These are a few of our favourite establishments that the team visited while researching the book. What’s your favourite place to kick back in while in Paris?
43 Rue de Seine 75006 Paris
Located at 43 Rue de Seine, the locals dine at the famous bohemian cafe, La Palette, as do students from the Ecole des Beaux Arts. Famously a haunt for Paul Cezanne, Picasso, Braque, Ernest Hemingway and Jim Morrison. Still a great place for a drink. I have been here for lunch and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The back room is wonderfully preserved art deco and serves good, simple French food, ranging from sausages and mash to omelettes and steaks. The dish of the day can always be recommended. Try the delicious Tarte Tatin, the famous upside-down apple tart. Hemingway loved it. www.cafelapaletteparis.com
25 rue Charles V 75004 Paris
This Italian wine bar is the best Italian restaurant in Paris. If not, it sure is close. Set in a charming seventeenth century house, the decoration is a pleasant combination of old beams, ochre-coloured walls and wonderful lamps. www.enoteca.fr
139 Rue Saint Dominique 75007 Paris
Chef Christian Constant delivers great contemporary french food. Friendly service and the atmosphere is quintessentially Paris. www.maisonconstant.com/cafe-constant/en/
L’Ami Jean Bistro
27 Rue Malar 75007 Paris
One of the most popular bistros in Paris. Hot, loud and busy, Chef Stéphane Jégo is intent on feeding you fantastic rustic comfort food. It’s not for the faint hearted. First-time visitors leave bewildered or enthralled and regulars and food folks around here will tell you, ‘That is why you go.’ The staff are very friendly and proud of their bistro. www.lamijean.fr/en/
La Chaise au Plafond
10 rue du Tresor, 75004 Paris, France
The Marais’ best kept secret. Lovely green location, and great food in friendly surroundings. A peaceful place with wooden tables on a pedestrian only side street. It is a real oasis in the frenzy of the Marais.