Paris in Four Months

Paris

CITY GUIDE: PARIS

One of the questions I get asked most frequently has to be "where do I eat, sleep, drink or go while in Paris?" and finaaaaally (after years of eating my way through the city and also finding the time to put this list together) I'm happy to share a few suggestions when it comes to food, sweets and many other things while in Paris. Just like any other city places change, close and new gems open up so it's always good if you do your own research of the places from my little list (one of my favourite ways to get a feel of a place is to look up the location on Instagram for example). I'll try to constantly update the list as well of course. I hope you'll enjoy both my recommendations and your time in one of my favourite cities in the world.

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QUICK INFO

good to know

Wherever you travel to I think it’s nice to learn a few basic words in that language – just to be able to show that you’re willing to make an effort. Bonjour, merci and s’il vous plaît goes a long way! Parisians have a reputation of being rude (which, don’t get me wrong, sometimes they live up to) but in many instances I think it’s a lot about miscommunication. When entering a store, bar, restaurant – whatever it might be – always start with saying hello = bonjour or bonsoir (for the evening). You always greet a person in France before asking a question or starting a conversation. Also, wait to be seated if you’re entering a restaurant, café or bar. In many places it’s the waiter who will seat you and give you the menu to look over, don’t just grab a table (unless this is what the waiter tells you when you ask him/her).

Many Parisians speak English (and are quite good at it actually) but many people are very shy when it comes to switching languages and often prefer to stick to French. Show that you’re trying a bit in French and try to not get offended when they switch to English as soon as they hear your foreign accent (I’m still working on this, haha). I tell myself “they only want to make it easier for you and show you that they can speak English as well”.

Keep an eye on your things (as always, in any big city) and avoid people asking you to sign petitions (now they’ve started with “do you speak English” before asking you to sign something), picking up gold rings and trying to offer these to you etc. etc. as these things are often scams to trick tourists. Of course this occurs more frequently in areas surrounded by tourists. Just say no (with an annoyed look on your face, haha) and keep walking.

 

When to go?

This is so hard to advice someone on since everyone prefers different seasons, temperatures and times to travel. As a person who’s not a huge fan of winter, I would say go between April - October (spring, summer and early fall are my favourite times). But in saying that, with a city like Paris (much like London for example), you never know if you’ll get beautiful sunshine or a week full of rain. It’s impossible for anyone to know. Winter can also be incredibly charming in Paris, just as it might be freezing cold, grey and absolutely dreadful – there’s no way to know for sure. Choose whatever season/month you think you’d prefer and cross your fingers for whatever weather it is that you’re hoping for! 

TRANSPORTATION

To get into the city from the airport I personally always take a taxi, transportation application (my preferred one is ChauffeurPrivé) or a car that you reserve in advance. The public transportation options to get to and from the airports are in my opinion not the easiest or the most pleasant (hey Paris, get your act together and get one of those high speed trains with WiFi that Stockholm and Rome offers for example). Anyway, rude taxi drivers are also (unfortunately) a quite common thing in this city so just be a little bit prepared.

Once in the city, the Parisian metro system will almost get you anywhere you'd like to go. It's amazingly well connected and relatively easy to use. It could definitely be a little bit (a lot) cleaner but other than that the metro works very well. Buy tickets inside the metro stations (single journey or a little booklet of tickets) which can be used both for the buses as well for the metro. Please keep an eye on your belongings (gosh, now I sound like the announcement in the metro) to not have anything snatched from you or stolen. This is unfortunately a reality in almost any big city you'll visit. 

I personally really love taking the buses in Paris as well and feel as though this can be a really good option since you actually see the city while getting to your destination. It can be a little bit tricky to figure out where they go from (if they actually go due to demonstrations, roadwork etc.), how to get to where you’d like to go and how to stop them (you need to signal the driver with a little wave if you’d like to go on). My only tips is: use the application Citymapper and it will make your life 100 times easier!

 

How to dress?

I hate getting this question because it’s also something that is nearly impossible to advice someone on. Since temperatures keep changing, seasons vary, heatwaves can suddenly pop up and weather can be quite moody or absolutely delightful, you never know until the week before (or most likely the day before). I would say: keep checking the weather forecast to know what to expect. If you’re planning on doing a lot of walking around the city (which I highly recommend) then of course it could be nice to bring comfortable shoes with you. Layering is always a good idea if you’re unsure about the weather – or do as the Parisians do and always have a little scarf at hand.

ARRONDISSEMENT

The city of Paris is divided into different arrondissements (neighbourhoods). These arrondissements currently go from 1-20. They are designed sort of as the “shell of a snail” if you look at Paris on a map – they start from the city centre and slowly goes outwards in circles (like the shell of a snail). I think I might have made that even more confusing that you thought it was. Maybe read a little bit more about it here if needed.

