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Penice Anitpode

The Penice Antipode is a barge, yes. But it is so much more. Part theatre, part restaurant. All great good things. The Interior is a theatre which hosts everything from film multimedia and Cabaret. While on deck guests can dig into farm fresh simple offerings that are locally sourced.

Menu items include salads and small bite plates. Some of the most excellent cheeses and hams in the areas. The Barge is moored most of the year in the Bassin de la Villette, a neighbourhood full of young people and families. This adds to the experience of a fresh air bar café with all the high energy of youth so abundant.

Local IPA’s are on tap. The restaurant has covered seating for protection from rain in wet months and close-able walls for protection from cold in colder months. It does occasionally move for events. Meals are around 8€.

Du Pain et Des Idees

Located in the neighbourhood of Canal Saint Martin, less than a 5 minute walk from the metro station at Republique, Du Pain et Des Idees is THE Bakery as envisioned by its proprietor who wanted to be THE Baker, not just ‘A’ baker.

Indeed, Christophe Vassuer seems to have reached this goal, winning awards for his all organic breads in a city where bread is an important business. It may have something to do with the ingredients or with his effort or team. However, it likely mostly has to do with his philosophy that every craft must communicate. His bread and other baked items certainly do.

The wait for service can sometimes be up to 30 minutes but nobody ever walks away disappointed or unhappy with their wait. The centuries old traditionally laid out Shoppe makes people want to linger and breathe bread and feel happy.

For travellers, this Bakery will be a bit off the tourist walk, but well worth it. Pick up some bread or “snails” for your on-the go tea or picnic.

La Fine Mousse

La Fine Mousse offers fine dining paired with special craft brews from France and around the world. La Fine Mousse is actually a Pub style bar with ales and beers on tap connected to a fine dining restaurant next door. All the ales and beers served at the restaurant are bottled next door for use in the restaurant.

The unique pairings of ales and beers instead of wine with the food makes for a rustic homey French food experience. Menu items are crafted with fresh locally sourced vegetables, meats and cheeses in season. The staff are multilingual and can easily explain pairings in a variety of languages.

The concept of La Fin Mousse takes the Microbrewery experience and gives it a decidedly French twist. Reservations are highly recommended especially in the evenings. A five course meal can run about 34€.

Sacree Fleur

Located at the foot of Montmarte, Sacree Fleur is a traditional French restaurant whose menu changes with the seasons to accommodate what is fresh to the region. Their specialty is beef, but they offer a wide range of menu items including vegetarian offerings.

Each dish is prepared as it is ordered so allot some time to sit down and visit with one another, take advantage of the lovely views of Montmarte and the warm fireplace. Also make use of the Sommelier. This is a small establishment seating about twenty people at a time so reservations are a must. Guest will leave feeling full, warm and well cared for. Dinner runs about 20€.

L’Affineur’ Affine

L’Affineur’ Affine is a Fromagerie as well as a Restaurant. If you are looking to partake of all the excellent cheeses from the region, this is a good place to begin. Over 120 cheeses are stocked on a regular basis with more in on occasions. The diner will get advice, taste testing and matching to find their best cheese palate. If you already know what you want the servers will be happy to pack up your cheeses to go or to vacuum seal them for long travel.

In the restaurant, homemade delights featuring cheese are served up. Soups, tarts, cheese plates and wines are served daily. A fairly good range of wines are available to pair with your selections. This Shoppe is a favourite with locals.

Abyssinia Café

Abyssinian food in the heart of Paris, served up with tradition and soul. Abyssinian Café serves Ethiopian food authentic enough to please ex-pats. Their coffee is served with ceremony making it an event instead of a pouring.

Their vegetarian offerings are savoury, satisfying plates and stews, not to be missed. Family owned and operated, this restaurant is designed to make every diner feel like a guest in an Ethiopian home. This is not a place to rush, it is a place to relax, visit and savour.

The owner is multilingual and most meals run about 8€.

Angelina Paris

Founded as a Tearoom in 1903, the Angelina has been a fixture of the Palais-Royal ever since. Now serving Tea and pastries daily it has become a must stop for tourists on Holiday. But that does not take away from the excellence of Angelina’s offerings.

The now famous interior was designed by Edouard Jean Neirmans. As is well known, the likes of Coco Chanel and Proust took their indulgences there. The confectioneries have ever been the focal point however. This continues to this day.

World class pastry chefs and confectioners try out their new treats alongside classics like the Monte Blanc, the trademark of Angelina. Still to this day the secret of the exquisite African Chocolate is well kept. Visitors are transported back in time with these treats of yesteryear.

While other Angelina tea rooms have since opened all over the world. The flagship is still the Grand Dame and worthy of a visit. Reservations are almost always required. However, if you can’t get in there is now a Shoppe selling select items from the tearoom. The Tearoom also offers take-away, although it is not highly advertised.

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