Born out of the idea to offer takeaway food on the narrow street of Rue du Nil where their original restaurant ‘Frenchie’ sits, right next to their wine bar, Frenchie To Go is exactly what it says, except…you CAN dine in. Meat comes from Tim Wilson aka “Ginger Pig” in Yorkshire and this cool modern cafe is all about the pulled pork ‘everything is super good in this pig in this’ sarnie. The chips are also incredible, the coffee awesome and you can find a range a craft beers from Japan. Quirky!
9 Rue du Nil, 75002 Paris, France
It’s classic French and plenty of meat at this local favourite, which brings in the visiting foodie lovers by the bucket load. Why? because it’s great, authentic hearty food. It feels very much like it has been around for donkey years, but in fact opened in 2000. Steak and Chips is a must and if you don’t see a table free, they might be able to just pull one out of thin air.
18 Rue Paul Bert, 75011 Paris, France
Open Tuesdays through to Sunday this coffeehouse bakery’s weekend brunch menu is the talk of the neighbourhood and so popular you’ll need to book. The old school ‘Bird House’ is decked out like your nana’s living room and has you immediately tucking into breads and jams. The brunch gets you all sorts; cheeses, ham, boiled egg, salad, a fruit juice and a hot drink ending with tiramisu all for just 19 Euro. Tres bien.
La Chambre Aux Oiseaux, 18, Rue paul Bert, 75011 Paris, France
It’s modern French food with an impressive wine list. The two floors manage to make a comfy homely setting with upstairs tables facing outwards to the open windows for views of the night sky. Downstairs you can plonk on the communal tables while you get your plonk on and enjoy decent, well cooked and flavoursome food with excellent service.
Glou, 101 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris, France
This Melbourne style Café is all about decent food, excellent coffee and great service…you’ll see how well they do this by the queue of eagerly awaiting people trying to get in. The menu changes monthly and has huge variance from classic French to Southern American inspired dishes, just depends what take’s their fancy. Holybelly is super, the interior is beaut and it just feels good being there. They also have the best coffee, FACT!
Holybelly, 19 Rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010 Paris, France
The lively and popular Chez Janou sits in prime location occupying the pretty corner of Rue Roger Verlomme. Offering lunch and dinner seven nights a week, the French Bistro has an impressive collection of wines and you will no doubt see their mousse au chocolat à volonté floating about…thats all you can eat chocolate mouse, which is a dream. Get the mussels to start, you can simply not go wrong.
Chez Janou, 2 Rue Roger Verlomme, 75003 Paris, France
Getting to Paris is easier than getting to most places in the UK, so easy in fact that a guy working in a cafe (Eggs & Co) asked us if we had come over from London just for the breakfast. Once off that Eurostar, you are pretty much in the centre of a beautiful city, rich in style, art, architecture…you name it, Paris has it, with cheese on.
The classic Parisian elegance of the Hilton Opera is found a short train ride away from Gare du Nord station. It’s a mighty impressive building (aren’t they all) and it’s definitely on the upper scale of what the Hilton brand offers. Yes darling, through the revolving doors are people in uniforms who are there to make your stay an experience you’ll keep on coming back to. We found our executive double housed the biggest bed in the world (no seriously) and the newly revamped decor is more than easy on the eye. We weren’t in the hotel much but our mini style apartment was full of perks…having your own coffee machine for that early morning start, rain shower for making sure you’re clean all over, turn down service with mini chocolates and anything else you might need or want to know either on the phone or available in person.
Breakfast is held in Le Grand Salon – which as the name suggests is pretty grand, guests have access to a fitness room and those lucky enough to have their key cards open the gateway to the Executive Lounge can drink, eat and relax as they like. As a base, The Hilton Opera is in walking distance of some top must-sees on your hit list, like the Galeries Lafayette and the Louvre Museum.
Prices start from £173 per night, with a 25% discount for HHonors members as part of Hilton Worldwide’s global summer sale. Can’t go wrong really.
108 Rue Saint-Lazare, 75008 Paris, France
Generator is fast becoming the go-to name for affordable accommodation that merges the line between hostel and hotel (poshtel anyone?). Their hip urban design and bargain prices (rooms range from €25 per bed with shared bathroom to €98 for a private room), make them a no brainer if you’re looking for a place to crash when exploring cities. Generator Paris opened in early 2015 in the fash 10th Arrondissement, offering a whopping 916 beds (yes it’s HUGE) ranging from shared dorms to a penthouse suite...some rooms come with their own private terraces complete with hammock and outdoor seating. The design is slick, contemporary and pleasing to the eye...well this is Paris.
