Mar 29


Last week I took my friend Sharon to the fondue restaurant Refuge des Fondus in Montmartre. Paul and I had eaten there on our honeymoon and we loved it so I was excited to go back and see if it was as great as I remembered it. The diners are almost exclusively tourists and while I usually strive for a more authentic experience this place is so fun it is an exception. It is a very small restaurant with two long tables, if you sit on the wall side you have to literally climb over the table. The atmosphere is very casual and you will probably end up in your neighbors’ conversations because you will be sitting so cozy next to them. But the most hilarious part of this restaurant is that they serve their beverages in baby bottles. It is pretty funny to be sitting there with a long table full of adults and baby bottles are scattered throughout the table. The meal is a pretty good deal too: 18 Euros will get you a huge pot of fondue, things to dip in it, dessert and several drinks. They do seatings every 2 hours and you’ll need reservations. Then when you are done walk up to Sacre Couer steps to see the lights and people watch.

Refuge des Fondus | 17 rue des Trois-Freres, 75018 Paris | Metro: Abbesses


  • nichole says:

    Oh man! I love this place.

    We also went there on our honeymoon, and I have such fond memories.

    Hope all is well!

  • Paul & Paula says:

    funny…I dont know that place but I was living in Paris my favourite bar, a tiny tiny place in the 6eme served their cocktails in baby bottles too…
    I would send you there, but they had to close and now you will find a papeterie there…

  • annabelvita says:

    There was a place JUST like this in Grenoble, called Biberon (baby bottle) but it, too, only served Fondu and you had to climb over the tables.
    Drinking wine out of a baby bottle is an off sensation though…m

  • kasey says:

    will have to try that….sounds like perfection.

  • Marie @ etincellestudio says:

    Oh, cute! I don't know this place too… but just wondering… drinking anything else than white wine or tea while eating cheese fondue isn't it supposed to give you a stomachache?

  • I Dream Of says:

    I've heard of this place and the baby bottles! The cheese. Oh.
    What a wonderful way to spend an evening.

  • wishful nals says:

    i love this place, too! especially what a tight fit it is and how they have to move the table for you to jump over. oh, and the fondue (and wine!) is good, too. :)

  • Erfs says:

    Oh how weird – I was JUST talking about Refuge des Fondus yesterday! Went there for my friend's birthday way back in 2000 – yikes I feel old! Looks like it is still cozy and delicious!

  • katherine. says:

    when i visited my sister in paris this past summer, we were staying in an apartment that was just up the street from this place. i had to walk ON the table to get over to our side of the booth, which was wedged right up by the bar you pictured. being by that bar was the best place because our baby bottles never got more than half empty – constant refills! i loved it! we also left our mark on the wall. i'd love to go back some day and see if it's still there! :)

  • raleigh-elizabeth {bunnyvictorious!} says:

    you know they do this in new york right? the cave du fondues in the village… modeled on it. it's so much fun!

  • r8chel says:

    Fondue? Yum. I actually have a fondue pot that I've never used. This has inspired me to use it soon!

  • VivaGood says:

    Oh man, I LOVE fondue! I wish we had known about it on our honeymoon. We did a 24-hour stay in Paris on our way home from Greece. We basically ate our way from one delicious country to another.

  • Rebecca says:

    Oh! I *love* that place!

  • Designs Good says:

    mmm … i was visiting my brother last weekend and we had a little fondue party in the living room, it was lots of fun! i'd never made fondue before, but it was super easy (i know, how hard can melting cheese be?) and delicious.
    we used this recipe if anyone is interested:

  • Alisha says:

    Oh man, this place sounds 100x better than the melting pot! We will have to go next time we are in Paris!

  • Thais says:

    Oh you should try Pain, Vin, Fromage by the centre pompidou. It's super yummy.

  • Project:Lorna says:

    Oh I've been there, it is excellent! The food is lovely and quite good value for money, and you get absolutely obliterated drinking wine out of a bottle. I had such fun there!

  • communikate. says:

    Yes! I've been there too! Man, I'd give my right arm to be there right now. :)

  • Kathleen says:

    Such a fun place! Seeing your pictures brings me back to eating there when I was on study abroad in Greece and visited a friend in Paris. Now I want to go dig out my scrapbook from that trip!

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  • Courtney says:

    I love that place! Especially the funny waiters and stepping over the tables to get to the booth side.

  • Beatrice says:

    Looks delicious!
    Serve their beverages in baby bottles? Yes its hilarious. Btw Im wondering why they used baby bottle…
    And I see there is indonesian currency in its wall :D

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  • Sarah says:

    Oh my gosh that looks so good! How fun! the closest thing we have to that out here in SoCal is the melting pot and it's a small fortune to eat there. Great pictures!

  • i'm erin in says:

    you look incredibly happy

  • Bridget says:

    yum. there cant be much thats more legit than fondue in paris.

  • Anonymous says:

    love this place.

    btw, you must, must, must go to La Regalade for dinner if you haven't already! you must!

    and also to Josephine Chez Dumonet–quite bit more expensive but an unforgettable experience.

  • Scarlet Lily says:

    Jordan, can you PLEASE do a post explaining to me how you already have all of these friends and babysitters after only living in Paris a month??! It's something I wonder every time I read the blog – thanks!!

  • MsK says:

    One of my favorite places in Paris!! Love love love!

  • The Shutter says:

    DELISH! Need to go the next time I'm back.

  • Kelly says:

    I ate here many moons ago while backpacking with my college friend. Smiles!

  • magnolia says:

    awww i was there too in january 2010! AND IT WAS HILARIOUS! thanks for remembering <3

  • magnolia says:

    you have to go to LE DURER (also in montmartre: it's so DELICIOUS!)

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