Favorite Bars and Restaurants


Le Petit Cler
29 Rue Cler
75007 Paris
Tel:  + 33  45 50 17 50
Open everyday for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

There are a lot of busy, bustling cafés on Rue Cler, but this is my favorite.  It has a friendly atmosphere and the food is not fussy and good.  The perfect place to have an inexpensive casual meal or just a glass of wine.

Bistro Belhara
23 Rue Duvivier, 75007 Paris, France
Tel:  +33 1 45 51 41 77
Open Tuesday – Saturday, lunch and dinner

A very good neighbourhood bistro with an old fashion look and feel.  The menu is updated cuisine bourgeoise perfectly executed by the talented chef Thierry Dufroux.

Chez George
1 rue du Mail, 75002 Paris, France
Tel:  +33 1 42 60 07 11
Open Monday – Friday, lunch and dinner

Traditional French Brasserie –  net curtains, tiled mosaic floors, stern, black clad waitresses of a certain age and a menu containing all the classics that are getting harder and harder to find…celeriac remoulade, grilled turbo with béarnaise sauce, magret de canard and of course tarte Tatin!

Le Fontaine de Mars
129 rue St Dominique
75007 Paris
Tel:  +33 1 47 05 46 44
Open everyday for Lunch and dinner.

Checked tablecloths, oversized napkins and a warm welcome.   This is one of my favourite places to book for Sunday lunch. The accent is on Southwestern cuisine so this is the place to order foie gras, confit de Canard or Cassoulet.  The dessert list is full of all the classics such as îles flottant, baba au rhum and chocolate mousse.

Le Cinq Mars
51 Rue de Verneui
75007 Paris, France
+33 1 45 44 69 13
Open everyday for lunch and dinner.

A buzzy neighbourhood spot off the beaten path.  The food is neo-bistro, varied and good. It is also very conveniently located near the musée d’Orsay and open on Sunday for lunch and dinner.

L’Ecailler du Bistro
21 rue Paul Berte
75011  Paris
Tel:  +33 1 43 72 76 77
Open Tues to Friday, lunch and dinner

Here it is all about seafood, especially the oysters.

Le Verjus
52 rue Richelieu
Paris 75002
Dinner only.  Closed saturday, sunday, prix fixe 68 €

Seven course tasting menu in a charming little restaurant at the end of a passageway near Palais Royal.  The chef, American Braden Perkins, makes culinary magic with the very best French seasonal ingredients.  The food is inventive and unique with a farm to table vibe.

Le Chateaubriand
129 Ave Parmentier,
75011 Paris
Tel: +33 43 57 45 95
Closed Sunday, Monday.  Reservations a must.  Prix fixe 70 €.

Not always easy to get a table but worth the effort if you do.  Some of the most innovative cooking in Paris.  If you have a late table you can wait in the adjacent wine bar, Le Dauphine.

Some favorite cocktail bars

52 Rue de Saintonge, 75003
Tel: +33 1 42 74 41 28

A Mexican speakeasy, hidden away on a back street in the Marais.  Push pass the taqueria stall selling tacos to enter the bar.  Great fun!

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