When you look at a Paris address, you will see a postal code, for example 75006. The arrondissement the address is located in, can be see by looking at the last two numbers of the postal code. So, in the example above, the address would be somewhere in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. Once you get a hang of this and learn your arrondissements and where they are located, this setup is kind of genius i my opinion. Parisians tend to get quite attached to their own arrondissement (= neighbourhood or part of town) and in many cases this kind of become a part of a Parisian’s identity. There are many people who could never imagine moving away from their own arrondissement.

The city can also be divided into two different parts when people talk about Paris: Rive Gauche (meaning: "the left bank”/“side" of the Seine) and Rive Droite ("the right bank”/“side" of the Seine). Again, some people could never imagine moving to the other side of the Seine and vice versa – which to be honest, I sometimes find a little bit silly since I love the entire city and would be happy to live on either side (but I totally understand that these two sides can have very different characteristics). Explore both and see for yourself!

 

What to do?

There are plenty of things to do in a city like Paris. I’m sure you already have a list of museums to visit – if that’s your thing of course (my favourites are Musée d’Orsay and Musée Rodin), little notes of shopping streets to check out (for luxury Avenue Montaigne and Rue Saint Honoré are musts and for more affordable shopping you’ll find this more spread out throughout the city) and department stores you need to pop by (Printemps, Galeries Lafayette and Le Bon Marché for example). Walk along the Seine, explore different neighbourhoods, take a cooking class, walk aimlessly, sit down at cute little terraces and rent bikes to bike around the city if you’d like!

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Restaurants

Even though Paris is known as the culinary capital of the world it is so easy (!) to end up eating bad food in this city. You really need to know where to go to avoid being served a pre-made microwaved meal (ok, maybe I'm exaggerating a bit here but hey, I just want to make a point) that you definitely do not want to spend your money on. Recently the Paris food scene has evolved tremendously (the change since I moved here a few years ago is so big) and today we have so many exciting and delicious places to discover. Please do a little bit of your own research to go along with my tips and suggestions so you're 1) sure the place is still up and running haha (I'll try to update the list as well as I possibly can) and 2) so that it's something you think you'll enjoy (I personally always look a place up on Instagram or Google Maps before deciding). 

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Alcazar 🍴

Would I go here purely for the food? Maybe not. But the place is absolutely gorgeous and the atmosphere is really nice during busy evenings. 62 Rue Mazarine, 75006 Paris.

Bespoke 🍴

Great service, great cocktails, delicious plates of food and all around good space. 3 Rue Oberkampf, 75011 Paris.

Paris New York PNY 🍔

I like their crispy chicken burger, I love their cheesecake (hopefully they still get it from the same place as they always did) and their fries covered in cheese (and they also serve up milkshakes). It’s a cute, kitschy place (which giving me Miami vibes with all of those cute neon signs). 1 Rue Perrée, 75003 Paris – 96 Rue Oberkampf, 75011 Paris – 50 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris.

Brasserie Barbès 🍴

A little bit further away for the usual first-time visitor but during summer evenings I love this place for the atmosphere and their bar upstairs. 2 Boulevard Barbès, 75018 Paris.

Buvette 🍴

The price for best romantic dinner lighting goes to Buvette (and yes, that's actually something I think about in a restaurant). I love having date nights here and it's extra romantic since you share smaller plates of (traditional and not so traditional) French food. 28 Rue Henry Monnier, 75009 Paris. 

Café Chilango 🍴

I am by no means an expert when it comes to Mexican food (I'm from Sweden in case you forgot) but I do enjoy Café Chilango's take on Mexican food and margaritas. Let's just say I've never left disappointed. 82 Rue de la Folie Méricourt, 75011 Paris.

Bonhomie 🍴

The food was absolutely delicious last time I went and so were the cocktails. My favourite seat is by the bar, in front of the open kitchen – I love watching the chefs cook away! 22 Rue d'Enghien, 75010 Paris.

Le Camion Qui Fume 🍔

This was my first experience with a food truck in Paris, ever (now they have a proper restaurant though). I loved their burgers when they first arrived and hopefully I would still do (haven’t been in a while now). Started by an American I feel like this should be pretty close to the real deal. 168 Rue Montmartre, 75002 Paris – 66 Rue Oberkampf, 75011 Paris.

Daroco 🍴

Central, beautiful interior and decent Italian food. I'm not saying it's the greatest Italian in the city but it usually does the job when it comes to a pizza or simple pasta. 6 Rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris.

Café Saint-Regis 🍴

I know many people would not see this as a place worthy to recommend but I personally love it. I used to live around the corner from this place and come her for wine during warm summer evenings. The view is just the best in Paris and even though it's touristy I still have a soft spot for it... The onion soup, burger, their fries and the paillard de poulet is actually decent if you want to grab a bite too. 6 Rue Jean du Bellay, 75004 Paris.

