My Marais - Restaurants Part 2 - Carla Coulson
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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..

Le Georges

19, rue Beaubourg (Centre Georges Pompidou),

75004 Paris

Tel: 01 44 78 47 99

Metro: Rambuteau

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

75003 Paris

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

75004 Paris

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.

La Briciola Pizzeria 

La Bouledogue

30, rue Rambuteau

75003 Paris

Metro: 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.

La Briciola

64 Rue Charlot

75003 Paris

Tel: 01 42 77 34 10

Metro: Republique

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.


Merci Merci

111 Boulevard Beaumarchais

75003 Paris 

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.




PS: If you know anyone coming to Paris please feel free to share this post or to those who might like to travel vicariously.. 

  • Oh Carla you make me long for Paris – hope you are well and happy,

    March 19, 2013 at 9:54 am
    • Come on over Anya! yes all good with me xCarla

      March 20, 2013 at 5:05 am
  • Sally Leonard

    Carla, what a treasure trove of info you are! I have a close friend moving to Paris in a few months and she will be living in the Marais! Can’t wait to share this with her. LOVE your blog, and your portraits!
    Thanks everso, Sally Leonard (fan from Houston, Tx)

    March 19, 2013 at 12:57 pm
    • Thanks so much Sally and great you can share with your friend you will have to get her to take you to some of these places when you come and visit her in Paris 🙂 Carla x

      March 20, 2013 at 5:06 am
  • I loved the first list now I love this one even more(is that possible)

    March 19, 2013 at 4:18 pm
    • anything is possible Peggy 🙂 x

      March 20, 2013 at 5:07 am
  • We all need to plan a trip now CARLA!Wish I was ready …set….and going!

    March 19, 2013 at 4:39 pm
    • Start planning Contessa and make it happen 🙂

      March 20, 2013 at 5:08 am
  • I’m taking notes, Carla! {And La Bouledogue with its puppy dog theme sounds very much my cup of tea.} That’s a beautiful quote by Audrey Hepburn. Happy Wednesday…

    March 19, 2013 at 11:03 pm
  • great Sheree so happy you like the list! Audrey rocks we love her xx

    March 20, 2013 at 5:09 am
  • Carmel

    Loved the photo of the table and chair Carla….looking at the websites too cruel when you are miles away in Australia though!!

    March 20, 2013 at 11:26 am