Les Enfants Du Marché

Paris: Les Enfants Du Marché

If Owner Michael Grosman has a superpower, it is making everyone feel like part of his family. He actually refers to his outdoor restaurant in this historic Marais food market as “The House of Love.” Just follow the music directly back to the southwest corner and join the queue. Not only is “Mika” an avid music fan (like yours truly), his family also owned a legendary celeb hotspot on the French Riviera for years – so trust me, Mika knows how to host a party. Everything they do here is centered around good music, great people and stellar food & wine. Les Enfants is an extraordinary experience, especially on Sunday were anything goes. Where else could you have a talented chef like Shunta Susuki (ex: Maison Sota) cooking this level of gastronomy, Mika hugging friends while pouring natural wines and your table mates could be anyone from a winemaker, pop star or Michelin-star chef starting a conga-line behind you? If you want to see real farm-to-table action – get up early to see huge whole St. Jean du Luz tuna, 3-kilo Brittany blue lobsters, whole rib racks of lamb and woven baskets of fresh vegetables delivered direct from farmers, fisherman and hunters. Every Chef I’ve taken from New Orleans to Sweden has said, “I wish we had a Les Enfants.”

Vibe + Crowd + Dress Code:

This ain’t date night. You’ll find a who’s who of locals, visiting restaurant industry, farmers, wine growers, wine importers and curious tourists crowded around communal tables – balancing themselves on bar stools who are specifically there for a social-good time. It’s located inside an outdoor food market, accessed through iron gates partially hidden from street view. Go to #39, walk straight back, follow the music and stop at the bar-height tables & chairs. Dress code? Jeans and your fanciest sneakers. It is covered, out of doors so always prepare for weather. In winter there are some fleece blankets but in fact, I bring my own. Not the worst idea I ever had.

When to Go:

No reservations, walk-in only system. It’s EXTRAORDINARILY busy during lunch (noon – 4pm) on weekends – the queue can be an hour or longer. Advice? Get here early with your entire crew all at once, and stay awhile. During the week, it’s less intense.

Tip:

Bring an open mind and patience. This isn’t your Amex Concierge is calling to get you in kind of place.  Come when the gates open, you’re too early and miss the party. Come too late, and they might start selling out of a dish you had your heart set on. Prone to act like an ass about anything not going your way? Please don’t bother going.

Les Enfants Du Marché