Candelaria 🍴

Mexican tacos, beer and if you're lucky, a seat at their one and only table. Go through the kitchen and find one of Paris' most talked about "speak easy" bars. 52 Rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris.

Clover Grill 🍴

The prices are a little bit steeper but if you're a meat lover and would like to indulge a little bit, look no further. 6 Rue Bailleul, 75001 Paris.

BlenD 🍔

You’ll find this burger chain spread throughout the city now. Decent burgers if you’re in that mood. 44 Rue d'Argout, 75002 Paris –  1 Boulevard des Filles du Calvaire, 75003 Paris – 3 Rue Yves Toudic, 75010 Paris – 4 Rue de l'Ancienne Comédie, 75006 Paris – 15 Rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris.

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Desi Road 🍴

I've struggled to find non greasy, good Indian food in Paris but Desi Road more than does the trick whenever I get my cravings for Indian curry or naan bread. 14 Rue Dauphine, 75006 Paris.

Distrito Francés 🍴

Mexican/French fusion food with yummy chicken tacos in a cute setting in the 10th arrondissement of Paris. 10 Rue du Faubourg Saint Martin, 75010 Paris. 

East Mamma 🍴🍕

Big Mamma Group's first restaurant in Paris was East Mamma. Delicious Italian pizzas and a wait that tests my patience when I'm hungry. 133 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, 75011 Paris.

Ellsworth 🍴

A cute little neo-bistro in the 1st arrondissement serving smaller plates to share for dinner and a set lunch menu for an affordable price during lunch hours. 34 Rue de Richelieu, 75001 Paris.

Filakia 🍴

I don't even know how to describe this place but I guess you can say it's sort of Greek fast food...? Souvlákis with fries. Simple and great when you don't have a lot of time. 9, Rue Mandar, 75002 Paris – 31, Rue Linné, 75005 Paris.

Freddy’s 🍴

Right next door to Semilla, the owners opened up Freddy's. The atmosphere is casual and cool but fills up quickly. Well-cooked smaller plates of food with a wine list that changes regularly. 54 Rue de Seine, 75006 Paris.

Frenchie To Go 🍴

When Frenchie-to-go opened up we didn't really have a lot of options in this city in case you were craving American classics. Serving up Reubens, pulled pork sandwiches, lobster rolls and hot dogs, it's hard not to become a regular... 9 Rue du Nil, 75002 Paris.

Frenchie Wine Bar 🍴

Frenchie Wine Bar is a more attainable option compared to the always full Frenchie Restaurant. It's been a while since I last came but I used to come often for delicious food and lots of wine (preferably on the earlier or later side before/after the line got too long). 6 Rue du Nil, 75002 Paris.

Grand Coeur 🍴

This place is so pretty it deserves a two page spread in any interior magazine... I'm still eager to try their terrace during warmer days! 41 Rue du Temple, 75004 Paris.

Grazie 🍴🍕

Good pizza, good cocktails and gets busy quite quickly. 91 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris. 

Hero 🍴

Korean fusion with my favourite dishes on the menu being their fried chicken and their heavenly pork buns. It doesn't hurt that the playlist is playing hip hop and RnB non stop or that the Makolada drink goes down increeeedibly quick. 289 Rue Saint Denis, 75002 Paris.

Kunitoraya Restaurant 🍴

Come to Kunitoraya if you're craving Japanese comfort food. Their Udon noodles are delicious and my personal favourite being their rice bowl with tempura fried veggies on top (can't remember the name of it...). This is their restaurant which is beautiful and usually quite busy with business-types during lunch hours. 5 Rue Villedo, 75001 Paris.

Kunitoraya Udon Bar 🍴

... But they also have their Udon Bar next door. Serving many of the same dishes (if not all) in a more casual setting. There is always a line for lunch so make sure to come on the earlier side. 1 Rue Villedo, 75001 Paris.

L’Avant Comptoir 🍴

This place is always crowded and always loud – it's a part of the charm. Stand up while enjoying your ham, cheese or oysters over several glasses of wine. 3 Carrefour de l'Odéon, 75006 Paris.

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Le 52 🍴

The owner behind  L’Office & Le Richer opened up Le 52 a few years ago. It's a great neo-bistro, which has saved me when having "foodies" visiting a couple of times now. 52 Rue Faubourg Saint Denis, 75010.

La Briciola 🍴🍕

This used to be my go-to pizza place in Paris. I haven't been back in a while but I hope this incredibly simple (just as the good pizzerias in Italy usually are) restaurant still holds up. They used to serve ice cream from my favourite Pozzetto as well! 64 Rue Charlot, 75003 Paris.

Le Cinc 🍴

If you want to splurge, this is the place to do it at. Yes, it's incredibly expensive but I have to say that this is one of my favourite meals I've had at a 3 starred Michelin restaurant. Inside the Four Seasons George V.

