Posts Tagged ‘5th Arrondissement’

Things to Do in Paris: Treasure Hunting with THATRue

Spring is a time of new beginnings and blossoming ideas so I don’t think that Daisy de Plume, the ingenious founder of THATLou (Treasure Hunt […]

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Paris Restaurant: Le Petit Châtelet

I have a problem. When I see “Traditional French food” or “English menu available” signs, I just want to run the other way…

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Paris Restaurants: Café de la Nouvelle Mairie

While the city is full of bistros and brasseries, knowing where to eat in Paris can sometimes feel difficult, as it can be hard to find a locale that feels truly authentic. Fresh ingredients are swapped out for frozen […]

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Paris Restaurants: Chez René

A few years ago I read an article in Le Figaro in which Chez René was reported as having the best mousse au chocolat in Paris. Three days later I was walking past the bistro’s terrace, decorated with flower boxes, and […]

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Le Christine

The giant fork hanging above the doorway of Le Christine had me smiling before I even got to my table. I like a Paris restaurant that isn’t afraid of having a little fun.

Le Christine continues this playfulness inside. Rustic wood beams on the ceiling transition to whitewashed brick walls. Splashes of red dot the decor and color the banquettes.

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If you’re in the mood for an authentic hamburger and fries, Delmas Diner, in the 5th Arrondissement of Paris, serves up the best of each.

Delmas Diner

Parisians have been jumping on board with the current craze for hamburgers in Paris, as evidenced by the popularity of spots like the burger truck Camion Qui Fume and Blend. Even Ralph Lauren got in on the action. Now it’s time to add another to the stack with newcomer Delmas Diner.

The original Delmas Café looks out onto the picturesque place de la Contrescarpe near the busy food-destination street rue Monge.

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Cafe de la Nouvelle Mairie

Gypsy Jazz in the Quartier Latin

Monday is the new Friday at Le Piano Vache, est. 1969, especially if you’re a fan of gypsy jazz. It’s tucked away behind the Panthéon, in the 5th Arrondissement, just above the Quartier Latin, where the rue Laplace connects the rue Valette and the rue de la Montagne Sainte-Geneviève and forms a one-block stretch of quiet. Pure and neighborhoody Paris. In the evening, humid darkness settles down into the cobbled cracks.

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Baked St.-Marcellin with honey sauce at the 5th Arrondissement Paris wine bar Le Porte-Pot

Le Porte-Pot

When it came time to find an appropriate place to celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau this year, I ran through my regular list of Paris wine bars. But no one was offering anything special for the occasion, so my friend and I ventured off list to a wine bar I had been meaning to try. This place was also pouring the young red wine fresh on the third Thursday of November, as tradition dictates.

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Nigri at Kura, a sophisticated spot for Japanese food in the 16th Arrondissement of Paris

Paris Restaurant reviews: Kura

While Paris is obviously the place to go for the native French cuisine, it hasn’t hit the same stride as most cosmopolitan cities in offering diners a wide array of ethnic food options. Though there are quite a few places where you can get sushi to go—or on a conveyor belt—I’ve struggled to find good-quality Japanese cooking at a Paris restaurant. So it was with extreme jubilation that I accepted an invitation to a fairly new Japanese restaurant in the 16th Arrondissement called Kura.

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Onion soup at Terroir Parisien, the affordable bistro in the 5th Arrondissement of Paris helmed by the three-star Michelin chef Yannick Alléno.

Terroir Parisien

Having had the good fortune—and the emphasis is definitely on “fortune”—to dine at the three-star Michelin restaurant Le Meurice, I was happy to learn that I wouldn’t have to save up for a few more years before I tasted Yannick Alléno’s wonderful cooking again. Chef Alléno recently opened a casual Paris bistro in the 5th, the much more affordable yet equally enjoyable Terroir Parisien.

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White bean purée with squid and ham at Aux Verres de Contact, Guillaume Délage's new bistro in the 5th Arrondissement of Paris

Aux Verres de Contact

Jadis, in the 15th Arrondissement, has joined the parade of Paris bistros that have opened offshoots, with a new address in the 5th called Aux Verres de Contact.

The name means “contact lenses,” […]

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Sea bass with hearts-of-palm salad at Sola, a Franco-Japanese restaurant in the 5th Arrondissement of Paris


Exposed beams, an ancient door and a cave dating to the Middle Ages: this seems like an unlikely setting for a Paris restaurant serving ultracontemporary Franco-Japanese fare, yet somehow it all works.

Upstairs is an elegant, classic dining room, but downstairs in the “salle japonaise” you’ll be asked to remove your shoes for a seat at one of the sunken tables.

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The shelves of wine, ranging from steal to splurge, at Les Papilles

Paris Restaurant Reviews: Les Papilles

I panicked, on a recent winter night, when some friends asked me to organize a dinner. Choosing a restaurant is something that I usually enjoy, but the guests for this particular occasion were a couple of chefs. And not just any chefs, but senior chefs working in three-star restaurants.

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When you're ready to ditch the foie gras, try the piquant handmade-noodle soup at Les Pâtes Vivantes in Paris

Les Pâtes Vivantes

“You saved our lives,” said a friend in New York, just back from a trip to Paris. “We got sick,” she continued, “and that noodle place was exactly what we needed.”

The noodle place in question? The 9th Arrondissement’s Les Pâtes Vivantes.

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Lobster ravioli at Itinéraires, chef Sylvain Sendra made-over bistro in the 5th Arrondissement of Paris


I’ve visited this contemporary Paris bistro a handful of times since it opened in 2008, and I remember walking away feeling as though I’d paid very little for food that rivaled—in imagination, if not always execution—meals I had eaten at much pricier restaurants. But after a hectic dinner nearly two years ago, marred by serious service issues […]

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