You've always dreamed of sharing a moment with DSK or Carla Brownie, to experience the thrill of the Great Fantasy of the Day without breaking the bank, look no further! Hotfoot it to discover Tata Burger, the latest trend to open in the heart of the Marais. Tata Burger offers a selection of Burgers (11 euros) with some surprising names, some of which also have evocative shapes. These include the François' Zipper (with camembert), the advantageously voluminous DSK, and the classic Straight (“Hetero”, in particular with cheddar). These burgers, all made from French meat, will seduce you with their freshness and flavor. They are all accompanied by delicious, all you can eat French fries, cooked to perfection. For vegetarians, try the fries called “Feuille Rose” (Rose Leaf), made with eggplant and zucchini, which are a delight. You musn't miss the minimalist decor, immaculate and zen, of Tata Burger- complete with a few plasma screens projecting fashion shoots of incredibly attractive models. The pleasure for the eyes consorting with that of the mouth, and the perfect recipe for a great time relaxing at a very reasonable price.
Restaurant 4 Pat
4, rue Saint Merri
01 42 77 25 45
Metro: Hôtel de Ville / Rambuteau
Parking: Hôtel de Ville
Who says the Parisian nights were growing dark and gloomy, certainly not the regulars at 4 Pat. This little restaurant is a delicious canteen, unpretentious, bursting with joie de vivre and delivering an efficient menu at the right price. Entries are from 6 euros and dishes are between 9 and 11.50 euros. Twice a week (Tuesday and Thursday), colorful and musical evenings are organized by Julien, to the delight of his guests. The program can be followed daily on the restaurant's Facebook. Outside this schedule, nothing prevents you- on the contrary- to go there for an excellent time in a joyful atmosphere. 4 Pat has lovely selections of pasta, including their famous pasta “au jus… de Julien” as well as their brand new “La Chupa” chili con pasta 100% pure beef. Their “Well of Orgasmic Chocolate Love” also deserves a special mention. Don't canter, gallop by 2 horses to 4 Pat!
Le Petit Commines
Le Petit Commines
16 rue Commines
Tél.: +33 (0)1 42 74 57 09
Manager : Sandrine
Monday to friday noon & evening
Saturday evening only
Close on sunday
A new gourmet bistronomic design restaurant in the Haut Marais run seamlessly by Sandrine, previously the owner of Colimaçon and the source behind its modern yet elegant décor in muted tones of beige, grey, and black. Comfortable chairs, tablecloths, lights, and tableware are all perfectly in harmony. She and her team, including her sommelier Stéphane, offer you more than 50 prestigious wines to choose from starting at incredibly reasonable prices and the dishes are as beautiful as they are delicious. The wine in fact is also an integral part of its stunning look by actually being a decorative element. Book it fast as there are only 30 tables and don’t miss their killer chocolate desserts including the sinful chocolate fondant with real vanilla ice cream and salted butter caramel sauce.
Du lundi au vendredi 11h - 1h
WE et jours fériés 9h-1h
Place des Vosges was formerly known as Royal Square. And La Place Royale is a fitting name for this wonderful restaurant on the south side of the square, just near the Victor Hugo museum. And you’ll have a royal experience, indeed. While maintaining the French grand tradition of cuisine, its southern French cooking is constantly inventive. And fine quality is matched by low prices. The lunch menu is 18 euros and the generous dinner menu includes an aperitif, starter, main dish, dessert and ½ bottle of red or white wine per person, followed by a cup of coffee. All this is under forty euros. With impeccable service and a warm welcome La Place Royale is our top choice for 2010. Try the vegetable tatin, the prawn brochettes and the gourmet coffee with homemade ice cream. The terrace on the loveliest square in Paris is extra added plus. Come quick, but don’t forget to reserve! Arnaud Lessatini and Frédéric Paquet, the two creators, welcome you as friends.
