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Dec 16, 2012 07:34 PM

Marais lunch spots

We will be in Paris the week after next and would like any recommendations for casual lunch spots in the Marais area. I read about a couple of places that sound good (Tartes Kluger, Usagi). Would it be too cold to eat at one of the places at Marche des Enfants Rouges?



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  1. Tartes Kluger is fine if a little too earnestly bio. Usagi is no more but its offshoot Le Petit Usagi on the Canal St Martin is, I think, still operating. The Marché des Enfants Rouges is covered and (sorta) heated ... bad weather does reduce the number of tables available (in the courtyard).

    On the rue Bretagne, the grub at Café Charlot and (my favourite) Café Le Progrès is quite acceptable. If you like seafood, L'Ilot on the rue Corderie. Salady stuff, the Cantine at the Merci concept store on the boulevard Beaumarchais is excellent.

    As long as you stick to the Haut Marais/ 3rd and avoid the very touristy Marais/4th, you'll be spoiled for choice.

    1. Le Gaigne, Pamela Popo and the Cafe des Musees are good casual lunch spots in the Marais.
      As for the weather, maybe Bob Dylan can predict it but I cannot, sometimes it's bitter cold after Jan 1, sometimes mild, but I think they have those heater-things at the Marche des Enfants Rouges, non?

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      1. re: John Talbott

        I"m assuming it will NOT be warm. Although last time I was in Paris was in March a couple years back and it was in the 60s and sunny all week, so you never know!

      2. Tartine is very nice casual. Food and service both good.

        North side of Rivoli west of metro St Paul .

        1. Thanks all. I'll look these up for sure. Can I plan to be spontaneous (or sort of, with my list in hand)? Or do I need to make a reservation for lunch on a weekday?

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          1. re: debra1234

            You probably need to book for Le Gaigne, Pamela Popo and Café des Musées. But not as imperative as for dinner or weekends. And do check if they will be open on the day. The others are more pop-in-able for lunch.