Paris Breizh Cafe Review

Well, here it comes, our Paris Breizh Cafe Review: Widely celebrated as one of the best places for dessert in Paris, Breizh Café in the Marais district heavily impressed us during our recent visit on our last trip. We accidentally stumbled across it on our way from Place des Vosges to Marche des Enfants Rouges. You have to queue for a little while at this Breton Creperie with a Japanese touch (the owner, chef and founder, Bertrand Larcher, worked in Tokyo for some time and brought many ideas and recipes back to Paris; today, Breizh Café also has one outpost there and two in Brittany). My wife ordered ginger and lemon crepe with ice cream, I ordered galette Cancale (named after the seaside town where one of the other cafes is located) with bits of smoked, cured herring and fake caviar in sour cream. Both dishes were very tasty. The […]

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Les Papilles Bistroy Parisien

We had heard many good things about Les Papilles (French for ‘the tastebuds’) and despite our high expectations, Les Papilles was even more brilliant than we had hoped. It starts with the friendly waiters, the lovely atmosphere in this former wine shop, and the quick service. Despite the fact that it was very busy, the wooden panels and shelves on the walls ensured that it was not getting too loud. Not sure if their ventilation system wasn’t working on that rather cold day in early March, but it was steaming hot despite the fact that they regularly opened the main door towards the street for a few minutes to let some fresh air in.       There is only one four-course menu, no choice, but that’s fine if it is four courses like these. It started with the waiter bringing a huge ceramic bowl and a large ladle to our […]

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Au Comptoir du Relais – Great food, if you don’t mind rude waiters and dirty plates

When researching Paris restaurants before our trip, we came across French MasterChef TV judge Yves Camdeborde’s legendary bistro Au Comptoir du Relais, which translates into ‘the bar area of the hotel Relais’. This tiny and bustling art deco restaurant belonging to the well-regarded 4-star Hotel Paris Relais Saint Germain (Camdeborde owns the whole hotel) sits in a beautiful 16th Century building just off Boulevard Saint-Germain (Metro station Odeon) and has been celebrated as unmissable for many years. It seems that the hype about it grew even stronger over time. We particularly remember a number of reviews along the lines “they know they simply cannot go wrong” and thought, that’s never a good sign. The best chefs and restaurant owners of this planet do not expose this kind of attitude. On the other hand, what were our options, miss out on this much talked about ‘gem of the gastronomic universe’, run […]

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Au Petit Sud Ouest

Following our climb of the Eiffel Tower and just before our Segway tour, we caught a bite at Au Petit Sud Ouest, which had impressed us with a Tripadvisor ranking of #59 out of 14,156 Paris Restaurants and a few other great reviews. The menu is short and mainly features duck, goose, foie gras, and combinations and variations thereof. We shared two slices of delicious foie gras pate on toasted rye bread. My wife enjoyed the fact you toast the slices of bread yourself in large vintage toasters that sit on each table. My wife went for duck leg confit with potatoes and mushrooms, I went for goose leg confit. We enjoyed the taste of the confits, even though they were far too oily for our taste, oilier than other confits we’d had in the past. The side potatoes and mushrooms were nothing special either, but tasted alright. The service […]

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Our Favourite Paris District: Le Marais

Even though we usually stay in Saint-Germain, when visiting Paris, our favourite part of town is Le Marais (“The Marsh”), the former Jewish quarter, and prior to that the home of the high nobility. We always spend at least a couple of hours sitting on a park bench or (in summer) on the lawn of Place des Vosges, the oldest planned square of the city, dating from 1612. Originally named Place Royale, it was a popular meeting point for the nobility and one of the most fashionable and expensive squares until the Revolution, when most of the nobility moved to the Faubourg Saint-Germain district, just west of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Today, the vaulted arcades house some of Paris’ best art galleries (such as Modus), cool cafes, a lovely perfume shop, and more.    We love the relaxed, laid-back, bohemian atmosphere of the Marais with its many young people, hip fashion shops, and, […]

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