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1st & 2nd Arrondissement Restaurants

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Claus
14 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1st Arrondissement
Claus is one of those spots where you'll want to have your way with every dish on the menu (all-breakfast, all the time). There are granolas and toasts and eggs in every conceivable incarnation, and good god, so much pastry. Get a small window table upstairs, grab a newspaper, and take your time. There’s also granola: Claus will have you hooked one crunchy, subtly sweet, almost smoky bite in. And the tiny grocery store across the street that sells the stuff by the bag is the final piece of the master plan. There's also tea, coffee, and a dozen or so flavors of house-made jam. You'll buy all the jars you can carry with the best intentions of handing them out to friends back home. But even the best intentions…
1st & 2nd Arrondissement
Davé
12 Rue de Richelieu, 1st
Davé—named after its proprietor who to this day can be found greeting guests at the door—first took up residence on Rue de Richelieu in 1982. Since then, it’s become a favorite among actors, musicians, fashion types, and pretty much anyone who is anyone looking for some privacy and good Chinese food (some of the best in Paris, actually), which you have to order blind since there’s no menu. The decor is all red lacquered walls and photos of Davé with his big-name clients. It’s also one of the few establishment that still allows smoking indoors.
1st & 2nd Arrondissement
Dim Sum Cantine
85 Rue Montmartre, 2nd
Much like the Cantonese-style dumplings that are its claim to fame, this restaurant is compact but mighty. The house-made dim sum (mushroom, shrimp, lacquered pork, and more) is steamed and then immediately served by the basket and accompanied by salad and rice. Lest you forget you’re still in Paris, the steamed brioche buns make for the perfect dessert. Since this restaurant is always packed, you can also check out their second location in the 9th arrondissement.
1st & 2nd Arrondissement
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