My favourite places to eat, drink, sleep, shop, and walk around in one of my favourite cities.
Photo by Ashley.
Paris is pretty polarising– people either find it overrated and dwell on the fact that it smells like piss, or do so but love the city anyway and overindulge in its romantic clichés. I’m in the latter camp (and by no means a Parisian), but like to think that after quite a few stays, I’ve accumulated a good list of addresses. Trust me when I say that I still have a (way longer) list of places to try, but here are a few of the tried and true.
To eat and drink (couldn’t include everything, but I feel like I’ll do another one of these posts in the future…)
Clown Bar: whether or not you’re an adventurous eater and willing to go for the veal brains (which I highly recommend). So good. 114 Rue Amelot, 75011.
Vivant: A new favourite. Go on a Friday to try their signature tuna dish. 43 Rue des Petites Écuries, 75010.
Abri: Japanese meets French, but we went for the signature katsu sandwiches that are only served on Saturdays at lunch time. They also have a soba joint I’m eager to try. 92 Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 75010.
Au Passage: Really good small plates. Ate alone the second time I went and it was so nice to sit at the bar and people watch. 1bis Passage Saint-Sébastien, 75011.
L’Avant Comptoir: A no reservations standing-only (minus 3 barstools) French-meets Spanish-tapas bar, featuring the butter (if you’ve been you’ll know what I mean). 3 Carrefour de l’Odéon, 75006.
La Pointe du Groin: A fun drinking spot where you exchange euros for the bar’s own currency. Had too much boxed wine here, food looked amazing but didn’t get to try it last time. 8 Rue de Belzunce, 75010.
Entre deux rives: Paris has amazing Vietnamese restaurants, so this is only one of them that I happened to stumble upon when I was staying near Opera. 1 Rue de Hanovre, 75002.
Kunitoraya: A really popular Japanese restaurant with lovely udon, amongst other things. 1 Rue Villedo, 75001.
Yard: Another small plates spot. Also delicious! 6 Rue de Mont-Louis, 75011.
Bonhomie: Mediterranean small and sharing plates. Try the lamb shoulder with couscous to share. 22 Rue d’Enghien, 75010.
Aux Deux Amis: Wine and small bites like comté (my favourite cheese). 45 Rue Oberkampf, 75011.
Le Comptoir General: A nice bar, slightly hidden in Canal Saint Martin. 80 Quai de Jemmapes, 75010.
Bakeries and Patisseries: Du Pain et des idées in the 10th, Blé Sucré in the 12th, Mori Yoshida in the 7th.
Vintage: Come on Eileen, 16/18 Rue des Taillandiers, 75011; La Mode Vintage in the 11th, Kiliwatch in the 2nd, Vanves Flea Market in the 14th.
Dream kitchen store: E Dehillerin, 18-20 Rue Coquillière, 75001.
Everything from clothes by Seour (one of my favourite french brands) to lovely ceramics at Merci, 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003.
To see / do:
Museums: Centre Pompidou, Musee Rodin, Musee Picasso. If you’re under 26 and a student in the EU, many of the museums are free (except temporary exhibitions).
Buy some wine and cheese, and rent a little boat on the canal at Marin d’eau douce for a nice afternoon.
As you can see, I don’t do much in Paris other than stuff my face. Let me know your favourite spots below!
Grand Pigalle Hotel: 29 Rue Victor Massé, 75009.
Le Pigalle: 9 Rue Frochot, 75009.
Airbnb: I’ve had some of my best Airbnb experiences in Paris. Click here for a little discount off your first stay.