Bon ap­petit in Paris par­adise

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where the pur­chaser can go, in their own time, and en­joy a per­sonal tast­ing and learn more about the prod­ucts. We be­gan with Rue des Mar­tyrs, be­cause that’s my favourite foodie street, and now we of­fer ‘pass­ports’ for other parts of Paris and also Lyons.”

An­other big fan of Mar­tyrs is Elaine Sci­olino, the for­mer Paris bureau chief of The New York Times, who has shopped in the street since she moved to the city in 2002 and now lives nearby. Her lat­est book, The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue des Mar­tyrs, was in­spired by an ar­ti­cle she wrote about her favourite fish­mon­ger clos­ing and the ef­fect it had on the neigh­bour­hood.

The re­sult­ing work is an en­gag­ing and fas­ci­nat­ing over­view of this an­cient thor­ough­fare, whose name ori­gin is un­clear, and also gives great tips for lunch or din­ner.

Cafe Miroir (No 94; open daily) is a wel­come sight when you’ve climbed to the north end of the street.

Headed by Se­bastien Gue­nard, who for­merly worked at Alain Du­casse’s Aux Ly­on­nais, this neo-bistro and wine bar serves in­ven­tive dishes made with top-qual­ity lo­cal, sea­sonal ingredients such as chicken bal­lo­tine on a bed of thin, crisp root veg­eta­bles; the three-course lunch is ex­cel­lent value at €19.50 ($27.50). Ac­com­pa­ny­ing wines, mainly or­ganic and bio­dy­namic, are sourced from lead­ing small pro­duc­ers; you can even buy a bot­tle or two to take away. Cheers to that.

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