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Aug 14, 2011 11:22 AM

Paris restaurants near Place de la Republique/11th Arrondisement?

My wife and I are staying in an apartment right near the Place de la Republique in the 11th in October for our honeymoon. I already have some ideas of great places in walking distance (West Country Girl, Le Chateaubriand, Maria Luisa, Philou, Breizh Café), but we're looking for recommendations of close-by places in that area that are quieter and easy to drop by for a low-stress, low-key meal on days/nights when we're not feeling like hitting a scene, maybe that don't require reservations. Similar drinking establishments would be appreciated, too. For reference, our favorite places here in the states are generally gastropubs and good Philly BYOs; in Paris, we'll eat anything.

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  1. You are an easy walk to Jeanne A on J P Timbaud, a wine bar/epicerie that offers well prepared plates, lunch and dinner. Run a search on it on Chow and you'll get more detailed description.

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    1. re: mangeur

      I like Jeanne A as well. Nice small plates and wines by the glass. I'm also a big fan of Septime, also nearby, but this will require reservations. Another low key place is Aux Deux Amis for wine and small plates.

    2. l can give you sources rather than restaurants. On Ave Bretagne, excellent butchers, two on same block, two blocks from Republique with sublime boudin noir, very easy to cook, and IMHO, as good if not better than Pierre's at Bibou. Excellent fromagerie there as well, Jouannault. Just up Rue Yves Toudic towards metro J Bonsergent is Les Pains et du Idees, one of my fav bakeries in Paris, go early as they sell out of their super bread, the pagnol, very early. Another bakery, the other way down Blvd Voltaire is La Fournee d'Augustine, whose bread is good but has the distinction of selling a linen bread bag large enough for a full baguette. The only one ever found, thus no necessity of being on metro with end of bread hanging out, or having to break the loaf.

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        1. re: Delucacheesemonger

          Re the bread bag from "La Fournee d'Augustine": We happily possess (and use) one of these, thanks to DCM. Also in the general area, we have liked: "Le Villaret," 13, rue Ternaux, Métro: Parmentier; and "Le Repaire de Cartouche" (the upstairs bistro -- we've not been to the downstairs restaurant), 8 Boul. Des Filles-du-Calvaire, Métro: Filles-du-Calvaire (but service can be an issue). -- Jake

          1. re: Jake Dear

            Both excellent suggestions, IMHO, although I doubt that drop-in is often a reality at either. Le Villaret is where I cut my teeth on an only-in-French carte. I remember Joel, the wonderful Maitre d' who became a principal in the later incarnation, patiently patting his body to designate various cuts of meat, even brilliantly getting across "fressure", a master of charades.

            1. re: mangeur

              I agree, reserve at both, as in all good similar places. (Even if only very shortly in advance.)

        2. I really like le Villeret. Close and an excellent wine list.

          1. <maybe that don't require reservations.>

            Truly, reservations are always the best idea in Paris (anywhere in France) -- even if you call an hour or two ahead. You can always cancel later if you change your minds.

            1. A nice gastropub type place in that area is Le Petit Bal Perdu on Oberkampf, between Voltaire and Filles du Calvaire. It does get pretty busy but we managed to get in without a reservation by arriving on the early side (on a weeknight).

              You'll also be right by the Popincourt market (Tuesdays and Fridays on Blvd Richard Lenoir between Timbaud and Oberkampf) which is great for picking up cheese, roast chicken, charcuterie, basically whatever you need, and then you can walk up to the Canal for a picnic. If the weather's good there are tons of people eating there in the evening, it can be a really nice, relaxed scene.