Bienvenue! In this Locaux Travel Guide to Paris, our Locaux Insider Melody Kiersz (her story of moving to Paris is here), shares some gems around the city that any visitor should add to their list of musts.
Bookmark and reference this Locaux Insider’s Travel Guide to discover places to eat, drink and play around one of the most beautiful cities: Paris.
Eats and Drinks
Un café s’il vous plait.
For a great coffee and light breakfast or brunch:
- Café Leopard – 11ème at 149 Boulevard Voltaire near the Charonne Metro. Craving a strong French coffee? Pop in to Café Leopard to have immersive experience at this very local, non-touristy café.
- Café Buvette Gastrothèque – 9ème at 28 rue Henri Monnier A late night cozy and casual sister gastro-pub to the one in the West Village of New York. A luxurious ambiance and delicious food, great coffee and reasonably priced. It’s rated as an all-around fantastic place to dine during your next trip to Paris.
- Pause Café – 11ème at 41 on rue de Charonne Great food at reasonable prices. A favorite spot to be during an early spring or summer morning to catch the sunrise.
Enjoy delicious food and great customers service at amazing value.
- Le Saint-Régis – 6 rue Jean du Bellay L’Île Saint-Louis. You’re welcome to speak en anglais, or practice your french in this classic Parisian brasserie, filled with locals. Lunch specials prices are between 18€ and 30€.
- Au Père Louis – 38 rue Monsieur le Prince 75006 Paris. They specialize in food from the South-West, they have a great wine list too. 20€-30€ for dinner, lovely staff, good for groups as well.
- Café Campana (inside the Orsay Museum). The food isn’t why you go, but the food is good. Under 20€ for a pasta dish at a famous museum isn’t bad. You go for the clock view of course! And also because after spending 3 hours in the museum you’ll need to recharge your batteries before you go for 3 hours again. Amazing museum!
- L’Auberge des Deux Pont – 7 Rue Des Deux Ponts 75004 –This restaurant is one of a kind. The owner is both the waiter and the cook. He will single-handily whip up an amazing meal for you. Don’t go if you’re in a big hurry. Excellent value!
- Cafétéria Galleries Lafayettes (next to Opéra Garnier) – This is a standard French cafeteria, but it’s a good French cafeteria. While you’re up there, also go to the roof terrace.
- Crêperie de Josselin – 67 Rue du Montparnasse – There are crêperies all over Paris, this one is one I like. I wouldn’t go particularly out of my way for it, but if you’re in the area, it’s a good one.
- L’As du Fallafel – 34 rue des Rosiers – Very nice fallafels, but not the only good one in the area. Get there at noon sharp if you want any chance to sit down!
- Bouillon Racine – 3 rue Racine Classic French service, 30€ menu, good for a romantic evening or if you need a quieter, more roomy restaurant. Don’t go with young kids.
- Essaouira – 16 rue Magdebourg. Beautiful decor, classic Marrocan food, classic service, really close to the Trocadero, 22€-28€ for dinner.
- Bistro 1 – 4 rue de l’école de Médecine. Classic Parisian bistro, not too crowded, friendly, great value for the money, 15€ for the lunch menu.
- Les Affranchis – 9ème at 5 rue Henry Monnier. Have an authentic French dining experience, with impeccable from professional servers in this iconic Parisian-style bistro serving up refined standards.
Melody warns the brioche made with orange flower blossom is devilishly
delish. You’ve been warned.
- Chez Nous – 10 Rue Dauphine, 75006 This place is active and buzzing there. are expensive bottles but they will gladly bring you 15€-20€ bottles from a specific region of France. Tell them what you like, they will try to match it! Their appetizer plates are also a good value. This is a busy and loud place, for a more peaceful experience, go around 6 PM.
- Ô Château – 68 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau –The sommelier will tell you all about the wine and they can serve some (stingy) appetizers. The wine lecture is interesting, the wine is good, the food not great.
