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Peonies, Flower Shopping, and Healthy Eating

Allow us to introduce you to Lucia Chauvet, a Parisian born, multilingual foodie, photographer, and adventure-lover. Lucia started her blog, Lucia Talks Pictures, in 2016 with the idea to share her knowledge of food and photography in Paris, from the perspective of a multicultural life. If we could all share one common interest, food is probably the first thing that springs to mind! We are very excited to feature Lucia this week as a guest post on SFP, to have an insight into a couple of her MANY food experiences in Paris.


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SFP Favourites | Romantic & Intimate Restaurants in Paris

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we thought we’d take the opportunity to share with you some of our favourite intimate and romantic restaurants in Paris. Whether you’re a fan of Valentine’s Day or not, and we have to admit we aren’t really ourselves, anything that gives us the excuse to eat well, try out a new restaurant, or enjoy an intimate dinner with friends and loved ones, is never a bad thing!

Check out the following list of some of our favourite restaurants to spend Valentine’s Day in Paris in 2017…


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An Expat Life | Laurel Sanderson

Next up in our Expat Life blog post series, we’d like to introduce you to Laurel Sanderson. An American expat living in Paris, some of you may know her, not by name, but by her adorable and homey restaurant Treize…A Baker’s Dozen, located in the back of a charming 7th arrondissement courtyard in Saint Germain. Laurel has created a menu based on traditional family American recipes in order to bring a piece of home to Paris, with delicious and carefully thought through breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas. See our previous post reviewing the cosy hot spot and read ahead here to see into the life of Laurel Sanderson…

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Neighborhood Guide | Gambetta

I love discovering hidden gems in my city! I set out last weekend to get to know the Gambetta neighborhood in the 20th Arrondissement and its unique spots. I opted to start with a nice glass of Côte du Rhone at Café Martin, overlooking Père Lachaise cemetery on Place Martin Nadaud. A nice sunny cafe on a pedestrian-only street. Great for people watching, catching some sun and  chatting with locals.  Absolutely go for a leisurely lunch, food consists of huge smoked salmon platters and foie gras.

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I  walked around and learn more about this eclectic neighborhood. I started with the outdoor organic food market on Rue de Pyrenées and  Rue Ménilmontant.  Bustling marché with Continue reading

What’s New | Fall 2014

There have been so many new openings in the past few months that we have gained a good few kilos eating our way around town! Stay out of the winter cold by warming up in some of these great dining spots!


52 Faubourg Saint Denis

52 Faubourg Saint Denis

The team behind neighbourhood favorites L’Office and Richer has opened a bright new no-reservations neo-bistro on, you guessed it, rue Faubourg Saint Denis. The small menu is Continue reading

Holiday 2014 Restaurant Closings

Traveling in Paris over the holiday season is nothing less than magical!

One can hit quite a few speed bumps, however, when it comes to dining as many restaurants close for at least a week over the holidays. Below is our list of restaurant closing by arrondissement followed by our suggestions for some great spots to spend both Christmas and New Years.


First up, the holiday closures:


Le Grand Vefour – cosed December 24-28
Les Fines Gueules – closed December 23-25, closed December 31 – January 1
Verjus – closed December 24-26 & January 1st
Spring – closed December 22-25, closed December 31- January 1


Chez Georges – closed December 24-January 1st
Drouant – closed January 1st
Racines 1 & 2 – closed December 23 – January 5
Saturne – closed December 24-28
Terroir Parisien Palais Brongniart – closed December 24 – January 1, open December 31 for dinner only


Derriere – closed December 24-25, January 1st
Glou – closed December 24-25
La Briciola – closed approx. December 22 – January 2
Beaucoup – closed December 24-25, January 1st
Soma – closed December 24-January 3


Benoit— closed December 24-25 & 31, January 1
Icho— closed December 21- December 27
Isami— closed December 24 – January 5
Le Jaja – closed December 24-25, January 1st
L’Ambroisie— closed December 24-25, closed January 31-1


58 Qualité Street— closed December 20-December 26
Desvouges— closed December 24 – January 5
Itinéraires— closed December 22-26
Le Pot O’Lait— closed December 20- January 2
Le Pre Verre— closed evening of December 24-January 2
Les Papilles— closed December 24 – January 2, open December 26, 27
Terroir Parisien— closed December 24-25, January 1


