A Weekend in Paris
The best cafés, restaurants, and teashops in Paris and much more
You’re planning a trip to Paris, and you want to know which places to see and where to eat, but you also want to have the most authentic experiencce possible? Well look no further. I’ve lived in Paris for four years, and after a little sejourn (séjour) in Marseille, I’m back in the city of lights to give you a personal tour of some of the city’s hidden gems. The secret to finding the best spots is to have an actual Parisian make a list for you, so know that we’ve got that covered we’re ready to discover le vrai Paris.
There’s so much to do and see in Paris that sometimes it’s tough to know where to start, but if this is your first time in Paris, i definitely do reccoment seeing some of the more famous sites, at the risk having to wait in long lines and be surrounded by other tourists, a sacrifice easily made, to be able to gaze over the Parisian skyline from atop the Eiffel Tower. A weekend in Paris goes by too quickly, so you have to make sure you won’t have any regrets, and this list will make sure you see the real paris in all her splendor. I’ve also peppered in a few french words along the way. I mean while we’re at it, might as well learn a little french n’est-ce pas?
With this list, don’t worry your weekend in Paris, will be spent sashaying (chassé) around the chicest quartiers in Paris, so grab your beau or bae and let’s get started. I’ve decided to do this list by category and not by district, so that once you know what you want to do, you have a nice list of options. So lets start with cheese. Why not? Everybody loves cheese, and you’re about to go to the cheese capital. Cheesy? ok.
or more commonly known as an apéro is a before dinner drink which is meant to stimulate your appetite.
The best Parisian soirée kicks off with a meat and cheese platter (planche de charcuterie et fromage) and a glass (or two) of french wine. Do me and yourself a favor and run to the nearest cheese platter you can find, you’re in for a wild ride. My favourite cheeses are : Comté a semi-hard but flexible cheese made of unpasteurized cow’s milk (YAAAAAAAAS let’s do it!!!!), Saint-Marcellin a creamy white cheese made from cow’s milk that I like to eat with baguette of course and a little cherry preserves, and Goat cheese! Any one will do but I like mine enrobed (enrobé) in ashes or cendré.
I know i said to enjoy your meat and cheese plate with a glass of wine, but beer is good go-to too. This little bar in the Oberkampf district (once an industrial district) has 20 choice beers on tap and a few groups of 20 something Parisians lounging on caramel couloured chesterfields in the back. They also have a restaurant just next door and just recently opened up a new bar : La Robe & la Mousse, Paris 6ème. So here it is, my favourite meat and cheese plate in Paris ican be found at : (drumroll please)
And now for wine, these are some great cave à vin (wine cellars) where you can get great wine as well as a mean planche de charcuterie et fromage.
Les Caves de Prague
8 Rue de Prague, 75012
Le Siffleur de Ballons
34 Rue de Cîteaux, 75012 (they have oysters!)
6 Rue Charles-François Dupuis, 75003
Feeling a little promiscuous? Well if you don’t want to eat and just want a nice place to have drinks, here are a few of my favorite bars in Paris to
Netflix drink and chill.
78 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 (one of the most popular bars in Paris)
Le Mauri 7
46 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010
97 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010 (I actually saw Pete Doherty walk by this bar when I was last there)
7 Rue Lacharrière, 75011 (you can play pétanque here)
Coffee, Cafés, Teashops
Now that I think about it my list is kind of backwards. So let’s just say you got to paris in the evening, and the first you wanted indeed was a cheese platter, now that we got that covered, you just woke up, the birds are chirping in the stone courtyard (cour) of your sunny quaint Parisian appartment rental and now you need coffee!
Looking for a prime people watching location? Day or night you’re going to find Parisians doing what they do best, chatting it up on a big french terrace (terrasse), expresso at the lips and cigarette in hand.
Like I said before, sometimes you have to do some touristy things to see some of the best sites in Paris. So if you want to sip on an expresso in a typically Parisian brasserie, there’s no other place like Les Deux Magots in Saint Germain des Près. Les Deux Magots is one of the oldests cafés in Paris, where iconic literary figures like Ernest Hemmingway and Jean-Paul Sartre gathered to wine and dine and partake in deep conversations about art and life.
Les Deux Magots
6 Place Saint-Germain des Prés, 75006
Au Petit Fer à Cheval
30 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75004 (chai tea latte is beyond amazing)
46 Rue des Martyrs, 75009 (a spot of tea and a slice of lemon rose cake)
don’t really need a description here. Brunch says it all.
3 Rue Neuve Popincourt, 75011
5 Rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010
15 Rue Alibert, 75010
Lunch/Dinner (or Linner)
Even though Paris is known as the capital of gastronomy, Parisians typically eat anything but french food. And a lot of the hottest new bistros specialize in culinary dishes from different countries. You’ll probably be able to find good french food on ever corner, so i’m going to tell you about the cool little spots that deal in worldly cuisine. Trust me on this one.
74 Rue de Charonne, 75011 (the title says it all)
5 Rue Duperré, 75009 Paris (the best mexican in Paris)
289 Rue St Denis, 75002 (korean)
80 Rue de Charonne, 75011 (seafood)
3 Rue Charles Robin, 75010 (chicken & waffles!)
6 Rue du Sabot, 75006 (sushi)
2 Rue des Hospitalières Saint-Gervais, 75004 (falafels)
37 Rue Sainte-Anne, 75001 (japanese)
OKOK I’ll add one french cuisine : VAVA – 42 Rue Véron, 75018 I just ate here recently and it was A-MAZING.
To top it all off, lets digest all of this Parisian goodness with a little night cap or “digéstif”. Bon Voyage!
The Lone Palm
21 Rue Keller, 75011
5 Rue Sedaine, 75011
5 Rue Bouchardon, 75010
10 Rue Frochot, 75009
Harry’s New York Bar
5 Rue Daunou, 75002 (a lot of classic cocktails were invented here in the early 20th century)
1 Rue Commines, 75003
If you have any specific questions, or would like some more details or information during your trip, write me a comment. Hope you have a blast in Paris (said with french accent).