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Hot Spot on the Seine: Les Nautes

Photo Courtesy Les Nautes

Photo Courtesy Les Nautes

Have ever crossed the Pont Marie and looked down at the quai des Célistins and wondered what that cool little building on the Seine is all about? Les Nautes is a multi-dimensional restaurant and a top choice to check out this summer: they’ve got inside or terrace dining and the added bonus of takeaway meals on sale at their outdoor container.

First came the container, an awesome spot to grab a beer and some snacks and sit along the river. Last Fall, Les Nautes expanded their cantine on the banks of the Seine to a restaurant offering a full menu of simple and delicious French classics. The clean lines and subtle colors of the decor leave the eye to linger on the exceptional view of the Seine. The ambiance is hip and laid-back and the numerous events and dj sets at the bar spill out onto the quai with an impromptu dance party.

The place is exceptionally great on Sundays when the street turns pedestrian only and you’ve got free reign of the space. It’s also a go-to during the month of August, during Paris Plage when although the restaurant closes the container stays swinging from 9 AM to midnight 7 days a week.

1 Quai des Célestins, 4th arrondissement
Métro: Pont Marie (line 7), Saint-Paul (Line 1)

Paris Specialty Shops

The gods of gastronomy have blessed Paris with a plethora of pleasures to stimulate the palate. The home chef in search of fantastic ingredients hasn’t got far to go in search of the perfect flavors to season their feast. Paris’ many specialty shops help to point foodies in the right direction, offering a great selection of the highest quality products found in France and the world over. Here’s our list of some of the best.


La Maison de la Truffe

The notoriously beautiful, delicious, and expensive ingredient, the truffle, is the star of this specialty shop, restaurant and café. Stop in for lunch and leave with truffles galore in the form of sauces, oils or even cheese.

Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 10 PM
19 Place de la Madeleine, 8th arrondissement
Métro: Madeleine (lines 8, 12, 14)


La Maison de l’escargot

The “House of the Snail” has a century-long reputation as the go-to for one of France’s most favorite and infamous delicacy. If you’ve never tried snail and want your first encounter to be a pleasure, la Maison de l’escargot has got you covered. You’ll be surprised at how tender and flavorful these little guys are when lovingly prepared.

Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 AM to 7:00 PM
79 rue Fondary, 15th arrondissment
Métro: Emile Zola (line 10)


La Chambre aux Confitures

This specialty jam seller is a celebration of sweet, seasonal flavors. They really have everything – from clementine to green tomato. The colorful shop itself is a pleasure for the senses.

Monday through Friday, 11 AM to 7:30 PM
Saturday and Sunday 10AM to 7:30 PM
60 rue Vieille du Temple, 4th arrondissement
Métro: Saint Paul (line 1)


La Maison du Miel

Wow, does this shop smell good. They have any type of honey product you could ever imagine form soap to candles to honey wine. You can also buy honey on the comb which is a very special treat.

Monday to Saturday, 9:30 AM to 7 PM
24 rue Vignon, 9th arrondissement
Métro: Madeleine (lines 8, 12, 14)