Le Chardenoux des Prés – closed December 24, 25
L’Epi Dupin – closed night of December 24- December 29, closed December 31- January 5
Fish La Boissonerie – closed December 22 – January 2
Le Timbre – closed December 24, 25, open December 26-31, closed January 1-5
Le Comptoir du Relais – closed December 24, 25, closed December 31-January 1
Semilla – closed December 24 – January 5
Ze Kitchen Gallerie – closed December 24-25 & 31, January 1


Brasserie Thoumieux – no annual closing
L’Atelier Saint-Germain de Joël Robuchon – no annual closing
L’Arpège – no annual closing
Café Constant – no annual closing
L’Arpège –  closed December 27, 28
Chez l’Ami Jean – closed December 24-January 1
Davis Toutain – Closed December 25 & January 1
Treize – closed December 24-31


L’Atelier Etoile de Joël Robuchon – open every day except December 31
Lasserre – closed December 24 -29 open December 25, open December 31 & January 1 for dinner only
La Gaigne – closed December 24-27
Market – no annual closing
Pierre Gagnaire – closed December 23-26, January 1-6


Le Pantruche – closed December – January 5
La Maison Mère –closed December 24-25, closed January 31-1
Encore – closed December 23 – January 5
Caillebotte – open December 24 for lunch, closed from December 24- January 5
L’Office – closed night of December 24 – January 4


Abri – closed December 25 – January 2
Vivant Table – closed December 24 – January 5
Le Galopin – closed December 24 – January 5
Porte 12 – closed December 22-29, open December 30-31, closed January 1-2


Caffe dei Cioppi – closed December 20 – January 5
Chardenoux – closed December 24-25
Le Chateaubriand – closed December 22-26
Bones – closed December 21-January 7


Dersou – Closed for dinner on December 24, Closed December 25.


La Régalade – closed December 24 (dinner), 25, 31 (dinner) & January 1-4; Exceptionally open for lunch on December 22 & 29
Le Severo- closed December 24, 25, 31 & January 1


La Veraison – closed December 20 – January 6
La Niege D’Ete – closed December 22-25, Closed January 1
Le Quinzième – closed December 24, 25, 31
Jadis – closed December 24-27 & January 1


La Table Lauriston – closed December 24-25 & January 1


Coretta – closed December 24, 25, 31 & January 1
Guy Savoy – Closed December 23-25 & January 1
Gare au Gorille – closed December 24, 25 & 31
Roca – closed December 22-26


Guilo-Guilo – closed December 27 – January 3
Jeanne B – closed December 22 – January 13


Roseval– closed December 24 – January 5


And here are some ideas for places to celebrate Christmas and the New Year:

Restaurants to celebrate Christmas Eve Dinner

Allard – 95euro/person special menu, not including drinks
Brasserie Thoumieux – standard menu as well as a special menu
David Toutain – 200euro/person special menu
Drouant  – Standard menu + 140euro/person special menu
Guilo-Guilo – standard menu available
L’Arpège – standard menu
Le Grand Colbert – standard menu available
Le Jules Verne – 290Euro/Person, 390Euro/Person with wine pairing
La Tour d’Argent— 150euro/person special menu
Le Meurice— 650euro/person special menu
Le Reminet – special items on the menu for the holiday season but no fixed-price menu
Market – standard menu available
Mon Vieil Ami—75Euro/Person special menu

Restaurants to celebrate Christmas Day Dinner

Brasserie Thoumieux – standard menu as well as a special menu
Drouant  – Standard menu + 140euro/person special menu
L’Arpège – standard menu
L’Atelier Etoile de Joël Robuchon— standard menu & tasting menu
Le Grand Colbert – Standard Menu
Le Reminet – special items on the menu for the holiday season but no fixed-price menu
Market – standard menu available
Mon Vieil Ami—75Euro/Person

