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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

  1. nichole

    March 29, 2011

    Oh man! I love this place.

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

    Hope all is well!

  2. Paul & Paula

    March 29, 2011

    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…

  3. annabelvita

    March 29, 2011

    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

  4. kasey

    March 29, 2011

    will have to try that….sounds like perfection.

  5. Marie @ etincellestudio

    March 29, 2011

    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?

  6. I Dream Of

    March 29, 2011

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

  7. wishful nals

    March 29, 2011

    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. :)

  8. Erfs

    March 29, 2011

    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!

  9. katherine.

    March 29, 2011

    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! :)

  10. raleigh-elizabeth {bunnyvictorious!}

    March 29, 2011

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

  11. r8chel

    March 29, 2011

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

  12. VivaGood

    March 29, 2011

    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.

  13. Rebecca

    March 29, 2011

    Oh! I *love* that place!

  14. Designs Good

    March 29, 2011

    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:

  15. Alisha

    March 29, 2011

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

  16. Thais

    March 29, 2011

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

  17. Project:Lorna

    March 29, 2011

    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!

  18. communikate.

    March 29, 2011

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

  19. Kathleen

    March 29, 2011

    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!

  20. Anasua

    March 29, 2011

    Website is very comprehensive and informative. I have enjoyed the visit. From

  21. Courtney

    March 30, 2011

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

  22. Beatrice

    March 30, 2011

    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 😀

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  25. Sarah

    March 30, 2011

    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!

  26. i'm erin in

    March 30, 2011

    you look incredibly happy

  27. Bridget

    March 30, 2011

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

  28. Anonymous

    March 30, 2011

    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.

  29. Scarlet Lily

    March 31, 2011

    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!!

  30. MsK

    March 31, 2011

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

  31. The Shutter

    April 1, 2011

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

  32. Kelly

    April 4, 2011

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

  33. magnolia

    May 14, 2011

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

  34. magnolia

    May 14, 2011

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

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