If I Had to Choose…

This post is for a friend of a friend, and anyone else visiting Paris with an empty tummy.

It seems that everyone comes through here at some point or another. When it isn’t friends, it’s friends of friends and, thus, I’m often asked for suggestions. Do I love giving them! After living in France for nearly nine years (plus a year in college), I’ve discovered so many great places to eat and drink. Last week, a friend reminded me about her friend’s upcoming visit and that got me updating my Paris Dining Guide (soon to be back on-line). I’ve collected a lot of addresses over the years and it’s taking a bit of time (especially with a sweet baby wanting my attention and a defunct keyboard – as of yesterday the s key stopped working so I have to copy and paste each time I use it). My friend also got me thinking about my very favorite places.

If I had to choose only one…

Retaurant: Café Constant (139 rue Saint-Dominique, 7th) owned by chef Christian Constant

Dish: The sole meunière at Le Pergolèse (40 rue du Pergolèse, 16th) owned by chef Stéphane Gaborieau who was named “meilleur ouvrier de France in 2004” (thanks to this dish!)

Wine bar: La Trinquette (67 rue des Gravilliers, 3rd)

Brunch place: Le café qui parle (24 rue Caulaincourt, 18th)

Street crepe stand : La creperie du Comptoir (3 carrefour de l’Odéon, 6th)

Cup of coffee: The noisette at Terres de Café (14 rue Rambuteau, 3rd)

Macaron: The vanilla/olive oil at Pierre Hermé (several locations)

Chocolate shop: Jean-Paul Hévin or La Maison du Chocolat (it’s a toss-up; both have several locations)

Farmers’ market: It’s difficult to choose just one, but the Marché bio at Raspail on Sunday mornings is definitely worth checking out even if you’re only visiting.

Those are my favorites. Any other recommendations?

4 thoughts on “If I Had to Choose…

  1. i’m your friend’s friend that’s coming to visit. thanks for the suggestions!

  2. I love your photo! I think some pictures look so much betetr in black and white than others and this one is no exception. I adore your blog and enjoy the photos. If you can’t be there, this is the next best thing!!Thanks for the lovely comment you left on my blog. I am most definately a music fanatic. Glad you enjoyed it!!Kris

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