"We ate well and cheaply and drank well and cheaply and slept well and warm together and loved each other."
Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast
BREAKFAST // PETIT DÉJEUNER
Try Ladurée for amazing French toast // Holybely for delicious pancakes (go early to avoid the queue) // Libertié Patisserie & Boulangerie near the Canal Saint-Martin is the kind of bakery one goes out of the way for (you'll soon see why!)
COFFEE // CAFÉ
COZY CAFÉS // CAFÉS CONFORTABLES
Le Loir dans la Théière is home to the best lemon meringue pie I've ever tasted // The Used Book Café at Merci is perfect for a quiet tea amongst their used book library // Shakespeare and Co Café is just across from the Notre Dame and good for coffee and healthy food options. Make sure to pop into the adorable bookshop before you leave!
Frenchie to Go is small but so yummy with some of the best sandwiches in town // Kunitoraya Udon will hit the spot if you're in need of some delicious Japanese comfort food // Le Saint Regis on Île Saint-Louis is a great place to sit, drink rosé and eat plates of fromage and charcuterie all while watching the world go by // Pink Mamma is perfect for delicious Italian food in a beautiful space - no reservations though so be prepared to queue if you're in need of a pizza hit!
FOR THE VEGETARIANS/POUR LES VÉGÉTARIENS
La Guinguette d’Angèle is a sweet little organic and gluten free spot - pick up a lunchbox to takeaway and eat in the Jardin du Palais Royal // Rose Bakery in Le Bon Marche is super cute spot for a healthy lunch date
ORGANIC & GLUTEN-FREE // BIO & SANS-GLUTEN
AFTERNOON TEA // L'HEURE DU THÉ
Carette is both a patisserie and a salon de thé (I prefer the Place des Vosges location) // Angelina for their famous rich and thick hot chocolate // Aux Merveilleux de Fred is a gourmet boutique in the Marais district selling the "Marveilleux" - a traditional pastry from the north of France consisting of meringues coated in whipped cream. Get one (or two?) to take-away!
EVENING DRINKS // APÉRITIF
Experimental Cocktail Club is hidden away with an innovative cocktail menu and cozy environment // Lockwood is an comfy American style bar with good food and awesome drinks // Le Perchoir is a cool rooftop bar and restaurant in Le Marais // Bisou. near Le Marais is the place for any cocktail you'd like, maybe even one you hadn't thought of yet...
Verjus is ideal for a special occasion - go for their delicious seasonal tasting menu and optional cheese course and wine pairing // Ellsworth is the sister restaurant of Verjus offering the loveliest tapas style a la carte menu (they also do brunch on Sundays) // Septime is wonderful for that special dinner for two // Pierre Sang is the perfect spot to try French/Korean fushion - go for the "mystery menu" ;)
MUSEUMS & GARDENS // MUSÉES ET JARDINS
Les Jardins du Palais Royal are a little green oasis in the middle of Paris with beautiful blooms in spring and summer // Musée de l'Orangerie in the Jardin des Tuileries is home to a 360 degree painting of Monet's Les Nymphéas // Musée Rodin is a long time favourite of mine - both the house and gardens are perfect for a quiet afternoon wander
FLOWERS // FLEURS
Anaïs on rue Montorgueil has wonderful selections at reasonable prices - best to stop by on a Tuesday or Saturday // Cler Fleurs is also super cute and close to the Eiffel Tower // Marché Maubert is an open air market that often has a flower stall with lovely blooms - open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays // Daniel Guittat has a wonderful and often more unique selection of flowers - go if you're looking for something a little bit special
MARKET STREETS & SQUARES // RUES DU MARCHÉ ET CARRÉS
Place Dauphine is one of the prettiest squares in Paris // Rue Cler is an adorable market street with cute cafés, florists and speciality shops (not from from the Eiffel Tower) / Rue Montorgueil just so happens to be my local market street and in my opinion one of the best in Paris!
The Hoxton is a newly opened, centrally located hotel in the 2eme with an awesome bar and restaurant to mingle with the locals // Hotel Bauchaumont is another newbie just off of Rue Montorgueil // Hotel Henriette is an adorable boutique hotel just 10 minutes walk from the Latin quarter - complete with a secret garden for afternoon tea! // AirBnb is always a great option if you are looking for a bit more space and fancy living like a Parisian while you're in town
Click here to see locations of film photo booths in Paris! Something cute to take home with you from Paree perhaps? Make sure you have plenty of coins - one strip will cost you €3. My personal favourite is the booth up in Montmartre.