40 Hours in Paris

In Paris, Tony does as the French do. He sips coffee at Le Pure Café, sits down at Le Dome for an enormous shellfish tower, discovers the lost art of bread baking and indulges in a guilty pleasure: a duck press.

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Au Passage‬‬

Tony eats lunch with Louis Daboussy at Au Passage, one of the best new restaurants in town serving fresh contemporary French cuisine at a fixed price. The lunch here is one of the best bargains in town, at night it turns into a good wine bar.

1b Passage Saint-Sébastien‬
75011 Paris, France‬‬‬

 
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Aux Deux Amis‬‬

Aux Deux Amis is a wine bar with classic 70s décor and nouveau bistro dishes in the Oberkampt neighborhood. Belly up to the bar for a glass of natural wine, snack on tapas and rub shoulders with a good mix of the young and old.

45 Rue Oberkampf‬
75011 Paris, France‬‬‬

 
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Berthillon

Tony has Berthillon ice cream on the Isle St. Louis. Have a cone of their famous French ice cream and then take a walk to the banks of the Seine.

31 Rue Saint-Louis en l'Île‬
75004 Paris, France‬‬‬

 
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Bistrot Paul Bert‬

Tony and sidekick Franz Lang enjoy one of the best traditional bistros in Paris. Bistrot Paul Bert boasts some of the best steak frites in town. It is tucked on Rue Paul Bert, an interesting street in the lesser-known 11th arrondissement.

18 Rue Saint-Louis en l’lle
75004 Paris, France

 
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Camion Qui Fume

Tony goes to check out this new and strange phenomenon of food trucks that have recently opened for the first time in Paris. At Camion Qui Fume, Tony gets a cheeseburger and is quietly impressed with this French take on an American classic.

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Du Pain et des Idées‬ ‎‬

Tony meets owner and baker Christophe Vasser who describes his philosophy on bread. Du Pain et des Idées specializes in renaissance-era recipes, and the counters are lined with carmelized apple tarts, small savory fugasse rolls and perfumed Brioche.

34 Rue Yves Toudic‬
75010 Paris, France‬‬‬

 
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L'Avant-Comptoir‬‬

Tony meets sidekick Fritz Lang at this wonderful little wine bar for a quick glass of wine and snack.

3 Carrefour de l'Odéon‬‬‬
75006 Paris, France‬‬‬

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La Palette

The decor consists of tiled murals installed around 1935, advertising the virtues of a brand of liqueur that's no longer manufactured. The real reason to come, though, is the terrace -- a beautiful outdoor space not far from the river.

43 Rue de Seine‬
75006 Paris, France‬‬‬

 
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Le Baratin ‬

Connoisseurs consider Raquel Carena the best cook in Paris but this small bistro is anything but flashy. Every lunchtime and evening, her kitchen produces divine market-fresh food: succulent chuck steak and pan-fried pollack in mandarin butter.

3 Rue Jouye-Rouve‬
75020 Paris, France‬‬‬

 
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Le Dôme

Tony eats a seafood tower at Le Dome, an old classic brasserie in the Montparnasse district. Man Ray, Sartre, Simone de Bouvoir and Hemingway all hung out at this classic brasserie. Le Dome has some of the best Sole Mariniere in the city.

108 Boulevard du Montparnasse‬
75014 Paris, France‬‬‬

 
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Le Pure Café

Tony drinks a coffee at this classic corner café. Tony explains that the best way to see Paris is to stroll through the lesser-known neighborhoods, and to sit, have a coffee, and watch Parisian life go by.

14 Rue Jean Macé
75011 Paris, France

 
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Le Verre Volé ‬

Le Verre Vole is a wine bar with awesome natural wines and genuine French classic food. It is tucked along the mellow-yet-popular Canal St. Martin and has a casual ambience. It’s often frequented by chefs.

67 Rue de Lancry‬
75010 Paris, France‬‬‬

 
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Septime‬

Chef Bertrand Grébaut makes delicious market-driven contemporary French dishes. Septime is asthetically flawless and seasoned with a subtle literary sensibility.

80 Rue de Charonne‬‬‬
‪75011 Paris, France‬‬‬

 
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Shakespeare and Company

This bookstore in the Latin quarter has been owned by a British family for generations. Writers like Jack Kerouac would crash in the beds tucked in the small bookshop's corners. Ex-pat writers often read here, accompanied by a bottle of wine.

37 Rue de la Bûcherie
‬ ‪75005 Paris, France‬‬‬

 
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Urfa Durum

Tony walks to Urfa Durum, a Kurdish sandwich shop on lively Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis. Urfa is a hole in the wall with fresh flatbreads constantly cooking in the window.

58 Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis‬
75010 Paris, France‬‬‬

 
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Vivant

Diners here enjoy Cecina de León (smoked cured beef) and Fiocco di Culatello (literally -- small pig's backside). "You won't find any emulsions or siphons here. My cooking is no-frills cooking that respects ingredients," says chef Pierre Jancou.

43 Rue des Petites Écuries‬
75010 Paris, France‬‬‬

 
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Wepler

This is one of the last truly family-run brasserie’s in Paris. For over a hundred years the Wepler, the largest oyster house in Paris, has brought happiness to the connoisseurs of fresh and quality food.

14 Place de Clichy‬
75018 Paris, France‬‬‬

 

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