Food you will enjoy
#Most cafés, bistros and restaurants in Paris keep specific lunch and dinner hours. When you find yourself hungry during the off-times - head for a wine bar! Wine bars are a great place to try some wine-by-the-glass and delicious homemade fare in a casual, convivial setting. Generally speaking they are open longer hours, so they make a perfect spot for food in between lunch and dinner hour when everything else is closed. My favorites? Taverne Henri IV (13 place du Pont-Neuf) or Willi's Wine Bar (13 Rue des Petits Champs) - both in the 1st, La Cremerie (9 rue des Quatre Vents) in the 5th and Le Baron Rouge (1 rue Théophile Roussel) in the 12th.
#I recommend the heavenly delicious food and drink at the Café St Regis on l'Ille St Louis, a short walk from Notre Dame. We were on this smaller island in the Seine with our two college age granddaughters for a week last year, we ate in many places, but this was hands down everyone's favorite for simple delicious food. The Cosmopolitans made by the female bartender were fantastic!
Frannie, Juno Beach, USA
#Are you a tea lover? Treat yourself to the widest selection of teas ever at Mariages Freres, in the Marais, not far from the Rue de Rivoli. 30 Rue du Rourg Tibourg, easily accessible from the Hote de Ville metro stop. Go for lunch. Go for brunch. Go for afternoon tea. A little pricey but if you want to treat yourself while in Paris, this is the place. Two other locations--13, rue des Grands-Augustins, 6th arr; 260, rue de Faubourg-Saint-Honoré, 8th arr.
Sue, Niamey, Niger
#Wander far enough south on the rue Saint-Jacques (this is the historic pilgrimage route that once led all the way to Spain) and you'll find Le Thé des Brumes, a cozy one-room establishment with flickering candles on every table. Lunch is served all afternoon till 6:00 p.m. If it's a cold day you'll appreciate a gratin, a hot fish, meat or vegetable casserole topped with cheese and breadcrumbs. Or there are salads, quiche, or ravioli. Prices are lower here (36 to 58 francs), perhaps reflecting the out-of-the-way neighbourhood. The desserts are worth the walk, though. All are made by the owner from recipes contributed by her mother and friends. 340, rue Saint-Jacques, 5th Arrondissement
Karen, Washington, USA
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#Are you a chocolate lover looking for sweets in Paris? We'll start with the right bank. The rue St. Honoré is home to two noted chocolatiers, conveniently located just a few blocks apart. The boutique and tearoom of master chocolatier Jean Paul Hevin is a must-visit. The unmistakable scent of rich, dark chocolate envelops you as you enter. Take the time to assess the remarkable selection of chocolates and luscious chocolate-based patisserie available here. Hevin's chocolates are the finest and his selections evolve constantly. The sweet tearoom upstairs is a lovely lunch spot for those women desiring sophisticated salads of all types. Still, this spot is even better in late afternoon when one can relax over a Mariage Frères tea or a chocolat chaud with one of the twenty-plus exquisite patisseries. Address: 231 rue St. Honoré.
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#Steak and fries restaurant in Paris. It's real name is Le Relais de Venise. However, most Parisians gave it the name of L'Entrecôte and refer to it as such. When you come in, no need to choose. After sitting down, the waitress will ask you: Saignant (rare)? Bien cuit (well done)?, as here the menu is always and has always been the same. Steak thinly sliced in an amazing sauce and served with delicate fries. Desserts are a dream -- all of them, and you get the chance to choose. Le Relais de Venise doesn't take reservations. It's located at 271, boulevard Pereire, right at the Porte Maillot.
Veronique, Toronto, Canada
#Best Falafal in Paris! It's called, L'As du Falafel. This is an institution. Rock stars, teenagers, politicians and old Jewish grandmothers agree this is THE place in Paris for falafel. The fast moving 'kippah' topped team slings grilled eggplant, tangy hummus, spicy pepper sauce and crispy fried chickpea fritters all day long. The dining room is constantly busy and humming with energy as eager diners wait their turn to sit down and devour their pita pocket. Meals are served on plastic plates with prices to match. Closed Friday night and Saturday. Address: 34 rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris.
Mary, Paris, France
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#Although Paris is a great city to eat any time of day, Café Qui Parle is a fantastic place for brunch. It can be a lil' pricey during the week, but the traditional weekend brunch buffet is really great value. You can get a plentiful meal for about 15 euros. Try the homemade jams, French cheese plate, brouillés, and freshly pressed jus d'orange. Best of all it is set in the backdrop of the historic artistic quarter in Montmartre and a bit off the tourist grid on a quaint corner. You can opt for an outdoor table and do some people watching on a Sunday! Website: www.cafequiparle.com Address: 24 rue Caulaincourt, 75018 (best méro stops: Blanche or Caulaincourt)
#I recommend Au Pain Quotidien. On weekends they serve breakfast until 5:00 PM in the afternoon. In Paris they have six locations including Le Marais, St-Honore and Victor Hugo. If you are a solo traveller, you will enjoy their communal table. The table is described like this on their website, 'Friends and strangers alike come together around our communal table to break bread and linger for a while.' Their breads are great, many of their products are organic and I enjoyed my time there very much. Go early to avoid the weekend lineups: Website: www.lepainquotidien.com/#/en_US/international
Veronica, Toronto, Canada
#I'd like to tell you about Pizza la Gourmandise on 28 rue Augereau in Paris. This tiny pizzeria owned by two Tunisian brothers is close to the Eiffel Tower and welcomes the world as warmly as it does the locals. The specialty: pizza with crispy hand tossed crust and yummy choice of toppings as well as several couscous dishes, none priced to make you wince. Unpretentious food served and prepared by unpretentious people, Pizza la Gournandise will not disappoint travelers who want a place not in the guidebooks and to which they are sure to return.
Kay, Edmonton, Alberta
#My daughter and I found an inexpensive, popular restaurant called Cafe Med, in Paris, France. It's located at 77 Rue St. Louis-en-Llle, in the 4th, near Notre Dame Cathedral. It has about 12 tables, and each time we go there, it's the same lady serving everyone. For 13 euros or 19 euros (prices may have gone up since then), you can get a three course meal consisting of salad, main course and then dessert. The food is excellent and the ambiance is restive and interesting after a day of touring. Alas, the price does not include wine, but you can order it separately. If you eat earlier and miss the busier times of the evening the wait to get inside is not too long. We are going to Paris again this September and I can hardly wait to eat at this cafe again!
Suzanne, Kelowna, Canada