Walking down the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, past the discount shoe shops and banal looking cafés, looking for number 159, it’s hard to imagine that anyone would want to eat outside in this neighborhood.  This stretch of road, like many busy thoroughfares, doesn’t have much to recommend. But turn left or right on a good […]


Paris: Outdoor cafés to get away from it all

by phyllisflick on April 26, 2010

Sidewalk cafés literally abound in Paris and can be found on just about every corner; since winters here can be grey and even a bit gloomy, it’s no surprise that at the first hint of Spring, Parisians come out en mass. Every terrace is overflowing, but too often these precious parcels of land are just […]


Coinstot Vino

by phyllisflick on February 20, 2010

This wine bar/cave à manger, recently opened in the picturesque Passage Panorama,  is a welcome addition to the Paris wine scene.  Bright and airy with a great terrace in a quiet part of the passage, with the warm weather coming, it’s sure to be a hit. Expect small plates of marinated anchovies, smoked fish, charcuterie, […]


Rosa Bonheur, Part Deux

by phyllisflick on October 26, 2009

Rosa Bonheur, the funky buvette in the Buttes Chaumont, which opened a little over a year ago without much fanfare, but then went on to become the darling of the press and bobo Parisians this summer, has metamorphosed into a full-fledged restaurant—well really a cross between a resto and rotisserie—this past week.    I fell […]


Corso, a new Costes in the 10th

by phyllisflick on August 23, 2009

I’m not usually one to run out to try the latest Costes establishment; spending a small fortune on so-so food, served by glamorous young things who know nothing about cuisine, no matter how beautiful the setting, is not really my thing. If your ever spent time in Paris, chances are you’ve been to one of […]

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Rosa Bonheur

by phyllisflick on July 31, 2009

Located in the beautiful Parc des Buttes Chaumont, this newly blossomed café has quickly gained a following with bobo Parisians looking for a bit of respite from city life. It’s the perfect place for a café or an apero with friends en terrace.  If you’re looking for more than a drink, you can order up […]