Bistros & Restos 6th to 10th Arr.

Café Tournon-6th arrondissement

Walk in and take a step back in time to 1952-George Plimpton , Richard Wright and the ever lingering ghost of Josef Roth. Fortunately the new owners have done nothing to update the café and it looks much as it did in the halcyon days of the 1950s.

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La Méditerranée

What do you give a man on his 67th birthday? M had the answer: dinner at La Méditerranée.


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It was Saturday Jan 2 and most bistros were closed for the extended New Year’s holiday. Sandwiched between Huiterie Regis and the Golfe de Naples we discovered the Mandarin, a family-owned and operated Thai restaurant with a Chinese name and a few Vietnamese dishes.

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Le Procope

Often proclaimed as Paris’ first café, it was opened by Francesco Procopio Del Cotelli in 1686 and was the meeting place of Ben Franklin, Denis Diderot and Voltaire, who was known to consume up to 40 cups per day. Many of the great thoughts of the Age of Enlightenment were developed here.

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Alfredo Positano

The menu is vast but we wanted simplicity today so we shared an antipasto that Luca, the charming Napoleatano owner served us from the groaning table of cippolini, red and yellow sweet peppers, carciofi, funghi, white beans and zucchini.

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Les Climats

On the site of the magnificent Telephone & Telegraph building dating to the 1920s, Les Climats has risen, serving superb food, exceptional wines and charming service in a stunning environment.

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Piemontese Enrico Einaudi left his accounting job at Schlumberger to follow a passion for hospitality by opening Crazy Pizza in Fontainebleau. After successfully opening three more bistros he set his sights on Paris and is feeding hungry shoppers from the nearby Avenue Matignon in the building that also houses the famous auction house Artcurial.

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Le Percolateur

Named for Philippe Madamour’s collection of antique percolators this  spot in the “Europe” district-streets are Turin, Moscou, Rome, etc. that houses music shops and  luthiers Le Percolateur is turning out very good food at reasonable prices.

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