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Le Bel Ordinaire – Rive Gauche (soon to close)

Update: Le Bel Ordinaire sent an email stating that its last service would be September 30, 2023 and that the restaurant would be taken over by the team behind neighboring restaurant Narro. Previously: Le Bel Ordinaire is an aptly named gem in the southern Latin Quarter that straddles the line between a neighborhood bistro and something more refined – between the ordinary and beautiful. During the warm months, they have a leafy outdoor terrace at the bottom of the Mouffetard… Read More »Le Bel Ordinaire – Rive Gauche (soon to close)

Vivant 2

While a chorus of Bonsoir, bienvenue! still sounds the moment you walk through the door at Vivant 2, these days, it’s underscored by a bop-filled soundtrack and service with a smile that make a seat at the open kitchen’s wrap-around bar feel more inviting than austere. Chef Rob Mendoza is a champion of delicate, plant-focused fare, his luscious, creative moles drape anything and everything from broccoli to Bresse hen. Elsewhere, he effortlessly blends international ingredients with French terroir: House-made potato flatbread is spread thickly with tahini and blanketed with swiss chard; tuna is served with a Korean gochujang-spiked tomato broth. This restaurant is a great option for vegetarians and is open on Monday nights. A curated list of natural and sustainable wines seals the deal.


This mission-driven restaurant gives local farmers top billing and finally offers Paris a restaurant where omnivores are happy but vegetarians are king.