Posts Tagged ‘2nd Arrondissement’

Domaine Auchère Sancerre at L'Art Source, the 2nd Arrondissement Paris wine bar helmed by Martin Pélissier

L’Art Source

While I sometimes think there are too many restaurants in Paris, not all of them worthy, I can’t say there are too many wine bars in Paris. As far as I’m concerned, there’s no such thing. You need one for every mood. Sometimes you’d like to spend the evening sampling different food and wine pairings. Sometimes you just want to meet for a drink and a snack before a late dinner. And sometimes you don’t want the night to end, and you need a place for casual after-dinner drinks.

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Frenchie Bar à Vins

Scoring a reservation at Frenchie is no easy feat. This modern bistro, run by chef Gregory Marchand, is small, widely lauded, with a deserving reputation for great food at a reasonable price. Thanks to abundant press coverage, every visiting American food lover […]

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Maigre with red currants and fennel at Septime, a contemporary French restaurant in the 11th Arrondissement from Michelin-starred chef Bertrand Grébaut


For superb contemporary cooking, Septime is the Paris restaurant to book.

Chef Bertrand Grébaut went into business in late spring with grant money from Evian, which aptly deemed him a promising […]

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A Marcel Marceau outfit sold at auction at one of the Paris auction houses

Alternative Shopping in Paris: Hit the Auctions!

I love shopping in Paris, and some of my favorite places to shop are the local auction houses. Attending a local auction is a unique, culturally rich experience where collectors and art lovers can still find a bargain.

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There is plenty to like about L’Hédoniste, a new bistro near the rue Montorgueil, starting with the warm welcome. Owner Arthur Pétillault (a former food writer) presides over the room with a smile and eagerness to please.

It’s an old space, with exposed beams and stone walls. The partly open […]

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This neighborhood bistro in the 9th—on a wonderful stretch of food real estate that includes Vivant and L’Orient d’Or—has been a Foodie Fave once before. But recently it got a slight makeover, plus an infusion of American blood in the kitchen, and I’d heard good things.

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Smoked trout with apple and celery at Frenchie, Gregory Marchand's quintessential Paris bistro in the 2nd Arrondissement.


Conversations about Frenchie tend to focus on the difficulty of scoring a reservation. It’s true that this is one of the hardest Paris restaurants to book, and successes are usually the result of intrepid dialing or […]

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Aux Lyonnais

Lyon is an easy trip from Paris: the TGV will get you there in about two hours. But for a taste of Lyon without leaving town, there’s Aux Lyonnais. Open since 1890, the restaurant is now part of Alain Ducasse’s Esprit Bistrot group. The room is gorgeous, a warm belle epoque space, with ornate molding and mirrors, filled with the kind of bright, buttery light that seems to exist only in Paris. The pink-and-white-checked tablecloths, though, remind you that the inspiration here comes from the famous bouchons of Lyon.

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Pork natin at Citronnelle et Galanga, in the 2nd Arrondissement, in Paris

Citronnelle et Galanga

If I’m in the mood for Vietnamese food in Paris, I head to Song Heng on the rue Volta and wait my turn for a place in the cramped dining room, where there are only two things on the menu: bo bun and pho. Getting in and out of a seat here can be a gymnastic feat and always necessitates a string of apologies. It’s not comfortable, but it’s comforting all the same. Noodles are like that.

There is much more to Vietnamese cooking than pho and bo bun, of course, and Paris is not a bad place to be if this is a cuisine you enjoy.

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Faux fillet with black trumpet mushrooms at Bistro Volnay in the 2nd Arrondissement of Paris

Bistro Volnay

“Oh, it’s fancy,” I said to my friends as we entered Bistro Volnay. Suits populated the cushioned seats, elbows rested on white linens, the clinking of heavy silver was muffled by thick carpeting. A gorgeous art deco bar lined one wall, and a waitress was skillfully plating a beautiful dish of buttery sole.

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Le Chardenoux

Le Chardenoux is a stunning Paris bistro, with mirrors, woodwork and a gorgeous painted ceiling, all seemingly unchanged since it opened its doors in 1908. A century later it was bought by Cyril Lignac, a media-savvy, Alain Passard–trained talent turned TV chef, and became a second, more casual companion to his ultramodern Le Quinzième.

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Mille-feuille at Drouant, Antoine Westermann's address in the 2nd Arrondissement of Paris


Drouant is a classic, but for some reason I had never gotten around to visiting. In a city with thousands of restaurants, I suppose this isn’t too hard to understand, but my own biases are also to blame. I love small, personal restaurants, and Drouant, with its sprawling set of dining rooms and almost equally as sprawling menu, never really called to me.

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Paris Cafés: La Pascade

I wouldn’t consider Paris to be a sunny city. As a matter of fact, I’d say that it was damn grey! So where to go in times when there just ain’t…

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Chef Sven Chartier and sommelier Ewan Lemoigne, formerly of Racines, in the passage des Panoramas, are running the show at this slick new table in the 2nd Arrondissement, near the Bourse.

There are reminders of Racines to be found at Saturne, but not in the decor. If you like your Paris restaurants cramped and quirky…

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