Bistros & Restos 6th to 10th Arr.

Foyer de la Madeleine-8th arrondissement

Underground in the foyer of la Madeleine you will find the best meal deal in Paris. It is favored by bankers, shoppers, “ladies who lunch,” and the financially challenged who gather in an ambience of conviviality that crosses all cultural barriers.

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Boeuf sur le Toit-Classic Paris Resto-8th arr.

As the capital of cuisine and birthplace of the restaurant, Paris is a destination for “foodies” and cooks but it also represents a Paris state of mind where an elegant design, amiable service and an air of sophistication are as important as the food–Welcome to Le Boeuf sur Le Toit.

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Carton Rouge-Wine Bar & Bistro-9th arrondissement

This wine bar cum resto is friendly, youthful, priced correctly and as the logo indicates-all dishes are made on site with fresh products.

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Emporio Armani Caffé

It was one of those far niente days and I was meeting my friend Albert on the just remodeled Emporio Armani Caffé for lunch and a view of the passing parade. Across the blvd. Saint-Germain from the Café de Flore it attracts many of the same clients: actors, actresses, writers, and elegant shoppers who choose it for a business meeting, a quiet meal with a friend or lover or even alone as the charming woman to my left.

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Café Tournon-6th arrondissement

Walk in and take a step back in time to 1952-George Plimpton , Richard Wright and the ever lingering ghost of Josef Roth. Fortunately the new owners have done nothing to update the café and it looks much as it did in the halcyon days of the 1950s.

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La Méditerranée

What do you give a man on his 67th birthday? M had the answer: dinner at La Méditerranée.


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It was Saturday Jan 2 and most bistros were closed for the extended New Year’s holiday. Sandwiched between Huiterie Regis and the Golfe de Naples we discovered the Mandarin, a family-owned and operated Thai restaurant with a Chinese name and a few Vietnamese dishes.

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Le Procope

Often proclaimed as Paris’ first café, it was opened by Francesco Procopio Del Cotelli in 1686 and was the meeting place of Ben Franklin, Denis Diderot and Voltaire, who was known to consume up to 40 cups per day. Many of the great thoughts of the Age of Enlightenment were developed here.

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No one should have a bad meal in Paris! Whether a 2-star restaurant or a local bistro there should always be an excellent rapport qualité prix– relationship between price and quality. At my favorites you will be treated as a regular and have a satisfying experience. Just tell them  “Terrance sent you.”


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Regularly scheduled literary salons with guest writers, private dinners, restaurant openings, wine tastings,market visits and cooking classes attract a discerning, sophisticated crowd who love to have a good time while they learn. Our cadre of Paris–based colleagues happily share their passion for this magical city.