Paris for 4 nights, food help!
Me and my girlfriend will be in Paris for 4 nights starting next week!
We don't speak French, and are looking for good food, we're not interested in ambiance, palatial dining rooms, celebrity people watching, etc.. just great food, a casual non-intimidating atmosphere, and reasonable prices.
Any suggestions would be great, we are staying in the Latin Quarter, and on one day we will be in the North of the city, around St Denis or Montmartre, also around Marais, west of the Latin Quarter is good too... so these are our target areas, but.. we are willing to trek out to a locale for good food, since Paris has a great and easy to use Metro.
Looking for outstanding French food, and are open to international foods also. Would like to try African food once, but otherwise good French food sounds wonderful.
Three that I’ve tried in the 5th and like a lot:
Moissonier (28, rue des Fossés St-Bernard) – Lyonnaise specialties – fabulous pike quenelles, pork with lentils, great potato gratin – not cheap exactly, but reasonably priced and worth the money.
Le Raccard (19, rue Laplace) – inexpensive, slightly shabby – cheese or beef fondue and raclette are the specialties.
Chez Henri (9, rue de la Montagne-Ste-Geneviève) – unpretentious cafe with classic French bistro food at a very reasonable price – duck confit, steak frîtes.
Bon voyage et bon appétit!
Ok, let me rephrase.. does anybody know any good, reasonably priced, non-pretentious places to eat in and around the Latin Quarter? I wasn't able to find much info by searching for "latin quarter".. so if anybody has good suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it!
Also, any places for dinner that don't require reservations in that area? These don't have to be fine restaurants, but don't let that stop you from suggesting those as well :)
A couple of quick recs, I've heard good thing about both Camille and Robert et Louise, I think the type of thing you're looking for (in the Latin Quarter). Also, you absolutely can't miss L'As du Fallafel, the best fallafel in town, and quite a steal pricewise! (It's at Rue des Rosiers). Also, nearby is Les Temps de Cerises, which is a tiny bistrot with good food and very good prices. Hope this helps and have a great time!
Oops, sorry Mark I was confusing my Latin Quarter and Marais, although you're just across the river from the restaurants there. I would still highly recommend a trip to L'As du Fallafel, and a rec for the 5th, is an amazing wine bar that serves a four course set menu for lunch and dinner called Les Papilles near the Luxembourg gardens. Best to get reservations for that, and if you're a picky eater, you could call ahead the day to find out what's on the menu (it's a no choice menu), but amazing food and convivial atmosphere.
I second, third and fourth this recommendation for the falafel - even if in the Marais - awesome neighborhood to do the Bastille Market, then this absolutely fabulous sandwich, then walk this great neighborhood. Monday is perfect because of the Bastille Market open on Monday (and maybe thursday, but for sure Monday)
The Latin Quarter is in the 5th arrondisement. Try searching within the France boards for "5th". For the Marais, try 4th and 11th. I think you'll find lots of suggestions.
I suggest you use the map of best parisian bistrots in a thread nearby. Hot places in or nearby Latin Quarter at affordable prices include le Comptoir, Le Pre Verre, Le Petit Pontoise, and Ribouldingue if you're not afraid of eating organs etc. Also the 15th (and 14th to a lesser extent) are home to many delicious bistrots (what they now call "bistronomique"): Le Troquet, L'Os a Moelle, Le Beurre Noisette, La Regalade, l'Antre Amis. All places under 50eur, often more, reservations policy vary (eg in le comptoir, no reservation at lunch, weeks in advance for dinners).
These are not where you said, but they're not far off. And the Metros...
Le Repaire de Cartouche
8 Blvd Filles du Calvaire 11e
Metro St Sebastien Froissart
Fronts on the Blvd. but the rear is on rue Amelot. That's downstairs and that's where you want to be. I enjoyed just watching the action, even though I don't speak French. Great food, which is the point, after all.
le Bistrot du Dôme
2, rue de la Bastille
Metro Bastille A block off of Place Bastille. Serves fish. Very comfortable, not stuffy. The menu on a blackboard.
Biche au bois (À la)
45, av. Ledru-Rollin
A few blocks from Gare de Lyon. A small place. Don't confuse it with the joint on the corner, right next door. We enjoyed our meals there and they are not nose in the air people, just folks. I think Yul Brynner is the owner and greets, seats, and serves in the evening.
This is one of the places that closes in the afternoon. Watch for this when planning. Many restaurants do close from 1430 to 1700 or even 1900 then re-open until 2300
74 rue Amelot
Metro St Sebastien Froissart
This place is probably not on any lists (yet) but everything we ate there was excellent. The place is very comfortable and the bar area is sometimes lively with live music. A piano player and tap dancer one night! And the separate dinning room.
If they see you in their joints more than once, they remember. We never got any attitude from anyone. Probably because we didn't give any attitude. Also, I may be wrong, but I don't think you look for anything really good at any place that has bamboo tables and chairs on the sidewalk.
It's very difficult to get a bad meal in Paris! If you can get to any of the recommended places, fine, but if not, stop in any bistro (or what's the new thing? Gastrobistro or something like that?) Read the menus outside first- almost all are in English, too (which irritates me because I'd rather figure out the French -it all sounds better that way anyway). Try a couscous place for an inexpensive North African meal- although that's better in cold weather.
Would disagree that it's hard to get a bad meal in Paris -- lived there 33 years and there were plenty. And not all of them at my mother in law... Maybe we should start a thread "bad places in Paris"? I would start with a pizzeria av Emile Zola. Many bad bakeries too. Random coffess can offer disgusting croquemonsieur (can be delicious as well, indeed), industrial sandwiches and bread.
Hubby and I were just in Paris (end of April, beginning of May) - my favorite day (hard to choose though) was in the Latin Quarters. We took fabulous pastries to the Luxenburg Gardens for Breakfast. Walking down through the open market (eating raw oysters on the side walk) mmmm. Had a wonderful lunch at Le Pre Verre on Rue Thenard (heard it was tough to get into for dinner - definately make reservations). Great pre fix price, excellent french meal.
Another standout dinner place for us was Le Close des Gourmets on 16, avenue Rapp - fabulous fabulous, loved it, excellent food and service, (didn't kill the wallet either) just around the corner from the eiffel tower so after a great experience in dining you can stroll over to watch the shimmering of the lights every hours for 10 minutes - beautiful!!!
My son just moved to paris in March and scoped out the great places vs the tourist traps. There are many where you'll spend a fortune and you don't need to to have fabulous dining.
In the 5th, longtime favorites of mine are Les Fontaines on the rue Soufflot just by Blvd. St. Michel, and for breakfast, Cafe Mouffetard at the bottom of the rue Mouffetard, for unbelivably delicious brioche and croissants to go with your cafe au lait. (as well, the fabulous market street outside!
I might also suggest L'homme Bleu in the 11th for N. African food.To my memory it is on Rue Jean P Timbaud. This was our neighborhood place years ago and is still quite good according to this board. It might just beat out other places. BTW~we are heading back to Paris in September and plan to eat here again.