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Great restaurants near Vincennes or near the Paris 1 Metro line

jcurrysf Jul 19, 2013 08:44 AM

Hi we're currently visiting Paris from San Francisco and wanted some suggestions of great French restaurants . . . we have a toddler and a baby with us but we're willing to get a sitter for the toddler (for dinner) if necessary, or bring him along for lunch. We love the French classics. Hoping to not break the bank although it's Paris so we now we're going to be laying down some cash. Romantic spots are a bonus but for the most part we just want really great food!

We're staying in Vincennes so places near here or on the eastern part of the 1 Metro line would be best.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

  1. Parnassien Jul 21, 2013 04:39 PM

    Speaking of buses, the #46 from the Château de Vincennes bus hub/ ave Nollet is almost a foodie express. It takes you to the Sidi Brahim stop on the ave Daumesnil for a 5-min walk to the picture-perfect neighbourhood bistro Les Zygomates on the rue Capri; or the Faidherbe-Chaligny stop on the rue Faidherbe for a short stroll to the excellent Bistro Le 6 Paul Bert and the other very good restos on the rue Paul Bert as well as the trad Au Vieux Chêne on the rue Dahomey; and to the Charonne-Chanzy stop on the rue Faidherbe for the foodie-fab Septime on the rue de Charonne; or the Voltaire-Léon Blum stop on the ave Parmentier for an easy stroll to the new and very hip Bones (oups, might be closed for fermeture annuelle) on the rue Godefroy Cavaignac; or to the Parmentier-République stop on the ave Parmentier for Ober-Salé on the rue Oberkampf, the excellent foodie-fave no rezzie Pierre Sang (love it!) on the rue Oberkampf or the oenophile's delight Le Villaret on the rue Ternaux; or the Goncourt stop on the ave Parmentier for both uber-trendy Chauteaubriand and its wine-bar offshoot Le Dauphin (neither all that suitable for you if your preference is classic French); or the Hopital-Saint-Louis stop on ave Claude Vellefaux for Chez Marie Louise on the rue Marie-et-Louise or Philou on the ave Richerand or Le Galopin (but wait until this heatwave is over) on the place Sainte Marthe or, with the kids, a pizza delivered canalside from Pink Flamingo on the rue Bichat or just wandering about the delightful Canal Saint Martin quartier (the bar à vins/ à manger La Patache on the rue Lancry is worth a little detour).

    Buses are great because they tend to keep the kids quiet, no lugging strollers and gear up and down métro steps and through seemingly endless and often crowded corridors, moms with infants get priority seating, and, best of all, you get to see Paris on the way.

    1. John Talbott Jul 19, 2013 09:36 AM

      It may seem counter-intuitive to go out of Paris from Vincennes but a fine meal can be had at Les Magnolias in Le Perreux-sur-Marne - 20 minutes on the 114 bus through the Park.
      In St Mande, Les Coteaux is a Lyon-esque bouchon heavy on meat.

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      1. re: John Talbott
        mangeur Jul 19, 2013 10:07 AM

        I second JT's Les Magnolias rec.

      2. Parigi Jul 19, 2013 08:58 AM

        Porte de Vincennes area, or the suburb of VIncennes?

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        1. re: Parigi
          jcurrysf Jul 19, 2013 09:18 AM

          Vincennes the suburb, we're next to the city center. Totally willing to go into Paris, though don't want a super-long Metro ride.

          1. re: jcurrysf
            Parigi Jul 19, 2013 11:22 AM

            "Totally willing to go into Paris, though don't want a super-long Metro ride."
            In that case…
            Baron Rouge
            Temps de Cerises
            Café des Musées
            Claude Colliot
            You can find many detailed reviews of these restaurants by using the search function on top right;

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