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December 20, 2010

My latest Restaurant hunts in Paris

Paris, the name along means good times, good food, and great company, it can ,also entails ideas of romance pourquoi pas n’est pas….

I am not a proponent of taking photos in restaurants and even less of meals, but do have some photos of restaurants in France that just stroke a fancy for it. You will see the photos at the end.

I have several places that no matter the number and choices in Paris always seems to salivate towards them. Its a habit pershaps of the many choices available once try so many eventually you will settle for a few good ones of your opinion and taste. These I like to share with the readers of my blog it could be the start of the same trend, and become yours for years to come as they have been of mine. Hope you enjoy them and the reading about them. They wont be in any particular order of preference just memory as names come up.

Footsie’s ,10-12 ,rue Daunou, 75002 open from  12h to 16h then 18h to 02h. tel +33 01 42 60 07 20, metro Opera line 3,7,8 . The concept is you have four screen plasma TV and its setup like a stock exchange, so the prices on the drinks change according to the demand. It is up to you to choose the cheapest base on less consumption or the tops of the demand and pay more. Played the numbers games and have lots of fun . no web but just walking distance from the Opéra Garnier.

Au Trappiste, 4 rue Saint Denis, 75004. open from 11h to 02h Monday thru Sunday and from 11h to 04h on Fridays and Saturdays. Tel +33 01 42 33 08 50.  metro Chatelet line 4,11. Here you are in Belgium with the monks; lots of good beer, simple good portions of food, moules or mussels and fries,and grill sausages. The first or ground floor is more noisy ,the second floor more calm and better views!of Chatelet. no web but its just by the metro exit and rue Rivoli. Best way is the metro ,the RER is too crowded to get here.

Café L’ Imperiale, 240 rue Rivoli, 75001. open from lunch and dinner long hours,  tel +33 01 42 60 73 27. Metro Concorde or Tuileries lines 1,8,12.  This was and is my stop for a quick meal, coffee or a drink with a magnificent location across fromt the jardin des tuileries. I used to work nearby so for an after lunch coffee or an after work quiet happy hour with business folks it is great. Quick meal on your way to the Louvre too. no web but cant missed it just by the museum of jeu de paume across the street.

La Gare, 19 Chaussée de la Muette, 75016; open from 11h to 02h everyday. Tel +33 01 42 15 15 31. Metro La muette line 9. It used to be the train station La Muette for this village of Paris annexed in 1860. Very nice area, my all time favorite, come here often with the family and take my good visiting friends and family over and over. You have formules specials for lunch, a Brunch on Sundays for 33€ all you can eat; and the service is grand. Highly recommended, the webpage  http://www.restaurantlagare.com/

Septiéme Vin , 68 bis Avenue Bosquet, 75007 open mondays to Fridays from 12h to 15h and 19h to 23h, Saturdays and Sundays from 19h to 23h. tel +33 01 45 51 15 97. metro Ecole Militaire line 8. A grand friendly and wonderful ambiance with great food. The entire staff is superb. I had many meetings here of the culinary kind and all great, highly recommended. Lunch formule is good but I prefer the evenings and great beef and good selection of wines. webpage http://www.septiemevin.fr/

Café de la Paix, 5 place de l’Opéra, 75009 open from 12h to 15h and from 18h to 23h30 all week.  Tel +33 01 40 07 36 36. Metro Opéra line 3,7,8.  An institution in Paris for over 150 years since 1862 as part of the Le Grand Intercontinental Hotel, cant get any classier than this.In a prime Paris location with style;if you want to experience the branche chic glamour of Paris this is one of its top places.The first televised broadcast from France to the USA was done here in 1948 by Maurice Chevalier, Yves Montand ,and Henri Salvador. The service, the food and every detail is magnificent, come and splurge you will spend your best money ever. Webpage http://www.cafedelapaix.fr/

