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I've been to Paris many times, but on an upcoming trip we are changing from our usual haunts and staying near Bastille. Any suggestions for a great meal in that neighborhood... the Marais, the 3rd... would be very appreciated. Price is really not a concern.

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  1. I don't have many recs to the immediate Marais side of Bastille; we tend to go a bit further north, around Filles de Calvaire and St-Sebastien-Froissart:

    Candelaria
    Qui Plume la Lune
    Breizh Cafe
    Le Repaire de Cartouche
    Au Passage

    But if you extend your horizons toward the other side (11th, not 3rd), you'll be spoiled for choice:

    Septime
    Bones
    Tintilou
    Bistro Paul Bert
    Le 6 Paul Bert

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    1. re: Kelly

      Thanks so much, Kelly. We ate somewhere last year with a friend near his place in the 3rd. I wish I could remember the name.. it was so simple and so good!

      The 11th is fine with us. Any difference between the two Paul Berts. I've never been to either.

      1. re: zuriga1

        Paul Bert is classic Paris bistro: think terrine de campagne, marinated herring, veal chops, steak tartare. Le 6 Paul Bert is just a few doors down from Paul Bert, but it’s a world apart in terms of cuisine: think small and modern plates (shaved vegetables, raw and marinated proteins, creative use of dairy).

        1. re: Kelly

          I really appreciate all your restaurant suggestions. I've checked websites and know we'll be eating very well, not to mention exploring some new territory. Bones sounds right up our alley as I used to say as an American. Now I have to say, 'up my street.'

          1. re: Kelly

            Is Le 6 Paul Bert the kind of place that is comfortable for someone dining alone? Is there a bar to sit at, for instance? Lively atmosphere?

            1. re: LulusMom

              I think it is very lively and I wouldn't hesitate to dine alone (I do much of the time and have never felt uncomfortable anywhere in Paris). Its not like some places in the US where you're made to feel you're taking up the space of two paying customers.

              1. re: John Talbott

                Thanks so much John. I understand that Paris is very different, but there are some places (I'm thinking of L'Amboise, for instance) where it just wouldn't be as fun to dine alone. A bit of liveliness and bustle helps a lot.

                1. re: LulusMom

                  Hummm; if you want hustle and bustle plus good food how about Flora, Pirouette, Vivant or Pierre Sang Boyer?
                  I wouldn't go to L'Ambroisie, even with Bill Clinton, lov'em, for various reasons.

                  1. re: John Talbott

                    Oh - thank you so much for the suggestions. My husband asked me to marry him the weekend we went to L'Ambroisie (thanks for the correct spelling) so it holds a special place in my heart, but no, I don't think I'd go back. I appreciate the lively atmosphere plus good food suggestions very much. Previous places I've enjoyed a lot solo are Fish and Willi's Wine Bar (eating at the bar). Was considering Maceo this time. Fish last time was with Lulu and not as good as when I'd gone before. Don't mind how much I spend (I'm in Paris, after all!) but don't eat red meat (poultry and fish/seafood fine), so have to watch out for meat-heavy places. Will be staying in le Marais.

                    1. re: LulusMom

                      Yes, well, I asked for my wife's hand standing in the Family Circle (75¢) line at the Met but I don't need to repeat it. Fish is a good idea though.

                      1. re: John Talbott

                        Exactly. Some things, though, we'd repeat. Like the marriage.

                        So, Fish is still good? As mentioned, I went with Lulu in Nov. 2011 and it was just so-so. I heard that it was undergoing some sort of change at that time so I just wasn't sure. I was surprised how un-fish (as in a lot of the choices were meaty) it was, and Lulu had a couple of those and wasn't all that thrilled. Of course she was only 5 but still, she eats well, and I give her palette (sp?) some credit.

                        1. re: LulusMom

                          Lulu: I've never been to Fish, but from what I understand from comments here, it's NOT a fish restaurant. it's a "boissonerie" which would mean a place to drink! -- not a Poissonerie... If you're looking for a tasty fish place, I've been loving La Cagouille for more than 20 years.

                          1. re: ChefJune

                            Lulu; Fish is not a fish place but it's very good altho' only English is spoken.
                            As for La Cagouille, stick to the "burn your fingers" mussels or the teeny tiny clams in cream sauce or shucked oysters. Real fish/poisson is best done at Atao, L'Ilot, Bistro du Dome (not the big Dome), L'Ecallier du Bistrot, etc.
                            Never heard of 'em? check 'em out.

                            1. re: John Talbott

                              will definitely check them out, thank you both.

                              I have been to Fish twice. The first time the menu seemed to swing a bit more to the Fish side than most do, but, as you say, it certainly doesn't have to, and didn't the second.
                              Thanks to everyone for the advice and information.

        2. re: Kelly

          I spend 6-8 weeks a year in the Marais. One of my new favorites for a local place, a couple of blocks from the St. Paul métro, is Métropolitain. Creative food, reasonable prices for the quality and quantity.
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/852042

          1. re: RandyB

            Thanks, RandyB. Sounds good!

        3. Had a great meal at Métropolitain, in the 4th a few blocks from the Bastille. This is one of the casual new bistros with young, fearless chefs. Food is wonderful, ambiance is to duplicate a Metro station.

          http://www.metroresto.fr/