Paris Restaurant Guide: 11th Arrondissement
The 11th Arrondissement is one of the hippest places in Paris. It is becoming trendier by the day and is often referred to the Brooklyn of Paris. With its new popularity has come a new wave of Parisian neo-bistros. The neo-bistro movement is trés popular, so be sure to make your reservations ahead of time.
Bones, in the 11th Arrondissement, has a young Aussie chef, good music, a hip crowd, and an interesting menu of simple, locally sourced, well-prepared food. The price fix menu includes 4 courses. The waitstaff knows their wines and will help you pair the perfect wine with your meal. Nearby is Septime, also in the 11th Arrondissement, an understated bistro, but notoriously hard to get reservations at one of the hottest tables in Paris, so you may have to take a pass on its innovative menu.
Le 6 Paul Bert, slightly odd hours (not opened for Saturday night dinner), but has small plates of fresh, seasonal ingredients, and an excellent natural wine list. A favorite spot for locals. Reservations a few days in advance are a must at this friendly Paris bistro.
Last choices for now in the 11th in Paris are Le Dauphin and Chez Aline. Le Dauphin, with its modern interior and a hipster crowd, is more of a wine bar with interesting simple plates. Worth the trip for a casual, easy night out with friends. Chez Aline, a tiny Paris eatery for unbelievable sandwiches and wine. Take a gourmet lunch to go from Chez Aline. Too small for reservations. Close to the 11th Arrondissement, in the 10th Arrondissement is Abri, a Japanese favorite known for its gourmet sandwiches served on only Mondays and Saturdays ( for take-out also!!) Small and hidden, but well-worth looking for, especially for the desserts. Jouir!
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