Le Mary Celeste 🍴

Another little place (same owners that have Candelaria, Hero and Glass) that serves smaller dishes together with cocktails and wine. 1 Rue Commines, 75003 Paris.

Blueberry 🍴

This is my favourite sushi place in Paris. It's not very traditional and it's not very cheap but it is both delicious and very cute (with veggie, chicken and meat options for you non-fish eaters out there). 6 Rue du Sabot, 75006 Paris.

Le Richer 🍴

Neo-bistro located in an area which is just full of new and trendy restaurants that popped up during the last couple of years. 2 Rue Richer, 75009 Paris.

Les Cocottes 🍴

Chef Constant's more modern approach to French cuisine (versus his more traditional take over at Café Constant next door). It used to be one of my favourites when I first arrived in Paris and I hope the quality is still holding up. 135 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris.

Mamma Primi 🍴🍕

Another restaurant belonging to the Big Mamma Group collection, this time located in the 17th arrondissement. It's nice to be able to sit outside during sunny days but your pasta definitely comes along with that famous waiting-in-line-forever-experience... 71 Rue des Dames, 75017 Paris. 

Máncora 🍴

Located in the northern part of the Marias you'll find this little cevicheria. Never eaten real ceviche in Peru I don't know how much I can say here but the flavours impressed me and the fact that a vegetarian ceviche tasted that delicious I'm still not able to wrap my head around... 16 Rue Dupetit-Thouars, 75003 Paris.

Marlon 🍴

Jumping on that American-style wagon that begun here in Paris a few years ago, this place makes shrimp tacos, quesadillas, burgers, mac & cheese and other well-known dishes in their own way with a little twist. 159 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris.

Matsuhisa at Royal Monceau 🍴

This has to be one of the best meals I've had in Paris in a while. Nobu's Parisian restaurant does not disappoint. Just as you can imagine, the prices are a bit steeper but if you have the chance to go I'm sure you won't regret it. My favourite seat in the house is without a doubt at the bar, watching the chefs at work. 37 Avenue Hoche, 75008 Paris.

Bob’s Kitchen 🍴🥦

There are definitely not an infinite amount of veggie or vegan places in Paris but Bob’s Kitchen was one of the first locations serving up gluten and dairy free options as well as vegetarian and vegan dishes. 74 Rue des Gravilliers, 75003 Paris.

Melt 🍴

Choose your BBQ meat (my favourite it pulled pork) along with a side (who can say no to mashed potatoes or a really good mac & cheese?!) and enjoy. PS: it's very casual and the food is served on metal trays =  bingo. 74 Rue de la Folie Méricourt, 75011 Paris.

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MG Road 🍴

The owner of Desi Road is also the owner behind MG Road. My favourite Indian places in Paris I've found so far. 205 Rue Saint-Martin, 75003 Paris.

Nanashi 🍴

This used to be one of my go-to places when all else failed but hopefully it still holds up. My favourite thing on the menu? The rice bowl with fried chicken and their version of a cheesecake for dessert. 57 Rue Charlot, 75003 Paris.

Ober Mamma 🍴🍕

This might be the restaurant that put the Big Mamma Group on the map for real, and then pretty much blew the whole map out of the water (is that even an analogy, haha?). Hopefully you get my point. Even though the line is pretty ridiculous nowadays I have to say that their burrata, ham and pizza always live up to the expectations. The atmosphere is lovely and the drinks very tasty. 107 Boulevard Richard Lenoir, 75011 Paris.

Pas de Loup 🍴🍸

Their cocktails are great and so are the smaller plates of food. 108 Rue Amelot, 75011 Paris.

Pink Mamma 🍴🍕

One of the most recent addition to the Italian food scene by Big Mamma Group is Pink Mamma. This three-story (or is even four? I can't remember) restaurant is absolutely beautiful and serves my classic Big Mamma Group favourites such as the burrata, San Daniele ham and other yummy starters. The top floor is incredibly pretty and also where I celebrated my 26th birthday together with friends. 20bis Rue de Douai, 75009 Paris.

Depot Legal 🍴

Very central and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner (which isn't too common in this city). I've had both hits and misses at this place but I have a hard time saying no to their truffle (and I don't even like truffle) croque monsieur. Mmm. 6 Rue des Petits Champs, 75002 Paris.

Mamie Burger 🍔

I was in burger heaven when I first came across this place. Now they have multiple locations and I feel as though the quality sort of went a little bit south along with them… I’m sure it does the trick though if what you’re looking for is a simple burger (or cheesy fries). 18 Rue Saint-Fiacre, 75002 Paris – 16 Rue de la Michodière, 75002 Paris.

Rose Bakery 🍴

The service here (at the one in Le Bon Marché) is quite terrible but it's a good option when you're hungry and in the area or in your shopping spree inside the department store. They also have the most yummy cheesecake (which I go for alone). Inside Le Bon Marché, 24 Rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris – 46 Rue des Martyrs, 75009 Paris.

