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Sabine
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Hidden gem restaurant

My brother and I are going to surprise our mother for her 65th birthday by taking her to Paris for 2 days. We are staying at Quartier Latin and are looking for a great restaurant to take her to. We don't really like the 'old fashioned, bow tie, pinguin suits' kind of restaurants, but more trendy and hip. French or fusion modern kitchen is what we are looking for. We are not really on a budget, but also not looking for michelin star restaurant (prices). Just a cute place not all tourists go to. Any tips? 


13 Answers

answered by
Abigail from Paris

Hi Sabine,

 

Not far from The Centre Pompidou is a great place called OZO. They have a fantastic selection of cocktails and a menu featuring fresh, unique food. It's certainly not 'hidden', but it's worth a visit! Bon appétit!


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answered by
Michelle from Oregon

We had a great and affordable 3-course meal in the Latin Quarter at Le Bistrot Du Perigord. You can see more pictures of this and other budget-friendly places in Paris at the link below. http://intentionaltravelers.com/a-budget-itinerary-in-paris-with-photos/


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answered by
Hoyt from New York City

Here are my top five (depending on your Mom you know what is best): 

Matignon (3 avenue Matignon 75008 Paris) - also club/lounge in basement
La Société - trendy/fancy
Derrière- derriere-resto.com/ - off beat and silly but great
Chez Papa Jazz Club/Rest - www.papajazzclub.fr/ - cool but not trendy, awesome food and people
Relais de l'Entrecôte Saint Germain - steak in St Germain - no menu just get a bottle or three of the house wine and east well and have fun


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answered by
Steven from Winston Salem

My current favorite is L'Ami Jean . Great place, bustling centrally located and amazing amazing food with a great chef!  One of the best meals I've had lately anywhere. 


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answered by
Charles from Paris, France

Maybe you could try this restaurant by Yannick Alleno:

Terroir Parisien  5th district, close to your staying

All dishes are made exclusively from ingredients raised and grown in and around Paris. It is excellent without being too fancy, atmosphere is great and not too noisy.

Have a pleasant stay in Paris and Happy Birthday to your mother!


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answered by
Brenda from Long Beach

Chez Janou in the Marais. Just what you described. Small, local, and delicious


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answered first by
Alexis from Paris

Hi,

try Les Ombres. Fancy restaurant on the top of a museum with direct seeing on Eiffel Tower. Another try : very very good cooking in a little restaurant near Montparnasse : L'épicuriste. Happy birthday to her.


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answered by
Laura from Haarlem, Netherlands

Kong is amazing (ask if you can be under the glass roof). Hôtel Costes is amazing as well, ask if they can put you on the terras. Georges is on the rooftop of George Pompidou, an amazing view over Paris, I love that the most. 


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answered by
Kyle from Chicago

Plenty of places in Montmartre for you to choose from and it's kind of out of the way so not a whole bunch of tourists, specifically around the area where Au bon coin is. That is an awesome, cozy, hidden little restaurant and they only make like 6 things...among them Confit de Canard, which is amazing.


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answered by
Rebecca from Manchester

Les Fondus de la Raclette "Montparnasse" is a great French restaurant which is similar to what you would expect in the French Alps. I took my parents here last year when they came to visit me in Paris and they enjoyed the last chance at being able to make their own food with the fondue, raclette and grill set on the table. The restaurant had the right kind of atmosphere and the price was very reasonable! A very French experience, but certainly not your penguin, bow tie place.


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answered by
Eva from New York City

In-the-know tourists go to this place, but so do a lot of Parisians. Le Comptoir du Relais. It's in the 6th or 7th relatively near where you will be staying. This is a bit of a splurge and best for lunch because reservations are hard to get otherwise. Get there early.

Ze Kitchen Galerie nearby is another great place - more modern, trendy. 

My hidden gem is by Metro Alesia - Les Petits Plats. Great place with smaller plates so you can try a lot of the menu. Neighborhood place - only locals and the visitors who read my blog would know about it. 


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answered by
Haleigh from Paris

Hey Sabine! How sweet of you and your brother! On the left bank there is BISTROTTERS which is adorable and very authentic, delicious, and not stuffy at all! On the left bank I love Au Passage (reserve in advance) and Le Dauphin for some modern French cuisine. A local's favorite is Le chateaubriand as well! Hope that helps!


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answered by
Scott from San Francisco

Dominique Bouchet has world class food without the bow ties, pomp and circumstance.  Even though you don't need a tux and tails to dine there, it's still a very nice place as well.  


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