Julia Child’s Paris: Following in Her Footsteps & An Illustrated Map of Her Favorite Places

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Whenever I get asked about must-go places in my hometown of Chicago, I have to preface my list stating that all my recommendations are at least a century old. No poké bowl recommendations here! I like directing friends to the haunts that my family has been flocking to for generations so they can enjoy (occasionally) musty old school charm that I think of when I think of “home”. When I was researching Julia Child’s favorite Parisian haunts for the most recent Julia Child issue of Cherry Bombe Magazine, I was reassured that there were still many similarly eternal institutions in my adopted city. These are equally as loved by true Parisians and tourists alike. Enjoy.

Originally published in The Julia Child Issue of Cherry Bombe Magazine, which celebrates women in food.

A Guide to Women in Food, Paris

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When developing the idea for my forthcoming book Paris in Stride: An Insider’s Walking Guide (Rizzoli March 27) with my coauthor Sarah Moroz, the challenge was finding the sweet spot between creating a pragmatic walking guide and a beautifully evocative representation of the timeless city that keeps drawing back dreamers, artists and tourists alike. I would have loved to have dedicated an entire guided walk to all the amazing women in the restaurant scene who have trained in Paris and opened up some of the most unique food businesses in Paris over the last couple of years. And frankly, many have been on the forefront of some of the biggest dining trends: food trucks, vegan eateries and fast/casual spots. Instead I’ve compiled a growing shortlist of some of my favorites to support on your next trip to the City of Light.

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Muscovado 1 Rue Sedaine, 75011 Paris

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yam’Tcha 121 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris

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Ellsworth 34 Rue de Richelieu, 75001 Paris / Verjus 52 Rue de Richelieu, 75001 Paris

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Chez Aline, 85 Rue de la Roquette, 75011 Paris

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Sur Mer 53 Rue de Lancry, 75010 Paris

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Treize Bakery 16 Rue des Saints-Pères, 75007 Paris

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Zia 22 Avenue de Tourville, 75007 Paris

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Ten Belles Bread 17-19 Rue Breguet, 75011 Paris

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Combat 63 Rue de Belleville, 75019 Paris

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Rachel’s 25 Rue du Pont aux Choux, 75003 Paris

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La Bête Noire 58 Rue Henri Barbusse, 75005 Paris

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Mokonuts 5 Rue Saint-Bernard, 75011 Paris

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Le Supercoin 3 Rue Baudelique, 75018 Paris

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Le Servan 32 Rue Saint-Maur, 75011 Paris9 Le Camion Qui Fume_Jessie Kanelos Weiner

Le Camion Qui Fume 168 Rue Montmartre, 75002 Paris 8 la guignette d'angele_Jessie Kanelos Weiner

La Guinguette d’Angele 2 Rue du Général Renault, 75011 Paris7 La buvette

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Jay & Joy 5 Rue Paul Bert, 75011 Paris

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Etsi 23 Rue Eugène Carrière, 75018 Paris

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Boneshaker 77 Rue d’Aboukir, 75002 Paris

-Planning a trip to Paris soon or just dreaming of it? Preorder by book Paris in Stride: An Insider’s Walking Guide (Rizzoli March 27th) with 7 guided walking tours to really explore the City of Light like a local. It’s as pragmatic as it is beautiful with over 150+ gorgeous watercolors of the timeless details that make Paris Paris.  Order here.

-Telerama just compiled a list of all the female chefs in France here breaking it down zip code by zip code.

-Have another amazing restaurant or business to add to the list? Send it to me at thefrancofly@gmail.com.