Paris Picks – Le Bon Kushikatsu

After you are seated at Le Bon Kushikatsu, either at the long wooden counter that runs the length of the restaurant, or at one of a few small tables at the back of the room, the chef presents the menu in a little wooden box. Everything in the box will be speared, deep-fried and served…

Paris Picks – l’Ilot

There is a trio of food hotspots in the Marais that form a triangle around the streets of Rue Petit Thouars, Rue de la Corderie and Rue Charles Francois Dupuis. There is l’Ilot, a simple seafood restaurant; l’Aller Retour that serves up steaks in a room that feels a lot like someone’s living room and…

Paris Picks – My Favourite Breakfast Spot

When choosing somewhere to eat in Paris you often have to make a choice: quality or location. Nestled in the arcades of the beautiful Place des Vosges, Carette is an exception to that rule. I can’t think of a better way to start the day than on the sunny terrace of this beautiful café.

Paris Picks – Soma

Tucked away in a small street of the Haut Marais, Soma is a hidden gem dishing up Japanese fusion to experimental locals. From outside, this little restaurant looks undeniably inviting. The Head Chef takes centre stage, surrounded by diners at the bar. Small wooden tables fill what is left of the space, lining the exposed stone walls….

Paris Picks – Baffo

This tiny restaurant, tucked away on a small street just off Rue Rambuteau, offers uncomplicated, grown-up Italian dining. Head to Baffo for its intimate atmosphere, sophisticated home cooking and friendly service. Don’t be misled: although this neighbourhood restaurant is casual and welcoming, serving up instantly recognizable Italian staples, there isn’t a checkered tablecloth in sight….

Paris Picks – Le Bouquet des Archives

Le Bouquet des Archives is a quintessential neighbourhood bar where good quality plats du jour are hurried out to a devoted crowd of locals, workers and the odd stray tourist by efficient and friendly (well, as friendly as efficiency will allow) staff. As is typical of most local cafes in Paris, many who frequent this bustling bar are regulars. I…

Paris Picks – Cafe Philippe

If you find yourself on Rue de Bretagne, looking for something a bit more tranquil, cross through Square du Temple and onto Rue Duepetit-Thouars where a string of restaurants crowd the pavement of an almost traffic-free street. Tempted by the small menu of inventive sounding homemade dishes, we chose Café Philippe as our lunch spot…

Food, Glorious Food in Place d’Aligre

Place d’Aligre is a food-lover’s paradise where lively vendors tout fragrant fruits, glorious greens and cheery flowers. The square is filled with the perfume of whatever is in season. During our recent visit, the sweet scent of the first strawberries, the zingy tang of asparagus and the earthy aroma of morilles, fresh from the ground,…