L’Affable Paris

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The atmosphere in L’Affable is very nice and quiet. L’Affable is located in a small street in the chic neighbourhood close to Boulevard Saint-Germain. The menu offers fantastic, old fashioned dishes, expertly executed. Some of the best bistros in Paris.

Remember to book, the restaurant is often full.

Where: L’Affable, 10 rue de Saint-Simon, 75007 Paris, reservations: +39 1 4222 0160

Maison Becquey and Canal Saint Martin Paris

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Canal Saint Martin draws a trendy crowd to its chic bars and appetising bistros, starting with Chez Prune. République, the point where the Canal resurfaces after having travelled underground from Bastille, forms the frontier with the Marais.

Its northern artery, the Rue du Faubourg du Temple, is scruffy and cosmopolitan. Here you’ll find cheap grocers and discount stores and stalwarts of Paris nightlife such as Le Gibus and vintage dancehall La Java. It leads to Belleville’s Chinese quarter and the place Sainte Marthe with its quirky boutiques and cafés. Heading north along the Canal, the must-visit den of multidisciplinary artistic creation is Point Ephemère. Here the Canal widens into Bassin de la Villette and Canal de l’Ourcq.

When you’ve crossed the old 1885 hydraulic lift bridge, pont de Crimée, you’re in Parc de la Villette. This is where you can visit science and music museums, picnic on the lawns and take in concerts at big venues such as the Cité de la musique, the Cabaret Sauvage, Trabendo and the Zénith.

You’ll find very good bistros in the area. Maison Becquey is one of them and a very cosy place with fantastic dishes. Poulet fermier aux champignons et herbes, tartare de boeuf and a lot more. Also good wine and beer.

Where: Maison Becquey, 34 Quai de la Marne, reservations: +33 1 45 26 97 79

Le Petit Zinc Paris

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Le Petit Zinc is a very exciting decorated Art Nouveau restaurant located on the left bank. The best recipes of French cuisine are prepared here and served with pride. You should treat yourself to a visit and throw yourself into one of the appetizers. Try Foie gras de canard “Maison”, chutney, pain aux fruits, which is one of the specialties, or Fines de Claires Marennes d’Oléron n° 2nd. Among the main dishes I can recommend Tartare de boeuf Charolais aux Couteaux, with home made french fries, raw and delicious, Or Coeur de filet de boeuf poêlé with pommes Pont-Neuf and sauce Béarnaise. If you can eat more and your credit card is not overheated you should taste a classic dessert Crêpes flambées au Grand Marnier. So delicious!

Where: Le Petit Zinc, 11 rue ST-Benoit, Paris

Cafe de Flore Paris

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Café de Flore has over the years been the place for several famous writers and philosophers. Picasso came here also regularly. The classic art deco interior is largely unchanged over the years. It is something special to enjoy your tea or coffee here on the terrace.

Where: Café de Flore, 172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris