LE CENTRE 104
Le cent quartre is funeral service building from the late 19th century turned art space. It is way up north in the 19th district of Paris. There are expos, a few shops and cafés and it is just a wonderful place to visit for a stroll. The space is beautiful and immense. You can check their website for information on expos. They also have a photobooth.
LA COULEE VERTE
The flower walk is Paris’s Highline. It’s also know as La Promenade Plantée. It stretches from Bastille until the Parc de Vincennes, with ups and downs and a different perspective of Paris. It’s open daily from 9am to 9pm.
JARDIN ALBERT KAHN
This museum and garden is right outside Paris in Boulogne. You can get to it by taking line 10 until the very end. It is a beautiful place for a stroll, and is a hidden treasure of Paris. The garden itself features several different types of gardens: Japanese, Chinese, French and English.
MARCHE AUX PUCES DE VANVES
This flea market is at Porte de Vanves, right outside Paris’s 14th district. It’s smaller than the Puces de Saint Ouen, but I always seem to find my favorite treasures there. You can access the flea market from the metro stop Porte de Vanves on line 13. It is on Saturdays and Sundays. Definitely worth a spin, and don’t forget to bid!
MUSEE DE LA CHASSE ET DE LA NATURE
This museum is tucked in the Marais and features some pretty fantastic taxidermy. Founded in the 60′s, it holds collections illustrating ecology and that which humans use. The main collections include taxidermy and other beautiful pieces, but there are also some temporary installations at times.
MUSEE DES ARTS FORAINS
This private museum is the mecca of all things carnival. The museum is a private collection of funfaire fabulousness: games, carousels and more. You can hop on some of the amusement rides that date back to 1850. By far one of the most beautiful places I’ve been in in Paris. Granted, I am somewhat obsessed with amusement parks and carnivals. Private tours only. For information on reservations, click here.
PARC DE LA VILLETTE
It’s a park that is in the boonies, but so lovely if you’re coming to Paris in the springtime. I just love parking by the Géode and picnicing. It’s the home of the Cité des Sciences. It’s probably not the best place to be at night… but in the summertime they also have an open air cinema here.
RUE DE LA BUTTE AUX CAILLES
A hidden street in the core of Paris’s 13th district with lovely cafés, bars and shops. Not too far from Place d’Italie and perfection on the afternoon of a sunny day. Has a cozy neighborhood feel. Metro Corvisart (line 6).
RUE DENOYEZ & BELLEVILLE
This street is filled with graffiti and is super photogenic. It is just so pretty and this lively neighborhood has got so much personality. There are wonderful cafés around there, as well as delicious asian food. It’s a unique neighborhood in Paris, that is very gentrified and culture-clashing in many good ways. It’s got so much personality and is always busy as can be. I feel like sometimes this is the true Paris.
LES SERRES D’AUTEUIL
To those who think the 16th arrondissement is lame or boring, you will no longer think that when you realize it’s right next to this fantastic place. Les Serres d’Auteuil is an open park and botanical garden that is more beautiful than I can express in a 4 line blurb. From tropical plants to cacti, and fish to birds, these greenhouses are full of surprises. Even go for a picnic amongst all of the flowers and beautifully intricate greenhouses. Sit on a bench an enjoy a good book. Truly a hidden treasure right outside Paris’s limits.
ACADÉMIE DE LA BIÈRE
Mussels and Belgian beer. Enough said. Take a peek here.
Italian restaurant in Montmartre, right at la butte near Abbesses. It’s quite touristy but I swear by it because their dishes are to die for and very reasonable. Definitely make a reservation though, they fill up!
AU PERE LOUIS
A typical French restaurant and wine bar near Odéon with a little bit of spunk. It’s traditional but young at the same time. I have nothing but good memories here.
The best indian restaurant in Paris. All I have to say is that if you want the best veggie samosa in France, this is where it is. I go here once every 2 weeks. It’s been 4 years. Let’s just say I’m a regular, and HIGHLY suggest it.
A very nice French restaurant with a lot of personality. This is the best place to bring parents in town! They have a wonderfully diverse menu. Don’t forget to reserve though, it gets crowded at night.
Right across from Ecole Grégoire Ferrandi is this little hole-in-the wall piece of wonderful. It’s a place where you can go for breakfast, brunch, lunch or even just for high tea. The déco is absolutely to die for. All of the snacks are almost too pretty to eat.
This restaurant is in the Passage de Panoramas, which is most certainly worth a peek. It’s a spot that serves only gyozas…and darn good ones. Only open for dinner and closed on Mondays & Tuesdays.
