My Marais – Restaurants Part 2
Thank-you for the fabulous feedback to Part 1 of My Marais restaurants.
As I promised I’m delivering another instalment of the alphabet (and restaurants) where I love to eat, have road-tested personally and find sympa in Le Marais. Just remember I would rather cuddle up to a chick pea than wrestle ‘une entrecôte’.
Le Marais is my little corner of Paris and I love this quartier dearly. It’s my ‘safe place’ in Paris where I even get a smile at the local boulangerie and a kiss from my favourite bartender!
Spring is around the corner and for any of you packing your bags for Paris or planning a trip you might like to save some of these addresses. Part 1 if you missed it is here and this is Part 2. More to come..
6 Rue de Jarente 75004 Paris
Tel: 01 40 29 03 03
Metro : Saint Paul
I was introduced to Epouvantail, a fabulous restaurant by a friend of mine who is a neighbour of the owner! Delicious French cuisine, foie gras, saint Jacques and classics like profiteroles on the menu and has a great value lunch menu. Go for lunch..
19, rue Beaubourg (Centre Georges Pompidou),
Tel: 01 44 78 47 99
This is one of those restaurants you go to for the view. High atop the Centre Pompidou and owned by the Hotel Costes group, expect pretty young things in high heels serving you with lots of cleavage (not so good for a romantic night out)! The view is breathtaking and the décor a little Blade runner but expect some attitude from all. No Website, can you believe it..
The terrace at Jaja
91, Boulevard Beaumarchais
Metro: Richard Lenoir
Open: Everyday lunch and dinner
Tel: 01 42 78 11 96
Opened by the ever so cool and onto it folks at Merci (must visit), Grazie has a fantastic New York feel about it, great cocktails and fabulous authentic Italian pizza. Hard to get into so you will need to book..
3 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie
Tel: 01 42 74 71 52
Metro: Hotel de Ville
Open: Every day from de 12h00 à 14h30 et de 20h00 à 23h00
You could walk straight past dear sweet Jaja if you weren’t paying attention (which I wasn’t for 3 years). Set back off the street with lovely courtyard for outdoor dining in the summer I think this is one of the Marais’s best quality/price restaurants. I go for lunch with my architect girlfriends who work just around the corner. We LOVE Jaja for lunch.
30, rue Rambuteau
Open: Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 11.30pm
At La Bouledogue it’s bull dog central – paintings, drawings and even the name was inspired by the owners bulldog Elliott. I have had many a cosy winter’s lunch and dinner at La Bouledogue, love the owners, old fashioned service, the décor and a great traditional French menu.
64 Rue Charlot
Tel: 01 42 77 34 10
Open: Monday to Saturday from 12.30 to 22.00
One of the few authentic Italian pizzeria’s in Paris and our local. They serve mainly pizza’s with a small antipasti menu, a pasta of the day and Italian desserts and Pozzetto gelato. You can book for the first seating around 8pm otherwise if you come later join the queue.
111 Boulevard Beaumarchais
Metro : Saint Sebastien Frossart
I go to Merci every opportunity I get. This fabulous store is like a breath of fresh air in Paris and so is the food in the canteen downstairs. A salad counter to make your head spin with treasures of ginger, coriander and spiced lentils. Sip your juice whilst gazing at their beautiful herb garden. Girl food central. No reservations. Lunch only but go early to get a seat.
If you are coming to Paris and looking for a 4 star hotel in the Marais check out this post.
“This is what you do on your very first day in Paris. You get yourself, not a drizzle, but some honest-to-goodness rain, and you find yourself someone really nice and drive her through the Bois de Boulogne in a taxi. The rain’s very important. That’s when Paris smells its sweetest. It’s the damp chestnut trees.” Audrey Hepburn as Sabrina.
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