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Salad Nicoise from Le Chalet

I’ve just returned from a fresh trip to Paris during August when many of my favorite restaurants were closed. Many Parisians flee the city during the month of August and as a result many shops and restaurants are shuttered up for the month. I knew this going in, but still found myself disappointed when I called my favorite places to “manger” (French word for eat) and instead of being greeted by grumpy a Parisian “Bonjour,” I either got no answer or an answering machine. This forced me to explore a bit more and find some new haunts, which I am happy to say after a few horrible meals and lackluster shops, I have a new Paris round up to share! First up…the food!

For those who have never been to the city of lights and dream of wandering into a cafe on the Left Bank and having the meal of your life, let me jolt you out of your trance right now and tell you that dining in Paris is either a fabulous experience or simply awful. The culinary scene is one of extremes. I have yet to find an in between “so-so” meal in Paris; they have all either been really great or really, really awful. If you find yourself hungry while sightseeing and do not have a recommendation readily at hand, save yourself some anguish and the cash and stop in a Monoprix or a boulangerie and get the fixings for a picnic and enjoy a lovely meal in a local park.

Here is the list of food heavens I found on this trek to Paris in no particular order:

  • Alcazar- 62 Rue Mazarine  75006 Paris, France. +33 1 53 10 19 99. Metro Stop: Odean. You should make a reservation at this super chic eatery. It is bordering expensive, but not ridiculous like many of the Michelin star restaurants in Paris. Service is efficient and friendly and they do have English menus if you request them. I had cod fish that was cooked to perfection with coconut on a bed of mashed potatoes. It sounds a little strange, but it was delicious.

    Alcazar Dining Room

  • Le Chalet du 16theme 63 Rue de la Pompe 75016 Paris, France. Metro Stop: Rue de la Pompe. This is the perfect stop after some serious shopping at Reciprocique, the designer resale shop that is a complete heaven and takes up an entire city block. It is located just down the street and has really fresh salads. I ordered the Nicoise Salad and was greeted with the lovely plate photographed below. Waiters don’t speak English, so be prepared to dust off your French. The restaurant has a very authentic feel and is frequented by the fancy set that lives in the 16th Arrondissement.

    Salad Nicoise from Le Chalet

  • Mariage Freres- 30 rue du Bourg-Tibourg, Paris 75004. Metro Stop: Hotel De Ville. This tea salon has a shop in the front and very elegant tea salon in the back topped off with a tea museum upstairs. It is pricey, but a legendary place with absolutely wonderful teas and desserts. They have a strawberry creme brûlée that made me fall in love with Paris all over again. There are multiple locations throughout Paris, but my favorite is the one in the Marais.

    Strawberry Creme Brûlée at Mariage Frères

  • Mon Thai- 84 Rue Montorgueil, Paris 75002. Metro Stop: Artes de Metiers. After days of rich French food it is nice to take a break and Mon Thai is a delicious place to take it! The food is fresh, tasty and best of all not expensive.

Stay tuned for an upcoming post on shopping, both for food and fashion.



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Shortcut to Fabulous Food Near the Sights in Paris!

DSC_5875I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to waste a meal while traveling on mediocre food, especially when it is in a place like Paris. When you are sightseeing and doing the tourist thing, it is hard to find a great meal and stay away from the tourist traps, but I have some great sightseeing tips and dining suggestions for the city of light.

  • Check out the sights near the Palais Royale during the day and enjoy a lovely picnic in the Jardin de Tuileries. Walk to the Monoprix on Rue de L’Opera and check out the prepared food section on the ground floor. They have lovely sandwiches and paninis and their giant macarons are some of my favorites in the city! The basement level of the store has grocery items and snack sized chips. Try the Monoprix brand gout chili chips…yum!
  • The Latin Quarter is a nice 15 minute stroll from Notre Dame Cathedral. Skip the touristy dining near Notre Dame and head to the cobblestone streets of the Latin Quarter for some delicious dining options. Here are my Latin Quarter picks: La Jacobine. 59-61 Rue Saint Andre des Arts, 75006 Paris. This Tea House is tucked away down a cobble stone street just off of Rue Saint Andre des Arts. I love the ambiance  and the food is delicious! It is open seven days a week from 11:30 to 23:30. My favorite dishes are the Beef Bourguignon and the La Jacobin Salad that comes with a slice of  perfectly light and fluffy quiche on top! The desserts are on display in the window and change daily. They are too die for!!!! Creperie St. Germain 33 Rue Saint André des Arts, 75006 Paris. Around 7- 10 euros per plate including both sweet and savory crepes, salads and more. Lots of locals and a cool vibe with cave like ambiance.
  • One of the hottest and most delicious and affordable restaurants in Paris is a short ten minute walk from the Eiffel Tower. Les Cocettes Christian Constant. 135 Rue Saint Dominique, 75007 Paris. Wines starting at 4 euros a glass. You will love the ambiance of this place and that all of the dishes come out in little cast iron pots even the Cesar salad, although the crab salad comes out in a jar sans lid! Chocolate tart (10 Euros) is the most expensive dessert on the menu. Dessert is good but if you are going to scrimp somewhere this is where to do it because it was not over the top “make me gush like a school girl fawning over a boy band member” fabulous like the other dishes here.IMG_0019
  • While Strolling the Marais in Paris’s 4th  Arrondissement hitting up one of the falafel shops is really the must do in Paris! The most famous and the one with the longest line is L’au du Falafel 34, rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris. If you don’t feel like waiting in the long line, may I suggest Chez Marianne. 2 Rue des Hospitalières Saint-Gervais 75004  Paris. Much calmer and gives your choice of yummy cornichon pickels on top.
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