vivant- almost too good to share, the best spot with the best playlist in paris. tiny, with only a few seats, all on the bar to watch the chefs in action. have a drink at deviant next door pre dinner. (the food there is just as good!)
le verre vole- tiny wine bar by the canal st. martin
early june- small plates and natural wine, also near canal st. martin
clamato- cool, rustic-chic seafood restaurant in the 11th
le saint sebastian- natural wines & small plates
le cadoret- classic french bistro on a bustling corner
le collier de la reine- tapas-style counter seat dining from a group of chefs we love
hotel amour- the first placed katie ever stayed in paris! a cool vibe and secret courtyard
le grand bain- insanely good tapas and– what else– natural wine
bouche- minimal and cool
paul bert- a classic! get the steak frites and soufflékodawari ramen- who goes to paris to eat ramen? you should! this tiny spot has a long line, decor to make you feel like you’re in old world tokyo and broth worthy of a flight (& worthy of its michelin star)
racines- italian perfection. worth making the res months in advance.
richer- delish food in a pretty space on a corner to watch the world go by
bakeries + more
du pain et des idées- lives up to the hype
des gateaux et du pain- easy stop after le bon marche (and citi pharma!) and just the best pastries we’ve ever had. bring back containers of sables for gifts.
french bastards- come for the name, stay for the bread
other great bakeries for your map: gilles marchal, la patisserie cyril lignac
classique- a cool cocktail bar with cool food, too
a l'etoile d'or- half the reason we come here to buy pounds of sugar is the old time-y charm of the candy store and the pretty vintage candy wrappers
coutume cafe- go-to for siphon coffee & a lovely neighborhood to walk around
bread & roses- grab a tarte de citron and walk over to jardin de luxembourg to enjoy it with a view
folderol- ice cream and natural wine. omfg.
all the natural wine bars
le cave a michel
terra (be sure to order food here, too!)
clown bar (and here!)
bastille sunday market- clothes, trinkets, and everything you’d want in a sunday french vintage stroll
dehillerin- a cook’s paradise, since 1820
saint-sébastien - froissart
take the metro here when you are ready to shop:
zespa (cool french sneakers), boutique general, R.S.V.P. bags, french trotters, merci, isabel (needs-no-last-name), soeur, apc, and more
haute marais- have a drink at candelaria and then just wander
a parisian brand with casual style: classic peasant blouses, great blazers and they even spray their signature scent on the tissue when you check out
if you want efficiency, le bon marche and galleries lafayette have lots of french brands in one place, and now gl has a big section of vintage vendors. do not miss the gourmet food hall and get all your souvenirs here.
kiliwatch- big and edited well– gears towards a more youthful look but is full of on trend vintage.
celia darling- we always find something special here and the neighborhood is nice to walk around
thx god i’m a vip- prob our favorite. can get pricey but full of finds.
chinemachine- when you’re in montmartre, this corner shop is a fun one to search for treasure. if you get hungry, pigalle is full of places that fit the bill (buvette is a fave and frenchie at the hotel grand pigalle is a cozy stop when it’s cold).
we have yet to find the place to check every box without shelling out too much (reply if you have a winner!) but we do love la pavillon de la reine. you can’t beat the location in the place de vosges and it’s charming inside, although rooms are teeny. next on our list to try is château voltaire.
other fun things
musee carnavalet: the paris history museum is fun to wander, in a beautiful building near the palace de vosges
a beer at rosa bonheur in parc des buttes chaumont
wandering near canal st. martin in the evening
picnic on the seine, and bouncing from kiosk to kiosk
food gifts from the galleries lafayette food hall: from gourmet to grocery, and regional specialty foods from all over france
pastries. sables. macarons. caramels.
anything you find in monoprix: it’s like french super target
perfume from buly 1803
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erin + katie