Some of the world best oysters can be found along the stunning coasts of Brittany and Normandy in France. Fine de Claire, Spéciale de Claire, Belon, Gillardeau...you name it! French definitely have a deep affection for the oysters, they even celebrate Christmas with this delicious seafood! As the oyster season is in progress (you can get excellent oysters starting from April to October, when they are the fattest and at its best), let's see where you should get a good dozen of oysters when you're in Paris!
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Classy choice: Huitrerie Régis
Surely one of the acclaimed best oyster bars in Paris offering delicious seafood and oyster platters at your choice. Their oysters are so sweet and fat, you can easily quench your thirst for a luscious oyster meal! They offer Marennes-Oléron oysters that have been immersed in the basins of the ancient salt marshes, raised in the open sea and had their passage in Claire, adding on a yummy nutty taste onto the oysters. The restaurant is cosy, with friendly staff happily translating the menu for you if French isn't your expertise.
3 Rue de Montfaucon, 75006
Monday - Friday 12 - 2:30pm, 6:30 - 10:30pm, Saturday 12 - 10pm, Sunday 12 - 10:45pm
Authentic taste: Plein Mer
This oyster bar may look like ordinary crêperies with a marine theme, but it's a hidden gem for those who love seafood. In Plein Mer, you're guaranteed to find a wide range of seafood from fresh seawater. Besides, their oysters are all freshly transported from Cancale, a prestigious famous site for oyster production in Britanny! Prices range from less than 10€ for a dozen to 19.5€, it's a real bargain for the quality! You can also get a very typically Breton pastry specialty, Kouign-amann, a cameralised buttery cake (hard to find outside Brittany)!
22 Rue de Chabrol, 75010
Tuesday - Saturday 10:30am - 3pm, 4 - 10:30pm, Sunday 10:30am - 1pm
Trendy seafood: Clamato
When we talk about Clamato, was it the bottled tomato juice that popped up your mind? You may have to think about it again, because the Clamato in Paris is a super chic seafood restaurant dedicated to hipsters and seafood lovers! Run by Michelin-starred chef Bertrand Grébaut and Théo Pourriat, Clamato is actually the sister restaurant of Septime, another very intriguing French cuisine outlet. The interior design is rustle but cosy, with wood being the main theme of the restaurant and very stylish staff readily at your service. You can try wild oysters sent from Ireland or Brittany and all sorts of delicate shellfish at reasonable price (6 oysters for 16-18€). They also have an incredible selection of wine waiting for you to try!
80 Rue de Charonne, 75011
Wednesday - Friday 7 - 11pm, Saturday - Sunday 12 - 11pm
Pamper yourself: La Coupole
This restaurant is perfect for those who fancy a more upscale seafood dining experience. This legendary brasserie is an iconic landmark in the Montparnasse area. Established in 1927, famous artists and authors such as Picasso, Man Ray, Sartre etc were customers here. The Art Deco interior design and the seafood platter are absolutely a timeless classic.
102 Boulevard du Montparnasse, 75014
Monday - Friday 8am - 11pm, Saturday - Sunday 8 - 12am
All you can eat: Le Comptoir des Mers
This is the best place an oyster lover can ever go! For the price of 36€, you can enjoy a "all you can eat" oyster buffet, feasting on the taste of the sea for as much as you want! All of their oysters are directly and freshly brought to you from Normandy, where the restaurant owner is from. You can find quality Belon, Gillardeau, Isigny, Fine de Claire or Utah Beach oysters here! They also do take-away and delivery in cases any of you are feeling lazy or want to host a Sunday oyster party at home!
1, rue de Turenne, 75004
Monday - Friday 12pm - 3:30pm & 7 - 11pm, Saturday - Sunday 12-11pm
1€ oysters: Extérieur Quai - Le Bouillon de l’Est
Looking for a more upbeat seafood dinner? Come to Le Bouillon de l’Est! Every Wednesday evening from 6pm, you can enjoy Gillardeau oysters for just 1€ per piece (where to find such a good deal for cheap oysters with quality?) while stock lasts. As it's extremely popular with the locals, you may have to come earlier to make sure you get a seat! They have regular live music in the bistrot too, what an amazingly relaxing vibe!
5, rue d’Alsace, 75010
Monday - Wednesday 7am - 12am, Thursday - Sunday 7 - 5am
Cosy Summer dinner: Auberge de Moulin Vert
This lovely restaurant would melt your heart with its cute décor and welcoming staff! For those who are in love with oysters, you can enjoy 15 superior Grand Cru oysters from Normandy, Brittany, Poitou-Charentes or Aquitaine from the "Sélection de l'écailler" menu set for 35€. They also offer a variety of shellfish and seafood for you to choose from, and of course, supreme wines and champagne to pair with!
33 Rue du Moulin Vert, 75014
Monday - Sunday 12 - 3pm, 7 - 11pm
for shopaholics: FISH POINT at Lafayette gourmet
So your time in Paris is so tight that you'd rather dedicate it to shopping for the best French fashion brands instead of settling yourself down to a 3-hour oyster feast? At Galeries Lafayette, you'll be able to do both! After your whole day of shopping, treat yourself to some sweet and fatty oysters, shellfish or even fish and chips, just at where you shopped! Isn't it a great idea to fill up both your wardrobe and your stomach?
35 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009
Monday - Saturday 9:30am - 8:30pm, Sunday 11am - 7pm