For those of you who follow me on Instgram (@mazpol), you will know that I have been to Paris quite a lot recently but I have not blogged about it. My girlfriends and I have been making an effort to go because we all turn 30 this year (gulp) and it is such a doable trip. I do not have a lot of pictures to share because the trips have been about coffee, shopping, wandering, wine and seeing where the night takes us. But I wanted to do a post so that I have the beginnings of a list of my favorite Parisian restaurants/shops/bars in one place. The stories are not for the internet.
Airbnb! One the best parts of being Paris are the markets, the boulangerie and the fromagerie. Its easier to embrace it, if you are staying in an apartment. I think the best neighborhood for tourists is Le Marais. It is really central but still feels like a neighborhood. Clearly the Latin Quarter has its charms but it’s a little more touristy in my opinion.
We have recently stayed a little further out, close to Republique and Oberkampf. Lots of fun bars and restaurants around. It is also slightly less stuffy, and definitely less expensive, than central Paris.
Ober Mamma – Pizza and hot waiters (sorry J).
Le Dauphin – French tapas in a cool minimal interior.
Brasserie Barbès – Sit upstairs for a view of the busy street below.
Hôtel Costes – Cool and knows it. Only come close to pay day.
Le Derriere – The interiors alone are worth a visit.
Le Fumoir – I went here with colleagues, when I was in Paris for work. It was busy, tasty and central.
La place du Marché-Saint-Honoré is not a restaurant. It’s a square in central Paris with a bunch of good lunch spots.
Andy Wahloo – I have never actually been, but I really want to go. It’s next to Le Derriere.
Le Perchoir – great view, cool crowd.
Café de Flore – technically a restaurant, also an institution. The food is expensive. Best to stop by for a coffee or glass of wine and sit outside.
Candelaria – cocktails! Better for small groups or couples.
Silencio – Full disclosure, I am no pro when it comes to club research. Carmen has also been recommended to me. Pigalle has a bunch of late night options.
Chatelles – chic slippers.
Eric Bompard – cashmere, cashmere, cashmere.
Le Bon Marche – everything in one place.
Maison Kitsuné – because Kitsuné.
Simrane – prints to die for.