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La Grande Mosquée de Paris: Just a mint tea or couscous ?
The complex of the mosque of Paris includes a North African tearoom and restaurant. I visited the lovely inner garden with figues trees and fountains of this teahouse for the first time in the early nineties. Early morning I was almost the only visitor drinking my mint tea in a serene atmosphere. The last time in 2005 I visited the innergarden in the late afternoon. It was very lifely with lots of visitors.
The teahouse and restaurant decorated in North African style are open from 9am till 11.30pm. You can come for a tea or arabian coffee with sweets, for a snack, for lunch or dinner. The menu offers delicious tajines and couscous.
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La Mosquée: Salon de Thé at La Mosquée
Paris is rich with hip cafés and restaurants. And when you think you've been to quite a few of them, there are still some that you might have missed. One place that you should not miss though is La Mosquée de Paris. The place serves as a restaurant during the midday and evening and turns to a Salon de Thé in the morning and late afternoon. There are many regulars for example my two friends who live a few metros away come here to soak up the atmosphere sometimes. Same for me, it wasn't the tea or the North African pastries that I would love to recommend (because some are rather too sweet for my taste)...but because of the whole ambiance of this place that will make you forget you're in Paris (regardless of how much you love the city.) The Moorish style of decoration richly reflects its name which makes it all different from a typical café in Paris. The mosiacs, the gold plate-shaped tables combined with all the North African details...whether you pick a table inside or in the outdoor patio, the place gives you a nice and relaxing feel that you will want to re-visit every once in awhile.
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La Mosquee: La Mosquee
My friend, who has eaten at La Mosquee's tearoom, suggested we have lunch here on my final day in Paris. I am so glad we were able to do so as I've never eaten Moroccan food before. The mosquee contains more than a tearoom and restaurant however. It's also got a hammam that's available on certain days and times for men and women.
First of all, the building makes you feel as though you are in Morocco. You walk through doors that enter into a patio where there are tables set if you want to take tea only (you can take tea inside also). If you want to eat in the restaurant you will be seated in a long room that is at the back of the tearoom.
The interior of the restaurant is draped with filmy curtains and soft sofas and chairs. The tables are not traditional tables but are huge bronze platters that are placed on foundations. Surprisingly there are little birds fluttering around the room.
Favorite Dish: We ordered a combination of grilled meat, chicken tagine, and vegetable couscous. The tagine was wonderful as it was cooked with almonds. The vegetable couscous was a combination of stewed root vegetables in a nice broth. There was an accompaniment of chickpeas and raisins for the meal. The grilled sirloin was just two very small, dry patties that were not memorable.
For dessert we had mint tea which is highly sweet but good. We asked to see their pastry tray and the server will bring an assortment like baklava and cakes which are all soaked in rosewater.
La Grande Mosquée de Paris: Salon de Thé
A very nice place to have a lunch or a drink in a very relaxed and colourful environment is the Salon de Thé that belongs to La Mosquée, Paris' biggest mosque near the Jardin des Plantes in arrondissement 5.
In a beautifully decorated inner square you can enjoy a glass of mint tea, several dishes like couscous or try a waterpipe, or shisha. The scenery is very arabic with mosaics, cast-iron lamps, beautiful paintings inside and an audience that is mostly of arabic origins.
The prices are not high in comparison with places further towards the centre and the personnel is very nice. If you are in the neighbourhood, you should definitely come and see this Salon de Thé!
Cafe at the Mosquee
The Paris mosquee boasts a cafe and restaurant, offering North African food at quite good prices. We've only been in for the mint tea so far but the rest of the menu looks very interesting. The Moorish decor inside makes it feel like you're in Morocco.
Mosquee of Paris: great Couscous!!!
just in front of the National Museum of History.
You can sit down and read the all afternoon long, drinking tea (famous!), in a beautiful and very silent place, located just in the center of paris.
You'll even meet some little birds trying to eat your turkish cookies...
The restaurant is a little beat more expensive (about 20 euros...) but the food is just.... incredible. you really have to try !!!
And you can spend some time in Hammam.
Take care, one day out of 2 is for men, the other for wemen, and I can't remember which one are the male one..... ;)
Really, you cannot miss this place...
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The Resto at Paris Mosque: Nostalgie for Marrakech
it is attached to the Grand Mosque of Paris which was built by the financial aid of the French Govt. On one corner there is a resto which is decorated on moroccan style, very inviting, But the staff is not friendly and the service is jut okay. The food was rather stingy in its portion even by parisian standards and the prices were higher than normal.
I would recommend to go here for a mint tea 5 euros for two people and enjoy the ambience of outdoors. the indoor resto is crowded and hardly any room to manouevre and is full of tourists with their bags and baggage, so it is lively but not in a natural fashion
Favorite Dish: i had the kebab of lamb with vegetables, but the vegetables turned out to be french fries. I do not eat french fries normally so was a bit dulled by this experience. it was priced 16 euros. the couscous was 19 euros and hardly good quality.
Once again there are better places in paris to eat couscous and lamb and under much friendlier and service oriented places... if you are in the neighbourhood drop in for mint tea
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