I spent a lot of time on our trip across the table from this guy, eating at various bistros and cafes, some of which were excellent, some of which were average. My husband, David, is vegetarian, so it’s always a bit of a challenge to find someplace interesting where there is an option or two that works for him, especially when traveling. I thought I’d share two of the best spots we ate at in Paris, which you may find helpful if you are also of the vegetarian persuasion.
As you might expect, the interiors of restaurants are how I remember them. The food at both of these places was excellent, but the vibe added so much to the experience that the interiors alone are blog-worthy. I generally feel too self-conscious to take pictures of my food, so sorry, no food porn here. However, doors, walls, floors, art, and lighting are all fair game!
(OK fine. Some mild food porn managed to slip into this post.)
The appetizer above was humus (or houmous, per the menu) topped with dukkah, fresh herbs, and a mix of nuts. The menu was all vegetarian and pretty creative. My entree was a tomato risotto involving Middle Eastern spices, which surprisingly worked really well. We arrived relatively early at 7:00, hence the empty tables, and by the time we left the place was very busy. Apparently Parisians eat dinner really late — peak time is usually 8-8:30 if you’re eating out.
We came here with our friend Michael as part of our epic walking tour which took us from the Eiffel tower all the way to the left bank and St. Germain. It was a Sunday and we were quite worried as we walked down rue Babylone to Coutume – all the shops were shut tight. Coutume was both open and packed with people.
I definitely recommend this place for anyone who is into coffee. As a bonus, in the back, they sell all manner of coffee-making apparatus: presses, syphons, Chemexes, filters. You name it. Made me want to break out the Chemex and try my hand at brewing again!
Here’s where to find them:
20 rue de la Pierre Levée
47 rue de Babylone