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Kosher List-July 2015 or Here.

RESTAURANTS (the best of)

There are hundreds of kosher restaurants in Paris.  The locals generally don't eat the meat under Beis Din as they don't require Glatt meat.  But they will eat everything else under Beis din.

Search for restaurants by cuisine and hashgocha here.


NameLocationMetroTypeHechsherNotes
Darjeeling17thArgentine-1MeatRottenberg
Sar Eden19thOurcq-5BakeryRottenbergOrganic bakery
Charles Traiteur19thOurcq-5BakeryBeth-Din
Charles Traiteur20thSaint-Mandé-1BakeryBeth-Din
Charles Traiteur11thRue-Des-Boulets-9BakeryBeth-Din
Charles Traiteur16thVictor-Hugo-2BakeryBeth-Din
Charles Traiteur17thWagram-3BakeryBeth-Din
Charles Traiteur Halavi17thWagram-3BakeryBeth-Din Chalavi
Korcarz4thSaint-paul-1BakeryBeth-DinIn the Marais
Ardely’s19thOurcq-5Milk ChocolateKatz
Damyel19thOurcq-5Parve ChocolateRottenberg
L’As Du Fallafel4thSaint-paul-1FallafelBeth-Dinin the Marais
L’Inte Cafe12thMiromesnil-9,13DairyBeth-Din15 minute walk from the Park Hyatt
Kosher pizza4thSaint-paul-1PizzaRottenberg
Pitzman4thSaint-paul-1DairyRottenbergIn the Marais
Le Shine17thPorte Maillot-1ChineseLubavitchnear the Arc
La Marina19thOurcq-5DessertBeth Dinhas a Farandole dessert which is a treat
Tibs19thOurcq-5DairyKatz
Thai One2ndSentier-3MeatRottenberg
Le XXV16thTrocadéro-9-6BakeryRottenberg Chalavi
Le XXV8thTernes-2BakeryRottenberg Chalavi




Activities:
-Segway Tour. Please do not PM Ergel with requests for coupon codes. The codes are long dead
-Seine River Tour
-Eiffel Tour (Metro: Trocadero -6,9)
-Versailles Palace and Gardens. Never wait on line to buy tickets. 1. Use museum pass 2. Buy in advance 3. There are vending machines near the bathrooms (you have to poke around to find them) without lines. (if you go during a really busy time and the line seems endlessly long, go to the gardens first and return to the palace in the afternoon when lines are shorter). To get an audio guide, you usually proceed across the Royal Courtyard after passing security. If the lines for the audio guides are long, turn left in the Courtyard, to the Apartments of the daughter's of Louis XV’s. There you'll find another counter where you can get audio guides, with no lines at all. You can then exit the apartments and continue along the tour, bypassing the longer line.
-Louvre Art Museum (Closed Tuesday) (Metro: Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre -1,7) Shushan/Purim artifacts that can be seen at the Louvre, per the book Purim and the Persian Empire.
-D'Orsay Art Museum (Closed Monday) (Metro: Solférino -12)
-Musée de l'Orangerie des Tuileries (closed Tuesday) small museum featuring Monet's lilies (Metro Concorde: -1,8,12)
-Centre Georges Pompidou modern art museum open 11-9. closed tuedays (Metro: Rambuteau -11)
-Tuileries Gardens. (Metro: Tuileries -1)
-Paris sewer museum Smells really bad but an interesting look at the sewer system
-Champs Elysees shopping (Metro: Champs-Élysées - Clemenceau -1,13)
-Arc de Triomphe (Metro: Charles de Gaulle - Étoile -1,2,6)
-Operan National De Paris opera house. tours daily 11:30 and 2:30. Admission included in Museum Pass, tour extra
-Montmartre (Great neighborhood to walk around with boutiques, artists, and great views, and a funicular that kids will love) (Metro: abbesses -12, Anvers -2)
-The Great Synagogue (La Victoria) is beautiful but the main shul is only open on Shabbos mornings for Shacharis, but definitely worthwhile if you're there over Shabbos (Metro: Notre-Dame-de-Lorette -12)

