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JustineA Apr 22nd, 2010 01:17 PM

Your Favorite Restaurants in Le Marais?
What are your favorite cafés and restaurants in Le Marais for Lunch and Dinner? And why are they your favorites?

Michel_Paris Apr 22nd, 2010 01:38 PM

I liked lunch at two spots last trip. Cafe Hugo at Place des Vosges. Small place, 3/4 outdoor tables, good and plentiful meal,'s Place des Vosges. I found it after finishing a walking tour.

Bavette de veau, 1/2 bottle Vittel, glass of Chinon (Couly Dutheil) Lots of veggies, and potatoes dauphinoise
Total 17,20 euro

Second was on Ile St Louis, Brasserie de L'Ile. I had often thought about esting here, for its location mostly. So I made a special trip from where I was in Paris to get to there. Once again, eating outside. Views of Pnatheon in the disctance, watching people cross over bridge from Ile de la Cite, music...I spent too much time the time I left, it was mid afternoon.

Faux Fillet au poivre avec frites allumette, very tasty
Glass of beaujolais nouveau (Duboeuf)
Café crème
½ Badoit
3 glaces – vanille, coco, praline
Total 41 euro

progol Apr 22nd, 2010 02:02 PM

Restaurant Le Hangar
‎12 Impasse Berthaud, 75003 Paris
01 42 74 55 44

Wonderful, classy yet intimate restaurant - very reasonable prices for excellent food.

I highly recommend!


Ackislander Apr 22nd, 2010 02:06 PM

Temps des Cerises looks like an East Boston Pizza parlor but is filled with French people, their dogs and babies, and lots of conviviality. Lunch only, I think, 3 course formule of classic stuff like lentil salads, credit cards accepted. Little English spoken.

Cafe des Musees. Sometimes so packed at lunch that tables have to be moved for people to enter and leave. There is a reason it is packed. Less crowded at dinner, esp early, but much busier than it used to be. Change of management in the last decade hasn't hurt the food, but they now have basement seating, and I wouldn't want to be down there.

Extreme I: Bofinger, the classic brasserie with the art nouveau glass dome. If you eat classic brasserie dishes (choucroute, steak tartare, poulet frites) from the printed carte, it is surprisingly reasonable. If you start in on the daily specials, prices soar.

Extreme II (the other end of the spectrum): L'As du Felafel. It is a trip. I can't decide if I love the felafel sandwiches here more than any other place in the world, or do I just love the atmosphere (loosely defined) Very cheap.

StCirq Apr 22nd, 2010 02:10 PM

La Guirlande de Julie, also on the Place des Vosges, because it's incredibly pretty and romantic, and the food is delicious.

And of course L'As du Falafel for the best falafel anywhere.

Leely2 Apr 22nd, 2010 03:19 PM

I have liked:

Cafe des Musees for lunch. Good food, old-timey atmo. Have stopped for lunch my last two trips. Here's a pic from David Lebovitz's blog:

Le Gaigne for dinner. Quiet, intimate, less traditional good cooking.

Have enjoyed a casual, relaxing salad and wine at Cafe Hugo a couple times. Food is nothing to die for but such a nice place to sit and enjoy.

And for chocolate, coffee, sweets, Jacques Genin.
La Chocolaterie Jacques Genin‎
133 Rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris, France
01 45 77 29 01‎

cigalechanta Apr 23rd, 2010 08:01 AM

there were so many I enjoyed for different reasons.La Guirlande de Julie. I spent a Valentine's Day dining at this charming restaurant,
Le Dome du Marais, wonderful food at this place with a stained glass dome,
I enjoy both Bofinger and across the street Le Petit
For open faced sandwiches and a carafe of wine, I loved La Tartine where there the all French diners who seem to know eachother.

Rumseydog Apr 23rd, 2010 08:06 AM

We had two excellent means in the Marais in December 2008:

<b>Breizh Café</b>
109 rue Vieille du Temple
Tel: 01 42 72 13 77
Métro: Filles du Calvaire

Specializing in crepes, we had a delicious and relatively inexpensive lunch here. Reservations recommended -- the place was packed!

<b>Le Pamphlet</b>
38, rue Debelleyme
Tel: 01 42 72 39 24
Métro: Saint-Sébastien-Froissart

A Fodor's favorite and praised by Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema (Washington Post Travel, October 26, 2008) and by Alexander Lobrano ("Hungry for Paris: The Ultimate Guide to the City's 102 Best Restaurants"), we had one of our best meals in Paris here.

Nikki Apr 23rd, 2010 08:07 AM

Le Pamphlet. Excellent value for a quality of cooking and creativity you don't usually find for such moderate prices.

JustineA Apr 23rd, 2010 09:39 AM

I've read about Breizh Café: The crepes made with handmade organic butter and organic flour from Normandy.I'm interested in experiencing the creations of any of the French chefs who are using ingredients from small organic farms with pastured animals.
I'm cutting and pasting into my files and will try all of your recommendations.

Michel_Paris Apr 23rd, 2010 11:15 AM

Guirlande is a sister restaurant of Tour d,Argent and Rotisserie du I've wanted to go have to go having liked RdB and dreamed of TD. Pamphlet is often recommended here.

