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5 unique dining experiences in Paris

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The cuisine of this beautiful city is legendary but of course as with anywhere not every restaurant lives up to our expectations. However, the dinning experience isn’t just about the food, it is also about a great atmosphere and, if like me, you also enjoy something a little more unusual than your average restaurant, here is my collection of eateries that I think are well worth a visit.

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Seafood at one of the oldest restaurants in Paris, Le Procope

Les Provinces Boucherie Restaurant

The Marché d’Aligre is a great market for food lovers and when artisan butcher, Christophe Dru began, transformed part of his shop into a restaurant, just last year, it was an immediate success with Parisian meat-eaters. From juicy pork ribs to over-sized entrecôte, the food is excellent and there’s also a small but good wine list, all at a reasonable price. With limited seating it gets very busy on a Saturday and Sunday so arrive early as you can’t make a reservation.

Marche d'Aligre

Marché d’Aligre

Address: 20 rue d’Aligre Opening hours: Tue-Fri 12mid-2pm; Sat-Sun 12mid-3pm Nearest Metro: Ledru Rollin or Faidherbe – Chaligny Trip Advisor: Les Provinces Boucherie

Le Salon de thé de La Pagode

In 1895, the flamboyant owner of Le Bon Marché, Paris’ equivalent to London’s Harrods, built a palatial pavilion inspired by Japanese pagodas, as a birthday present for his wife. In the ’30s, La Pagode took on a new life as an art house cinema, while its oriental garden became the venue for an enchanting salon de thé. Service can be incredibly slow and the choice of gâteaux are brought in from a local pâtisserie every day, but it’s the choice of teas that everyone comes here for from Earl Grey to Thé du Tigre, a smoked black tea from Taiwan. The delight of which is only added to by the jungle of bamboo and tropical plants and the statues of dragons and tigers that surround you.

La Pagoda, Paris

Le Salon de thé de La Pagode

Address: 57 Rue de Babylone Telephone: 01 45 55 48 48 Opening hours: Tue-Sun 3pm-9pm, closed in Winter or if it rains Website: La Pagode Nearest Metro: Saint-Francois-Xavier Trip Advisor: La Pagode

Un Jour, Un Chef

In a quiet backstreet just off the Place de la Bastille, a unqiue dinning experience, dreampt-up by three friends, has become a great success. If you fancy trying your hand at being chef for the day all you need do is visit their website or call them and you can take over the kitchen to prepare the lunch or evening meal. You create the menu and the restaurant while buy all the produce you will need and there’s no need to panic if it gets too hot in the kitchen, the restaurant’s professional chef is always on hand. Alternatively, just go along to eat and your receive a warm welcome and a great meal, at a reasonable price. The menu changes every day, with an enthusiastic amateur, eager to impress, backed by a team of professionals. You should be in for a real treat!

Address: 4 Rue Biscornet Telephone: 01 43 43 00 08 Opening hours: please check with venue Website: Nearest Metro: Bastille Trip Advisor: Un jour, un chef

Foyer Vietnam

If you were told you were going to a not-for-profit Vietnamese restaurant, run by volunteers in support of Vietnamese culture, humanitarian projects and the local Vietnamese student population, what would you expect? Cheap and cheerful? ✓ Clean and friendly? ✓ Art exhibitions? ✓ Great food? ✓

Foyer Vietnam, unusual paris restaurants

Foyer Vietnam

You’ll actually find really great food in an equally great atmosphere, at affordable prices, in what could be described as a chic canteen. There’s no sign outside to indicate its a restaurant but you’ll find it on Rue Monge in the 5th arrondissement. Try their tasty beef with noodles, or perhaps lemongrass roasted chicken and delicious spring rolls but be sure to leave room for a dessert, such as their homemade ginger ice cream. On the down side there isn’t much for vegetarians and it can get quite crowded, but only because it is so good!

Foyer Vietbnam

Foyer Vietnam

Address: 80 Rue Monget Telephone: 01 45 35 32 54 Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12noon-2pm, 7pm-10pm Website: Foyer Vietnam Nearest Metro: Place Monge Trip Advisor: Foyer Vietnam

Le Procope

Established in1686 by Francesco Procopio dei Coltelli, as a coffee house in the rue des Fossés Saint-Germain (present-day rue de l’Ancienne Comédie) Today the decor will take you back in time to ensure a memorable experience and although the service can be a little slow the food is well worth the wait from sumptuous seafood platters to sublime duck dishes and desserts that will make your mouth water on sight!.

Le Procope, Old Parisan Restaurant, Paris, France

Le Procope

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Le Procope

Le Procope

Address: 13 rue de l’Ancienne Comédie Telephone: 01 40 46 79 00 Opening hours: Sun-Wed 11.30am-midnight, Thur-Sat 11.30am-1.00am Website: Le Procope Nearest Metro: Odéon Trip Advisor: Le Procope

Photographs for Les Provinces Boucherie Restaurant, Un Jour, Un Chef and Foyer Vietnam courtesy of TripAdvisor

Author: Kathryn Burrington

Travel writer, photographer and blogger for the Serenity Holidays group, including the short break experts, Great Escapes.

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