Rose Bakery, 46 rue des Martyrs., Tues-Sat 9am-7pm
This wonderful, homey bakery often has a line out the door. A great place to stop in if you're exploring the fun Rue des Martyrs area
Les Editeurs, 4 Carrefour Odeon 75006
This fashionable cafe is the perfect place to see and be seen or to take a break from your Left Bank shopping. Snag an outdoor table if you can and watch all of fashionable Paris walk by while you rub elbows with people sporting the amex black card and clothing by designers like Prada and Gucci. Indoor seating is in a cozy, modern library, perfect for a rainy day. Food is delicious - the Steak Tartare is the best I've ever tasted and everything on the menu is fresh and not too heavy. Our favorite cafe.
L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
Depending on whether you're the plan-ahead type or like to show up at the last minute & don't mind waiting in line, this restaurant's no-reservations policy is a curse or a blessing. The 37-seat restaurant, where every seat faces the kitchen, is well worth the wait on the curb. Try the tasting menu or order off the menu. Don't miss the mashed potatoes -- the creamiest and smoothest I've ever had, they'll give you something to aspire to next Thanksgiving.
Located at the top of Pompidou center, Georges may not have the best or cheapest food in town, but on a sunny day it cannot be beat. Food is simple and quiet good, prices are high but not outrageous, and the view from the outside terrace is stellar. This was one of our most enjoyable lunches in Paris. Best of all, there is a ticket machine next to the restaurant... skip the lines downstairs, enjoy lunch, and then see the museum.
Close to Notre Dame, this restaurant offers a very modern and successful take on Asian/French fusion. Price fix menu available for lunch.
This brasserie in the 16th arrondissement has a familiar, wood-paneled atmosphere and a menu of old fashioned bistro dishes like steak au poivre, steak tartare, and blanquette de veau. You'll feel like you're in the Paris of yesteryear.
Poilane, 8 rue du Cherche-Midi, Paris 6. 7:15am-8:15pm M-Sa
The most famous bakery in France... Poilane's earthy sourdough loaves can sell for up to $100 each in the US and Canada. Stop by the shop and see what the fuss is about for a lot less money. While you're there, try the apple tarts (the best I've ever tasted) and the raisin bread. Polaine bread is also available in many supermarkets including the one at Galeries Lafayette.
Fauchon, 26 Place de la Madeline
This famous market hasn't lost its touch with fresh ingredients, takeaway, and a hidden upstairs cafe. A great place to stop in and grab a bite or pickup food for an extravagent picnic. The gift shop across the street has teas, jams, and other non perishables to enjoy once you return home.
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