Probably the chicest grocery store in Paris aside from La Grande Epicerie over at Le Bon Marché, the Galeries Lafayette saw a need in the very commercialized Grand Magasins quarter : a low count of grocery stores! So much fashion shopping and so little places to get your daily goods.
That has all changed now in this beautifully organized grocery boutique in the bottom floor of the Galeries Lafayette home department building on boulevard Haussmann. The displays beckon to you to pluck some of that juicy looking fruit, or fill a paper sachet full of nuts and grains, and the whole thing is surrounded on all sides (and above) by a massive food court with an extensive choice of restaurants and food stands with EVERY kind of cuisine you could hope for, ready and waiting for your order.
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If there ever was a tea room in Paris for me, this one is IT. I happened upon Nina’s Vendome by accident while on one of our Paris perfume strolls with Bébé Chéri and Chéri and our artist friend Barbara. This pretty in pink tea salon is fashioned after Marie Antoinette’s style and taste. Rose and apple flavors are given high priority, and the décor of the place enhances the theme so that you feel like you are sitting in one of Marie Antoinette’s rooms having tea like a lady of the Versailles court.
My little chicken : it almost sounds like one of those funny terms of endearment that the French use. they often say « My little duck » or « my little bunny » or « my little cabbage » or « my little flea » to children. Women often call each other « my hen »… so this almost strikes me as the male version. But no, it’s not a term of endearment, it is a brand new rotisserie spot in the middle of the Batignolles quarter. It is their third address in France, and the first one in Paris. And it is a hit, especially on Sundays for that midday meal. Their first Sundy open they actually ran out of chicken! It seems the Parisians want their roast chicken and to eat it too. Mon petit poulet…it’s even great for those on a student budget! So you really can have your chicken and eat it too!!!
We went from American classics to French fare with Mama Chérie in our restaurant choices while she was visiting us after Bébé Chéri was born. This little bistrot on a darling little pedestrian path next tot he church in the Batignolles quarter has been beckoning to me ever since we moved to this neighborhood. But Chéri and I went and read reviews of it online, and they weren’t great so, in our culinary snobbery, we had made a decision not to frequent that establishment. But Mama Chérie really wanted to eat there because it does looks so absolutely charming. So we caved and made reservations. In spite of our misgivings brought on by those reviews, I am happy to report that we were pleasantly surprised! Continue reading French Classics at Le Tout Petit Bistrot
A new spot popped up in our neighborhood, and we watched and waited anxiously as it was constructed. There was a giant sign saying « Brasserie, coming soon ». I was scared it would be one of those chain brasserie restaurants like Hippopotamus. (I’ll have to tell you about my one and only Hippopotamus experience some day). Thankfully, it turned out to be a chic Parisian restaurant with an amaaaaaazing terrace to boot! The trio that owns ad runs Café Dad is a team of two brothers and a friend of theirs. They are experienced Parisian restaurant owners who have previously owned an establishment over in the center of town (the 6th), Le Nesle. But they scoped out this new spot well before the building was even built! They knew it was going to be an incredible space for a popular Parisian café terrace. And believe me people, this terrace is full on every sunny day (of which we have had a lot so far this Spring). Continue reading Café Dad
I splurged on Chéri for his birthday and brought him for brunch at Restaurant NoGlu, one of the first truly gluten free restaurants in Paris. Set in the Passage des Panoramas, this restaurant has a charming industrial chic décor style which fits well withing the frame of the passage, and serves up gluten free food to trendy Parisian hipsters and celiacs alike.
The brunch menu offers a breakfast-brunch option and a more lunchtime meal option. We went for that as we had already had breakfast that morning and were really in the mood for a hot meal. But we were more than delighted to be served toast with jams to start. Now, this bread with which they make the toast could probably use a blog post all on its own. It’s so good. It’s THE BEST GLUTEN FREE BREAD I EVER HAD. Ever. No lie. Chéri and I were really impressed with the light spongy texture and how it wasn’t crumbling and falling apart when trying to spread butter and jam on it, like most gluten free breads that you can get here in the natural foods stores. They served up two kinds, plain, and raisin bread. Sooooo good! Continue reading NoGlu Gluten Free Restaurant in Paris
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.
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. Continue reading Le Bistrot du Passage
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!
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! Continue reading Lily of the Valley Tea Shop