Here is a list of some of Beth's favorite spots to eat, have a café or a glass of wine (or pastiche), or just watch
people.

Rue des Abbesses

Beth's favorite place is the classic brasserie and seafood restaurant, La Mascotte.  Ben prepares fresh oysters in
front where the selectiosn of exotic
fruits de mer are displayed.  The copper bar in front is a popular meeting
place for neighborhood locals, (including Beth) – the local expiates who drop in on Sundays call it “The Chapel”.  
The large restaurant behind offers some of the best seafood in Paris.

Au Relais Gascon just up the street is a very popular place.  They specialize in Gascon cuisine.  It is a bit too
heavy on chips for our taste, but is a real experience if you can get in.  If you go, give our regards to Mumu, the
owner and you may receive a complimentary kir aperitif.

Le St. Jean.  If there is room, find a table on the sidewalk, order a drink and watch the Montmartoise go by.  This
is another brasserie.  The food is good, but not fancy.  If you haven’t tried a Croque Monsieur (A hot open face
ham and cheese sandwich), this is the place to try one. If you ask for a “Croque Madame” they add a fried egg on
top.

Le Vrai de Paris and Le Sancerre are two more cafés on rue des Abbesses.  They are similar to Le St Jean.  The
atmosphere can be loud and smoky, but their food is surprisingly good.

Al Caratello. On little rue Adran, connecting rue Abbesses with rue Véron is a favorite Italian restaurant.  It is
usually crowded, so call ahead if you want to be sure of a table.  The pasta is wonderful, but I have a difficult time
passing up the veal dishes. 01.42.62.24.23

Café Houdon on the corner of rue Houdon is one of our favorites.  Franck, the owner is usually on had to greet his
customers Inga provides great service behind the bar.  There often is live jazz.  The confit de canard and the veal
dishes are especially good.  If feeling adventurous try the beef tarter.

Speaking of tarter,
Sans Souci just down from Place Picalle specializes in it.  They tend to have a younger crowd,
with great American music.

Rue Lepic

(This is a bit confusing: rue des Abbesses becomes rue Lepic where the two meet, even though it is rue Lepic that
makes the turn.)

Le Zebre further down the street is where the young and oftentimes beautiful meet.  Jean Yves the chef offers a
delicious menu of French classics including moeulleux, a soft beef dish, great spareribs and wonderful salads.  
His chocolate mouse is excellent.

La Rughetta, #41 just around the turn, is another excellent Italian restaurant.  Our favorite is the veal citron. To
guarantee a place we recommend calling ahead, 01.42.23.41.70.

Bar Lux. Down the hill towards the bottom of rue Lepic is a great place to just sit and watch people, especially on
a busy shopping day.

Across the rue is the
Café Deux Moulins of Amilie fame.  It’s a bit more expensive, and at times is filled with
Japanese tourists.  Stick with the Bar Lux.

Café Houdon on the corner of rue Houdon is one of our favorites.  Franck, the owner is usually on had to greet his
customers Inga provides great service behind the bar.  There often is live jazz.  The confit de canard and the veal
dishes are especially good.  If feeling adventurous try the beef tarter.

Speaking of tarter,
Sans Souci, not on Abbesses, but just down past Place Pigalle specializes in it.  They tend to
have a younger crowd, with great American music.

Rue Véron

Chez Ammad.  Down toward the end is Chez Ammad, underneath the “Grand Hotel de Clarmont”, 18m rue Veron.  
This is a small, very local place, perhaps not for the timid.  It is a place where you can play chess, chat with the
locals and enjoy the always hospitable Ammad and his two sons.  It’s an especially great place on New Years
Eve. On any night the real crowds arrive after midnight.

La Colibri. (the hummingbird) 35, Rue Véron.  This is our favorite small restaurant in the neighborhood.  The
lunches are exquisite and reasonably priced.  It definitely has local character and is not fancy, but is always a
wonderful experience.  On the weekends they have live music, varying from French chanteurs and chanteuses to
rock.  We strongly recommend that you give it a try.

Nearby

Le Progress.  After dinner, walk down to Place Charles Dullin.  Le Progress is a perfect place for an after dinner
drink.  Crowded, noisy, with perhaps the largest windows in Paris.  Loud live music sets the scene.

Just up rue des Trois Freres has several good restaurants, but they can be difficult to get into without a
reservation.

Over the Hill

If you walk up the butte to see the sights, you may want to wander down the other side where the “Marie” of the
18eme is located.  It is a delightful area, and  away from tourists

Le Nord Sud.  A classic brasserie, but with food equal in quality to a very good restaurant.  There is usually a lot
of hustle and bustle.  Lunch is served all afternoon, so if you find yourself hungry after the usual Parisian lunch
hour – when most places are closed – head this way.  If you are not hungry, it is still a wonderful place to people
watch – one of the favorite Parisian pastimes.  It is located on a very busy square with a church, merry-go-round
and busy metro station.

Le Refuge is just across from the Lamarck-Calaincourt metro station.  The last time we were there a film company
was using it for a set.  The food is good, and the atmosphere is warm and friendly.  

Down the hill.  

Chartier.  Don’t miss having lunch in this classic restaurant frequented by Parisians taking their break from work.  
This busy place is Paris.  It is located on rue du faubourg Montmartre, about a twenty minute walk down the hill.  It
is down a little lane of its own, just before the Blvd. Montmartre, and is easy to miss.  After you pass through the
revolving doors, you will be asked, perhaps a bit briskly “Combien de personnes?”  Then you will be seated at a
table probably shared by busy Parisians.  It is all very friendly and conversation flows freely.  The waiter will
scribble your order on the paper table cloth.  The seafood is especially good; the escargot in my humble opinion is
the best in Paris!  
Favorite Restaurants & Cafés