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Hotel Edouard 7 Puts the Chic in « Boutique Hotel »

Melissa Ladd | Photo : Vincent Gigot

Article by Melissa Ladd

We were invited to discover one of the most charming hotels on the Right Bank of Paris, the Hôtel Edouard 7, which is the ONLY hotel on the avenue de l’Opéra, and full of history and decoratively inspired by this British prince and king who loved Paris. (He probably loved Paris as much as I do from the looks of it!) … What a delightful hotel we discovered. It’s like a jewel box or a theatrical dressing room and the perfect place to stay in Paris for a cozy or romantic getaway. And if you already live here, it’s the perfect place to go for drinks after the Paris Opera show lets out, or a fancy dinner when you are all dressed up for the ballet. I could even imagine myself staying in one of their suites as a pretend « getaway » (since I do already live here) where I feel like I am off on vacation for a weekend, and I wouldn’t even have to get on a train or plane to feel like I’m off somewhere special!

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Galeries Lafayette Gourmand Gourmet & Grocery

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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French Classics at Le Tout Petit Bistrot

Le Tout Petit Bistrot

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

Brooklyn in the Batignolles

Brooklyn Cafe Bar

Brooklyn Cafe, a new spot that opened up this past year in the Batignolles quarter, is every bit of that industrial-chic-Brooklyn-charm you could ask for from a café with such a name. And the burgers are amazing to boot! Plus, they have discovered that there is a clientele for gluten free burger buns, and so they offer that option on the menu. Smart people.  Continue reading Brooklyn in the Batignolles

Café Dad

Cafe Dad Paris
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

NoGlu Gluten Free Restaurant in Paris

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.

NoGlu Paris Gluten Free restaurant
NoGlu restaurant Paris

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

Le Bistrot du Passage

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
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. Continue reading Le Bistrot du Passage

Le Dépanneur Bar and Terrace

Le Depanneur Pigalle
Image Source : Le Dépanneur Pigalle facebook page

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
Image Source : Le Dépanneur Pigalle facebook page

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Bistrot Paul Bert

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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Sunday Search for Late Brunch in the 20th

Sunday Search for Late Lunch in Paris 20th
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. Continue reading Sunday Search for Late Brunch in the 20th

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