DES GARS DANS LA CUISINE … Bistronomique, gourmaniaque, delifantastic! One does not find enough neologisms to qualify this intimate setting with the well- polished decoration and the inventive menu which revisits the great classics with inspirations from all corners of the globe. Currently of note on the menu: SALADE D’AUTOMNE- Spanish Pata Negra Bellota cured ham, shaved Grana Padano cheese, fresh figs, carmelised red onions, walnuts, pine nuts and walnut oil and mesclun salad, PALOURDES- Lisboan Clams with olive oil, white wine, garlic and coriander, FILET DE BŒUF AUX MORILLES- sauteed beef fillet, mashed potatoes, carmelised shallots, cream of morel mushroom sauce, LOTTE- bacon-roasted monkfish, vegetables with fresh basil, creamy green Thai curry sauce, CHOCOLAT- gingerbread mille feuille with two types of chocolate and salted butter caramel sauce, FRAMBOISES- chocolate sorbet and sorrel creme, and OSSAU-IRATY- «World Cheese Awards 2011» cheese from the Agour dairy with black cherry jam. Dinner is approximately 50€ per person: more than reasonable taking into account the quality of the products. Do be worried about losing your heart to this restaurant when you get a taste of the devastating smile of the waiters and the raucous humour of the two owners : Jean-Jacques Delaval and Gil Rosinha, the chef. At lunchtime, the fixed- price menu appetiser/main course or main course/dessert is 14€. Generous Brunch on Sunday at 21,50 € and 24 € for the organic version. High-class wines at reasonable prices. Imperatively reserve if you want to have a table, even during weeknights.
Restaurant Les Agités : Culinary and Musical Space
Les Agités - Culinary and musical space.
Located close to the Centre Georges Pompidou in the heart of Paris, Les Agités is above all a lively place to share tastes, flavors and sounds! On the ground floor, wood and brushed metal provide a warm atmosphere, while the flowery lawn on the ceiling gives it an "agitated" note.The chef, trained in the kitchens of Hotel Bristol, offers a distinctly French culinary tour based on the burger (duck confit, salmon tartare or even foie gras, plus seasonal burgers) as well as entries to share such as charcuterie and escargots. Desserts include mouth- watering candied apples and citrus salad.
As seen in WHERE magazine : "Located close to the Centre Georges Pompidou in the heart of Paris, the chef offers a « French culinary burger tour » (duck confit, salmon or tartare and even foie gras, plus seasonal burgers), as well as lovely charcuterie and escargots. For dessert, a variation of giant profiteroles of every flavor imaginable awaits you. In the basement, the classic French residence-style ambiance invites you to enjoy a cocktail, snack or even dinner".
Open Café is the undisputed meeting place to begin your discovery of gay Paris. The central corner location with heated terrace seating on the busy rue des Archives makes it the perfect place to people-watch, even in the wintertime… inside, giant flat screen TV’s, beautiful lighting and a friendly english-speaking bar staff… offering every week-end a great breakfast-brunch (savory for 14 € or sweet 10 €) as well as giant salads and club sandwiches from 7,40 €, plats du jour from 9,10 € and delicious chocolate cake, tarts and milkshakes from 4,50 €. Also a great selection of drinks from 3,50 €…with their affordable prices, the Open Café is one of the best spots to grab a bite and meet the international gay crowd, not to mention the adorable bar tenders !
Pain Vin Fromage is the type of restaurant you'll never find anywhere else -- it's all about cheese! Did you know that France has over 400 different kinds of cheese to choose from? At Pain Vin Fromage, you'll be able to try from 5 to 20 of them, depending upon your appetite. Simply select a region and discover the cheese -- they offer a wide selection starting at 17€. Taste fresh Burgundy wine and indulge in fondue from the Savoy or Burgundy regions for only 16€. Enjoy the taste of nature and tradition without thinking about your waistline -- cheese is full of protein and calcium, just go easy on the bread! Pain Vin Fromage lets you really savour French traditions, especially those that will most please your senses.
