CAFES

La Victoire Supreme du Coeur Restaurant La Victoire Supreme du Coeur    $
Comforting vegetarian fare served in a bright blue and white dining room. Mushrooms are a speciality here as, inmushroom pate or roast mushroom with blackberry sauce. Desserts include a famous berry crumble. No alcohol served except cider, try the biodynamic carrot juice. Website
Le Colimacon Restaurant Le Colimacon    $$
Le Colimacon (snail) refers to the restaurant's centerpiece: a corkscrew staircase. A registered historic building dating to 1732, it has period wooden beams in the ceiling. Snails are also on the menu. Website
Chez la Vieille Restaurant Chez la Vieille    $$$$
Portions are getting smaller in Paris Restaurants, but not in this old-fashioned bistro where diners are encouraged to help themselves to pates, salads, and desserts such chocolate mousse and homemade tarts. Main dishes are equally hearty, think tripe stew or blanquette de veau (veal in white sauce).Website
Salon de The Angelina Restaurant Salon de The Angelina    $
The speciality of this smart tearoom is the Mont Blanc: a soft, chewy meringue topped with whipped cream and chestnut cream. The hot chocolate is also one of the best in town, and the Belle Epoque setting is the ideal background for a quick lunch or a sticky treat. Website
Le Meurice Restaurant Le Meurice    $$$$$
Yannick Alleno has established himself as one of the finest chefs in Paris, and a meal here is as carefully orchestrated as a ballet. Alleno has a subtle yet elegant style, as illustrated In his signature dish: crabmeat in citrus dressing with herb cream and caviar. Millefeuilles assembled before your eyes are a delicious specialty. Website
Le Grenier de Notre Dame Le Grenier de Notre Dame    $
It opened in the 1970s and still exudes its original hippie atmosphere. Mostly organic ingredients are used to make the filling meals such as fish gratin, vegetarian casserole, or vegetarian escalope in breadcrumbs. The wine list offers a good choice of reasonably priced labels, including Chateau Chaurignac Bordeaux. Website
Aux Charpentiers Restaurant Aux Charpentiers    $$
There are no surprises at the old-established bistro, popular with students and St-Germain-des-Pres locals. The menu changes daily but you can count on bistro stand-bys such as Marengo veal, boeuf a la mode, and homely pastries, served at reasonable prices. Extra charges for dinner. Website
La Cagouille Restaurant La Cagouille    $$$
The large venue, on the stark new Place Brancusi in the rebuilt Montparnasse district, is one of Paris's best fish restaurants. Big fish are served simply with few fancy sauces or adornments. You might also find unusual seasonal delicacies like black bay scallops and vendangeurs (tiny red mullet). There's cognac cellar too. Website
Sip Babylone Restaurant Sip Babylone    $
Close to Le Bon Mache and great for a tasty shopping break, this is more a snack bar than a restaurant. Tea and pastries are served all day long in the elaborate dining room. For lunch, try the cheese platters, bacon and parmesan salad or a plate of smoked samon, taramasalata, and eggplant (aubergine). Website
Le Troquet Restaurant Le Troquet    $$$
This is a jewel in an unlikely, quiet residential street with a view of the Eiffel Tower. Locals soak up the friendly atmosphere and devour Basque chef Christian Etchebest's fabulous cooking. Expect unusual dishes such as smoked eel tart with avocado puree and apples. Website
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