Owner of Kick Pleat, Wendi Martin, travels to Paris fashion week four times a year to buy for her two stores and kickpleat.com. Even with a hectic work schedule, she still finds time to get her fix at all her favorite restaurants and cafes.
1 — L’As du Falafel, 34 rue des Rosiers
On a strip of falafel places, this is THE falafel place. I stand in line at the window and get the vegetarian falafel. I eat as I walk to my next appointment or if I have time I’ll take the short stroll to the historic Place De Voges and enjoy my lunch on a park bench.
2 — Marche des Enfants Rouge, 39 rue de Bretagne
This market has booths that feature cuisines from around the world: Morrocan, Italian, Lebanese and of course French. I love eating simple and clean so I go the Japanese stall where I get rice with a layer of thinly sliced cucumber and raw salmon with soy sauce on the side.
3 — Café Maure at the Paris Mosque, 39, rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire
An indoor/outdoor cafe where sparrows sail through Moorish arches and back out onto the garden. A great spot for mint tea and turkish delight or for lunch their tangines are great, the lamb is always succulent and delicious.
4 — Zen, 8 rue de l’Echelle
Bustling Japanese restaurant steps from the Louvre.
5 — Le Rusti, 8 rue des Tournelles
My favorite Italian and preferred place to carb load. I recommend any and all of the pastas, and buratta.
6 — Chez Janous, 2 rue Roger Verlomme
Lively atmosphere, sassiest bartenders in Paris. I usually get the scallop risotto and always the chocolate mousse served freshly whipped in a mixing bowl.
7 — Camille, 24 rue des Francs Bourgeois
Small traditional French brasserie. The place for escargot.
8 — Brasserie Lipp, 151 boulevard Saint-Germain
Located in one of Paris’s swankiest neighborhoods, Brasserie Lipp has a sparkling history of hosting artists, writers and socialites. An old friend of mine, who is also a longtime patron of Braserrie Lipp, told me that among the local, well-heeled regulars there is a known seating hierarchy. Getting an upstairs table is an unacceptable affront to one’s status. Everything is great and always pomme frittes for the table.
9 — Merci, 111 boulevard Beaumarchais
Merci is an experiential joy ride that is part dining, part retail and part art gallery in the heart of the Marais. When I eat at the cafe downstairs (La Cantine Merci) I get the large salad plate of five different seasonal salads. Upstairs at the cafe on the street (Cinema Cafe) I’lI usually go with Bresaola Carpaccio with rocket salad and parmesan.
10 — Le’ Entrecote De Paris, 29 rue de Maragnan
The menu is very limited and I always get the Steak Fritte with salad. They are famous for the quality of their meat, secret gravy and unlimited french fries.