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Best hamburger in Paris?

johnmarseille Oct 13, 2009 04:57 AM

I know the title of this post sounds ridiculous, but patience, please. I've lived in France for a long time, but I occasionally have . . . cravings. So does anyone have a suggestion or two for a burger I might try during my next trip to the capital? Thanks so much for taking this request seriously..

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  1. souphie RE: johnmarseille Oct 13, 2009 06:34 AM

    While I find claims that Californian Chinese are more authentic than French ones ridiculous, I think that point would be well made about hamburgers. In any case, there are decent burgers, if probably very french-ised to be had in this town. One star is the pdg on rue de Ponthieu, that uses buns from the MOF baker Laclos (le Quartier du Pain). Another star, maybe more authentic and ridiculously packed all the time is the Coffee Parisien rue Princesse.

    There was a special from le Figaroscope on that very topic a couple of years ago, let's search and see if we can find it.

    PS-- I totally understand your cravings. I make my burgers at home.

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      Oakglen RE: johnmarseille Oct 13, 2009 07:03 AM

      Le Castiglione (235 St. Honore) has a "Facon Casti" cheeseburger that is quite good; it will set you back 21 Euros. Joe Allen has a decent burger at 17 Euros.

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        _KRS_ RE: johnmarseille Oct 13, 2009 09:51 AM

        My favourite, although I haven't tried many is Ferdi, 32 rue Mont Thabor, 75001.
        It has been mentioned in various magazines/newspapers as "the best burger in Paris".

        Their double bacon cheeseburger (named MacArthur I believe) is approx. EUR18, with fries costing extra.

        I also enjoyed the one at Coffee Parisien.

        1. John Talbott RE: johnmarseille Oct 13, 2009 04:15 PM

          As always I agree with Soup: at home.
          Not at Floors in the 18th or Razowski's in the 1st according to Richard Hesse in last week's Paris Update.
          Hamburgers, like pizza, have no place in France.
          You want different, have sushi.

          John Talbott

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            tmso RE: John Talbott Oct 14, 2009 06:13 AM

            « Hamburgers, like pizza, have no place in France. »

            BS. What is that even supposed to mean in a country that is the number 2 consumer of McDonalds after the US, and the number 2 consumer of pizza in Europe?

            « You want different, have sushi. »

            It's no easier to find good sushi than it is a good hamburger or pizza.

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              Parigi RE: tmso Oct 14, 2009 06:22 AM

              There is such a thing as a good burger, and theoretically good food has its place in France.
              But alas, France is not known for doing others' food well. Hence no good burger, no good tex-mex, no good sandwich, no good [fill-in-blank].

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            LaFemmeNikita RE: johnmarseille Oct 15, 2009 09:29 AM

            I second Coffee Parisien. I'm a NYC-gal with a natural craving for burgers. Coffee Parisien is as good as any in NYC. Which is to say, a very very good burger. Be prepared for service that stinks...however, it's worth it.

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              charlewest RE: johnmarseille Oct 20, 2009 08:21 PM

              My husband swears that the best hamburger he has ever had was at Zimmer.

              1. rjkaneda RE: johnmarseille Oct 22, 2009 02:38 AM

                The burger at Market isn't bad.

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                  johnmarseille RE: johnmarseille Oct 23, 2009 02:05 AM

                  Thanks so much to everyone for responding. I'll check out the scene next week and report back if burger magic occurs.

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                    johnmarseille RE: johnmarseille Dec 18, 2009 07:49 AM

                    thanks again, but it looks like my own research also paid off; had an excellent burger at La Maison de l'Aubrac (rue Marbeuf near les Champs)--homey rugby kind of place, and all the beef is raised by the proprietor in the Aubrac; called rather too cleverly the MacAubrac, it is nevertheless very good

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                    rafjel RE: johnmarseille Dec 18, 2009 11:31 AM

                    David Lebovitz has been searching for much the same thing - he has a number of posts that you might find helpful :)


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                      UWSBB RE: rafjel May 5, 2010 04:19 AM

                      Where is Coffee Parisien? I saw someone say Rue Princesse. I live about a half a block from Rue Princesse in the 6eme and I don't recall seeing that place.

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                        souphie RE: UWSBB May 5, 2010 04:33 AM

                        Check again? The number in the street is 4, next to the bookshop.

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                          UWSBB RE: souphie May 9, 2010 08:27 AM

                          I tried them recently. Not bad.

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