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L’Éclair de Génie Café

Practical information

Address: 31 rue Lepic, 75018
Nearest transport: Abbesses (12),  Blanche (2)
Hours: Open every day from 8:30am
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 84 79 23 40
Average price for lunch: Less than 10€
Style of cuisine: Baked goods, soups/salads/sandwiches
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Muscovado

We first discovered Quina Lon during her pastry chef days at Au Passage and then Martin. Her pastries, never too sweet and always utilizing the freshest ingredients, were evidence of time spent in some of the best kitchens in the world (Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Mugaritz). She partnered with her sister Francine, who holds an equally impressive CV (Eleven Madison Park, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal) to open Muscovado in 2016. The breakfast and lunch menus, which change often, are served Wednesday through Friday. Saturday and Sunday feature a special brunch menu from 10am – 5pm including classic egg dishes, coffee from Belleville Brûlerie, and of course their in house pastries that are available all day, everyday. They’re experimenting with also serving dinner on Thursday and Friday nights, but you may want to confirm that by calling for a reservation.

Mabel

Grilled cheese seems like the epitome of spontaneous late-night eats, yet you’ll want to make a reservation at Mabel if you’d like yours washed down with a cocktail. The small speakeasy-style bar nestled behind a family-friendly grilled cheese sandwich shop requires clients to be seated, which is great for a cozy tête-à-tête and less exciting for those who want to mingle. It also means that, while walk-ins are welcome, they could well be disappointed. If the sandwich alone is your poison, you’re better off visiting the street-facing shop,  where alongside the traditional a handful of other flavors including a classic tuna melt, vegetarian pepperoni, pulled pork, and rum marinated bacon with egg are on offer. They’re authentically greasy enough despite the virtues of seeded bread. 

Mmmozza

Address: 57, rue de Bretagne, 75003
Hours: Open Tuesday-Thursday 10am-3pm, 4-8pm. Open Friday & Saturday 10am-8pm. Open Sunday 10am-2:30pm. Open Monday 10am-3pm, 5-8pm.
Telephone: +33 1 42 71 82 98
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Mmmozza has one of the bbbest selections of mozzarella that you’ll find in the city, ranging from tiny bocconcini, to a baseball-sized burrata stuffed with black truffles, to an enormous braided rope of bufala mozzarella, hacked off by the slice. The skinny sliver of an Italian specialty shop has lines out the door at lunch for its messy, affordable sandwiches featuring fresh mozzarella, cured meats and vegetables, and arugula. When the weather is nice, there’s outdoor seating or you can chow down in the Square du Temple park directly opposite. A variety of imported prosciuttos and salamis, stuffed pastas, oils and vinegars, and a small but quality range of Italian wines are also available for purchase.

Rococo

Practical information

Address: 4 rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin, 75010
Nearest transport: Strasbourg-Saint-Denis (4, 8,9)
Hours: Open every day noon-midnight
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 40 37 69 43
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Kebab and falafel
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Reviews of interest

Le Fooding (2015) “Un «fine kebab»… Servie en gamelles rondes avec des frites de petit calibre, la viande qui tourne débarque en trois versions: agneau broche (épaule et poitrine marinées citron/épices, oignon nouveau, caviar d’aubergine et sauce curry), cochon broche (échine de porc orange/moutarde) et agneau braisé (viande cuite au jus pimenté, pickles, harissa…), plus un kebab fallafels (boulettes de pois chiches, chou vinaigré, yaourt à l’ail et salsa d’herbes).”

Paris Bouge (2015) “Notre crush: les boulettes de pois chiches, chou vinaigré, yaourt à l’ail et aux herbes, le tout servi avec des frites.”

Figaroscope (2015) “Avec un pain moelleux, des marinades bien senties, et des viandes finement sélectionnées et cuisinées (cochon et agneau à la broche ou agneau braisé), Rococo fait déjà de nombreux adeptes.”

Table à Découvert (2015) “Mousse au chocolat… Une densité comme je l’aime personnellement, un taux de gras proportionnel à celui de chocolat et de sucre, c’est à dire l’équilibre entre les trois. J’ai une image là soudain : le triangle équilatéral. Bref, elle est parfaite.”

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Maison Plisson

Address: 93, boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003
Hours: Open Monday 9:30am-9pm. Open Tuesday-Saturday 8:30am-9pm. Open Sunday 9am-8pm.
Telephone: +33 1 71 18 19 09
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This sprawling 500m² space on the edge of the trendy Northern Marais does double duty. On one side, it’s an upscale market, boasting fresh fruits and vegetables, high quality cheeses, charcuterie, and deli items, as well as a bakery, an excellent selection of wines and a range of luxury local and imported grocery items. On the other, it’s a café, serving a small range of dishes made from ingredients sold next door. In a neighborhood surprisingly devoid of good grocery purveyors, the store is a revelation: The boulangerie turns out the best croissants for several blocks, the charcuterie is excellent and this is the go-to spot for top-notch pickles or proper English tea. With the Bastille market just around the corner customers might balk at the price of produce here, but if only kale will do, this is the store for you. In the café, the concise lunch menu offers very good – if overpriced – simple French classics. At a lower price point, and for smaller appetites, there’s also a nice selection of quiches, tartines and sandwiches.