Michel_Paris Apr 23rd, 2010 11:21 AM

Ma Bourgogne at Place des Vosges has also been recommended here

smrt2 Apr 27th, 2010 02:20 PM

Robert et Louise, very traditional, rustic, country French cooking done in an open fire.

Judy Apr 27th, 2010 02:42 PM

Anyone familiar with Chez Janou?

yestravel Apr 27th, 2010 02:44 PM

Love Le Pamphlet is very good and at reasonable prices. Chez Janou is a fun casual bistrot. Here's an excerpt from out TR for Chez janou
"Dinner on Friday, the 15th. Chez Janou [2, rue Roger Verlomme, in the Marais]. After our previous night's experiment in dining, we were in the mood for hearty, traditional food from the south of France - and Chez Janou fit the bill. It was a densely-packed bistrot with floor to ceiling posters from 40s and and 50s French films. The kind of place where they have to pull the table out to seat you and you have to drape your winter coats on your chair because there's no place to hang them. (I regard this as a positive attribute.) For starters we had salads with 1) ham, garlic toast and cheese and 2) shrimp, avocado and grapefruit. Both great. Only one plats was ordered, farcis provencal (eggplant with lamb). We shared a bottle of gigondas (a steal at 28 euros) which may have had a deleterious effect on my note-taking. For dessert we had blue cheese w/ salad ("petits rocamadour") and blanc mange, and shared a glass of muscat. Everything was heavenly. We'd eaten fairly early; by the time we left the entry way to the restaurant was so crowded we could barely squeeze through. Dinner was a very reasonable 79.5 euros. I love this crowded, noisy place. Reservations needed."

Used to love L'As du Falafel and always stopped by for a lunch, but this past trip, not so good.

StCirq Apr 27th, 2010 02:50 PM

<<I'm interested in experiencing the creations of any of the French chefs who are using ingredients from small organic farms with pastured animals.>>
Alain Passard, of Arpège, grows all his vegetables on land he owns outside of Paris (SW of the city, I think).But honestly, you won't find the same zeal for organic foods among French chefs as you would, for example, among San Francisco chefs. There are a number of bio markets right in Paris, like Batignolles, but most chefs aren't paying the high prices there. And good-quality, locally grown food is such a given throughout France, there's no need to make it a particular passion, except among a handful.

Judy Apr 27th, 2010 02:53 PM

Thanks, yestravel!! The restaurant is just up the street from an apartment we have in October. When we were in Paris last November we walked up to see where the next apartment was and passed Chez looked very welcoming.

progol Apr 27th, 2010 03:13 PM

Another vote for Chez Janou - I was just about to add this one and I see that yestravel has written about it. Food was very good, atmosphere definitely lively and fun.

JustineA Apr 27th, 2010 04:32 PM

StC: I figured as much. Thanks for the feedback.

Isn't there a restaurant on a small organic farm outside of Arles? Is that over-rated as well?

The most beautiful radishes I've ever seen are in the markets of France.

nukesafe Apr 27th, 2010 04:32 PM


cigalechanta Apr 27th, 2010 05:14 PM

The organic farm outside Arles belongs to the restaurant La Chassagnette. We were allowed to stroll through it.

If you travel to New England there is a wonderful restaurant in Ogonquit Maine that has a wonderful organic garden. In the fall the outside is decorated with all their pumpkins. Inside, their flowers.

cigalechanta Apr 27th, 2010 06:04 PM

Michel_Paris, I spent a wonderful afternoon having lunch at the Brasserie de l'ilse. A jazz group was playing on the bridge, it was a slow day and the waiter chatted me up.

zoecat Apr 27th, 2010 06:25 PM

If you get tired of eating French food and enjoy Italian food and wine, try L'Enoteca. Great food, atmosphere and a terrific wine list.

JustineA Apr 27th, 2010 07:31 PM

Thanks zoecat---much appreciated. Love Italian. Nice web site, too.

zoecat Apr 28th, 2010 06:34 AM


Happy to help. If you love pizza (who doesn't?), this place has some of the best I have ever eaten (and I have been to Italy over 25 times!)-

StCirq Apr 28th, 2010 06:49 AM

La Chasagnette closed down a few years ago, and Jean-Luc opened a new one in Arles called L'Atelier. I don't know if he still has the organic gardens out in La Camargue that supplied La Chasagnette, but I understand that the "concept" of l'Atelier is still the same as it was at La Chasagnette - no menu really, just a parade of 10-12 small, fanciful dishes. I haven't had the opportunity to try it out yet.

JustineA Apr 28th, 2010 08:46 AM

StC: According to their blog they are alive and well. I think it's the same concept, however.

Thanks zoecat. I've been many times to Italy too and even lived there for a year. But the best Italian food I've had was in London many years ago!

kerouac Apr 28th, 2010 09:33 AM

My favorite restaurant in the Marais would be Chez Marianne on rue des Rosiers, not necessarily for the quality of the food (although it is quite good) as for the ambience.

JustineA May 1st, 2010 11:00 AM


PegS May 2nd, 2010 06:23 PM

Does anyone have recommendations for a brasserie or other simple place for shellfish?

rajshiv Jul 4th, 2011 03:22 AM

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