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Fabula is an ephemeral restaurant inside the courtyard at the Musée Carnavalet that operates from May through September. This Marais museum about the history of Paris is worth a visit anyway, and now you can have dinner inside their stunning 16th century courtyard. Chef Julien Dumas (Le Saint-James) and mixologist Remy Sauvage (L’Artésian in London) have composed a menu of cold plates and chilly cocktails that are perfect for those hot summer evenings when you don’t want to eat too much. Put another way: the food isn’t great. My advice is to order the smallest amount of food that you can get away with (it’s all à la carte) and enjoy the absolutely beautiful space with a bottle of rosé. Perhaps do this after a Marais food tour so that you arrive a little full. Or take a stroll afterwards to grab a second dinner at L’As du Fallafel. You do want to spend time in the space. You just don’t want to eat much here.

Unlike the impossible-to-book Loulou, it’s possible to get a reservation at Fabula with about a week’s notice.


16 Rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75004
Open Tuesday-Sunday for dinner only
(snack bar open from 10am-6pm)
Closed Monday
Reservations online or at

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