Ob-La-Di Café

Ob-La-Di might be the most Instagrammed café of the 2015 rentrée, but there’s real substance at this stylish spot in the Haut Marais. Most of the baked goods are made in-house, and many of them manage to be vegan and gluten-free, and still actually taste good. Coffee is expertly prepared with Lomi beans by Lloyd, formerly of Boot Café, who also curates a killer playlist most days. Creative offerings include an affogato made with cookie dough ice cream, horchata, a vegetarian burger, and avocado toast that is worth an eye-popping €9 price tag due to the homemade purple potato bread and chimichurri sauce, plus pomegranate seeds.

— Catherine Down, September 2015


An Absolute Favorite

Chéri Charlot

Practical information

Address: 33 rue Richer, 75009
Nearest transport: Cadet (7)
Hours: Closed Sunday; Open Monday for lunch only; Open Tuesday-Friday for lunch and dinner; Open Saturday for dinner only
Reservations: Walk-Ins Welcome
Telephone: 09 80 41 78 27
Average price for lunch: Less than 10€
Average price for dinner: Less than 10€
Style of cuisine: Soups/Salads/Sandwiches
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Reviews of interest

Figaroscope (2015) “En appui d’une épicerie (vraiment) fine, un comestible où trois frangins argumentent le «sur le pouce», le «coin de comptoir» et la levée de coude. Il y a là des produits de tempérament et un réel talent à tailler les meilleurs casse-croûte de ce printemps.”

Paris Bouge (2015) “Le prix vaut le met, le pain a été délicatement choisi chez Jocteur (de Lyon), il est toasté et savoureux. Les ingrédients sont originaux, du fromage en veux-tu en voilà, de la charcuterie bien goûteuse, des cornichons, de la salade, des oignons, tout pour nous faire fondre entre deux rendez-vous clients.”

Photo via Chéri Charlot’s Facebook page

Café Pinson

Practical information

Address: 6 rue du Forez, 75003
Nearest transport: Filles du Calvaire (8)
Hours: Open Monday-Saturday for breakfast, lunch & dinner and Sunday for brunch
Reservations: Walk-ins welcome, but book a day or two in advance for brunch
Telephone: 09 83 82 53 53
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Vegetarian & vegan, soups/salads/sandwiches, healthy eating
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Additional Locations 

Address: 58 rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 75010
Nearest transport: Poissonnière (7), Cadet (7)
Hours: Open Monday-Saturday for breakfast & lunch and Sunday for brunch
Telephone: 01 45 23 59 42

Address: at Le 66, 66 Avenue des Champs-Elysées, 75008
Nearest transport: Saint-Philippe-du-Roule (9)
Hours: Open every day for lunch

Reviews of interest

Le Figaro (2014) “Risotto champignons, potimarron, échalotes confites et kale: plus un riz cuisiné qu’un risotto mais pas désagréable. Galette de pomme de terre, épinards, pesto de kale: sans grande finesse. Cake citron-pavot: carré.”

Lost in Cheeseland (2013) “American chef Cameil Kaundart swaps refined sugar for agave syrup or non-refined sugar to sweeten up desserts and uses almond or hazelnut milk for all coffee and spiced tea beverages. A rainbow of fresh savory dishes changes regularly and you can expect a hearty range of salty-sweet treats for weekend brunch (that is, if you were wise enough to reserve a spot).”

Le Figaro (2013) “Archétype sans  faux pli de la dînette «Marais»  où, sous le motif d’un décor  rétro-minimaliste, le régime naturopathe (du bio, du veggie,  du sans gluten) se glamourise dans l’instant de recettes  pleines de jugeote.”

Unlock Paris (2013) “The daytime cafe has a seasonal, daily-changing menu of mostly vegan dishes, made without dairy and without gluten, such as kale, lentil and tofu salad, or beetroot and alfalfa tart, available in a fixed menu including a starter, main course and dessert for €17. Vitamin-packed fresh juices are made to order and cafe from Coutume is also on the menu for those needing even more of a boost.”

Photo via Café Pinson’s Facebook

Bread & Roses

Address: 62 rue Madame, 75006
Hours: Open Tuesday-Saturday 8am-7:30pm. Closed Sunday & Monday.
Telephone: +33 1 42 22 06 06
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Our Review

We have not yet reviewed this restaurant. Below you’ll find a summary of reviews to see what others are saying about it.

Bread & Roses in Pictures

Additional Locations

Address: 25 rue Boissy d’Anglas, 75008
Hours: Open Monday-Friday 8am-8pm. Open Saturday 10am-8pm. Closed Sunday.
Telephone: +33 1 47 42 40 00

In Other Words

Simon Says (2014) “Les pâtisseries ont du coffre (le sticky toffee pudding était scélérat à souhait)… mais j’ai eu du mal avec l’addition. Moi, qui était venu grignoter une salade, fut elle la « grande salade d’été>, j’ai fait un gloups devant la douloureuse: 82,70 euros à deux avec un dessert partagé et cette salade, certes convenable, à 26 euros, mouais.”

