How to spend 48 hours eating and drinking in Paris

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I’d forgotten just how much I love Paris. On my last visit back in 2004 I wasn’t in a place to be able to appreciate its charms. So it came as a bit of a surprise to me just how much I enjoyed the beautiful city of lights this time round.

I kept catching myself thinking ‘I’d love to live in Paris for a while’. At the very least I hope to return again soon…

How to spend 48 hours eating & drinking in Paris

Lunch Day 1. Le Comptoir
A classic bistro near Odeon metro station with tiny tables sandwiched outside, you really know you’re in Paris when you’re eating here. It can be difficult to get a reservation for dinner unless you’re staying at the hotel. So the best bet is to join the queue of people waiting for tables for lunch from midday.

Dinner Day 1. Au Passage
A funky little place in the 11eme focusing on shared plates. LOVED the food here – just my style. Simple, produce driven and damn tasty. If you’re like us and aren’t organized enough to get a booking, rock up at 8pm to snag one of the spots at the bar.

Breakfast Day 2. Laduree
Who said maracons aren’t the breakfast of champions? Can’t get enough of these dainty sweet treats.

Lunch Day 2. Rose Bakery
Ever since I picked up a copy of the Rose Bakery book, I’ve been dying to go here. Love the format of having big salads, tarts and cakes all displayed out the front, similar to Ottolenghi in London. And the good news is that even with lofty expectations, I wasn’t disappointed. So much so that we ate lunch here 2 days in a row.

Dinner Day 2. Bistro Paul Bert
For another real Parisian bistro experience, Paul Bert is the goods. Love that on their menu they tell you their red meat is only served rare or ‘sangnee’. Don’t even think of ordering a well done steak here. The foie gras with blackberries and the desserts were a highlight. I got serious food envy of my Dad’s heavenly dessert souffle.

If you have more time…

A rustic and edgy wine bar come restaurant. Love the set menu where they just keep bringing tasty morsels. Highly recommend going with their wine pairings – some delicious interesting vino from small producers.

On my list for next time…

Pierre Hermé
For another macaron experience.

Chateaubriand or Le Dauphin
Bookings are a must at these two uber popular places. The former more restaurant the latter more bar with food.

Apparently the hottest place in town at the moment which explains why we couldn’t get a reservation! Next time I’ll be more organized.

Le Verre Volé and Aux Deux Amis
More wine bars that are also serving interesting food in the Vivant vibe – casual with a focus on deliciousness.

Thanks to

Pat Nourse, Clotilde Dusoulier and the guys from for their recommendations.

updated October 2012


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Kathy October 3, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Another address to add to your to-do-list: Crabe Marteau in Rue des Accacias! You get a freshly cooked crab which you need to crack yourself with a wooden hammer. A bucket is placed next to the table to collect all bits of shell etc. This is accompanied by small potatoes with homemade herb butter and a great house wine. Delicous!


Jilly October 3, 2012 at 7:55 pm

I ate at Au Passage four times during my stay in Paris. The three course lunch was incredible. Love, love, love their food.


jules November 5, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Me to Jilly!
If we had been in Paris longer I totally would have gone back again and again


Veronica Wirth October 5, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Thanks for this wonderful and delicious virtual romp through my very favourite city! I will definitely be taking this list with me on my next visit…hopefully soon!


jules November 5, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Enjoy Veronica!


Tess January 9, 2014 at 4:13 pm

OMG, Jules. Hubs and I just came back from Paris. If I only knew of your blog before we left. But we did of course have our La Duree and Paul’s (which are both supremely crowded nowadays). Oh, and you should include Berthillon in your list. Everyday, we would just hop on the Metro to get to Ile de la Cite just to have their ice-cream. After tasting theirs, no other can top even their plain Vanilla. *sighhhh… and dreaming of Paris again* :)


jules January 13, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Thanks for sharing Tess!
Lucky you


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