Gilles' Recommendations on Restaurants in Paris

People always ask me where is a good place to eat in Paris, good but not too expensive.  I thought I might start a bit of a blog to share some of my preferred places as I am a Parisian now living in Australia.  Places where you don’t feel intimidated, places that feel good and places where you eat well as opposed to tourist traps. This month I will talk about my five favourite Parisian Bistro/Restaurants in St Germain district (the 6 arrondissement).  These are not in order of preference.

1.  L’Epi Dupin – 11  Rue Dupin 75006 Tel: 01-42-22-64-56

Small but quaint bistro for food and atmosphere.  Often quoted as one of the top 10 Restaurants in Paris.  Feel relaxed and let the Chef guide you with a menu that changes every day.  Must book as it is tiny and extremely popular.

2.   Les Bouquinistes -  53 Quai des Grands Augustins  75006 Tel: 01-43-25-45-94

A cheery and contemporary dining room part of the 3 stars Chef Guy Savoy stable.  It is located in the most beautiful and romantic part of Paris alongside the river.  Wonderful food, not your basic bistro fare.  Very professional yet informal service.  I highly recommend it for a special night out.

3.  La Petite Cour – 8 Rue Mabillon 75006 Tel :  01-43-26-52-26

Located in the heart of St Germain below street level,  with a beautiful outdoor terrace.  Wonderful in summer time providing quite a romantic scene.  The food is traditional French cuisine and very good value  Try the “foie gras beignets”.  Friendly service, popular with the locals.

4.  Brasserie Le Lutetia – 45 Boulevard Raspail 75006 (Corner Rue de Servres) Tel: 01-49-54-46-46

Typical art deco Parisian Brasserie opened in 1910 and decorated by Sonia Rykiel.  It is located under the Hotel Lutetia, certainly the grandest Grand Hotel on the Left Bank.  My wife and I love to go there for magnificent fresh seafood and oysters.  The dessert platter to share is absolutely amazing.  The rum Barbour is not to be missed.  Keep a bit of room for it.  Very friendly and efficient service. 

5.  Ze Kitchen Galerie -  4, rue des Grands Augustins Tel : 01-44-32-00-32

Bright and modern serving  exquisite food, certainly not your average Bistro fare.  William Ledeuil, the Chef has become one of the most important Chefs in France.  He was Chef of the Year in 2010 by Gault Millau.  His food is colourful, fresh with a twist of fantasy.  My wife loves the fact that he doesn’t use butter, flour or cream and replaces salt with ginger, wasabi or lemongrass.  A truly adventurous experience, great flavours, fusion at its best.  Ultra fresh French food with Asian fusion at affordable prices.

If you have been to any of these places, I’d love to hear about your experience and if you have found other gems, please share them with us at

 A Bientot - Gilles