pastry chef. We’ll also take you to one of our favorite wine shops in Paris where we will sit and enjoy some incredible wines with our cheese and charcuterie.

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Best restaurants, bistros, cafes, bars and shops in the Marais Paris 75003 75004

Edible Marais

With excellent shopping, unique art & architecture and a vibrant gallery scene, the Marais attracts a huge number of visitors. There are some outstanding food & wine options within this maze of fashionable streets, and we’ve selected our favorites for you here.  >> Read More

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Edible Enfants Rouges

Behind an old iron gate in the 3rd arrondissement lies the surprising sprawl of the Marché des Enfants Rouges, the oldest market in Paris at 400 years old. While an exciting destination for foodies – you have your pick of Japanese bento boxes, Lebanese sandwiches, fresh pressed juice, gluten-free brownies, towers of Moroccan couscous, buckwheat crêpes and more – the choices and lines can be overwhelming, and not every stand is equally excellent. Read below for our tips to navigating the market and the food for which we think it’s worth braving the masses. >> Read More

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A Pasta Shop for Giovanni Passerini

Giovanni Passerini, the Roman chef behind the beloved and now-closed Rino, has today opened a fresh pasta shop near the Marché d’Aligre at 65 rue Traversière, 75012.

Pastificio Passerini will make fresh pasta daily to cook at home and sell everything needed to make it into a meal, including various jarred ragus and sauces, fresh herbs to infuse into butter, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, cured meat, and a handful of high-end Italian grocery products.

ragouts pastificio passerini

On opening day, the chef had fresh pappardelle, taglioni, and tagliatelle (fresh and buckwheat), plus three stuffed pastas including Taleggio cheese and seaweed ravioli, ravioli with pumpkin, brown butter, pistachios, and bergamot ricotta, and an agnolotti with mortadella, chicory, pork and veal. Prices for the fresh pasta are astoundingly low for the quality, with plain versions selling for €1.90 per 150 grams and stuffed pastas for €3.90, with roughly 150 grams suggested per person.

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A New Wine Bar from the Owner of La Buvette

Camille Fourmont of La Buvette, the beloved gem of a wine bar in the 11th, has collaborated on a new wine bar at the recently opened Hotel Le Pigalle in Pigalle.

Diners can expect simple, seasonal, small plates and excellent wines, per usual. Fourmont says that the bar, also called Le Pigalle, “will be more about assembly than cooking, like a kitchen where most of the preparation is done beforehand. The jam may have been made last summer, and the evening menu this morning.”

For hours and practical info, check out our guide page for Le Pigalle.

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Tal Spiegel Desserted

Desserted in Paris

The chef-pâtissier Tal Spiegel is putting his extensive shoe collection to work by pounding the pavement in search of beautiful pastries for his Instagram account Desserted_in_Paris.

He seeks out and photographs a different edible masterpiece each day, and his color and pattern combos are a feast for the eyes.  

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madame acabo photo by brian oh | parisbymouth.com

À L’Étoile d’Or Re-Opens After Explosion

There’s nothing new at A l’Étoile d’Or, and that’s perfect.

Rarely is “it’s just like it always was” a compliment, but a delighted customer at the shop’s re-opening this week meant it as high praise. The iconoclastic and historic candy shop, which features hard-to-find, old-fashioned sweets from throughout France, had been a fixture in Pigalle for over 40 years when, in February 2014, an accidental nearby explosion destroyed the shop and forced its closure. Sweet lovers mourned the loss of unusual candies like the bars of Bernachon chocolates from Lyon (the only spot in Paris to get them) or blackcurrant jellies from Dijon with a liquid center.

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Fulgurances team via Fulgurances | parisbymouth.com

Fulgurances Opens a Restaurant

French food magazine Fulgurances has just opened L’Adresse in the trendy neighborhood off the 11th and will be serving dinner four nights a week (Wednesday-Saturday) as part of their new culinary residency program. During a six month stint, partnering guests chefs will have the opportunity to try out running their own restaurant.  >> Read More

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Our Gluten-Free Guide to Paris

Selected addresses for gluten-free goods:

Thank You, My Deer – It’s a silly name but they’re serious about gluten-free goods, good coffee, and good service. This little café bakes their own doughy bread, has soups, salads & sandwiches for lunch, and more involved fare like homemade gluten-free ravioli or potato gnocchi for dinner. Brunch with homemade waffles and other items available on the weekends.