There’s a restaurant, bar and outdoor area on the ground floor and up on the 8th you can chill out, shoot some pool or catch sporting events on the big screen throughout the night – yep it’s open 24 hours. Travelling solo? Then fear not there’s also a range of events that take place each night, just sign up and get ready to mingle. But our favourite thing about the Gen Paris is the rooftop terrace, which allows you to enjoy sunset views of Montmartre and Sacré Coeur, it’s pretty magical.
Fancy a cheap trip to Paris? Oui Oui? Then make this your base and spend the dollars you save on vin et fromage. Tres bon!
9-11 Place du Colonel Fabien, 75010 Paris, France
From breakfast, brunch and lunch Eggs & Co. have a mighty love of...you guessed it, eggs! The main seating area is up the star case, if its packed you could and prop yourself in the window. For their set breakfasts you will be given a feast, a hot drink, fresh orange juice, an egg dish of your choice and is followed by pancakes and fruit. Oh La La. It's one quirky shrine to eggs.
11 Rue Bernard Palissy, Paris, Ville de Paris, France
Candelaria is in the top 50 bars in the world. It's theme is based around tequila and mezcal and a speakeasy in every sense. It's located around the corner from Little Red Door, and you have to find it through a 24 hour taco shop, just push the door at the back and wonder through...bloody great isn't it? Oh and the tacos are a must too.
52 Rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris, France
Little Red Door is one of the main places to go for top notch cocktails. A guy called Remy Savage is a bit of a legend and an unreal bartender. The space isn't huge but you can still sit in a big plush high seat at the end of the bar if the tables are full. At the time of writing there was no menu, but a book full of colourful illustration from which you were encouraged to pick one that stood out to you in whatever way you found appealing. Great cocktails and quirky atoms.
60 Rue Charlot, 75003 Paris, France
Glass is run by the same peeps as Candelaria, plus it's in Pigalle, so already you know it's going to be good. It's tiny, it's dark...except for the jazzy light-up cutouts on the floor...the music is loud and it has a definite locals vibe. The craft beers are excellent, the cocktails are strong and they serve 100% organic beef hotdogs. Now that's what we call a bar.
7 Rue Frochot, 75009 Paris, France
Open from June to October, LaPlage Glazart is a summer pop-up from the guys at Glazart nightclub, and like the name suggests, they turn the outdoor space into a beach. It's got tons of actual sand, deckchairs, food stalls, and bars, giving it plenty of festival vibes. The stage plays host to gigs of all kinds but electronic music tends to rule the roost on weekends, with parties going into the early hours. Located near La Villette,almost at the top of the 19th, it's not the handiest place to get to, but there aren't many places you can throw shapes on the sand, in the open air, in the middle of the night.
7-15 Avenue de la Porte de la Villette, 75019 Paris, France
Smack bang in the middle of town, 59 Rivoli is a former artist's squat turned studio space and free public gallery. The six-floor building is home to a mix of thirty permanent and resident artists, doing everything from dressmaking to mosaics to spray painting, and virtually every inch of the place is covered in paint, posters and graffiti, including the central staircase...the Louvre is it not. You get to see and talk to the artists as they work, and as the residents change every three to six months, there's always something new to discover.
59 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
What with the advent and popularity of sites like Air Bnb for travellers, its always interesting to see how the traditional hotel sector adapts to people's changing travel habits, particularly in a city like Paris, home to many grand old dames of the hotel world.
We recently spent the weekend at La Clef Louvre, an "apart'hotel" in Paris which promises all the convenience and amenities of a hotel mixed with the practicalities and home comforts of something like Air Bnb. Our room was decorated traditionally to a five star standard but with one key difference you wouldn't normally find in a hotel room - a fully functioning modern kitchen. While we must confess we didn't actually use the kitchen, we can imagine for families this could be a great plus.
The hotel's location was perfect, just a stone's throw from the Louvre and The National Palace. We enjoyed returning after a busy day to relax in the hotel's living room style lobby, with newspapers, books, and coffee and snacks on the house.
La Clef Louvre draws a nice balance between luxury and offering practical and thoughtful extras and is well worth checking out, especially if you think you could get some use out of that kitchen.
8, rue de Richelieu, 75001 Paris, France