Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain’s show No Reservations features Paris twice – the very first show in July 2005 and the 100th episode, in September 2010.

The anniversary episode is a very revealing show about a new wave of restaurants in Paris and we must visit some of them.

Le Jeu de Quilles
45 Rue Boulard, 75014

Next door to Hugo’s boucherie is this small restaurant. Tony, Eric, Hugo and Hugo’s wife enjoy a beautiful breakfast.

Je Thé…me
4 Rue d’Alleray, 75015

Tony and Eric enjoy some tripe at this corner restaurant famous for making its nasty bits some of the most delicious in Paris.

Marie-Anne Cantin
12 Rue du Champ de Mars, 75007

Renowned cheese merchant and cheese refiner Marie-Anne Cantin perpetuates the tradition of French gastronomy. Marie-Anne and her husband, Antoine Dias, offer authentic and uncompromising cheeses.

Les Cocottes de Constant
135 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007
Ouvert de 8h00 à 23h00
Service midi de 12h00 à 14h30, Jusqu’à 17h avec une carte réduite
Service soir de 19h00 à 23h00
Sans réservation
Ouvert tous les jours

Tony and Eric have lunch with food wizard Thierry Marx. A veteran of Taillevent and Joël Robuchon’s Jamin, the 44-year-old Mr. Marx is comfortable enough with his genius to be playful on the plate.

L’Atelier,
5 Rue de Montalembert, 75007

Tony samples the world-class cuisine of chefs Eric Lecerf and Philippe Braun at L’Atelier.

La Quincave
17 Rue Brea, 75006

Anthony Bourdain meets one of the hottest chefs in Paris, Yves Camdeborde of Le Comptoir at La Quincave, to discuss the future of dining in the City of Light. They sip on wine and taste amazing French cheeses.

Le Comptoir
Hotel Relais St-Germain
9 Carrefour de l’Odeon, 75006

Tony has dinner with chef Yves Comdeborde at his 20-seat restaurant, Le Comptoir.

Frenchie
5 Rue du Nil, 75002
Monday to Friday from 7pm to 10:30pm

Frenchie is known for its affordable menu and casually correct food. Chef Grégory Marchand spent most of his career working at Jamie Oliver’s 15 in London, where his nickname Frenchie was born, and at Gramercy Tavern in New York.

Le Chateaubriand
129 Avenue Parmentier, 75011

Inaki Aizpitarte combines flavors in a way that no traditional French chef would dare. At Le Chateubriand he reinvents the classic French bistro with a style all his own, often delivering his dishes personally.

Le Tete Dans Les Olives
2 Rue Sainte Marthe, 75010

Alexandre Cammas and Inaki Aizpitarte invite Tony and chef Eric Ripert to Le Tete Dans Les Olives where 10 people are served daily. The restaurant has 1 table and 1 chef, Cedric Casanova.

The Guardian’s Top Ten movies set in Paris


“From a masterpiece of film noir to classic Gene Kelly musical An American in Paris, French film critic Agnès Poirier chooses her favourite sets in the city” –  from The Guardian’s Paris City Guide. She mentions the locations and  includes video excerpts of each of the films. Her list:

  • Les Enfants du Paradis, Marcel Carné (1943-45)
  • An American in Paris, Vincente Minnelli (1952)
  • Rififi, Jules Dassin (1955)
  • Funny Face, Stanley Donen (1957)
  • Bande à Part, Jean-Luc Godard (1964)
  • La Maman et la Putain, Jean Eustache (1973)
  • Last Tango In Paris, Bernardo Bertolucci (1972)
  • Three colours: Blue, Krzysztof Kieslowski (1993)
  • Everyone Says I Love You, Woody Allen (1996)
  • Caché, Michael Haneke (2005)

Movies to see before going

All these movies deserve repeated viewing!

Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain (2001), starring the lovely Audrey Tautou and Mathieu Kassovitz and directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

Jean-Luc Godard‘s  À bout de souffle (Breathless) (1959) with Jean-Paul Belmondo and the lovely Jean Seberg. (Please do not see the 1983 Richard Gere, Valérie Kaprisky version!)

And there’s The Day of the Jackal (1973), Diva (1981), Charade (1963), Zazie dans le métro (1960), Chacun Cherche Son Chat (1996), Last Tango in Paris (1972), An American in Paris (1951), Moulin Rouge! (2001), Before Sunset (2004)… the list is endless.