My friend just moved to Paris and I sent her an email with a parsed down version of the below list of my “favorites.” I figured, maybe you’d be interested too. Anything I should add?
Favorite Café Crème:
- Loustic – 40 rue Chapon, 75003 Paris (Le Marais)
- 10 Belles – 10 Rue de la Grange aux Belles, 75010 Paris (Canal St. Martin)
- Bois de Vincennes
- Butte Chaumont
- Luxembourg (St. Germain)
- Place de Vosges (Le Marais)
Favorite “Trendy” and/or Pricey Places to Eat:
- Le Perchoir (sunset dinner) – 14 rue Crespin du Gast, 75011 Paris (Oberkampf)
- Derrier (dinner) – 69 Rue des Gravilliers, 75003 Paris (Le Marais)
- Le Taxi Jaune (dinner) – 13, rue Chapon, 75003 Paris (Le Marais)
- Café Charlot (for brunch, late night, afternoon, really, anytime) – 38 Rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris (Le Marais)
- Rose Café (for brunch, lunch) – 30 rue Debelleyme, 75003 Paris (Le Marais)
- Fish Club (for dinner) – 58 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001 Paris
Favorite Places to Wander:
- Le Marais
- St. Germain
- Canal St. Martin
Favorite Paris Blogs/Guides:
- Bastille Marché – Metro: Bastille. I usually go on Sundays. This is where I discovered my favorite cheese and practiced most of my French! (Haricot verts, s’il vous plaît?)
- Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen – Avenue de la Porte de Clignancourt, 75018, Paris
Go to Stores for Necessities
- BHV (stands for Bazaar Hôtel de Ville) – 34 Rue de la Verrerie, 75004 Paris. This store is like Bloomingdale’s, Barnes & Noble, an electronics store, and hardware store wrapped into one. You can find anything from leather and fabrics, art supplies, and kitchen wares, to the latest trends from Iro, Kooples, and Chanel.
- Monoprix – These are everywhere. Good place for groceries and toiletries. You can also buy clothes and other things. It seems to be the French equivalent of Target.
- FNAC – Galerie commerciale Forum des Halles, 1-7 Rue Pierre Lescot, 75001 Paris (but there are lots of these in Paris). Good place for electronics. I left my adapter in Corsica and seriously went to 4 places to find one before finding one here.
- Tuks (not even French, but a delicious cracker). I have a song and dance that goes with these. They are just that good.
- Compté cheese (my fav!)
- Pain au chocolat
- Baguettes (obviously)
- Falafel from L’as du Falafel – 34 Rue des Rosiers 75004 Paris (Le Marais)
- Empanadas from Clasico Argentino – 56, Rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris (Le Marais)
- Ice cream from Berthillon – 31 Rue Saint-Louis en l’Île 75004 Paris (but you can find this ice cream in a lot of restaurants). I can vouch for the moka, chocolat noir, abricot, and framboise.
- Foie gras (sorry, California)
- Any and all wine (rosé is big here)
- Yogurt – for some reason it is much better here than in the US. Try weird flavors. I liked the fig and rhubarb.
- Rue Vieille-du-Temple (Le Marais)
- Rue de Poitou (Le Marais)
- St. Germain
- Experimental Cocktail Club – 37 Rue Saint-Sauveur, 75002 Paris
- Little Red Door – 60 Rue Charlot 75003 Paris (Le Marais)
- Candelaria – 52 Rue de Saintonge 75003 Paris (Le Marais). They also have great tacos, but good luck finding a spot unless you go early! (The bar is through a secret door at the back.)
- Detergent – Ariel. I was an idiot and was using Soupline for 2 months before realizing I was washing my clothes with a fabric softener. Good job, me.
- Skin care products – Nuxe. I went to buy lotion and after staring for what felt like 20 minutes ended up with makeup remover. The pharmacist steered me in the right direction. I love this line of lotions and skin care products – they are all “sans paraben.”