- Le Ballroom Du Beef – 58 rue Jean Jacques Rousseau. A quaint speak-easy behind an ambiguous metal door. Look for a greeter to ensure you’ve reach the destination serving up great cocktails.
- The Experimental Cocktail Club (ECC) – 2ème at 37 Rue Saint-Sauveur. ECC, the first of several cocktail bars that started the cocktail revolution in Paris. It is located behind a discreet door on a tiny street just off of the bustling market street rue Montorgueil. Inside, you’ll find a velour-lined drinking den. Cocktails are fresh, and the atmosphere makes for a good time.
- Le Comptoir Général – 10ème 80 Quai de Jemmapes Step into this Lively bar scene that transports you into the depths of its jungle motif.
A Bit of Shopping? Yes?
Twice a year there are major sales in France.
Brand name shops rue de Rivoli Bizarre Faubourg Saint-Antoine near metro stops Ledru-Rollin and Faidherbe-chaligny Open Marche d’Aligre, great market and produce.
Things To Do Around Paris
Created in 1988 by Philippe Mathieux and Jacques Vergely on the former railway line, which linked Place de la Bastille to Varenne-Saint-Maur from 1859. The Promenade Plantée mixes areas of wild vegetation that has sprung up alongside the railway line with more modern landscaped areas. It begins behind the Bastille opera house and runs above avenue Daumesnil to the Jardin de Reuilly: it is the famous Viaduc des Arts. The Allée Vivaldi then comprises the shopping part of the walkway. Then, it continues through tunnels and trenches and ends at Porte Dorée and the Bois de Vincennes. An extraordinary journey along 4.5 km planted with many types of lime and hazelnut trees, climbing plants, rosebushes and other plants. The walk gives you the opportunity to admire various remarkable views of the most modern and typical parts of the 12th arrondissement. [More]
Melody says you be among tourists and Parisians alike here.
The Tuileries Gardens get their name from the tile factories which previously stood on the site where Queen Catherine de Medici built the Palais des Tuileries in 1564. The famous gardener of King Louis XIV, André Le Nôtre, re-landscaped the gardens in 1664 to give them their current French formal garden style. The gardens, which separate the Louvre from the Place de la Concorde, are a cultural walking place for Parisians and tourists where Maillol statues stand alongside those of Rodin or Giacometti. The gardens’ two ponds are perfect for relaxation. The Musée de l’Orangerie, where visitors can admire the works of Monet, is located south-west of Tuileries. From March to December, free tours in French are organized. For lovers of candyfloss, rides and thrills, go to the Fête des Tuileries from June to August. [More]
Sit along the canal and have a great picnic.
A 4.6 km (2.86 mi) long canal in Paris, connecting the Canal de l’Ourcq to the river Seine. Over nearly half its length (2069 m), between the Rue du Faubourg du Temple and the Place de la Bastille, was covered in the mid-19th century to create wide boulevards and public spaces on the surface. The canal is drained and cleaned every 10–15 years, and it is always a source of fascination for Parisians to discover curiosities and even some treasures among the hundreds of tonnes of discarded objects.
Today, the canal is a popular destination for Parisians and tourists. Some take cruises on the canal in passenger boats. Others watch the barges and other boats navigate the series of locks and pass under the attractive cast-iron footbridges. There are many popular restaurants and bars along the open part of the canal, which is also popular with students. [More]
You’ll find most of the suggestions listed above in these districts.
In the event you have yet to , be sure to peruse these local neighborhoods when visiting Paris. You won’t be disappointed.
- 9ème – quiet, residential
- 10ème – Boheme hipster (Bobo)
- 11ème – Indie shops
Faux Pas to Avoid
When at the dinner table, keep your hands above the table and in view.
About The Insider
A self-described Love Muse, Melody Kiersz is an Argentine-American residing in Paris, France.
She is living fully In Pursuit of Aliveness.
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