Cuba Compagnie Café, 48 bd Beaumarchais, 75012 near Bastille, open everyday from 7h to 02h, Tel +33 01 48 06 07 11; metro Chemin Vert line 8 or Bastille line 1,8. Another location near Clichy but this one is much better. Cuba in Paris with great mojitos to boot; happy hours from 16h to 20h, and live music on fridays and saturdays from 20h to 02h. assortiments of tapas at 18€ or the brunch at same price is excellent value and a great introduction to Cuban cuisine. webpage http://www.cubacompagnie.com/index.htm

Agua Limon, 12 rue Theophile Roussel, 75012 .Open from Tuesdays to Saturdays from 12h to 14h and 19h30 to 23h. tel +33 01 43 44 92 24.Metro  Ledru Rollin line 8 or Gare de Lyon lines 1,14. The best Valencian in Paris, the food of Valencia paella per excellence and Horchata drink. plat du jour from 9,50€ and formules from 11,50€ great value for your money. Great ambiance and welcome by the owner ,natives of Valencia,Spain. webpage http://www.restaurant-agualimon.com/

Au Métro, 18 bd Pasteur, 75015, Open from 7h until there is nobody in the place ! even Sundays during world cup plays. Tel +33 01 47 34 21 24. metro Pasteur lines 6,12. The cradle of rugby in Paris, if you like beers,and good fun, great ambiance,f riendly people and can see a match of rugby than comes here you wont be disappointed. Always something happening. Lots of finger food, sandwiches, and salads, plus plenty to drink . Great for a start of your evening here and then go for more substantial restaurant or a very late night snack ! webpage http://www.aumetro.com/

Hacienda del Sol, 157 bd Montparnasse, 75006; open from mondays to saturdays from 19h to 23h, at lunch only with advance request reservation, min 10 persons. Tel +33 01 43 26  26 53.Metro Vavin line 4. A real Mexican chef and family run, you will feel like at home. Menus decouverte or discovery menus at 31€ substantial food or great chimichangas and Bohemia beers. They run another resto Anahuacally but I prefer this one. webpage  http://www.haciendadelsol.fr/Hacienda_del_Sol.html

Le Comptoir du Relais, 9 carrefour de l’Odéon, 75006.Open mondays to fridays from 12h to 23h. Tel +33 01 43 29 1 05.  Metro Odéon line 10 or Marbillon line 10. a great location ,great food and great service cant ask for more. People passing spectacle in a nice area; relax after a long walk in Paris or come after work. Liévre a la royale is sublime ,one of my favorite dishes in FRance, this is hare=liévre. In the bottom of the excellent Relais Saint Germain hotel, webpage http://www.hotel-paris-relais-saint-germain.com/

La Perla, 26 rue François Miron, 75004. Open from Mondays to Sundays from 12h to 02h Tel +33 01 42 77 59 40. metro hotel de ville line 1,11. behind the Hôtel de Ville de Paris. Tequila I found you in Paris, great bar, and fast texmex food, huge selection of cocktails and beers. A great chic crowd after work, and a fantastic place to start or end your day in Paris. They have other properties in UK ,Australia, Holland, etc .Webpage  http://www.cafepacifico-laperla.com/lppf.html

O’Sullivans Café Bar, 1 bd Montmartre ,75002, open Mondays to Thursdays from  11h to 05h, Fridays 11h to 07h, Saturdays midday to 07h ,and Sundays midday to 05h.  Tel +33 01 40 26 73 41.Metro Grands Boulevards line 8,9. You can catch the latest football games here, popular with the expat community of Paris. Great drinks and ambiance.bumper burgers, finger food,and quick bites with plenty to drink. Several location in the Paris region ,my favorite in Paris is this one. webpage  http://www.osullivans-pubs.com/index2.php?lang=eng&id=bars

