These are listed in the order of our most favorite down…though we like them all. But, if you could only hit two, hit Le Louis Vins and Aux Négociants. This said, I recently learned that Le Louis Vins is under new ownership, so, maybe it isn't as good as is used to be...
- Le Louis Vins
- This is where we had our wedding day lunch.
- Good real French food.
- Menu 27/20 euros (entrée, plat, and dessert)
- 9 Rue de la Montagne Sainte-Geneviève, 75005 Paris, France
- Metro: Maubert-Mutualite (Line 10)
- Tel: 01 43 29 12 12
- Backside of Montmartre, near Lamark-Caulincourt metro stop
- 27, rue Lambert 75018 Paris
- Metro: Jules Joffrin (Line 12)
- Tel: 01 46 06 15 11
- Great little bistro-brasserie-style place in the Marais. Great place to people watch.
- 30,rue Vieille-du-Temple, 75004 Paris, France
- Metro: Hôtel-de-Ville (Line 1)
- Tel: 01 42 72 47 47
- If you are looking for quintessential Parisian cafe with a great terrace for summer drinks, then this is the cafe for you. The decor dates back to 1902, and gives a feeling of turn-of-the-last-century art nouveau inspiration. Some very illustrious and famous, or even notorious, people have frequented this cafe, such as Hemingway and Morrison. Today it is frequented by art students and young Parisians. There are quite a few cool art galleries on the same street, all worth checking out when you're done here. Due to the location, tourists seem to miss it, and therefor you're more sure of a French experience here. If you're in a hurry, this is not the place to go. If you're ready to sit, relax, enjoy your drink, perhaps write in a journal or have a long conversation with a friend, then definitely it is the place to be. I have found that if I do the eye-contact trick with the waiters, as one does in France, then the waiters always come along eventually. It is the favorite place for French people to get an ‘apero’ (afternoon drink) drink on a patio.
- A block away you’ll find all the tourist traps near Odeon, but go here, and you’ll only meet French people.
- 43 rue de Seine, 75006, Paris
- Metro: Odeon
- Tel: 01 43 26 68 15
- This flamboyantly-Liberace-meets-LouisIV-resto has great French food.
- 5th Arrondissement, not far from the Pantheon. It is not far from where Le Louis Vins is.
- 12, rue de Lanneau 75005 PARIS
- Metro: Maubert-Mutualite (Line 10)
- Tel: 01 43 54 77 26
- Near Eiffel Tower. Bistro-style French food.
- 139 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris, France
- Tel: 01 47 53 73 34
My Favorite French dish:
You MUST try the Confit de Canard (roasted duck) while there. It is a dish from SW France, near Bordeaux. It is duck leg that was roasted and preserved in its own fat. Though it has Godzilla-sized-calories, it is amazing, and comes with potatoes that are roasted with garlic. Get a glass of red Bordeaux wine, or one of the Valle de Loire wines, to go with it.
Favorite Hot Cocoa Place:
I have put a list of my favorite places to get hot chocolate in Paris at this blog page link – though if you can only go to one, go to one of the Angelinas!
Best Shopping in Paris:
My favorite place to shop in all of Paris is the Marais (Hotel de Ville metro stop, Line 1). Just getting lost in this area is a perfect-Paris-day. Small cobble-stoned streets, and endless boutiques.
I put the address and review of some of the retro vintage shops in this area, where you can find some pretty cool 50s cocktail dresses:
Best Place to Picnic:
I will try to write a blog post on my favorite places to picnic in Paris, but there are SO many... how would one choose. But a favorite of ours was on the boardwalks around the Islands in the Seine.
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