28, rue des Blancs Manteaux, 75004 Paris
Tel: 01.42.74.40.15 WOUAHHH! This is what you’ll say when they bring you the first dish – it looks like a work of art. Foie gras mousse served on a black tile, bœuf Bourguignon thats looks like chocolate cake, salmon and meat together, chocolate and pistachio delirium…every single meal is a scrumptious experiment. The food is delicious, the staff is wonderful, the decor is great… and it’s only 29€ for 3 courses. If you are served a line of red powder with a straw, don’t be alarmed – it’s not the French version of cocaine but tomato powder to sip... creative and funny! Monjul has just opened and while you don’t need reservations now, we’re certain that you will soon.
Le Taxi Jaune *
13, rue Chapon, 75003 Paris
Métro: Rambuteau An institution for many years, this friendly bistrot style restaurant is very Parisian and found on a quiet street. Even better is the great value you’ll find for lunch !
15, rue des Archives, 75004 Paris
Métro: Hôtel de Ville. A Japanese style restaurant run by a gay friendly Chinese family. Good value for your euro and always packed. Try menu H for only 16€
Le Loup Blanc
Rue Tiquetonne, 75002 Paris
Métro: Etienne Marcel
Friendly atmosphere! The food is served on cheap airline style trays that include the whole meal on one plate. Fun and creative, if not gastronomic…
Marc Mitonne **
60, rue de l'Arbre Sec, 75001 Paris
Métro: Chatelet If you like traditional French cuisine, grand-Ma style, with big American style portions and a friendly atmosphere, this is a place to go. Nice, sunny terrace outside, typical 17th century cellars inside. Marc, the owner, enjoys spending time with his guests, and you’ll be enchanted by his hospitality. He often organizes parties and concerts, even featuring opera singers!
37, rue Quincampoix, 75004 Paris
Métro: Chatelet or Rambuteau A big restaurant run by the great team from Le Loup Blanc. Ozo offers the same concept of Airline Plateau-repas that you can mix and match, but with higher prices. For 3 courses with drinks, you could see a bill of 40/50€. The design is beautiful and the ambiance delightful!
Le Pavé *
7, rue des Lombards, 75004 Paris
Métro: Châtelet Le Pavé definitely stands out from the restaurants on this street. Le Pavé de Bœuf is their classic meal, of course, offered at affordable prices. Basic but fresh and always good. We love the terrace !
Les Piétons *
8, rue des Lombards, 75004 Paris
Métro: Châtelet The Spanish institution… paella and tapas all day, sangria (of course!), cheap drinks, sexy and friendly bartenders. Even if the sky is grey, your heart will feel sunny at Les Piétons, one of the brightest addresses in le Marais, next to the fabulous Hotel Saint Merry.
40, rue Vieille du Temple, 75004 Paris
Métro: Hotel de Ville Offering basic lunchtime fare, it’s more like a bar and the perfect afternoon place to sit with friends watching the crowds go by…
Au Diable des Lombards
64, rue des Lombards, 75001 Paris
8:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Daily American style with French ambiance
Le Gai Moulin
10 rue Saint Merry, 75004 Paris A friendly cantina for locals – cheap and sooo french. Every Tuesday evening there is a Cabaret show with Christophe Moulin, the owner, who speaks perfect English – you don’t want to miss it! 3 courses for only 21 € Plus, the least expensive bottle of Champagne you can find around 30 € Monday to Sunday non stop noon to midnight.
New cheap menu with plat du jour and coffee for 9,90 € daytime... Cheaper and better than any fast food for sure.
Grizzli Café *
7 rue Saint-Martin 75004 Paris
Métro Hôtel de Ville The non-stop service hours make this a great address for a late lunch.
La Fontaine Gourmande *
11 rue Charlot, 75003 Paris
Métro: Filles du Calvaire Simple and traditional French cuisine, run by girls for a lesbian clientele and their friends!
33-35, rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris
Métro: Hôtel de Ville
Tuesday to Sunday lunch 11:30 to 3:30 p.m., dinner 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Canadian inspired cuisine with a large choice of French classics.