Oysters in Paris!

We walked over there a few years ago on a Sunday morning, but it seemed like it was mostly a drinking crowd. So we passed.

We had oysters at Baron Rouge on a Sunday morning in 2018. The oysters were good, but it wasn’t my favorite seating/surroundings.

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I certainly wouldn’t turn Wellfleets down!
B & G Oysters in Boston has an oyster shucking “course”, but it turns out it’s also a tour of oysters from the Canadian Maritimes to Virgina. It’s fascinating to follow the changes in mineraility and sweetness as you go from north to south.

I regret that we don’t have choices of Laughing or agreeing faces on the response button.

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Pleine Mer is indeed very likeable, but the oysters are single-sourced (from Bretagne and I seem to remember specifically Cancale). With a few exceptions like the much praised I’Ilot (oysters from Normandie and, more specifically Isigny) which, for me, has a more enjoyable ambiance and location as well as an excellent small plates menu, I prefer places with multi-sourced oysters from Normandie, Bretagne (both north and south), La Vendée, Charentes Maritime, Arcachon etc so that I can compare and contrast. They all have their differences and the differences change from week to week.

Sorry, Deluca, pet peeve time. “Block”. It’s so peculiarly North American and, as an indication of distance, a mystery to us Europeans because here a “block” in the American sense could be 10m or 200m and indeed there is no literal translation of “block” as a measure of distance in French or even in British English. In fairness our very common “deux pas”/ 2 steps to indicate nearness (is that a word ?) is probably just as confusing to Americans.


Baron Rouge only does (or did) oysters Sept (or maybe Oct) to April. With so few tourists in Paris, it seemed a bit forlorn when I passed by recently on a weekday.

There are better options in the Aligre quartier i.e. Sea Bar annex of the Paris Pêche poissonnerie (but not as cutesy as Le Baron Rouge).

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Absolutely true. Your culture does need to get a grip on this! But/and equally confounding to us rational Yanks is your system describing address by BUILDING # rather than its position in a , yes, BLOCK. A building might take up an entire “block”, resulting in frustration, blisters, angst.

Mme Mangeur, have you been serving Mariage Frères Earl Grey French Blue tea to impoverished residents of social housing complexes to raise their aspirations and sensitivities again ? Bâtiment #A etc is pretty rare except for large housing or office developments, hospitals, university campuses or business parks in the suburbs. But it’s the same in San Francisco, no ?

I will concede that finding individual, often unnumbered apartments can be a challenge in Paris.

We agree! C’est tres simple ! A “block” is that distance between two “rues”. See how easy your charitable routes would be if you could know beforehand exactly where your recipients lived?

Before anyone worries, Parn and I are very old friends. We banter like siblings.


The distance between two rues is xx mètres, not block. I suppose you exceptional Americans could use feet or yards if you want. Which leads to another question… why is the US one of the very few countries (just 3, I think) in the world that does not use the metric system ?

Sigh…I am always compelled to reply; we use the metric system more than many realize. Certainly it is used in medicine and engineering.

…But I do love Oysters in Paris.

Blocks are one thing. Getting Americans to use metric parallels quantum theory. It was supposed to be taught and phased in some 60 years ago. In both public and elite schools. Somehow, never caught on.
But I can’t cook/bake/weigh/measure in anything other than metric. So maybe baby-steps beginning with me?

As much as I enjoy bantering with Mme Mangeur aka Pilgrim, bed beckons…

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In baking, the metric system is a necessity for weighing and measuring. No matter the country.


As with many others who grew up in the '60s, my knowledge of the metric system for weight measurement was crucial to my lifestyle.


Welcome! I’ve noticed I have grown accustomed to thinking about both. My measuring cups, scales, thermometers, bottles, cans, etcetera, give both.

Ah, Istr was on my to go list for our May 2020 visit to Paris. Alas, global pandemic got in the way.