Hotels:
-Park Hyatt Paris (Hyatt cat 7) is an outstanding value for your points. They used to give a phenomenal kosher breakfast but now it's barely even worth requesting.  Still rooms are a decent size for Paris, the Spa facilities are very nice, and the intoxicating smell used throughout the hotel for forever be linked with the romance of Paris. Ideally located between the Opera and Tuileries metro stations.
The Park Hyatt has free parking, though driving and parking elsewhere in Paris is very difficult.
The Park Hyatt has also complimentary bikes for guests.
There is a backdoor for entry on shabbos.

-The InterContinental Paris - Le Grand is not far from the Park Hyatt. It cost 70k IHG points per night or you can use IHG free nights. It is a good alternitive if the PH is not available or if you don't have/don't want to spend 30k Hyatt points per night.

-The Westin (SPG cat 6) is not as luxurious at the Park Hyatt but is located nearby and does the trick if you only have Starpoints and not Chase or Hyatt points.

Shabbos meals:
-Chabad of Champs Elysees has great shabbos meals and you're sure to bump into other tourists there as well to share tips.
It is a 30 minute walk to the Park Hyatt, but the walk is quite lovely via the Tuileries Gardens and the Champs Elysees.
Reservations are required: http://www.chabadchampselysees.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/888847/jewish/Shabbat-at-Chabad-Champs-Elyses.htm
-if you don't/can't eat at Chabad, they suggest getting takeout from Ben & Cook located in the 8th. Hashgacha: rabbinate Lubavitch De France 33 1 45 61 03 95. 35 Euro for 2 challas, 2 dips, meatballs with noodles or veggies for 2. they close at 3pm on Fridays (in the summer). call for more info

There is no eruv in Paris. Consider taking the metro to shul with your talis bag along with return tickets for motzei shabbos.

Transport from CDG:
-If you are going to the Opera area you can take the RoissyBus (pronounced Wahsee-Boos as you will get blank stares if you ask for the Royzee-Bus) which goes there nonstop. You can pay by credit card in the RoissyBus waiting station or on the bus.  The cost is €10.  It is a 5 minute walk to the Park Hyatt.

-There are also train options from CDG: the subway is located in terminal 2E/2F, to get to paris its ligne B (Blue) it should take approximately 30minutes to get to Gare Du Nord
it cost 9€10 each way per person

- Mendy Taxi: 0(1133) 6 50 99 82 93 http://mendystransport.com/en/
- Shimon taxi: 0(1133)6 98 27 16 08  Tamidshuttle@gmail.com

- Uber, Txfy, Chauffeur prive, le Cab are the best option to get to paris cheapest and fastest

Metro:
The subway is fast, efficient, and cheap. A book of 10 tickets is 13,30€ for adults and 6,65€ for kids.
The subway closes between 12:30 and 2am.

Map:
Streetwise Paris cannot emphasize enough, this is really a must. Of course, if you have GMaps and data you don't need this map unless you really like paper.

Guidebooks
Rick Steves' Paris 2013
Fodor's Paris 2013 (Full-color Travel Guide)

Other Tips
-If you plan on visiting several of the items covered by the Museum Pass - make sure to check it out and price out your options.  Many times it is worth it to get a one-day or multi-day Museum Pass to save some money and more importantly, time (see link for more details: http://en.parismuseumpass.com/)
-Double check days when museums/sites are closed as many do close on different days of the week.
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Re: Paris Master Thread
« Reply #2775 on: July 24, 2017, 08:51:00 PM »
I just returned from a wonderful trip to Paris and Normandy.

Highlights included a wonderful group shabbat dinner at The Grande Synagogue de la Victoire for Friday night, as well as three days in Normandy touring notable sights such as Mont St Michel and Omaha Beach.