Thank You, My Deer

Practical information

Address: 112 rue Saint Maur, 75011
Nearest transport: Parmentier (3), Couronnes (2)
Hours: Closed Monday; Open Tuesday-Friday 8am-6pm; Open Saturday & Sunday 12pm-6pm
Reservations: Walk-Ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 71 93 16 24
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Gluten-free, soups & salads & sandwiches, cakes
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Reviews of interest

David Lebovitz (2013) “Tiny gluten-free bakery and café with very good coffee.”

Photo via Thank You, My Deer’s Facebook page

Bob’s Juice Bar

Practical information

Address: 15 rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010
Nearest transport: Jacques Bonsergent (5)
Hours: Closed Sunday; Open Monday-Saturday for breakfast & lunch
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 09 50 06 36 18
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Soups/salads/sandwiches, vegetarian, healthy eating
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Reviews of interest

Le Fooding (2015) “Dans la cabane boisée-carrelée du pape brooklynite de la healthy food, Marc Grossman… on se signe au jus pressé à froid Bob Cold Press, centrifugé (pomme-carotte-betterave-gingembre) ou mixé (banane-mangue-fraise, de 4 à 6,50€), avant de partager un top rouleau de futomaki fourré de riz complet, avocat, mangue, concombre et ciboulette, relevé d’une pointe de wasabi.”

Le Figaro (2014) “À l’heure des ambiances zen et épurées, elle est certes conviviale mais un peu datée avec son côté dépareillé et gentiment bric-à-brac.”

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

Sol Semilla

Practical information

Address: 23 rue des Vinaigriers, 75010
Nearest transport: Jacques Bonsergent (5)
Hours: Open Sunday-Wednesday 12pm-4pm; Open Thursday-Saturday for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 42 01 03 44
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Health food, Vegetarian & vegan
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Reviews of interest

My Paris Notebook (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.”

 

 

Grillé

This might be the most pedigreed kebab you’ll ever eat: prepared by Le Chateaubriand alum Frédéric Peneau with meat from butcher Hugo Desnoyer, homemade spelt flatbread, and herbs from Annie Bertin. Veal, lamb, or pork (depending on the day), the kebabs are served with your choice of white sauce (fromage frais and horseradish) or green (a barely spicy, green tomato and pepper sauce). A vegetarian option beyond the fries will be available soon. There aren’t any seats on-site, or even in the immediate vicinity, so be prepared to eat it on the go.

Frenchie To Go

Just down the street from the impossible to get into Frenchie, you can complete the Gregory Marchand hat trick at the latest outpost from the renowned Frenchie chef. The Anglo-inspired eatery features excellent Reubens, flavorful fish and chips, sweet treats like cheesecake and doughnuts, housemade ginger beer, pickles & maple smoked bacon, and a great beer list. Unless you like cold meat and a greasy bag, we suggest actually eating on-site at the 15 seat space rather than taking the goods to go as suggested.

Lobster Bar

This is no longer included among the favorite 350 addresses that make up Our Guide to Paris Restaurants. We’ve maintained this page so that you can refer to the practical information and other reviews of interest. Feel free to share your own opinion in the comments.

Practical information

Address: 41 rue Coquillière, 75001
Nearest transport: Louvre-Rivoli (1)
Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday
Reservations: Not accepted
Telephone: No phone, only email – contact@lobsterbar.fr
Website
Average price for lunch: €20-34
Average price for dinner: €20-34
Style of cuisine: American (lobster rolls)

Reviews of interest

Caroline Mignot (2013) “Les coeurs de sucrine sont assaisonnés simplement, les frites avec leur vrai goût de pommes de terre et non de surgélation sont croustillantes à l’extérieur et un peu fermes à l’intérieur, exact gage de fraîcheur.  Le homard enfin, d’origine bretonne, il est cuit à la perfection. Servi froid, alors que je l’imaginais tiède (je ne sais pourquoi), dans une quantité de morceaux généreuse. La sucrosité de sa chair est d’une pure gourmandise. Pour assaisonnement, une pointe d’estragon et pas tellement plus m’a-t-il semblé. Le pain au lait légèrement toasté est assez fin, ce qui laisse toute la place au homard de s’exprimer.”

Emmaunuel Rubin for Le Figaro (2013)”Rillettes d’ormeaux: trop grasse. Lobster roll: aussi vite mâché qu’oublié. Cake au cidre: pas grand-chose.”

John Talbott (2013) “The lobster roll itself is not huge, for 26 E, it’s about 6 inches long; the roll part is sweet not neutral; the lobster in bigger chunks than usually served Down East; the sauce very hard to discern; the fries nice but ours were served semicold due to the crush I fear; but the lettuces had a terrific sauce.”