There is a small, hidden cobblestone passage way in the 17th, with a charming little bistrot that I went to years ago with people from work at my former occupation. I never kept the card with the name and address and thus could not for the life of me find this charming place back again, when Chéri and I moved into the neighborhood. But one day, as we were strolling in the quarter, we happened upon it, and 7 years after my initial meal there, I finally found back this delightful address.
Passage Geoffroy Didelot 75017 Paris
Le Bistrot du Passage, is tucked away on an almost secret passage in this people’s-class-turning-boho-chic area between the Batignolles and the Plaine Monceau areas. The passage is peppered with artist studios and cute restaurants and still retains an authentic air since it has yet to be over-run with the tourism industries best efforts. I hope it stays that way. Read more →
Last Summer, Chéri and I had drinks on the terrace of Le Dépanneur, in the trendy area of the 9th just below Pigalle (refered to as SoPi). Across the street on the little tiny plaza on the corner of rue Douai (what Jimmy Buffet refers to as « rue de la guitare ») there was the corner boutique on the ground floor that was completely boarded up. It’s a charming little spot, and I thought, how great it would be if an establishment opened up there and took advantage of the prime real-estate for a great terrace. Well, guess who did just that?!? Le Dépanneur! So they now have both corners on a really great little square. This is going to be the Summer hot spot in a few months!
Image Source : Le Dépanneur Pigalle facebook page
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Nestled in the North Marais, is this darling little tea shop that Kasia and I went to recently for a little girl time. When I say little, I mean tiny. You’ll brush the knees of other tea drinkers as you head to the counter or a spot on the bench. So try not to go there after an afternoon of Paris shopping laden with purchases and shopping bags, unless of course it’s warm enough to sit on the terrace where there is a little bit more room.
It was chilly when we went so we opted for seats inside. It’s been open just under a year so far (as of Feb/March 2015), and will hopefully last as it is such a darling spot. Decorated in faux lily of the valley foliage that literally cover the entire ceiling, it is stocked with mix and match china that your grandmother may have collected, and offers home made pastries to tempt you with your tea. So feminine! Read more →
Two addresses exist for this Paris bistrot. Number 6 and number 18 rue Paul Bert in the 11th arrondissement. I was running late the day I was to meet my friend there for lunch. And it was raining. (It always seems to be raining in Paris when I am running late, le retard des parisiens!!). As I hurried up the street, I stopped in the first address, number 6, thinking that I had finally arrived after a few bus correspondences, and a lot of walking. It’s a small and lively space at number 6 rue Paul Bert. No friend in site. The bar man indicated that there was a second establishment just up the road. Off I went, frustrated at myself for not calculating enough time to arrive at the agreed upon hour. Thank goodness for understanding friends who are happy not only to wait for you but to order for you, and know you well enough to do so!
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I like to indulge a little sometimes. I may not have a massive recreational budget, but I can treat myself occasionally to fun things like, hot chocolate at the Hotel Bristol, or chocolate cake at Buvette Gastrothèque. Both require a budget of around 20 euros or less, and I consider that a decent price to pay for a little winter indulging in the city of light! Read more →
We had to head over to the 20th arrondissement this Sunday afternoon to pick up something we found on the Bon Coin website for bébé chéri who is arriving in just two months. And instead of making the trek over there just for this one transaction, we thought we would make a day of it. I was in a mood for brunch!
On our list of places to grab a fun brunch was the über trendy, very popular Mama Shelter, but when we dipped in to have a look at the restaurant, it looked dark, crowded, noisy and not the relaxing brunch/lunch we had imagined. Plus everyone seemed to be seated on tall stools, and my poor back can’t take that these days. So I promised myself we would head back there to take advantage of the terrace when the warmer months came back around if the opportunity provided itself. Read more →
Yeah, I know, well over 13 years in the City of Light and I cannot for the life of me remember having gone to the Café de Flore for a coffee or for anything, for that matter. Quel honte! Ok, well not really honte, but I was surprised at myself. I suppose I have just spent most of my café exploration energy on finding less touristy places in the city to indulge in. But speaking of touristy, I was delighted to find that the Café de Flore was not just jam-packed with tourists, there was an equal balance of Parisian natives who walked through those doors. Read more →
Article by Melissa Ladd (English & français).
It’s no secret that coffee culture has made a big comeback in Paris with the opening of many little spots that aim to serve artisan coffee and to bring back the art of the barista. It’s also no secret that the expat communities have embraced these establishments as well. But we are also seeing the Parisians and French communities release their bitter Café Richard gulped in a rush at a Parisian brasserie counter, for the more indulgent idea of lounging at a coffee shop for a while. It’s a much more delightful way to savor the flavor and appreciate the different blends. For me it brings back many memories of my youthful days spent in Monterey California where coffee shops and flavor exploration was an almost daily agenda item.
Ce n’est plus un secret que la « coffee culture » est revenue en force à Paris avec l’ouverture de plein d’adresses qui veulent servir du café artisan et faire revivre l’art du barista. Ce n’est plus non plus un secret que la communauté d’expats ont accueilli cette culture les bras ouverts. Mais on voit également les communautés Parisians et Français laché leur café Richard amer qui se prennait d’un trait en hâte au comptoir d’une brasserie, pour s’intéresser à la perspective voluptueuse de se prélasser longuement dans un bar à café. C’est une manière nettement plus agréable à savourer l’arôme et apprécier les différents mélanges de café. Pour moi, c’est un renvoie joliement nostalgique à mes années de jeunesse passés à Monterey en Californie où l’exploration du café et des bars à café faisait partie de l’agenda quasi-quotidien. Read more →
I used to head to the Sugarplum Cake Shop often, but now I tend to frequent Laurel Sanderson’s new place Treize. But the 5th was really where I created some of my cherished memories as a student in Paris, like most students do. It’s a very student oriented neighborhood, and my second year here, I lived in a tiny little chambre de bonne on rue Laromiguière, just a few steps away from place Contrescarpe and rue Moufftard. I have much nostalgia of that year and so I return to rue Mouffetard with a light heart and a smile on my face.
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In my (unadmitted) quest to discover all the fun restaurants in the Batignolles quarter, I was able to suggest Le Club des 5 when planning a dinner out with Chéri and our artist friend Barbara. I had walked by it many times and it has such a fun delightful interieur that seems to dram me in, that I couldn’t wait any longer, so I insisted.
I wasn’t disappointed!
I do chose restaurants based upon décor and ambiance first, and food second. I feel that just as food presentation is important, so are your surroundings and the decorum in which you eat. I can’t eat in a messy room, for example. Read more →