Semilla 🍴

A modern restaurant which usually is a safe bet for vegetarians as well (even though the menu usually includes fish and meat dishes as well). The wines are really good and this is also where I ended up having dinner to Marion Cotillard one evening (which you wouldn't guess if you only looked at the prices = not too pricey for the quickly of food that you're having). 54 Rue de Seine, 75006 Paris.

Septime 🍴

The hype around this neo-bistro called Septime was pretty insane for a couple of years (or is it still going, I'm not sure...?). It used to be almost impossible to reserve a table but I have to say that I truly enjoyed my meal once I actually managed to get a table. 80 Rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris.

Shakespeare & Co Café 🍴

There are not a lot of places to eat around this area but this little café, just next door to the famous bookstore Shakespeare & Co. is an option if you want something quick and easy. They usually offer little sandwiches, a daily soup, cookies and cakes. 37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris.

The Sunken Ship 🍴

Fish and chips. Basta. 39 Rue des Vinaigriers, 75010 Paris.

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Miznon 🍴

This little gem in the Le Marais was unknown to many before and only the locals knew how delicious that roasted cauliflower was... Nowadays it's less of a secret but it's still incredibly tasty. The ratatouille, boeuf bourguignon and potato pita have never left me hungry. 22 Rue des Ecouffes, 75004 Paris.

Judy Cantine 🍴🥦

The place is too cute for words. As a person who’s not vegetarian or vegan, I can’t say that the food blew my mind (believe me, there are vegetarian and vegan places that really do) but it does the job when you’re looking for a healthier option. They also serve coffee with vegetal milk! 18 Rue de Fleurus, 75006 Paris.

Little Apple 🍔

I’m not really feeling the vibe of this place but I have to say that I’ve been pleasantly surprised by their burgers a couple of times now. I usually take it to go and have it by the Seine or in the park for and easy picnic. 27 Rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris.

Wild and the Moon 🍴🥦

I think this would have to be my favourite when it comes to vegetarian or vegan options at the moment. They recently opened up a second location in the city (with the cutest little terrace too). They serve a bunch of different juices etc. as well as food that you can have both there or take-away. 55 Rue Charlot, 75003 Paris & 138 rue Amelot, 75011 Paris.

Le Relais de l'Entrecote 🍴

You come here for one thing and one thing only. The steak and fries. They have multiple locations all around Paris and yes, it's pretty touristy but their steak, fries and secret sauce hits the spot every single time. 101 Boulevard du Montparnasse, 75006 Paris – 20 Rue Saint-Benoît, 75006 Paris – 15 Rue Marbeuf, 75008 Paris.

Shiso 🍔

This is my favourite burger place is Paris. Asian inspired burgers with delicious sweet potato fries. 21 Quai Saint-Michel, 75005 Paris.

Pizzeria Popolare 🍴🍕

Another Big Mamma Group creation. Meant for pizza at a very good price but also offers the tasty pasta dishes that you think of when you think of this group. The bar downstairs is charming and the atmosphere always great. Once again, the line gets pretty extravagant so be prepared to work (on your patience that is) if you decide to go. 111 Rue Réaumur, 75002 Paris.

Cantine California 🍔

It’s been ages since I visited last but from what I remember the burgers were ok and they also served a few different options like simple tacos and salads. 46 Rue de Turbigo, 75003 Paris.

Café Constant 🍴

For true French classics I come to Café Constant. Located just around the corner from the Eiffel Tower this little place has become incredible busy due to tv-shows and guidebooks. I think it still hold up if you're looking for good versions of French classics (even though it might feel like you're eating alongside tourists and only tourists if you come before 21:00). 139 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris.

Maisie Café 🍴🥦

This little restaurant serves a bunch of vegetarian and vegan options (along with juices) but try to be quick since it tends to fill up quickly during lunch rush since many companies are in the area. 32 Rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris.

Pizza Chic 🍴🍕

If you find yourself craving pizza in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, this is my go-to place. Usually pretty yummy pizza (not Neapolitan style though) and delicious spritz – which is basically all I need from a pizzeria. 13 Rue Mézières, 75006 Paris.

Yard🍴

Another neo-bistro-sort-of-thing that I truly enjoyed when I was last there (which has been a while now) but I’ve heard from trusted sources and dear friends that this place is still worth a visit. They also serve up a quite affordable lunch menu which I guess I have to swing by to taste pretty soon! 6 Rue de Mont-Louis, 75011 Paris.

 

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Ralph’s 🍴

I do not come here for the food, so don’t expect a delicious culinary experience… I come for the absolutely adorable atmosphere and the cute little courtyard. The best part besides that? The caramel popcorn that arrives with your cup of coffee! Yuuum! 173 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris.

