5th & 6th Arrondissement Specialty
La Crêperie du Comptoir St-Germain
9 Carrefour de l’Odéon, 6th
Weather permitting, there’s nothing better than grabbing a crepe from a street vendor to eat while wandering through the Luxembourg Gardens—and chef Yves Camdeborde’s takeaway stand is the place to do it. If a more substantial meal is in order, his celebrated brasserie, Le Comptoir du Relais Saint-Germain, is right next door.
Boulevard Raspail, between Rue du Cherche-Midi & Rue de Rennes, 6th
With more than 150 stalls, this is one of the largest open-air markets in Europe, and one any food lover will not want to miss. Beyond fresh veggies, fruits, eggs, and cheese, there are plenty of vendors who sell premade meals, perfect for an impromptu picnic. It happens three times a week. Photo credit: Neil Conway
Place Monge, 5th
Complete with cobblestone streets, a bubbling fountain, stands full of fresh flowers, and heaps of fresh bread, cheese, and charcuterie, Marché Monge is pretty much the quintessential Parisian market. Jardin des Plantes is only a few blocks away, so it's a great pit stop before an afternoon of picnicking.
8 Rue du Cherche-Midi, 6th
This mini-chainlet is now three Paris locations strong (with two outposts in London), which makes a lot of sense: The bread really is distinguishably excellent, which in a place like Paris, says a lot. Though the sourdough loaves fly off the shelves, we love their nut breads—along with the fact that you can purchase by the half or quarter loaf if you can't take down the entire thing. There's usually a line, and while there's nothing to be done about that, you can always duck into La Cuisine de Bar instead. It's a sandwich shop next to the location in the 6th, where they make sandwiches from Poilâne bread. Other locations: Eiffel Tower district and the Marais.
24 Boulevard Saint-Michel, 6th Arrondissement
This is so much more than a grocery store: In fact, in true French fashion, they do simple clothing—streamlined totes, striped tees—really, really well. And at prices you’d expect from a supermarket. The baby selection is particularly sweet. Other locations: 4th Arrondissement, 9th Arrondissement, plus others around the city.
Café de Flore
172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 6th
This classic Parisian Art Deco café on the corner of Boulevard Saint-Germain has played host to everyone from Sartre to Picasso. They came for the coffee and the people-watching, as should you: When the weather's nice, find a spot on the outdoor patio.
T’CHA La Maison de Thé
6 Rue du Pont de Lodi, 6th
Quiet and tucked away, this little teahouse is the perfect destination if you’re in the mood for a light lunch or a perfect cup of sencha.
Jugetsudo by Maruyama
95 Rue de Seine, 6th
Stalks of bamboo dangle from the ceiling like hundreds of wind-chimes at this Saint-Germain-des-Prés spot, which is the first outpost outside of Japan for the historic, 19th-century teahouse, Jugetsedo. Upstairs, you can sample any number of green tees, from earthy Sencha, to nutty Genmaicha, to creamy Macha. In the cellar-like basement, you can participate in a full, uber-traditional tea service.
Le Bonbon au Palais
19 Rue Monge, 5th
Styled to look like a 1950s classroom, Georges Marques’s shop offers hundreds of candies sourced from all over France. It’s kind of an amazing way to take a geography lesson, really, particularly because Georges is happy to lead willing students on a tour of the country’s various candy-producing zones. Everything—from the candied fruits to pastilles to calissons to chocolate—is arranged in old-fashioned apothecary jars.
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