Bistros & Restos 16th to 20th Arr.

Le Poulpot-18th Arrondissement

There is the Montmartre overrun by tourists: Sacre Coeur, and la Place des Tertres, and the village on a hill of les Montmartrois. I was meeting Chris, my Australian mate from Sydney for lunch to discuss the rental of his 2 BR flat just off the Rue Lamarck, high up in that Montmartre.

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Le Ripaille-17th Arrondissement

It was a quiet Monday and my colleague Corrine LaBalme of LA BELLE FRANCE (sadly defunct) was writing a feature about the Batignolles area of the 17th and wanted company. She had heard good things about RIPAILLE but this was her first visit to this quaint neighborhood bistro.

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Le Bistro des Vines-17th Arrondissement

M,Claire and I had seen my pal, the blues pianist Mitch Woods, perform two vibrant shows at the Meridien Hotel on Friday night and we wanted to extend the fun over lunch on Saturday.

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No one should have a bad meal in Paris! Whether a 2-star restaurant or a local bistro there should always be an excellent rapport qualité prix– relationship between price and quality. At my favorites you will be treated as a regular and have a satisfying experience. Just tell them  “Terrance sent you.”


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Regularly scheduled literary salons with guest writers, private dinners, restaurant openings, wine tastings,market visits and cooking classes attract a discerning, sophisticated crowd who love to have a good time while they learn. Our cadre of Paris–based colleagues happily share their passion for this magical city.