Casa del Campo, 39 bd du Temple, 75003. open mondays to wednesdays from 11h to 00h, Thursdays to Saturdays from 11h to 02h. Tel +33 01 44 54 67 00.Metro République lines 3,11,9,8. A real Spanish tapas resto with flamenco live music from Thursdays on in the evenings. I like the fact that can eat Spanish and listen to some good flamenco music while in Paris. Great tapas platters at 5€ each item and you can mix as you wish. Beer and wines of Spain too. Happy hours from 17h to 20h Mondays to Fridays.  Other locations all over Paris, webpage  http://www.casadelcampo.fr/

La Cantine du Faubourg, 105 Faubourg Saint Honoré,75008. Open every day from 11h to 04h, Saturday and Sundays from 19h to 04h. Tel +33 01 42 56 22 22 .Metro Saint-Philippe du Roule line 9, Miromesnil lines 9,13, Franklin D Roosevelt lines 1,9. The chic models par excellence location, very high end ambiance with the latest trend, a place to look and be look, to say you have arrive in Paris. Models of the great houses frequented and some even start working at the tables. The food and drinks are sublime tender roastbeef and caviar, with champagne. A place to go in romantic or your better half or impress your boss. webpage http://www.lacantine.com/

Joe Allen, 30 rue Pierre Lescot,75001. Open  Sundays to Wednesdays from midday to 00h30 ,and Thursdays to Saturdays from midday to 01h. Tel +33 01 42 36 70 13. Metro Chatelet lines 11,4. The New York address in Paris and a great place to meet with me and other Americans in Paris. Try the steaks and pork ribs to kill for,with great wines from USA, and a great raspberry cheesecake. Other locations in USA including Miami Beach FL USA! webpage http://www.joeallenparis.com/joeallenparis.com/Home.html

Chez Clement, 17 bd Capucines, 75008.Open every day continuous service from lunch to dinner, Tel +33 01 53 43 82 00. Metro Opera lines 3,7,8. One institution in traditional French cuisine that has not disappointed for many many years and on several location including the one in Nantes.  Great family restaurant ,nice friendly service, and quiet ambiance. webpage  http://www.chezclement.com/

Bistro Romain, 122 ave Champs-Elysées,75008  open  11h30 to 15h and 19h to 23h weekdays and Saturdays.  Tel +33 01 43 59 93 31 . Metro George V line 1 near Lido.  A nice cozy Italian chain that wont break your bank and allows for a nice family meal. This is the location of my first date with what is today is my wife, so its an annual pilgrimage for us too. It was not expensive ::)  Several locations throughtout  France Webpage http://www.bistroromain.fr/index.htm

Aux Amis du Beaujolais, 28 rue d’Artois,75008. (Closed since  early 2010) Metro George V line 1 or Saint Philippe du Roule line 9. An eternal from the Picolet family since 1921, great food done fresh everyday according to the season, and the region of Beaujolais. The owner have winery in the region so the one is from the house and straight from the vinyards. Of course, in season try the Boeuf Bourguignon ho ho ho!! Enjoy. no Webpage

Hope you can enjoy them as much as I do. Paris has an enormous amount of choices, and we all have our favorites for x reasons. At least you know some of mines, and fewer still with photos, maybe one day we will be there same time ………………….

Cheers and bon appétit.

 

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December 20, 2010

The medieval still in Paris.

When searching for old Paris, nothing can get any better than the areas around Cluny, Sens,and the Village Saint Paul. All on both side of the river Seine in the  rive droite or right bank  or rive gauche or left bank of Paris.

You can easily trace this route on foot from the cour Carrée du Louvre and the donjon or fortress of the Louvre (now the museum) you come up and cross the street rue de l’Admiral de Coligny, and voilà you are in front of the church of Saint Germain l’Auxerrois, one of the oldest in Paris. The tower next to it does not belong to the church but to the mayors office of the 1er arrondissement or district of Paris and built in the 19C. Better see the gothic porch in front of the church of flamboyant gothic style the only in Paris together with the Sainte-Chapelle. The royal family came many times to pray here,and about this time going on the quai de la Mégisserie along the Seine was the territory of the tanners and saddle makers.

