Paris: Restaurants We Return To

We sit at the tables nearest the fountains

We sit at the tables nearest the fountains

A row of places to eat lines one side of the square

A row of places to eat lines one side of the square

Stravinsky Square with its colorful statues in the fountain, looking towards Beaubourg Center

Stravinsky Square with its colorful statues in the fountain, looking towards Beaubourg Center

Crêperie Beaubourg

Back again and good as always! Yes, it’s touristy, but yes, it’s also great fun.

It’s always an interesting question when one travels back to the same place (town, sight or restaurant) multiple times: can one go back? Can a place be the same?

Here, luckily, the answer is basically yes. Of course some of the wait staff change, but the setting hasn’t, the chairs and tables outside the crêperie overlooking the Stravinsky Fountains have not, nor has the food, not in all the years that we’ve been coming here anyway. The price has hardly changed either, which is remarkable in this day and age.

This is one of our favorite casual places for lunch in Paris, especially if we can sit outside (we did sit inside a couple of times in winter) and it’s always on our “to-do” list when we return to Paris. So far, it has not failed us.

St Merri Church on the far side of the square

St Merri Church on the far side of the square

The setting is part of the attraction—right on the Stravinsky Square with the bright and quirky fountain statues in the pool. This not a conventional Paris square, as it has the modern fountains in the center with a huge painted graffiti head on the wall behind (over the years this has changed and been re-painted); the very mod-looking Centre George Pompidou (Beaubourg Center) on one end; and the old St Merri Church on the other side. The square is a magnet, for tourists, for groups of local school kids, for buskers and beggars. Sitting enjoying our food and people-watching is a lot of fun—kids play ball or bring their scooters, people have picnics and snacks

The painted face(s) on the wall has changed over the years

The painted face(s) on the wall has changed over the years

sitting on the edge of the fountains, and take thousands of photographs.

This is a crêperie with its main influence and decoration inside being Breton. They offer a huge variety of galettes and crêpes, and a special (only 9.30 euros per person) consisting of a savory galette with salad, a sweet crêpe and a glass of cider—which is very popular. But, they also have lovely salads and that’s what we’ve mostly gone for up to now. We really like the Champêtre salad with a pichet of rose wine, followed by an espresso coffee. Total for two of us: only 31.10 euros.

One lunch we try the special of galette and cider---tasty

One lunch we try the special of galette and cider—tasty

There are other cafes and restaurants lining the square, so you do have a choice. We’ve tried a couple of them, but still vote this crêperie our favorite.

Come early (12 noon) if you can, as it’s very popular and fills up quickly.

Actual address: 2, Rue Brisemiche, 4th arrondissement

 

Me with the salad champetre this year (2014)

Me with the salad champetre this year (2014)

Me with the same salad in 2008! Almost no change

Me with the same salad in 2008! Almost no change

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About viviennemackie

Avid traveler, travel writer and photographer. In an earlier life I was a psychologist, but now am an ESL teacher. Very interested in multiculturalism, and how travel can expand one's horizons, understanding and tolerance.
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