Restaurants to celebrate New Year’s Eve Dinner

Allard – 130euro/person (w/o drinks) & 210euro/person (including drinks) special menus
Beaucoup – 115euro/person special menu
Brasserie Thoumieux – standard menu as well as a special menu
Le Chardenoux des Prés –100euro/person special menu
David Toutain – 200euro/person special menu
Derriere – 160euro/person special menu
Dersou –90euro/person special menu
Drouant – 160euro/person special menu
Glou – 98euro/person special menu
Jadis – 95euro/person special menu
Jean Francois Piege – special menu
L’Arpège – standard menu
L’Atelier Etoile de Joël Robuchon— standard menu & tasting menu
La Table Lauriston – 98euro/person special menu
La Tour d’Argent— standard menu available
Le Chateaubriand – 85euro/person special menu (110euro/person with wine)
Le Gaigne— 130euro/person special menu
Le Grand Colbert – 120-200euro/person special menu
Le Grand Vefour- 650euro/person special menu
Le Jaja – 100euro/person special tasting menu including a glass of champagne
Le Jules Verne – 600euro/person, 800euro/person with wine pairing special menu
Le Meurice— 1200euro/person special menu
Le Reminet – special items on the menu for the holiday season but no fixed-price menu
Market – special menu will be available
Mon Vieil Ami—85euro/person special menu
Pierre Gagnaire – 595euro/person menu, not including drinks
Roca – will have a special menu
Saturne – special menu
Terroir Parisien—90euro & 110euro/person special menus
Verjus – 250euro/person special menu, private room reservation for groups available.

Restaurants to celebrate New Year’s Day Dinner

Chardenoux – 100euro/person
Brasserie Thoumieux – standard menu as well as a special menu
Itinéraires— special menu 140euro/person
L’Arpège – standard menu
L’Atelier Etoile de Joël Robuchon— standard menu & tasting menu
Le Chardenoux des Prés – 100Euro/person without drinks
Le Grand Colbert – Standard menu
Le Grand Vefour – Standard menu available.
Le Reminet – special items on the menu for the holiday season but no fixed-price menu
Market – standard menu available

Whats New | Summer 2014

While most of you were off vacationing on the beach this summer, we were scouring the rainy streets of Paris for some of the hottest new hangouts of the summer. Earlier this week we introduced Le Pavillion des Canaux as a great colorful and delicious hangout but there are so many more new openings of the summer to share with you! Now that you are all back from your travels, show off that tan at some of these delicious new spots on the Paris dining scene:

Pierre Sang on Gambey

Pierre Sang on Gambey

Pierre Sang on Gambey

After the mind-blowing success of his first no-reservations eatery on rue Oberkampf, Pierre Sang Boyer has opened his second restaurant just two doors down on rue Gambey and it is sure to be a smash Continue reading

Hot Spot on the Seine: Les Nautes

Photo Courtesy Les Nautes

Photo Courtesy Les Nautes

Have ever crossed the Pont Marie and looked down at the quai des Célistins and wondered what that cool little building on the Seine is all about? Les Nautes is a multi-dimensional restaurant and a top choice to check out this summer: they’ve got inside or terrace dining and the added bonus of takeaway meals on sale at their outdoor container.

First came the container, an awesome spot to grab a beer and some snacks and sit along the river. Last Fall, Les Nautes expanded their cantine on the banks of the Seine to a restaurant offering a full menu of simple and delicious French classics. The clean lines and subtle colors of the decor leave the eye to linger on the exceptional view of the Seine. The ambiance is hip and laid-back and the numerous events and dj sets at the bar spill out onto the quai with an impromptu dance party.

The place is exceptionally great on Sundays when the street turns pedestrian only and you’ve got free reign of the space. It’s also a go-to during the month of August, during Paris Plage when although the restaurant closes the container stays swinging from 9 AM to midnight 7 days a week.

1 Quai des Célestins, 4th arrondissement
Métro: Pont Marie (line 7), Saint-Paul (Line 1)

Casual Japanese Dining | The Izakaya

After last week’s post on some of our favorite non-French eateries here in Paris, we thought we would delve deeper into the Japanese dining scene and check out some Izakayas.

An Izakaya is a the Japanese version of a cave-a-manger, a casual drinking and dining establishment that specialises in small shared plates and an excellent selection of saké. Over the past few years, a bunch of pint-sized Izakayas have popped up throughout Paris. We have
tried and tested a few of them and they are all equally delicious and each have their own take on the traditional Japanese Izakaya.

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Izakaya Issé

Located in the dining hub of the 1st arrondissement, Izakaya Issé will teleport you straight to Tokyo. The funky interior of collaged memorabilia and a glass of saké relaxes you immediately as Continue reading