Well-known to local residents, Le Petit Chatelet is one of the delights of Paris. Its location across the quay from Notre Dame and next door to Shakespeare & Co. bookstore puts the restaurant at risk of being mistaken for one of those centime-a-douze places with mediocre food catering to tourists. But it's the locals that fill Le Petit Chatelet for its superb cuisine, impeccable service and charm.
Many an evening we've had the pleasure of dining here, most recently Tuesday night with friends from London. If you're visiting Paris, phone ahead for reservations. It's simply impossible to have a bad meal. After dinner, you might enjoy taking a moonlit walk along the Seine, stroll around Notre Dame or cross the bridge to Ile Saint Louis. If you skipped dessert, you may want to indulge in Berthillon ice cream. You'll find a mix of locals and tourists lined up, waiting their turn for the famous treat.