L’As du Fallafel – wonderful fallafels

Pierre Hermes – many locations

Des pain et des idées – on 34 rue Yves Toudic. A great little pastry shop

Ten Belles (near Jardin Villemin) – small coffee shop serving great coffee. Reminded me of Oakland.


Le Bambou – 13e

70, rue Baudricourt 75013, tel: 01 45 70 91 75, (M: Tolbiac or Maison Blanche). A favorite spot for Vietnamese food. Inexpensive and authentic, expect your find yourself jammed elbow-to-elbow with fellow diners. Closed Monday.

Little Breizh – 6e

11, Rue Greegoire de Tours 75006, tel: 01 43 54 60 74, (M: Mabillion or Odéon). This sweet crêperie makes great buckwheat galettes (crêpes), in a neighborhood where reasonable restaurants that use fresh ingredients are hard to come by. I stick with the classiccomplète with ham, cheese, and a sunny-side up in the center, then end with a dessert galette, with a scribble of bittersweet chocolate sauce or house-made salted butter caramel. (Note that buckwheat crêpes are called “galettes” in French, and if you want your dessert to include a buckwheat crêpe, do like I do, and ask for a galette instead of a standard flour crêpe.)