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Dining Solo in Paris - Chapitre Un

Written by Pam Plancon


Posted on March 06 2020

"Table for one" those three simple words spoken to the restaurant host can strike panic in many. In Paris, however, there is little to fear as a "table pour une, s'il vous plait" is not only commonplace among many restaurants, it is welcomed. There is no place easier to eat out alone than in Paris. The city is made for dining, whether with a group of friends, a partner or simply by yourself. Oftentimes, I find myself in Paris, for work or soul restoring pleasure without having a dinner or lunch companion. When this does happen it makes my trip even more special as it is at these moments that I can decide (and only I) where and when I want to eat. And the city of Paris makes it so comfortable to eat alone. In this series we will explore some of my most favorite eat alone spots, from white linen dining to super casual noodle shops. We will travel the brasserie to the bistro and everywhere in between starting with a favorite...

 1. La Fontaine de Mars, 129 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris, France - a typical, classic French bistro. You will charmed as soon as you walk through the velvet curtain doors and spy the the pink and white checkered table cloths. There are options to sit outside when the weather is favorable or, for one, tucked into a table throughout the restaurant. The tables are close to each other but not intrusive.

The maître d' is welcoming and make you feel comfortable from your first Bonjour. The classic are here in plenty, duck confit, escargots, foie gras and sole meunière, just to name a few and you can't go wrong with any of them. You will find the classic Coq au Vin on a Wednesday and if you are lucky to go on a Thursday the Blanquette de Veau never disappoints. Their daily special changes so be sure to ask as well. Wine can be ordered by the bottle, pot, or glass (when I dine alone I tend to order the Pot). The staff will never make you feel rushed here and the people watching is fabulous. If you do sit outside on the terrace try to sit on the square facing the lovely La Fontaine du Gros-Caillou.

Located in the heart of Rue Saint-Dominque in the 7th arrondissement, La Fontaine de Mars is ideally located after a visit to the Eiffel Tower, Invalides or the Rodin museum. Lunch or dinner reservations can be made at  +33 1 47 05 46 44 and are strongly recommended. 

Nearest transport: École Militaire (8) or Pont de l’Alma (RER C)

Next up....O Noodles!



  • I set a table for one this morning at Instagram, and have you a little mention!
    keep safe. Always thank you for being a part of my French bread inspiration!
    Lynne ♥️🥖

    Posted by Lynne | April 21, 2020
  • Agree…have eaten here many times alone…always made me feel welcome. The Sole Meuniere is excellent!

    Posted by Elizabeth Denton | April 21, 2020
  • We lived close by in the 7th and ate here often. Back in the late 90s it was not so famous as it is today… Obama and some other celebs put it on the map and then .. well they became what they are today. They used to serve divine cassoulet, which in the winter warmed one’s soul! I am so happy for their continuing success… JBD.

    Posted by Judith B. dunn | April 21, 2020
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