Restaurants

Craving for Claus

Breakfast is not a big deal for the Frenchies. A quick coffee at the counter of a café is enough to start the day for many. They didn't know what they had been missing until German-born Claus Estermann opened a tiny two level place close to Les Halles dedicated to the first meal of the day and simply called "Claus".

Restaurants

David Toutain: Sparkling with Enthusiasm

Food at Toutain's comes as a long row of beautifully presented morsels, brillant little salads, perfectly cooked (poached!) chunks of cod, generous slices of duck and "cèpes" in heart-warming sauces: Tthe best menu I had in a long time.

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La cocotte: For food fools only

At home, we count our cookbooks not in numbers, but in metres. But it's nothing to do with me.

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Brake the bread

Is there any place in the world where the bread is better than in Paris? Of course not. When it comes to Baguette, Paris is just unbeatable.

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Meert: Vintage sweets

This confectioners looks like it has been here forever: probably producing and selling the same wonderful stuff for ages and ages,

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Fauchon: the bling-bling grocery

Why the hell do some travel guides call Fauchon "one of the city’s most popular sights”?

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Dehillerin: Pots and Pans for Fans

At Dehillerin, a world summit of foodies is held every day. The delegates come from all over the world and they discuss: pots and

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G. Detou: Heaven for baking freaks

If G. Detou did not exist we would have to invent it: This is Paris, this is la France as it’s best.

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Ladurée: Macaroons to die for

One day I’ll do it. One day I’ll buy some macaroons at the best places in Paris and organize a macaroon tasting.

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Poissonnerie du Dôme: Starry, starry fish

Finding fish is an easy task in Paris. The street markets will offer what you’re longing for, there’s a good supply chain of fish

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Conticini's Flying Saucers

Once you’ve entered Philippe Conticini’s clean boutique La Pâtisserie des Rêves in Rue du Bac close to Conran Shop and Bon Marché

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Jacques & the Chocolate Factory

Something strange is happening in Paris: The local newspaper Le Parisien discovered that in the last three years nearly 25  new bo

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