Cream puff heaven. If you want a traditional French sweet and a coffee while humming to Edith Piaf with a view of Notre Dame, this is your spot.
Bento Parisien. A wonderful place to eat well and healthy. Great for lunch, brunch or even dinner. Fab desserts. Everything is super fresh.
PAIN & CHOCOLAT
In the heart of the 7th district, only a short walk from the Eiffel Tower is this gem. I personally love going here for coffee or for lunch. In the summertime you can sit on the terrasse outside in the sun sipping a café crème.
If you’re craving pizza, this is the place to go. There are several of them in Paris, with deliciously unique pizza. In the summertime you can go and order your pizza, they’ll give you a balloon and you can pop a squat by the Canal Saint Martin and they’ll deliver… how cute is that?
REFUGE DES FONDUS
Anyone coming to Paris in the winter should go here. The place is in Montmartre and is a fondu haven run by the most Parisian man I’ve ever seen. You must reserve and your party has to all be present before they’ll seat you. It’s an unforgettable experience filled with giggles and wine in baby bottles.
SUGAR DAZE CUPCAKES
Best cupcakes in Paris hands down. On rue Henri Monnier there is a little American haven, with a fabulous zebra wall and sweets. The cupcakes vary day to day but there are always at least 8 or 9 choices. They are all mouth watering.
THE BARBER SHOP
Totally yumz cocktails in the 11th. Cute déco and very spacious, which is always nice.
Club sandwiches, delicious cocktails and a black SMEG fridge. BINGO! This lovely spot is also fabulous for groups might I say. You can reserve the basement. The staff is always so friendly and boy do they make damn good cocktail suggestions.
A must go to on rue des Cannettes. A wine bar with some spunk.
This place is a bit confusing as it’s only open at certain times, but I really like it. Don’t bother trying to go if it’s after 8pm because there is always a huge line and weirdo bouncers, but if it’s 6pm or 7pm around when they open, definitely go because the space is wonderful. Inside there is a bar, a mini-antique shop-type thing, oodles of lovely couches and wall art and even sometimes some food. On the weekends you can go for an afternoon coffee and soup. A wonderful place to read and people watch if you can get a spot to sit.
Sit here with a bowl of punch with friends and you’ll feel like you’re back in the 60′s. You’ll even feel like you’re in Mad Men on vacation in Hawaii. This bar is fantastic and precious as can be, from the wallpaper to the lighting to the stools. I highly suggest it for a cocktail or punch. Best earlier on, not as top top when it’s crowded. Their music playing includes chart toppers from the Beach Boys, The Surfaris and Aki Aleong & the Nobles. Dive in.
Good music. Good beer (they even have bottled Left Hand Milk Stout from Colorado here!!!). Hot dogs. This place is just fantastic. And they also have some deliciously unique cocktails. Opens at 7pm daily. Growlers are available.
LA FINE MOUSSE
La Fine Mousse is a craft beer bar featuring about 20 different local and international beers on tap at a time. They’ve also got a wide variety of bottled beer and whisky ready for your consumption. As a big beer fan, I love going here and tasting new brews, a wonderful way to discover new breweries in France and across Europe. It’s open in the evenings from 5pm, localed by Rue Saint Maur, in the 11th district of Paris. Beers are served in 1/2 pint glasses at very reasonable prices. Growlers are available.
One of Oberkampf’s hubs. This random bar has the best interior I’ve ever seen. You should go and check it out yourself. A mean happy hour as well, so give the Shrek a try!
I love going here for wine and cheese with a beer. A very cozy spot with a great happy hour. It’s not too expensive and they have good music and good vibes. It’s also right by Canal Saint Martin which is a wonderful place to bar hop.
Rue Cler. This is a more recent place but so lovely. I dig their burgers and it has good vibes. Their Navy Tea cocktail served in Hendrick’s mugs is by far my favorite.
A bit in the boonies, but a brilliant spot. I love their cocktail bar, but their restaurant is also delicious. This place is very spacious so it’s wonderful for groups. But don’t expect good service (aside from bar tenders) because I’ve only encountered friendly and non-snobbish staff like once.
Seafood, yumz cocktails and beer. Yes please.
In a little street by Montparnasse, this is a wonderful place for a drink or even dinner. Some say if Hemingway were alive, he’d be parked here. Very jazzy!
This coffee shop right by Canal Saint Martin is the perfect place for a pick-me-up. Stop in for a cookie and a delicious espresso, or sit and read for a while there. The staff is super friendly, and it’s the perfect break for a stroll in a magical neighborhood.