It isn’t always easy to know where to go for a simple but tasty meal around the Jardin du Luxembourg: plenty of excellent but upscale restaurants, too many tourist traps to count.
This is why I was particularly happy to discover Les Papilles. Located just off the Luco, it is a wine store that doubles up as a small restaurant and a gourmet grocery store—a hybrid kind of place which is a growing trend in Paris. Les Papilles originally opened back in ‘97, but it changed owners just a couple of months ago, and now serves excellent traditional French cuisine, with a Sud-Ouest spin.
Les Papilles is open Monday through Saturday. The wine and grocery store is open from 9am to midnight, while food is served between 12pm and 2:30pm, then from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. Also note that they have a room downstairs with a large table, which you can book to organize a little party.
RER B: Luxembourg
Tel: +33 (0)1 43 25 20 79
In her column “A Parisian Home Chef,” native Parisian Clotilde Dusoulier happily shares recipes, food shopping bonnes adresses, entertaining tips and restaurant recommendations. Read more of her writing on her gastronomic blog, Chocolate & Zucchini.