If there is interest, I'm happy to do a trip report, though it seems there is a lot of info on here for Paris.
More trip reports are always welcome
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Re: Paris Master Thread
« Reply #2776 on: July 24, 2017, 08:51:21 PM »
I just returned from a wonderful trip to Paris and Normandy.

Highlights included a wonderful group shabbat dinner at The Grande Synagogue de la Victoire for Friday night, as well as three days in Normandy touring notable sights such as Mont St Michel and Omaha Beach.

If there is interest, I'm happy to do a trip report, though it seems there is a lot of info on here for Paris.
Would love a report of the Grand Synagogue as well as the other cities!

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Re: Paris Master Thread
« Reply #2777 on: July 24, 2017, 09:00:40 PM »
I just returned from a wonderful trip to Paris and Normandy.

Highlights included a wonderful group shabbat dinner at The Grande Synagogue de la Victoire for Friday night, as well as three days in Normandy touring notable sights such as Mont St Michel and Omaha Beach.

If there is interest, I'm happy to do a trip report, though it seems there is a lot of info on here for Paris.
Love to hear more details about Friday night dinner.
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« Reply #2778 on: July 24, 2017, 09:36:05 PM »
Love to hear more details about Friday night dinner.

Will report on this first and get back to the rest another point when I have more time.

We were initially inclined to go to the Chabad Champs Elysees based on the recommendations here, but given we were going to be there on Bastille Day, we were warned that being in that area at night was not advised due to the large crowds for fireworks.

Arrangements were simple as we just signed up and paid on their website, a few days in advance: https://www.weezevent.com/la-victoire-du-chabat

This provided us with tickets that were supposed to be printed. In the end, nobody asked us for these tickets and nobody was interested when we tried to present them.

I did not realize the history and beauty of the synagogue before arriving. There were armed security out front and the building was impressive.  Inside, even more so! This synagogue was built in the late 1800s and it is stunning. I would recommend doing a tour of the shul if you don't have the opportunity to come for services.  Stained glass, huge ceiling, mosaic floors, etc.

We were told services were at 7:45 and arrive around 7:40. In fact, they just tell the tourists this and services started well after 8! But that gave us some time to greet the rabbi and a few other shul goers.  It was a holiday weekend so I'm not sure how indicative it was, but there were about 30 or so locals in addition to about 20-30 tourists. Given the huge space that seats hundreds if not thousands, it felt a bit empty and for the most part the rabbi led services without others joining in. But it was a very pleasant service that moved quickly, and mostly stuck to tunes (e.g. Carlebach) that I knew, even if the local cadence was different. They used an Ashkenazi siddur.

After services, the rabbi left and went home but we were greeted in the courtyard by others and it seems the dinner we signed up for was a bit of a young professionals/singles dinner. There were about 30-40 of us and we were told where to sit, probably to maximize conversation given language barriers. We sat with two sisters from Lyon on one side, and two unrelated single gentlemen from Paris on the otherwise, and everyone was in their late 30s or early 40s, like us.

The meal was unlike a North American meal, in that it was (a) unrushed, and (b) delicious. There was a salatim course with leeks, followed by the main course of couscous, Yemeni stew, and cholent. It was getting a bit late and they were still singing, and we thought to leave before dessert, but stuck it out. Instead of some rugelach or dry cookies like you'd get in most American shuls, it was various tartes and cakes, as well as macaroons.  Delicious, and we were glad we stayed.

Our Airbnb was about 45 minutes away and I was a bit worried about navigating back without my phone, but (a) some shul members walked us part of the way, and (b) there were maps very few blocks for easy reference.

We did not go back for Saturday AM as we instead opted to sleep in after a busy week of traveling. ;)

Hope that helps, and happy to answer any questions.

