FRENCHIE TO GO
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’ 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 -
LA BISTROT PAUL BERT
It’s classic French and La Bistrot Paul Bert have 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 -
LA CHAMBRE AUX OISEAUX
Open Tuesdays through to Sunday coffeehouse come bakery La Chambre aux Oiseaux'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 at Glou. 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!
5 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 -
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.
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 -
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Generator Paris opened in early 2015 in the fash 10th Arrondissement, offering a whopping 916 beds 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. 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 -
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EGGS & CO.
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
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 -
59 RUE RIVOLI
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 -
LA CLEF LOUVRE
The La Clef Louvre, is 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 Airbnb. 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.
8, rue de Richelieu, 75001 Paris, France -
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If you’re looking for that classic hidden romantic bistro in Paris then Les Arlots is it. It’s tiny, the food is utterly French but not overly heavy, and it’s good value too.
136 Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 75010 Paris, France -
If you can manage to get a reservation here you’ll be eating at one of Paris’ most exciting restaurants. Situated next to the beautiful Cirque d’Hiver (which still operates as a circus) Clown Bar is always rammed with chefs, food critics, and just anyone lucky enough to get a spot. Overseen by Sota Atsumi of Saturne (itself one of Paris’ best) the restaurant is famous for it’s veal brains in chilled dashi but there are more approachable dishes amongst the seasonally changing list of small plates. It’s open on Sundays too.
114 Rue Amelot, 75011 Paris, France -
We recommend heading to Abri for just one thing. Every Saturday lunchtime the little bistro sells an incredible Tonkatsu sandwich that usually has people queuing out the door for it. The juicy breaded pork sandwich is coated in mayo and katsu sauce and comes with a drink and a slice of cake all for 26 euros. It’s not French at all but it’s a damn fine lunch.
92 Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 75010 Paris, France -
AUX DEUX AMIS
In Paris even ‘dive bars’ have natural wines and excellent food. Aux Deux Amis is rough and ready but draws a crowd of Parisian hipsters who come to start or end a night here. Don’t expect to get a table but squeeze yourself in where you can, balance some cheese and charcuterie on any surface and you’ll feel like a true local in no time.
45 Rue Oberkampf, 75011 Paris, France -
Asian flavours and French ingredients are the order of the day at Dersou, a very cool spot that offers matching cocktails alongside the tasting menu. Expect hot and sour beef soup, lamb fat croquettes and breaded mackerel.
21 Rue Saint-Nicolas, 75012 Paris, France -
Bertrand Grébaut’s seafood-centric restaurant is one of Paris’ best and most fun. It’s also a great shout if you’ve eaten too much steak and foie gras elsewhere and need a break from the meat.
80 Rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris, France -
Septime is a fantastic example of modern French cooking; Bertrand Grébaut’s neo-bistro tasting menus leave no doubt as to why it’s considered one of the city’s best. Not only does it have a Michelin star, it’s also no.35 on the World’s 50 Best list, so booking well ahead is a must.
80 Rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris, France -