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Paris’s craft beer world has somewhat exploded these past few months… in a good way. Microbreweries are popping up, and filling up beer shops across the city. Places like Deck & Donohue, Les Trois 8 and Fine Mousse are changing the way Parisians see their city’s beloved – and local -beer scene.

On the other hand, however, classic brew pubs (not sure what else to call them… Belgian brew pubs?) are still as lovely as ever – some of which have been around for quite some time and have a different feel (kind of like the Express the Lyon that just happens to have both Belgian classics and new craft breweries on tap). Not too far from the fabulous Académie de la Bière, in the Montparnasse neighborhood, Falstaff is a favorite in my book for a beer in Paris (or five) with dinner.

Falstaff is simple. They’ve got TVs for rugby and soccer games and glazed over eyes parked in front of them, simple tables with simple chairs and a drool-worthy menu. It’s not what some would consider “trendy” nor is it filled with bearded hipsters, oh no. It’s just fantastic and genuine in it’s own special we’ve-got-yummy-beer-and-delicious-moules-frites kind of way. Recommended on a random week night for a spontaneous get together.

Falstaff
42 Rue du Montparnasse, 75014
Tél: 01 43 35 38 29

This pain au chocolat is from Louis’s favorite boulangerie …..which is saying a lot from a Parisian. It’s called Le Moulin Vert, on the corner of Rue Didot and Rue du Moulin Vert in the 14th, right off of metro Alésia. They have the most delicious pastries that are different (and better!) than the classic ones on every street corner. The peeps who work there aren’t very likable, but their treats certainly are. Definitely worth a try.

This week has been all about the recognition of major transitions. It’s that time of year. Very soon things will be very different. Not only in a new apartment, but a new daily routine, new faces and new places. It’s refreshing.

Have a lovely Sunday.

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Two new blogs I started following from Lovelorn Unicorn‘s blogroll: Commas + Clauses and Clever Nettle.

Dreaming of a Colorado winter, even with no snow.

Which district should I stroll in next?

Do you know Wouffi’s Bakery? A friend of mine showed me this site and it sure is lovely!

I’m trying to decide which flavor from Lola’s Cookies I’ll order for housewarming holidays…. Hmmm!

What’s on your Christmas tree this year? My mom has the best taste in ornaments for my family….

When I travel I try to always taste the local beer. I have fond memories of this in Brugges, Cairo, Athens, Beirut, Berlin, Vienna and Prague…. and of course in Denver. It’s such a tasteful way to see a pinch of the pride in a country. I sure am anxious to try more while traveling!

So, about these pictures above….. Bootlegger doesn’t ONLY have Belgian beer, but a wide selection of beers from around the world. They’ve got anything from Bud, Stella, Delirium, Guinness, Duvel, Kriek, Mongozo, Chimay, St. Bernardus, La Chouffe, and Satan  ready & waiting for you (and not to mention matching glasses for some of them). You’ll probably even find a few new ones to love. I’m biased because I love beer, but this is the perfect place to go to discover new treasures from around the world.

You can find out about some European country’s beers right here.

This beer shop is located in the 14th, tucked on a little street by Pernety. There is also Bières Cultes with a shop in the 18th, 17th and 1st.

Bieres- Bootlegger:
82, rue de l’Ouest, 75014
Tél: 01 43 27 94 02
Métro: Pernety

A brocante is a market. Usually with antiques. The dictionary translates it as “deals in secondhand goods”, but to put it simply, it’s an antique market.

A few weekends ago Caroline and I went to this brocante.  They are in Paris almost every weekend until the weather gets really heinous (for dates & locations, click here.)

I tend to go buck-wild over the 1950’s pinkish brown glassware, but there is something for everyone at a brocante.

Find a brocante, and go enjoy it. I highly recommend them for a little stroll in the different Parisian districts.

Hope everyone is having a great Saturday, and preparing for NUIT BLANCHE ce soir.

See GQ‘s top picks for Nuit Blanche right here.

A side note, I love this collection of the World’s Best Subway Systems.