I was born and raised in Paris, yet for some reason it took me that long to put together this Paris City Guide… There is a certain mystique surrounding my home town, a few macaron scented clichés floating around on the internet… While I enjoy a macaron (or 3 ) with my coffee here and there, Paris isn’t all about Ladurée and the Eiffel Tower. I am not going to debunk all the touristy myths in one city guide, but I will certainly try to guide you towards places that might be a little less cliché and a little more authentic. Keep checking back for updates!
Ober Mamma – Italian, fresh and hip
107 Boulevard Richard Lenoir
The Broken Arm – Concept-store with attached café + restaurant
12 Rue Perrée
Chez Ma Belle Mère – Classic brasserie food with a modern twist
257 Avenue Daumesnil
La Villa Thai – Family owned Thai restaurant
23 Boulevard de La Tour Maubourg
Toraya – Incredible Japanese patisserie
10 Rue Saint Florentin
You can get a pretty decent cup of coffee (expresso or crême) in most cafés in Paris, but these are a few places I like to go to.
Café Kitsuné – In the basement of the new Kitsuné store, for matcha and wifi.
109 rue Amelot
Ob-La-Di – Generic hipster coffee place, good Instagram fodder, once is enough.
54 rue de Saintonge
Chez Gudule – local French bistrot, unpretentious and cosy.
58 Boulevard de Picpus
Manfred – Café Parisien with a Marais twist
1 Rue Réaumur
Olympia Le Tan
Passage des Deux Pavillons
5 Rue des Petits Champs
1 Quai Voltaire
16 Rue Vivienne
52 Rue de Richelieu
111 Boulevard Beaumarchais
4 rue du Marché Saint-Honoré
Various locations around town. Worth a look for their parapharmacie section and clothing.
Refer to the hotel reviews below for places I have stayed at…