When a friend comes to visit me in Paris, I immediately start a list of all of the things I want to take that person to. It’s actually really hard, almost like when you think of things you want to and inopportune moments, but then when the time comes to think of them, you’ve got a brain freeze. This happens to me all the time. When Rachel was in town only just a few weeks ago, I wanted it to be perfect, because I was so excited to share my city with her on her first trip to Europe. But when one creates lists, sometimes they get pushed, eh? With the turn of events and spontaneous change in plans, I get so stressed about fitting everything in. I guess to say it simply, I just love playing host.
On her first afternoon in the city, freshly arrived from Germany, we went for a stroll around Notre Dame before heading northwards into the Marais. Funny as it was, on that first metro ride, someone I knew, and then getting out of the metro I ran into another person I knew enjoying a beer on a terrasse. I’m sure Rachel’s impressions were something along the lines of, “jeez, in Paris you run into your homies all the time!”. I really found it quite funny, but then I realized how that has rarely happened before. It was just one of those magical days I suppose.
We kicked off our stroll by crossing the bridge Pont de l’Archevêché, the one filled with hundreds and hundreds of couple’s locked love. The view from this side of Notre Dame is one of my favorite views in Paris. the little park right behind it is definitely worth a stroll, and had the most beautiful big roses planted. You could smell them from a ways away.
A cocktail at La Favorite gave us a little pick me up as we strolled up and down rue de Rosiers, finishing the evening early at L’As du Falafel for dinner.
Rachel and I had many more adventures that week, that I can’t wait to share on here. Having a close friend in town is magic. I love showing my favorite people my favorite things in this city. And a little girl talk is always the best, n’est-ce pas?
Where do you take your close friends when they’re in town?
[A post on a Parisian restaurant]
This place is just DIVINE. It’s been around for 2 years environ in Paris’s 2nd district.
This is a restaurant devoted to breakfasts…. all sorts of breakfasts! With the breakfast you choose, you have many things that come with the meal: freshly squeezed juice(s) of your choice (orange, grapefruit, apple, carrot or even a mixture of two or more), a hot beverage of your choice and various fresh breads with in-house-made delicious jams.
Despite the slightly steep prices, it is well worth your buck (even after the juice I was thinking to myself…SO WORTH IT). Twinkie definitely serves quality food at a just price. Not to mention it was perfect for that Sunday morning urge of breakfast goodness. Most breakfasts are 21euros, but there are many different breakfasts for 14 or 16 (including a Gluten Free Breakfast!)
Twinkie opens daily at 10am. It tends to get crowded by 11-11:30 on the weekends, and unfortunately does not take reservations. If you want to go in the morning, I suggest going at opening.
I left Twinkie with a happy belly. I hope that you will like it too.
I plan to take Liz here when she visits, as I know she appreciates a good breakfast.
Address: 167 rue Saint Denis
Tél: 09 61 07 35 29
Metro: Reaumur Sebastopol (lines 4 + 3) / Etienne Marcel (line 4)
I feel ashamed to say that I have been in Paris for so long but I never went to appreciate the preciousness of the 2nd around Etienne Marcel (line 4) and Sentier (line 3).
Boy was I dumb- it is too cute! Rue Montmarte leads to Rue Tiquetonne (very à la française, often where photos like on the Sartorialist are taken, amongst other street fashion blogs) which is right on Rue Montorgueile which is just packed with cafés and shops. You can get carried away… especially in Kiliwatch. Vintage shoes and urban clothing, foulards galore! While you’re at it pop by Royal Cheese and admire their Cheap Monday denim wall… It is definitely a different atmosphere on this side of town!
On the one day where it happened to be 18 degrees (Celsius) , Caro and I were roaming the 2nd. All the springtime chairs were out for the sidewalk cafés with their walls folded back to get some of the sun and passerbys. We stumbled upon Le Coeur Fou, and Le Café Noir. Perfect places for a glass of red wine and a good conversation.
Stroll down Rue Montorgeuil and Rue Tiquetonne… you’re bound to find a few things you like.
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Experimental Cocktail Club – Cocktail Bar – Etienne Marcel
Footsie’s – Bar – Opera
Frenchie – Restaurant – Sentier
Frog & Rosbif – Pub – Etienne Marcel
Kiliwatch - Vintage and Modern Clothing Shop – Etienne Marcel
L’Atelier du Chocolat – Chocolat Shop – Sentier / Etienne Marcel
Le Café Noir – Bar/Café – Grands Boulevards
Le Coeur Fou - Bar/Café – Etienne Marcel / Sentier
Le Dénicheur – Café / Brunch Restaurant – Etienne Marcel / Sentier
Le Loup Blanc - Restaurant – Etienne Marcel
Pâtisserie Stohrer- Pastry Shop – Sentier / Etienne Marcel
Rice & Beans – Mexican Restaurant / Burritos – Réaumur Sebastopol
Twinkie - Breakfast Restaurant – Etienne Marcel / Réaumur Sebastopol