In two hours and fifteen minutes, London can become Paris via the magic of the Eurostar. And for that reason it’s no wonder why we are so fascinated with it, the endless streets pave the way for exploration. A mere weekend of free time can soon be swallowed up, so it’s best to make the most and make damn sure the fun is played out on the right court. Here we look at some food faves from a recent trip, so pack your stripy tee’s, you might just be heading off to Paris soon…
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
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
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 Vielle du Temple, 75003 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
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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
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