Echizen Soba Togo 🍴

This cute little Japanese joint, also located in the 1st arrondissement of Paris (but not exactly along with the rest of the Japanese places in the “little Tokyo area”) serves Udon noodles and delicious rice dishes in a clean and Japanese inspired interior. I almost missed it the first time I passed by (due to the little fabric covering the door) but happy I didn’t in the end. 33 Rue Saint-Roch, 75001 Paris.

Sanukiya 🍴

Just like Kunitoraya, this place serves up traditional Udon noodle dishes as well as yummy rice dishes. My favourite is always the “tendon” (bowl of rice with tempura fried vegetables and shrimp). 9 Rue d’Argenteuil, 75001 Paris.

Kinugawa 🍴

This (a little bit more upscale) Japanese restaurant served contemporary Japanese dishes as well as sushi, warm and other cold dishes. I loved it both the first and second time I came and would happily return again and again. 9 Rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 & 1Bis Rue Jean Mermoz, 75008 Paris.

Les Grands Verres 🍴

If you’re in the area, or have paid a visit to Palais de Tokyo, this restaurant (located inside) does the trick. The food is not mind blowing but the interior is gorgeous and the location can be quite useful from time to time. It tends to fill up quickly for dinner though so a reservation could be a good idea. 13 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75016 Paris.

Monsieur Bleu 🍴

If you want to lunch with the business crowd of Paris or if you’d like to people watch during dinner time, this place is famous for it’s, well… famous crowd and upscale clientele. The Eiffel Tower view is pretty magnificent and not too bad to look at while having lunch. 20 Avenue de New York, 75116 Paris.

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Other restaurants I would like to try but haven't yet: Aux Prés Cyril Lignac, Balagan, Carbon, Chez Graff, Clamato, Clown Bar, Le Bar des Prés, Marzo, Racines, Sauvage, Sol Semilla, The Beast, Pierre Sang, Robert, Double Dragon, Brutos, Astier, Bricktop pizza, Maloya, La Bourse et La Vie, Sanjo.

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Brunch

Brunch is a concept in Paris that I think a lot of places are still trying to figure out. They haven’t all reeeally understood it fully quite yet I would say but then there are also does places that does it really good. Here below you’ll be able to find a few of my favourites. But please, more breakfast and brunch options to Paris, please.

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Café Méricourt 🍳☕️

You could probably call this my second home at certain periods throughout the year... Guy's shakshuka was what made me fall in love with this place and now there are so many other things to love. 22 Rue de la Folie Méricourt, 75011 Paris.

Café Oberkampf 🍳☕️

Since the shakshuka moved from here to the sister restaurant Café Méricourt, the thing to get at Café Oberkampf is definitely the "Lost in Cheeseland" sandwich. Yum. 3 Rue Neuve Popincourt, 75011 Paris.

Claus 🍳🍴

Make sure to make a reservation because this place gets quite busy. From croissants, juice and coffee to granola, smoothies or an apple pancake, Claus offers a few breakfast options along with sweet treats and a little shop across the street for take-away options. 14 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001 Paris.

Hardware Société 🍳☕️

If I ever have the energy to trek all the way to Montmartre, it's usually because I want to visit this place. Eggs, delicious coffee and French toast. 10 Rue Lamarck, 75018 Paris. 

Holybelly5 🍳☕️

A (non-Parisian) Parisian classic at this point. Eggs, bacon, great coffee, famous pancakes and delicious daily specials for lunch awaits. 5 Rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010 Paris.

Muscovado 🍳☕️

One of my favourite brunch-spots in this city. The loveliest owners cook up delicious breakfasts, brunches and lunches in this cute little spot near Bastille. I crave the breakfast burrito on a regular basis... 1 Rue Sedaine, 75011 Paris.

O Coffeeshop 🍳☕️

There's not many coffee or brunch places in the 15th arrondissement so far but this is a truly great one. I love their coffee, their devious sweets, one of the best banana breads in the city and I still have to try their lunch specials! 23 Rue de Lourmel, 75015 Paris.

Zia CAFE 🍳

This place is tiny but they make a delicious breakfast burrito as well as a good avocado toast. Again, not easy to find many places like this in the 7th (hopefully not for long). 22 Avenue de Tourville, 75007 Paris.

Ladurée 🍳

I come here for one thing and one thing only, their incredibly delicious French Toast. Every birthday I've spent in Paris since moving here, I've started it at Ladurée eating their fluffier-than-clouds French Toast with maple syrup and chantilly cream. Yes, it's pricey. Yes, it’s touristy. But I think it’s cute from time to time… And the French toast… 21 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris.

Fragments 🍳☕️

When I started going to this little coffee shop I used to be able to spend hours here without getting disturbed, sipping my coffee and chatting with friends. Now, you’re lucky if you’re even able to get a table… It’s very busy now a-days which has made me avoid this place on weekends (even though I love their avocado toast and scrambled eggs so much). 76 Rue de Tournelles, 75003 Paris.