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Re: Paris Master Thread
« Reply #2779 on: July 24, 2017, 09:37:33 PM »
Nice!
Why'd you go Airbnb route ? How was it?
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Re: Paris Master Thread
« Reply #2780 on: July 24, 2017, 10:45:17 PM »
Wow, nice write up about the Great Synagogue. How late did they finish?

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Re: Paris Master Thread
« Reply #2781 on: July 25, 2017, 10:38:04 AM »
Wow, nice write up about the Great Synagogue. How late did they finish?

If you're asking about services, I don't recall. It was a normal length of service.

If you're asking about dinner, we finished birkat hamzaon just shy of midnight. We decided to leave but most people were staying.

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« Reply #2782 on: July 25, 2017, 10:40:25 AM »
Nice!
Why'd you go Airbnb route ? How was it?

Two reasons: first, my sister and her husband joined us and so it was much cheaper to get a nice Airbnb with two bedrooms than two hotel rooms.  Second, it was easier re food for shabbat to plan ahead and get groceries and food to eat in their kitchen than to do with hotels and their tiny mini-fridges.

The experience was a good one, though it took some persistent searching to find a 2 bedroom that really had two real beds. If you need one bed, Airbnb is a great resource. If you need two, often the second is a child's bed or a converted sofa, which is fine for some but not necessarily for all (especially when people are on vacation).

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Re: Paris Master Thread
« Reply #2783 on: July 25, 2017, 12:37:28 PM »
We are going the AirBnB route also for Paris.  We are 10 people and needed a large place.  Because of the makeup of the group, we would have needed 4 hotel rooms if we could squeeze 2 kids in or 5 to be comfortable.  Hotel just would have cost too much For a week, we found a 5 bedroom and 5 bathroom for $3200 USD.

Was the Grand Synagogue sefardi and whose hashgacha was the meal under?  You mentioned stew and a lot of meat there is not glatt (although the link says glatt).
Edit - the description said used an ashkenaz siddur - does that mean services were ashkenaz?
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« Reply #2784 on: July 25, 2017, 12:40:08 PM »
Just beware with Airbnb, @AaronCleveland rented one in Paris that said it had AC but didn't actually have any...
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« Reply #2785 on: July 25, 2017, 12:44:26 PM »
Just beware with Airbnb, @AaronCleveland rented one in Paris that said it had AC but didn't actually have any...

Yeah aware of that - going at the end of August which is usually in the 70's.  Guy claimed to have 2 portable units and several fans.  We are also going to bring clip on fans.  Couldn't find a place that had the combination of reasonable price, number of bedrooms, location near a shul for regular morning shacharis (say 15 minute walk) and AC.

I hope Aaroncleveland complained - when I asked airbnb about that, they said they would refund a fair % if that happened.

Edit - clarify, only complain if the listing said that it had AC.
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« Reply #2786 on: July 25, 2017, 12:49:12 PM »
Very few people in Paris have A/C at home. Air is not as humid as on the East coast here.

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« Reply #2787 on: July 25, 2017, 01:05:28 PM »
Just beware with Airbnb, @AaronCleveland rented one in Paris that said it had AC but didn't actually have any...

Another good tip. Many that say they have AC only have portable AC or a window unit in one room. We decided to focus our search instead on places that had large windows. In the end it was a bit warm, but with all the windows open it was fine.  The tradeoff was a bit of neighbor noise.

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« Reply #2788 on: July 25, 2017, 01:08:13 PM »

Was the Grand Synagogue sefardi and whose hashgacha was the meal under?  You mentioned stew and a lot of meat there is not glatt (although the link says glatt).
Edit - the description said used an ashkenaz siddur - does that mean services were ashkenaz?

The service was an ashkenazi siddur, but I didn't go further to inquire about hasgacha. I emailed prior to the visit at the address shabbatvictoire at gmail , you could ask your questions there.

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Re: Paris Master Thread
« Reply #2789 on: July 25, 2017, 05:30:39 PM »
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