Chambelland  – An excellent gluten-free bakery that specializes in crusty rice/buckwheat breads using flour from their own mill in Provence. A selection of cakes, tarts and even gluten-free chouquettes are available at this trendy café that your wheat-eating friends won’t even realize is gluten-free.

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chickens at la recyclerie source facebook | parisbymouth.com

Fowl Play: Chicken Theft at Parisian Urban Farm

Foul play is suspected with the fowl at La Recyclerie, the sprawling restaurant/urban farm/flea market/bar in the 18th arrondissement. Six of the sixteen chickens  were stolen during the night of September 8th from their urban farm alongside the railway tracks, they reported on Facebook.

According to La Recyclerie, the birds are a valuable part of the restaurant team who help maintain the gardens,  participate in their anti-waste and recycling efforts, and serve an important function in their  farm’s educational efforts.

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La Fine Mousse Restaurant

It should come as no surprise that the Parisian craft beer pioneers behind La Fine Mousse bar would be the first to open a restaurant dedicated to beer and food pairings. Slightly more surprising is just how refined, inventive, and delicious the food here is. Knowledgeable beer sommeliers work closely with the talented chef to present an intelligent set of seasonal small plates, paired with beers from one of the 10 taps or the extensive bottle collection.

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Edible Aligre

The Marché Aligre is a true neighborhood market — so vibrant and bustling that it’s worth even a crosstown trek. Open six days a week, the produce is affordable, the selection diverse, and the vendors highly engaging. >> Read More

Yam'Tcha Restaurant in Paris | Paris By Mouth

Yam’Tcha is Back

Well, almost.

The universally beloved Franco-Chinois restaurant from Adeline Grattard has been closed for months as the team prepared to move to a new location.

The new spot at 121 rue Saint Honoré isn’t open quite yet, but François Simon announced that tickets will be available today for 20 of his readers to attend a pre-launch party.

There’s no set date for the actual launch, but their website promises the same fusion fare, just in a larger space.

In the meantime, you can get your fix at Boutique Yam’Tcha, their tea shop with a steamed bun window, which sprung up in the old space at 4 rue Sauval.

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Grand Pigalle Hotel designed by Chzon Design, Pigalle, Paris, France. Photo Credit : Kristen Pelou

Experimental Cocktail Club to Open “Bed and Beverage” Hotel

Grand Pigalle, a 37-room hotel from the team behind Experimental Cocktail Club and its many outposts, will be opening at 29 rue Victor Massé in the 9th arrondissement on April 2nd.

Rooms will start at 200€ and guests will have the option to be chauffeured around town to any of the group’s other establishments – Beef ClubFish Club, Prescription Cocktail Club and Curio Parlour – in a vintage DS Citroen 1973. For those who prefer to stay and stumble closer to home, the rue Victor Massé features plenty of other cocktail destinations – L’Entrée des Artistes, Lulu White, Glass, and Dirty Dick, to name a few.  >> Read More

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Le Grenier à Pain in Montmartre wins 2015 Best Baguette Contest

Félicitations to Djibril Bodian of Le Grenier à Pain Abbesses for winning First Prize in the 2015 Grand Prix de la Baguette de Tradition Française de la Ville de Paris,  a.k.a. The Best Baguette in Paris Competition. If Bodian’s name sounds familiar, it’s because the Senegalese born, second generation baker also won the top prize five years ago. His bakery will be providing bread for President Hollande and the Elysées Palace for an entire year, just as he did for Sarkozy back in 2010.  >> Read More

The 20 Best Bites of Haute Cuisine in Paris

Haute cuisine is not exclusively about what’s on the plate. Elaborately choreographed service, the spectacular number of dishes, the depth of a wine cellar and sumptuous surroundings – these are arguably the elements that separate restaurants with two and three Michelin stars from their starless competitors.

If we look exclusively at the food, however, ignoring the chandelier that twinkles overhead and the plush pedestal propping up our handbags, there is still much to celebrate in haute cuisine.  >> Read More