Hotel Amour & Hotel Grand Amour 🍳

For me the food is not the greatest there ever was but both of these hotels are incredibly charming and has a great atmosphere on each of their outdoor terraces. It’s so Parisian, so cute and even though the food is not phenomenal, I usually have a pretty lovely time. 8 rue de Navarin, 75009 Paris & 8 rue de Navarin, 75009 Paris.

Carette 🥐

If you want a classic Parisian brunch, meaning: slices of baguette, jams, croissants, juice (not the greatest coffee) scrambled eggs with cheese or smoked salmon etc. I would visit Carette by Place des Vosges. It’s cute, it’s French and it’s incredibly well located in the Marais. 25 Place des Vosges, 75003 Paris.

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If you are looking for a decadent brunch, I would also recommend looking at the hotels I recommend a little bit further down in this guide. The Palace hotels here in Paris will most definitely knock your brunch socks off! Although that comes with a price of course… If you’re willing to spend a little bit more, I’m sure they would make your brunch dreams come true! 

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COFFEE

During the last couple of years (good) coffee shops have opened up in Paris everywhere. We still have a bit to go if you compare to London or New York for example but we're getting there. They have created some of my favourite places in this city and connected me with some of my favourite people. These are a few places I usually like to swing by for a cup of coffee (or two).

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SWEETS

Welcome to the land of pastries, chocolate, butter and heavenly viennoiserie. Is it possible to not gain 10 kg during your trip? Probably not. But that’s what Paris is for! Never did I appreciate pastries (and the technique, time and creativity that goes into them) as much as I do now, after eating my way around Paris. These little pieces of art are definitely worth trying (multiple of). Promise me one thing? Don’t go to Paris and only buy macarons. True, they’re incredibly cute and kind of tasty but there is so much more you can’t miss while in town!

Pierre Hermé 🍫🍰

Delicious chocolates, tasty macarons and heavenly pastries.

Ladurée 🍫🍰

Pastries, macarons and chocolates.

Hugo & Victor 🍫

Love their macarons and chocolates.

Carette 🍰🥐

Love their little terrace at Place des Vosges. Macarons & pasties.

Jean-Paul Hévin 🍫

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate.

Jacques Genin 🍫

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate.

Rose Bakery at Le Bon Marché 🍰

Love their cheesecake and marble cakes.

Jean Hwang Carrant 🍪

Yummiest cookies and sweetest owner.

Pierre Marcolini 🍫

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate.

La Maison du Chocolat 🍫

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate.

Patrick Roger 🍫

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate.

Des Câteaux et du Pain 🍰🥐

Some of my favourite pastries and viennoiserie.

Aux Merveilleux de Fred 🍰

Heavenly meringue creations.

Cédric Grolet for Le Meurice 🍰

Incredibly inventive and high-end pastries. 

Karamel 🍰🥐

Viennoiserie and little pastries.

Mamie Gateaux 🥧

Grandma-style desserts and pies. 

Boneshaker Donuts 🍩

Doughnuts. Do I need to say more?

Stoney Clove Bakery  🍰

American cakes and cupcakes.

Popelini  🍰

Little cream filled choux pastries.

Comme à Lisbonne  🍰

Delicious Portugese Nata tarts.

L’Éclair de Génie  🍰

Only éclairs I want to eat.

Pozzetto 🍦

Italian gelato.

Une Glace à Paris 🍦

French ice cream.

Le Chocolate Alain Ducasse 🍫

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate.

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To Stay

It's hard to know where the best place to stay in Paris really is since I spend most nights sleeping in my own apartment... But it's true, I have had a couple of "stay-cations" in this city, which also makes it easier to recommend hotels to people coming to visit (or Parisians simply wanting to spend a special night somewhere in their own city). 

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Four Seasons Georges V 🛏

I haven't stayed at the Four Seasons in Paris myself just yet but I have eaten in all of their restaurants and enjoyed drinks in their bar. Before you say anything! I know it's not the same. But the service I've experienced so far has been phenomenal and I hope that would also be the case when spending the night. 31 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris. 

HOtel Amour 🛏

Hotel Amour is a quirky little hotel located in the 9th, that usually attracts a younger crowd (not necessarily not related to fashion...). Due to the location (nestled in between many trendy restaurants and bars) this hotel is has become a big favourite for many. I usually tend to drop by for evening drinks.  8 rue de Navarin, 75009 Paris.

Hotel Bachaumont 🛏

I love this location in the 2nd and have found it quite hard to find good hotels here in the past. This place is relatively modern and close to many restaurants, cafés and bars. It's walking distance to most things and a cute little addition to the boutique hotel scene in Paris. 18 Rue Bachaumont, 75002 Paris.

