To mark the new edition of her classic Food Lover's Guide to Paris, Patricia Wells gives writer Jane Sigal the ideal itinerary for a food-filled day in the French capital.
The capital's epicenter of young, adventurous and international chefs, bakers and chocolatiers starts in the old aristocratic district of the Marais and extends beyond the gritty-turned-buzzy Canal Saint-Martin in northeastern Paris.
Breakfast: 134 RDT Besides the flaky croissants, Wells's favorite thing at this boulangerie-pâtisserie is the totally seductive spice bread with pastis. 134 rue de Turenne
Lunch: Le 6 Paul Bert At this new annex of the iconic Bistrot Paul Bert, Montreal chef Louis-Philippe Riel rejuvenates bistro cooking with innovations like Pork with Buttermilk-Onion Puree. 6 rue Paul Bert
Dessert & Shopping: Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse Chef legend Alain Ducasse's new bean-to-bar shop makes sweets like Milk Chocolate, Nut and Raisin Clusters in a glassed-in atelier. lechocolat-alainducasse.com
Drinks: Septime La Cave Chef Bertrand Grébaut's wine bar is a great stop for indie wines and super-tasty snacks like whipped ricotta with marinated anchovies. 3 rue Basfroi
Dinner: Bones "In the '80s the only way to get ahead was to dress your wife in Chanel and go for that Michelin star," says Wells. Today, bloggers' raves make it possible for thrilling chefs like Australian James Henry to scrape a bit of paint off the walls and start filling the reservations book for his less-is-more, nose-to-tail, locavore prix fixe, including duck hearts. bonesparis.com
Come a Casa Wells is a softie for this Tuscan spot with mismatched chairs, where Flavia Federici makes ethereal lasagnas. The flavors—artichoke, spinach, pesto—change constantly. 7 rue Pache
Author and journalist Jane Sigal, F&W's Paris correspondent, is writing a cookbook on the new French bistro for Rizzoli.