Some smart dude in Paris came up with the clever idea of a “écolier” themed restaurant. I mean, in Paris we find vintage school chairs and things all over the place, but this restaurant takes you back to elementary school. The walls are covered in chalkboards and vintage maps with books all over the place. Your eyes will wander, I warn you.
They also happen to have a pretty amazing happy hour, with 5 euro pints and cocktails from 5pm to 8pm daily. If you happen to go for dinner, you should definitely try to reserve the swing set in the basement (for two).
Now that school is coming to a definite ending, it is the perfect place to go and fall back into memories of education and learning. Life is an oyster, sometimes it’s hard to stop and think about how much we learn every day from those around us.
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6, rue de Maubeuge
Métro: Le Peletier (7) / Notre Dame de Lorette (12)
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This is one of the treasures of Belleville. I’m a big fan of this area and this café/bar never lets me down. The bright lights and busy streets on which it sits make for the perfect setting for people watching. With the winter chill, it’s an adorable place to stop by for a coffee or beverage to warm up.
Annie, Caroline and I wandered this area once upon a time and explored the decorated and eclectic streets of the different districts that all meet at this intersection in Belleville, and let me tell you… It’s full of charm! It’s something I find myself trying to do often enough to step out of the Parisian box as there are so many areas that are off the beaten path.
The diversity of Paris’s districts always make me love this city even more.
What is your favorite district in Paris?
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8 rue de Belleville, 2oth arrondissement
#: 01 46 36 65 98
Métro: Belleville (line 2 + 11)
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Although this can be considered a tourist trap, I still find it to be a charming little French brasserie! The famous cafe of Amelie Poulain located in the bashful neighborhood borderline from Pigalle up to the lovely Montmartre. With a fantastic brunch, snacks, or even just cleverly named cocktails depending on your mood, it’s the perfect place to stop in and people watch with great company. One thing I always admire while in this cafe is the lighting— exactly set as if Jean-Pierre Jeunet was on set to film Amelie. Coincidence? The precious pink seats filled with passerbys will always keep your people watching at it’s highest perk. And of course, a creme brulee is a must-have with your colorful and clever cocktail. This is just a typical brasserie, but with an extra charm Montmartois, shall we say. Their daily happy hour leaves cocktails at 3,90euros- with also selections of beer on tap, or kirs.
Adresse: 15 Rue Lepic, Paris 18eme.
#: +33 1 42 54 90 50
Horaires: Nightly, Happy Hour Weekdays from 19h-22h
Metro: Blanche (line 2), Abbesses (line 12)