Josh Fontaine & Alison Reid’s Paris Address Book

23rd February 2015

Interview: Killian Fox
Photographs: Yousef Eldin

The bar-owner and art director pick out the best dumpling place and pizzeria in Paris and take us to a wonderful Egyptian food shop near their apartment


Guo Xin, Restaurant raviolis

47 Rue de Belleville, 75019 Paris; +33 1 42 38 17 53
“This is probably the best dumpling place in Paris.” – Josh

Best Tofu

9 Boulevard de la Villette, 75010 Paris; +33 1 42 06 80 84
“I’d consider this my local restaurant,” says Josh. “It’s basically a tofu shop – they make all their tofu from scratch on site. You can eat very well for under €5, and very quickly as well. They also do a dessert soup which is basically tofu with sugar poured on top.”


22 Rue des Ecouffes, 75004 Paris; +33 1 42 74 83 58
“This is an Israeli restaurant – the original is in Tel Aviv – and it’s fantastic for vegetarians.” – Alison


38 rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris; +33 9 50 48 94 34
“This is probably the best pizza that I’ve had in Paris and it’s cheap. It’s both a significant step up from the competition but down in price, which is very strange. It’s tiny – it only has four tables.” – Josh

Au Passage

1 bis passage Saint Sébastien, 75011 Paris; +33 1 43 55 07 52;
Great little restaurant very close to Mary-Celeste, much loved by Paris foodies.


Cours des Halles

79/81 rue de Belleville, 75019 Paris; +33 1 42 40 72 41
“This is our local vegetable shop [pictured above] – good prices, good produce and it’s open all day every day, which is quite rare in Paris.” – Josh

Epicerie le Caire

63 rue de Belleville, 75019 Paris; +33 1 42 06 06 01
Wonderful Egyptian food shop near Josh and Alison’s flat that invites comparisons to Ali Baba’s cave.

Belleville Brulerie

10 Rue Pradier, 75019 Paris; +33 9 83 75 60 80;
The HQ of one of Paris’s best new coffee roasters, open to visitors on Saturdays.

Porte de Vanves

Avenue Georges Lafenestre, 75014 Paris; +33 6 86 89 99 96 (open Saturday, Sunday 7am to 1pm)
The flea market where Josh and Alison buy a lot of the second-hand wares for their flat, including plates and glasses.

Posted 23rd February 2015

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Interview: Killian Fox
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