HÔtel le Bristol

Want to be neighbours with the president during your stay in Paris? Hotel Bristol is just a stone's throw away from the presidential palace and one of the best shopping streets in Paris. I've never spent a night here but have visited for lunch, afternoon tea and a couple of shoots. My favourite part of the hotel? Their absolutely beautiful courtyard during summer days. 112 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris.

Hôtel de Crillon 🛏

After several years of renovation, this Parisian gem is finally open again. Their beautiful courtyard is hard to beat and after taking a few steps inside the lobby it's easy to understand why this is one of Paris' most loved palaces. I have to say that the staff has impressed me again and again with their wonderful service and attitude. They've also paid attention to the details and serve coffee by Coutume, beer from local breweries in Paris and equip the rooms with products by Buly (other hotels will need to keep up with this eventually). 10 Place de la Concorde, 75008 Paris.

 

HOtel Grand Amour 🛏

The sister hotel to Hotel Amour is Hotel Grand Amour and is located on the opposite side of town. The location might not be what most tourists tend to go for but it's not a hotel for any tourist either. The rooms vary in design but mine was beautiful, clean and very minimalistic. No mini bar, telephone or tv and my bathtub was in the middle of my room. For me it was parisian and charming but not for everyone I guess. 8 rue de Navarin, 75009 Paris.

Hotel La Grand Pigalle 🛏

This hotel is also located in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, where you'll find plenty of restaurants and a bustling nightlife. The hotel is beautifully designed and definitely worth a stop, even for a little drink in the bar. 29 Rue Victor Massé, 75009 Paris. 

Hotel Le Meurice 🛏

Another favourite palace (with what might be one of the best locations in the city) is Le Meurice. The hotel is not screaming "look at me" – they do understated luxury at its best. Their afternoon tea is a must and if you get a view over the Jardin des Tuileries you won't have to leave your room to do any sightseeing – everything is right in front of you. I also have to add that the quality of the room service dinner (which can be a bit "blah" in many cases) I enjoyed at Le Meurice was one of the best I've had in Paris. And I'm still dreaming about their eggs Benedict for breakfast... 228 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris.

Hotel National des Arts et Métiers 🛏

I haven't stayed at this hotel yet but I would love to in the future. It's another little boutique hotel that looks quite promising. I also have my eyes on their roof top terrace for drinks in the summer... 243 Rue Saint-Martin, 75003 Paris.

Hotel Plaza Athénée 🛏

When you think of hotels in Paris, you think of the Plaza. Or at least I do. This is where they, of course, filmed those famous Sex and the City scenes as well. Is it everything you thought it would be? Pretty much. This dreamy hotel gives me the chills every single time. It's so Parisian, so magical and so romantic. I've loved every stay I've had the pleasure to experience at the Plaza and I always feel very well taken care of. Their balconies with the Eiffel Tower view are just magical and their famous red facade takes my breath away every single time I pass... 25 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris.

 

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Hotel Royal Monceau 🛏

It's not the most central location if you want to be in the middle of it all, but the hotel makes up for this in many other ways. The decor of the hotel in general (and also the rooms) is quite artistic and it's different from the typical Parisian hotels in Paris. I absolutely loved my Philippe Starck designed room in light pink with one of the most comfortable beds I've ever slept on. The mirror clad bathrooms are also quite spectacular – not to mention their delicious Japanese restaurant (by Nobu) and their little movie theatre located inside the hotel (you can book tickets via their website for Sundays). 37 Avenue Hoche, 75008 Paris.

Ritz Pars 🛏

You want Paris? You want luxury? You want gold details wherever you look? You've come to the right place. The Ritz, one of the most iconic hotels in Paris, located on the equally iconic Place Vendôme is open again and I don't think anyone was disappointed with the renovation that the hotel went through. It's truly magnificent and incredibly impressive but I'm not sure I would be able to relax or be myself in such a intimidating place... Bring your finest everything – just sayin'. Oh, and did I mention the ginormous pool in the SPA? 15 Place Vendôme, 75001 Paris.

The Hoxton 🛏

Great location, good value for your money, clean, modern, fantastic atmosphere in the bar during the evenings and a restaurant that surprised my sceptical first approach in a very positive way. The only thing I'm not a fan of? Their little breakfast-bag concept in the mornings. But hey, I'm a breakfast nut so don't listen to me. 30-32 Rue du Sentier, 75002 Paris. 

 

 

 

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Other hotels I would like to try: Hotel des Grands Boulevards, Hotel Providence, Amastan.

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PARIS IN FOUR MONTHS ON INSTAGRAM

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RESEARCH ON INSTAGRAM

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"THE NEW PARIS" BY LINDSEY

Lindsey Tramuta knows this city better than most people and have written a wonderful book about what's happening in Paris right now. A must red before your trip!