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Restaurants in the Marais

Our recommendations for the best restaurants in the Marais and Beaubourg areas

© Laurie Grosset
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One of the chicest and unfortunately most expensive areas in Paris, the Marais (sandwiched between Metro stations St-Paul and République) overflows with impressive restaurants in its charming narrow streets, stretching west towards Beaubourg. While the area is known for its bustling falafel strip on the Rue de Rivoli, it has more to offer than just that, from top-notch crêpes at Café Breizh to crispy pizzas at Il Prezzemolo. It’s also prime territory for art lovers, with its heavy concentration of museums and art galleries. So if you’re looking for a post-gallery meal, or simply a pleasant spot to while away an evening, our handy guide to the best restaurants in the Marais is here to help.  

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Jaja

The team behind Glou has worked out how to seduce Parisians: with quality products, a good dose of humour, and a vibe that’s cool without being achingly trendy (despite the financial involvement of Marion Cotillard). The menu, though not extensive, has something for everyone, ranging from the classics (e.g. Black Angus and Aubrac steaks, accompanied by sautéed potatoes seasoned with thyme) to ‘quality junk food’, such as the Jaja hot dog...

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4th arrondissement

Breizh Café

Recommended

With its modern interior of pale wood and its choice of 15 artisanal ciders, this outpost of a restaurant in Cancale, Brittany, is a world away from the average crêperie. For the complete faux-seaside experience, you might start with a plate of creuse oysters from Cancale before indulging in an inventive buckwheat galette such as the Cancalaise, made with potato, smoked herring from Brittany and herring roe...

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The Marais

Le Baromètre

Recommended

This unpretentious little bistro in the heart of the Marais is a good place for bacchanalian carousing. The chalkboard menu lists the sort of dishes a country French grandmother might have cooked, made with top quality products and accompanied by sophisticated local vintages. When they’re on the menu, we recommend the moist and savoury scallops, matched with a Pouilly Fumé. If you’re on a budget, a very respectable daily set menu is on offer at €13...

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The Marais

Cantine Merci

Recommended

The new fairtrade concept store Merci is all about feeling virtuous even as you indulge, and its basement canteen is a perfect example. Fresh and colourful salads, soup and risotto of the day, an organic salmon plate, and the assiette merci (perhaps chicken kefta with two salads) make up the brief, Rose Bakery-esque menu, complete with invigorating teas and juices. Rustic desserts add just the right handmade touch...

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The Marais

Le Tambour

Banal during the day, Le Tambour is the late-night haunt of all the neighbourhood’s night owls and insomniacs, staying open until 3.30am. The atmosphere is warm, though it can get a little crazy between the drinkers draped over the bar and the gruff, strapping barmen. Here, you can satisfy any cravings for andouillette,a malodorous intestine sausage, for pig’s feet or simply for steak, at any hour of the day or night...

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2nd arrondissement

Chez Jenny

Alsatian restaurant Chez Jenny, done out all in marquetry, statues and frescoes of provincial scenes, is a legendary brasserie that’s something of a local monument in Parisian gastronomy.As well as the famous choucroute (sauerkraut) and the traditional oyster bar, the menu features perfectly-executed Alsatian specialities such as flammekueche, a salad with saveloy sausages, caramelised pork shank, strudel and kouglof...

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3rd arrondissement

Le Petit Marché

Petit Marché's menu is short and modern with Asian touches. Raw tuna is flash-fried in sesame seeds and served with a Thai sauce, making for a refreshing starter; crispy-coated deep-fried king prawns have a similar oriental lightness. The main vegetarian risotto is rich in basil, coriander, cream and al dente green beans. Pan-fried scallops with lime are precision-cooked and accompanied by a good purée and more beans...

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The Marais

Les Caves du Petit Thouars

This micro-bar in the heart of the Temple area stands in stark contrast with the trendy dives that crowd the Marais. Despite the influx of hipsters, the Formica tables haven’t moved, the prices haven’t soared, and the menu hasn’t changed. Food is homemade dishes like marinated chicken skewers, tender rump steak with pepper sauce, or grilled lamb chops: good, simple and plentiful, it only costs around €10 for lunch or dinner...

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The Marais

Dame Tartine

With its terrace overlooking the Stravinsky fountain next to the Centre Pompidou, Dame Tartine is a pleasant surprise in the busy Marais. After a visit to the museum, come here to relax in the calm and the sunshine and enjoy much more reasonable prices than other bars in the area, plus friednly efficient waiters, a rarity in this very touristy area. This bistro-restaurant offers a varied menu of huge warm or cold sandwiches for €10...

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The Marais

Candelaria

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Has Paris woken up to the temptations of the taco? Apparently so, thanks to this taqueria, with its almost totally expat clientele (English and American rather than Mexican). The tiny white room with its open kitchen, a few stools and communal tables doesn’t give a hint of the hip bar behind, where the neighbourhood’s youth come to sip margaritas. On the food front, you have the choice between tacos and tostadas at very reasonable prices (€3 for one, €5.50 for two)...

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3rd arrondissement
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2 comments
Chloé L
Chloé L

The Cru is a really nice place ! Just be carefull many restaurants are tourists traps in this area ...

Huw O
Huw O

Too. Much. Choice.