Les Botanistes Restaurant Paris

Restaurant Les Botanistes Paris

Located a block away from the Bon Marché, Les Botanistes Paris is a petit restaurant with a limited, but delicious menu. The cuisine is authentically French and very simple but made with fresh ingredients. The waiters were charming and the ambiance, while unremarkable was just what we desired for a low-key, but delicious meal. We dined on fish, rabbit and squid – all served with fresh vegetables and potatoes or rice. We split a bottle of red wine – a blend, which the waiters chilled just a tad before serving.

restaurant les botanistes in paris

Tables outside on the very quiet street can be a nice spot on a cool night. We were there on a rather warm night and chose a table inside and were happy with our choice. By the time we left, the sun was setting and more people were outside enjoying the balmy temperatures.

We were the only English-speaking people in the restaurant and several customers seemed like frequent guests since they popped their heads into the kitchen window to say hello or referred to the waiters by name. It’s a good sign to me when a restaurant is filled with locals. I would recommend this spot to travelers who want a decent meal at a reasonable price without the hustle and bustle of the crowded cafés in Paris, especially during the height of the tourist season.

Les Botanistes

11 bis, rue Chomel – 75007 Paris

8 Comments
  • Diane
    Posted at 14:29h, 30 July Reply

    Priscilla, you are really helping me plan, and get even more excited, with these suggestions! I was concerned that a day in Versailles would mean missing some other adventures in Paris so I think we will save that for a future trip. My hubby and I know that Paris will be busy in August but we are hoping to enjoy some leisurely strolls in a variety of neighbourhoods as well as seeing the iconic treasures. Do you recommend booking ahead to visit The Louvre and Notre Dame to skip the lines? We both enjoy shopping and I have a scarf addiction that I hope to indulge. Any favourite suggestions…I would rather collect a few unique ones as opposed to a Hermes etc.? My hubby is interested in nice shirts. I am really trying to travel light and have suitcase space for some treasures.

    I also would like to book some airport/hotel transfers for both our arrival and departure. Can you recommend anyone? I see Viatour does this but it will be just the two of us and some companies wait until they collect several passengers to fill a van which can prolong the whole process.

    While I count down the days to board that plane I keep enjoying all of the comments on WIP!!! Keep them coming….

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 08:55h, 31 July Reply

      Dear Diane,

      Excellent questions! I definitely recommend you book a Skip the Line Tour with Fat Tire for the Eiffel Tower. The Louvre is also a good idea! The lines can be quite long even with the skip privileges – for instance, the elevator line at the tower is quite long once you go up to the second level and want to go to the top. There is no skip privilege there, but if you don’t have to have the initial wait down below it makes your day much more pleasant!

      Scarfs! Definitely go see my friend Isabelle on Île Saint-Louis at Bamyan. Ask for her and tell her I sent you! She will take great care of you. Details can be found on the right side of my blog under the name of the shop. Shirts for men and women – well one stop shopping would be at the Italian designer shop Nara Camicie. They have nicely tailored looks. It’s a tiny shop so go inside even if what is in the window isn’t for you. They have huge amounts of back stock folded and hung up behind the walls hidden in closets. Trust the shopkeeper there, he knows your body and will find something fab for you!

      Your hotel concierge will give you the best options. Book through them. Send an email now to inquire about your pick up options and then book your return once you arrive in Paris. They only need a day’s notice for your return. That way you can see if you liked the way you were picked up at the airport and see how much money you have spent – the van option is not as bad as it sounds. It does mean that you will leave earlier for the airport than you want, but the price can’t be beat and the drivers are usually pretty efficient about the route.

      Let me know if you still have questions!

      Cheers and happy planning,
      Priscilla

  • Diane
    Posted at 11:19h, 24 July Reply

    Hi there!

    I am really enjoying your blogs!!!

    My husband and I are looking forward to our trip to Paris in a few weeks. We are staying in the 8th arrondissement …any suggestions for lunch or dinner or retail adventures would be so appreciated.

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 12:58h, 24 July Reply

      Hello Diane,

      You are very close to some nice places and the Métro is the easiest way to get around town. Of course, if it rains or is late at night, do use the app SnapCarParis to schedule a ride in a private taxi.

      I love l’Epi Dupin – it’s my favorite restaurant in Paris. Make a reservation now though because they book up quickly. If you are going in August they may be closed. Most restaurants close for at least part of August for the summer holidays. I just returned from Paris myself and found Les Botanistes to be a nice little spot. Food is very expensive in Paris so I am not sure what your budget is, but do check out the price tags on my restaurant reports to the right hand side of my blog. That can give you an idea of how much my favorites cost.

      Shopping? Skip Bon Marché and head over to rue du Bac and rue Buci and rue de Rennes for small boutiques with unique looks at non-designer prices.

      Any more questions? Please let me know!

      Cheers,
      Priscilla

      • Diane
        Posted at 15:07h, 25 July

        This is great! I have made note of your suggestions. I really like them. We only have 4 days in Paris on our way to a river cruise in Germany. I want to walk and savour as much as I can in Paris. We have not seen Versailles and it sounds like we need a full day to do it justice ….decisions, decisions….is this something that is a”must” for first time visitors?

      • Weekend In Paris
        Posted at 17:35h, 25 July

        Hi Diane,

        Versailles is not a must see if you only have four days. I would focus on the “biggies” like Montmartre – Sacre Coeur, Eiffel Tower, The Louvre and d’Orsay, Notre Dame, shopping, wine tasting at Ô Chateau, tea at Four Seasons or picnic in Luxembourg Gardens. Pick up wine & cheese at 38 Île Saint Louis with wine and off you go!

        Anything else? Let me know!

        Cheers,
        Priscilla

  • Maggie
    Posted at 10:36h, 24 July Reply

    That is definitely my kind of restaurant. Thanks for the good recommendation — we’ll try it in November.

  • Kim 24/7 in France
    Posted at 08:45h, 24 July Reply

    I love finding secret hideaway places like this! Sounds great – will keep it in mind for my next trip to Paris.

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