CITY GUIDE OF THE HOTEL GARDEN SAINT-MARTIN
HÔTEL DU NORD
By entering there, you’ll wonder if you’re not back to the 1930s. From its décor (zinc bar, black and white tiles, pictures of the film “Hotel du Nord”…), it feels like a whole other world! The cuisine is well done, dishes well presented. The service is sometimes a bit busy, but always smiling. The atmosphere is friendly and for the sunny days, a terrace is set along the Canal Saint Martin. A brunch is also served on Sundays and national holidays, from 12am to 4pm.
Open every day from 10.30am to 1.30pm
102 Quai de Jemmapes, 75010 Paris – 0033 1 40 40 78 78
LES ENFANTS PERDUS
A good address in the Canal Saint Martin area, where you’ll find a traditional and tasty food. Either in the first room with a wall painted as a comic strip, or in the second at the back on the bench seat with big cushions, you will find the place comfortable and cosy. The Sunday brunch offers a 3-part menu at 27€. Don’t forget to try the “pain perdu” (French toast).
Open every day from 12am to 3pm and from 7pm to 11pm (midnight on Fridays and Saturdays). Sunday brunch from 11.30am to 4pm.
9 Rue des Récollets, 75010 Paris – 0033 1 81 29 48 26
Have you heard of a “bao burger”? It’s an Asian-inspired burger, with a white steamed bun and filled with 5-spice-marinated beef or Japanese pan-fried chicken tempura. This food-bar, with its high tables and stools and casual ambiance really brings you to South-East Asia: tempura, bo bun, spring rolls, noodle soups, not to mention the Japanese whiskies and exotic cocktails.
Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 11pm (and 2am on Friday and Saturday)
82 Quai de Jemmapes, 75010 Paris
This vast brasserie facing Gare du Nord dates back to 1925 and is the archetype of the Parisian “Art Nouveau”-style institution. Along with paintings of the Roaring Twenties, leather bench seats, outdoor oyster bar, you’ll find a pleasant and efficient staff. On the menu, you will taste the traditional sauerkraut, sole meuniere or chateaubriand beef fillet.
Open every day from 7.30pm midnight, and from 8pm to 11pm on Sunday and Monday.
23 rue de Dunkerque, 75010 Paris – 0033 1 42 85 05 15
Away from the hustle and bustle of the North and East railway stations, this is the Indian restaurant that you were looking for. An unmatched value for money, excellent flavours (superb bartha curry!) and as a bonus: live Indian music. How not to be transported? Efficient and friendly service, receptive and English-speaking staff. After two visits this year, I have never been disappointed.
Open every day from 12am to 1.30pm, and from 7pm to 11pm
36 rue de Chabrol, 75010 Paris – 0033 1 40 22 00 89
LE COMPTOIR GÉNÉRAL
This unusual bar-restaurant has a very off-the-wall and (fake) colonial atmosphere, with African presidents’ portraits, for a warehouse of curiosities of 600m²! Walk around the different rooms in a warm and rather chaotic ambiance, chat with people on the terrace or taste an African-style dish on a vintage canteen table. Expect quite a lot of queue in the evening during the weekend.
Open every day from 11am to 2am.
80 Quai de Jemmapes, 75010 Paris – 0033 1 44 88 24 48
The baristas of this tiny café with a mezzanine on the other side of the canal will make you discover their unique coffee grains, and draw on the foam of your cappuccino. They serve some tasty sandwiches, salads and British pastries. Try the banana cake, a safe bet!
Open on weekdays from 8am to 6pm, on the weekend from 9am to 7pm
10 Rue de la Grange aux Belles, 75010 Paris – 0033 1 42 40 90 78
DU PAIN ET DES IDÉES
This old bakery from 1870 is undoubtedly the best in Paris. It features a painted glass ceiling, wall mirrors for a very authentic style. You will find a large selection of traditional breads, as well as delicious and subtly crispy pastries such as their various rolls (called “escargot” – snails), butter or chocolate croissants. A must go.
Open on weekdays from 7am to 8pm
34 Rue Yves Toudic, 75010 Paris
Christophe Michalak, the Pastry Chef of the 5-star Plaza Athénée Hotel, offers a whole series of delicious and funny creations, such as the chocolate audiotape, or sweet and multi-coloured flip-flops.
Open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 12am to 7pm
60 rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 75010 Paris
OUR GUESTS’ RECOMMENDATIONS
LE VERRE VOLÉ
« Excellent wines matched with great food »
Open every day from 12:30am to 2.30pm and 7.30 to 10 pm
67 Rue de Lancry, 75010 Paris – 00331 48 03 17 34
LE PETIT DAKAR
« Cuisine sénégalaise, pour ceux qui aiment, vraiment excellente! Petit endroit cozy et sympa. »
Open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 12am to 2.30pm and 7.30pm to 10.30pm
6 Rue Elzevir, 75003 Paris – 0033 1 44 59 34 74
« Very good staff and accommodating of children. Food consistently good »
Open every day from 8am to 2am
159 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris – 0033 1 42 60 97 54
« Not a cheap place, but great for a fancy celebration like birthday, or if someone wants to pop “the” question. Great Sushi place, amazing drinks, helpful staff, exceptional design by Philip Stark, just perfect!!! »
Open every day from 12am to 2am
51 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris – 0033 1 53 67 84 60
« Amazing cocktails »
Open very day from 12.30am to 11pm
52 Rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris – 0033 1 42 74 41 28