By todays pont du Change (old Grand-Pont) you have the great meatcutters area after being sold the animals from the nearby Champeaux (today Les Halles). Their church that of Saint Jacques only remains the tower or Tour Saint-Jacques today. If coming back to the place du Chatelet you can imagine there once stood the Grand Châtelet ,a huge fortress where the provost of Paris lived and was raze in the First Empire period (Napoleon I). A bit down you will come to the place de la Gréve where stands the Hôtel de Ville. The most important harbor port of the city was here as boats load and discharge merchandise on the Seine.

One of my most marvel buildings is near the place de la République near the old port des Célestins stands the magnificent Hôtel de Sens, 1 rue de Figuier (today its the library Forney since 1961 here). It has French style gardens and flamboyant  architecture style. The archbishop of Sens Tristan de Salazar ,made built his residence from 1475 to 1519 here. The famous queen Margot was one of its residents, and at less than 100 mèters (130 ft) the lycée (High School) Charlemagne where the kids played football (soccer) at the foot of the oldest longest remaining old fortress wall of Paris built by king Philippe Auguste(bordering the rue des jardins-Saint-Paul)  ,just in front of the church of Saint Paul Saint Louis, and behind the beginnings of the Village Saint Paul, where the stores are now in the old garden of king Charles V that used to lived in the Hôtel Saint Pol destroyed in the 16C.

You can continue your walk towards rue Figuier et de Fourcy to reach rue François-Miron, and from here the rue des Archives where at No 58 you will see the door of Hôtel de Clisson (built 1371 and now the national archives museum). A bit down at No 24 rue des Archives a door hides the only medieval cloister still in Paris, this is the Cloître des Billettes with its magnificent flamboyant ceilings , something to come and see .

Moving now towards the rive gauche or left bank , you can continue see the old fortified walls of Paris of king Philippe Auguste. At No 27 rue Mazarine you can come to the basement of the public parking second lower level to see the wall for several meters. At No 34 rue Dauphine, a kino medical cabinet occupies an old wall where you can see the foundations coming to the cellars of the building (need permission from the private cabinet but usually granted),and you need a flashlight. At the window of the old Maison de la Catalogne (of house of Catalunya) on No 4 cour du Commerce-Saint-André.  Cross over the carrefour de l’Odéon and go up rue de l’Ecole-de-Médecine to the old convent of Cordeliers (know by a rope monks carried around their waist) ,where the teaching were done even before the Sorbonne and where Danton had its club des Cordeliers in 1790.

At the other side of boulevard Saint-Michel you see the Hôtel de Cluny ,another middle ages look in Paris.  It was the Paris residence of the abbeys of Cluny in Burgundy, it is a building from the end of the 15C and was build to put together all their colleges (first were by place de la Sorbonne) and their gardens (near the Thérmes). It now houses the museum of the Middle Ages at 6 place Paul-Painlevé, 75005. It is a place that merits your visit, wonderfully done and preserve, as if you were inside an old cloister or a little castle from the renaissance Loire. Interesting things to see inside are the tapisserie in salle or room 22, the La Parisienne- statue in wood of Mary-Magdalene done around 1500, La 6é sens de la Dame, or the the lady in the unicorn dating from the end of 15C, The art of wars or Traité de Combat circa 1490-1500,only one in France showing the princes how to fight in combat. The temperatures are kept at 55% humidity levels constant, the tapisseries are hit with a low light as well as the Lady in the Unicorn, and temp are kept by room depending on the expose article. Do you know the American series Les Sopranos was filmed here? A must place to visit in Paris.

Hope you have enjoy this little walking tour of medieval Paris. More to come at Paris 1972, stay on.

Thanks for stopping by, Cheers!!

 

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