Fondue Fondue

Few things are cozier than ducking into a fondue restaurant in Paris on a cold, blustery night. Although the hearty dish originated in Switzerland, it has become a culinary classic in France. Fondue restaurants abound in the nation’s capital, bringing together friends and families for the communal dining experience.

Eating fondue can feel quite decadent but the rich dish’s origins are decidedly humble. Swiss villagers, without access to fresh food during the long winters in the mountains, discovered that melting old cheese, and then dipping hardened bread into it, made their stale ingredients far more edible. In fact, the word fondue is derived from the French verbs fondre (to melt) and fondu (melted).

The Swiss cooking method was adopted in the French Alps, particularly in the Savoy region, where fondue savoyarde was born. The French take on the dish contains three cheeses, Comté, Emmental and Beaufort, as well as local white wine.

For a delicious fondue savoyarde meal in Paris, and a spirited dining experience, there’s nothing like Le Refuge des Fondus in Montmartre, in the 18th arrondissement. The tiny restaurant features only two items on the menu: Fondue Savoyarde and Fondue Bourguignonne, a meat fondue. Wine is served in baby bottles, waiters tell jokes, and guests are encouraged to write on the walls. The charming little fondue joint has been such a hit in Paris that an American version, La Cave des Fondus, recently opened in New York.

While Le Refuge des Fondus is one of a kind, it is certainly not the only place for exceptional fondue in Paris. Other noteworthy spots include Saveurs de Savoie on Rue Mouffetard in the 5th arrondissement, which serves classic French food, and Les Montagnards, in the 1st arrondissement, a rustic chalet located on Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

If you can’t wait to warm up with some cheese and wine this winter, consider one of these great New York Habitat apartments in Paris:

- A classic 1-Bedroom vacation rental in Montmartre – Sacre Coeur (PA-1850), located near Le Refuge des Fondus and the famous Rue Lepic.

- An elegant 1-Bedroom duplex vacation rental in Saint Germain des Pres – St Michel – Notre Dame (PA-2509), located near the Luxembourg Gardens. The well-decorated apartment overlooks a lovely courtyard garden.

Do you have a favorite fondue recipe or restaurant? Share your comments with us!

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11 Responses to “Warm Up This Winter With Fondue in Paris”

  1. FondueFan Says:

    Yes, I do love me some fondue.

  2. Sari Says:

    This makes me think of the 70s and those awful shag carpets people put in their apartments.

  3. Frank Says:

    Did they have shag carpets in the 70s in Paris? Or just the fondue?

  4. Kelley Says:

    My favorite fondue is definitely white chocolate…doesn’t get much better!

  5. Julie Says:

    Defenitely the Fondue Bourguignonne is the best one! I live in the USA soeach time I go to France I make sure to bring back some little pack of sauces (like Béarnaise, Tartatre, Bourguignonne and Au Poivre)! I love this dish so French and delicious!

  6. Jeremy Says:

    I say go with the cheese. Bread and cheese, an original and delicious combination.

  7. Natalie Says:

    France is awesome.

  8. Nelson Says:

    Fondue is great but what about Raclette this is also a very popular French dish with great cheese! I wish I go to the French Alps and have either a Raclette or a Fondue after a day of skiing!

  9. Jean Says:

    I’ve had oil fondue, where you get lobster and beef as a part of a fondue meal: cheese, then oil, then chocolate. I think the threesome is my favorite.

  10. Peter Winstoner Says:

    Really? Oil fondue? What kind of oil? Olive?

    Do you also get butter for the lobster?

  11. Jerome Says:

    Cheese! I love cheese and I hear there’s a large assetment that can be had in france.

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