My Marais - Restaurants Part 1 - Carla Coulson
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My Marais – Restaurants Part 1

Since the day I arrived in Paris I have called Le Marais home.

When I am on the Metro and I pass the Tuileries Stop in one direction and the Bastille in the other it becomes the jungle to me. My little corner of Paris runs from the Ile-St-Louis to Republique and each day I  eat, shop, drink and scour her streets.

I am always being asked for good addresses, so in a series of blog posts I hope to bring you I will give you some of my favourite addresses in Le Marais.

Just remember I’m a simple gal who loves ethnic food and only a couple of times has stepped inside a Michelin restaurant so expect a mix of all the good things Paris offers.


So here are some cafes and restaurants I love in Alphabetical order from A-C (the rest of the alphabet to come soon). 

Au Petit Thai

10 Rue Roi de Sicile,

75004 Paris

01 42 72 75 75

Metro : Saint Paul

I love the first floor of this Thai restaurant with a mix of sandstone walls and hanging plants. This isn’t Sydney Thai but it comes close and we have had many a delicious meal here.


20, rue saint martin

75004 Paris

01 42 72 25 76 

Metro: Hotel De Ville

Open:  Every day from 12 to 14 and 19.30 to 22.00

Thanks to a friend and a special invitation, dining at Benoit was my first Alain Ducasse experience.  The classic French menu was spot on, the bistrot décor from your French dreams and the service impeccable. I am sure the price tag matched all the above (my friend picked it up) but it was a wonderful culinary adventure for me that I would have hated to miss. 

Breizh Crepes

109 Rue Vieille du Temple

 75003 Paris
01 42 72 13 77 

Metro : Filles Du Calvaire

I walked past this little place a thousand times and saw that it was always packed and finally decided to join the melee with friends. Loved it, organic delicious buckwheat savoury crepes and caramel beurre sale (be still my beating heart) and icy cold cider! Kids and adults alike will love it.

Open:  Lunch and dinner 7 days.

Caffe Boboli

13 Rue Roi de Sicile

75004 Paris

01 42 77 89 27

Metro : Saint Paul

A little bit of Tuscany in the Marais. The Florentine owner of this tiny restaurant is committed to serving authentic Italian products and dishes in a lovely quiet ambiance. Delightful.


24,rue des Francs Bourgeois,

Paris, France

01 42 72 20 50

Metro: Saint Paul

Loved by Christian Lacroix and other fashion friends, Camille has a solid reputation as a great bistrot in the Marais but a little more expensive than the average. I have always eaten well here. 

All Photos Copyright Carla Coulson 

Chez Nenesse

17 Rue de Saintonge  75003 Paris
01 42 78 46 49

Metro: Temple

This place is great on a winter’s day, family run and looks like you are eating in a Robert Doisneau photo with a giant heater in the middle of the tiled floor room. Traditional French food.  Photo Opportunity!


Village St Paul

7 Rue Charlemagne

Paris 75004

Metro : Saint Paul

Open : Every day except Sunday for dinner and Monday 

A mix of cooked and raw food based on Italian cuisine – lots of carpaccio. Wonderful for a summer lunch in their beautiful courtyard or perfect for light eaters.

For more fabulous addresses in the Marais check out this post. If you are looking for 4 Star Hotels in the Marais check out these or a little of Italy in Paris you might like this post.

“Everything ends this way in France – everything. Weddings, christenings, duels, burials, swindlings, diplomatic affairs -everything is a pretext for a good dinner.” Jean Anouilh



  • Ah, if only I had been armed with this list when we visited Paris last year! Good excuse to go back, though – thank you for the recs! 🙂 xox

    March 13, 2013 at 10:19 am
  • Definitely the coolest part of Paris and it has changed so much in the past twenty years! I was recently taken to a Mexican hole-in-the-wall cocktail bar which was quite mind-blowing. No idea of the name, but hidden well. Have you tried that one?

    March 13, 2013 at 10:43 am
  • Fabulous Carla! I would love to share this but do not see any share feeds..have I missed them? I loved travelling to that part of Paris on my last visit and am happy to return again and again! xx

    March 13, 2013 at 12:11 pm
  • Andrea

    Wonderful list! Makes me want to get back to Paris again soon… I don’t know Le Marais as well as some other areas of Paris, probably spending more time there last time than other visits. Thanks for sharing it!

    March 13, 2013 at 12:23 pm
  • not familiar with the Marais….other than a going to the Museum of Nature and Hunting during my last visit. It was amazing….but got side-tracked during walk back….not on quaint streets you’ve described ha. Determined to do a little research this time and explore the Marais…loved by so many

    March 13, 2013 at 2:05 pm
  • Candi


    We took our first trip to Paris in the fall of 2009. We stayed in an apartment on Rue de Rivoli in Le Marais. We had no idea we had chosen the best part of Paris! Loved it! Should we ever make it back, we’ll stay there again. You are a lucky lady!

    March 13, 2013 at 3:34 pm
  • What a great list Carla, always so helpful to us tourists no matter how much research we do before we leave. I could go back to my lovely Marais rental apartment in a flash, such a great location and energy. Mind you, if you and handsome man take off to live on the beach (I know that is where you are headed someday) I can always hold yours for you! If you can remember Carla, what was the name of the restaurant we had dinner at……… charming and I really ought to keep track of these delicious spots. Just reply here in your comments and I will come back to check. Love, kisses and hugs darling. xx

    March 13, 2013 at 4:12 pm
  • think I will try Boboli tonight!

    March 13, 2013 at 4:15 pm
  • Love your list of faves, Carla! Can’t wait to check some of them out. People are always asking us for hotel recommendations but since we never stay in a hotel in Paris, I can never tell them. Love that you’re giving people some personal insights!

    March 13, 2013 at 8:37 pm
  • these are wonderful suggestions.

    March 13, 2013 at 11:13 pm
  • Oh I miss Paris, I spent many happy hours meandering round the Marais, think I may have to make it a priority to visit La Belle Paris this Spring.

    March 14, 2013 at 10:33 am
  • Thanks Carla and the reason why handsome guy did a double take when seeing your screen photos of Monica B. is because you look just like her! I mean really! xx

    March 14, 2013 at 3:32 pm
  • Hi Carla,
    Le Marais offers so much doesn’t it? And your list…sometimes quaint, sometimes hip or an eclectic mix of the two, shall satisfy my taste buds in May. It’s always hopeful to try something new. Hope you’re well, Thankyou and I hope you’re doing well. Best wishes, Therese

    March 14, 2013 at 9:24 pm
  • I definitely going to write down these and remember when I visit Paris later on this spring. We are not staying in Marais but I’m planning to spend some time there of course. 🙂 xo

    March 14, 2013 at 10:58 pm
  • stephanie

    Carla, looking so forward to staying in Le Marais in May…your dining information is making my mouth water. Who needs Michelin? come on, great spots all over, why would you want to miss this and pay that? thanks. Hope to see you out & about in May…

    March 22, 2013 at 11:24 pm