When a good friend is in town a must is making the perfect list of places to go.
While Rachel was in town this past summer we squeezed in almost all of my favorite Parisian spots. Colorova for brunch was pretty high on that list, and I was so excited that we were able to brunch here one summer morning with Valerie.
Colorova is so relaxing and has so much personality. The food is not only delicious, but preciously prepared. It is always a pleasure to pop in for even just a cuppa tea. I highly recommend this place for brunch.
47 rue de l’Abbé Grégoire
Tél: 01 45 44 67 56
Métro: Saint Placide (4), Sèvres-Babylone (10,12)
I remember when we first moved to the 16th people would always be like, “but that’s such a lame area, there’s nothing to do”, amongst other comments. I’ve always just been happy to live anywhere within Paris’s city limits. Paris is small, and always evolving. It’s easy to get around, so I really don’t give a rat’s ass about living in a “cool” neighborhood. I’d rather like my apartment than live near a bar I frequent… My personal opinion, but hey. This is just to say that Parisian “lame” neighborhoods can surprise you!
My mother-in-law, however, immediately said when we moved where we did: “You guys will be so close to the Serres d’Auteuil!” with such amazement and excitement. Well, she was right. We are very close to what is now one of my favorite places in all of Paris for a stroll: Les Serres d’Auteuil. The park and botanical gardens were initially created in 1761 before being abandoned. The greenhouses that are present today were built in 1895 when the city of Paris took it over.
This magical part of Paris is just on the city’s southern border. It consists of a complex of greenhouses in the middle of a beautiful park that is never crowded. Valerie and I went for a stroll there at the end of the summer on a hot day, and since I’ve really enjoyed going back in the autumn (Stacey Lamb took some awesome pictures of Olivia and I there, that I will share in the near future on here).
The park and botanical gardens are open year round, with free entry.
I’m a big gyoza fan. I just love ‘em. But if you like ramen and lamen too, I’ve got a place for you.
My mother-in-law at one point recommended Higuma to me, and she definiteyl knew the hotspot because I’ve never been there when there wasn’ a line out the door.
Higuma specialize in Japanese food: potstickers, lamen, ramen… the works. It’s a great deal and you can pair it with an Asahi lager. You’ll feel a bit rushed, but enjoy the hustle bustle atmosphere and the udon galore while you can. If you want some action on the cafeteria like steamy kitchen food prep, sit at the bar for a great view.
The portions are quite large, so come hungry.
32 bis rue Saint-Anne, 75001
Tél: 01 47 03 38 59
Métro: Quatre-Septembre (3), Pyramides (14, 7)
I love traditions. I inherited this love from my mother. I like the idea of things and moments repeating themselves. It gives me something to look forward to, and to continuously appreciate. I sometimes wonder how lame things could be if it weren’t for traditions.
With that said, my bestie and I are starting a new tradition: random frolicking in Paris on the weekends. This past Sunday was our first Sunday Funday, and we filled it up with vegan cupcakes, a pumpkin spice flat white, a deliciously hoppy pint, quick play of tourist and hot cocoa with Valerie and finished it off with some indian food with more awesome friends.
Sometimes a decently packed day like this one is needed for sanity. What’s better than riding a bike all over Paris on a surprisingly sunny autumn Sunday?
You can read about Ana’s take on our special day and our primary stop, Vegan Folie’s, here.
53, rue Mouffetard, 75005
Tél: 01 43 37 21 89
Métro: Place Monge (7)
Sugarplum Cake Shop
68 Rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 75005
Tél: 01 46 34 07 43
Métro: Cardinale Lemoine (10)
1 Rue du Pont Louis-Philippe, 75004
Tél: 01 42 78 31 64
Métro: Pont Marie
15 rue Cail, 75010
Tél: 01 40 34 49 17
Métro: La Chapelle (2)