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Sep 12, 2007 03:27 AM

best solo dining spots in Paris

I'm popping over the Channel for the weekend and I am hoping to find some of the best solo dining spots in Paris if anyone can suggest a few? I used to live there myself but would like some fresh perspective on dining.

I'd like to find comfy places to go, sitting maybe at an oyster/tapas style counter or just a neighborhood gem where you feel relaxed at your own table.

I really enjoy visiting places on my own and have made quite a project of it so any help appreciated.

Thanks in advance

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  1. One place that I like solo is Les Fontaines on rue Soufflot in the 5me. It looks rather like a bar, but is really a great neighborhood restaurant with delicious renditions of traditional bistro food.

    I always seem to meet interesting folks to talk to while dining there!

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      1. re: ChefJune

        thank you I'll try it for sure

        anymore ideas out there?

        1. re: ChefJune

          I'm going to add this one to my list too. Thanks for the recommendation.

          1. re: ChefJune


            Thanks so much for this recommendation; I had a great time, and discovered a great wine there.

            I also had a good time at Chez Nenesse, at 17, Rue Saintonge, in the 3rd; the food was not quite as good, but a really nice atmosphere; quiet.

            1. re: sarcasticHalli

              Thanks for the heads up on Chez Nenesse!

              1. re: ChefJune

                OK, here's how confused I was; I thought I went to Chez Nenesse, actually I went to Amisphere. 14 r Normandie.

          2. Great place for a reasonable solo lunch/dinner is Les Cocottes, No reservations
            135, rue Saint-Dominique, (VIIe). Tél. : 01 45 50 10 31. Métro : École-Militaire. Had lunch last Saturday and it is the best concept I have seen with the potential to succeed in most major cities if the quality of the food is kept at a high level.
            Its part of the Christian Constant restaurant and desert/chocolate empire on the 7th. Les Cocottes is a 'French diner' with a long counter and some 2 and 4 top tables. The food is prepared in individual 'cocottes' cast iron pots. Great food and deserts at reasonable prices. Had a salad and coq au vin with caraffe of wine for 35€

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            1. re: An American Living in London

              I thought it was two different Christian Constants. One is a top cholatier the other top restauranteur (Les Coccottes, Cafe Constant, Les Fables des Fontaine etc). Both very good but definitely not the same "empire".

              1. re: PhilD

                You are right, Phil. The two Constants are two different people, both brilliant in what they're doing.

                1. re: Dodo

                  What are the chances two people would have the same name, be in the food business and have a presence in the 7th. Who knew !!!

                  1. re: An American Living in London

                    The chocolatier Constant is on Rue d'Assas, in the 6th arr.! But still...