The city’s most gourmet street
Start with lunch at the Bistro Paul Bert, number 18. A traditional bistro with exceptional food; ribbons of courgette like tagliatelle dressed in olive oil and lemon; silky-rich brandade, mashed potatoes with salt-cod; perfectly-cooked rabbit. Lunch menus go from €18-36. Browse their cookbook while you’re waiting, recipes and descriptions of Paris’ best bistros.
Skip dessert and walk down to La Patisserie by Cyril Lignac, number 24, a modern bakery run by Paris’ answer to Jamie Oliver. The millefeuille is elegant and light, with a ribbon of vanilla whipped cream on top. Try the praline brioche or the Elegance mousse, a silver-grey oval that looks like modern art. Finally walk back down to the bookshop La Cocotte, number 5, that specialises in cookbooks and brightly-coloured accessories for the kitchen.
(It is best to book for the Bistro Paul Bert, though you can just walk in at lunchtime. Closed Sundays. Tel:+33 1 43 72 24 01)
Rue Paul Bert, 75011; metro Faidherbe-Chaligny, line 8