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THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU DON'T WANT TO STAY IN

A Foodie Long Weekend à Paris

I am addicted to discovering new restaurants specially some off the beaten track. This weekend in Paris was a mix of new places and my favorite ones. 

Bistrot Vivienne is located on a beautiful gallery on the 2eme and it's worth your time just because of the scenery. I went there for a coffee but it's also perfect for lunch. It's a special place. 

I went to Le Pas Sage, a cool french tapas to start the evening. Later, drinks at Le Compas, a traditional brasserie in Ópera. I love the cosy atmosphere there. It was a cold night but we managed to stay on the terrace as the heaters did a great job at keeping us warm. We tried the crème brûllée and crêpe which were lovely.  

After a few drinks we headed to La Mano in the 9eme. The music varies from remixes of Latin/Caribbean to vintage songs but the vibe there is unreal. The DJ and the dancers seemed to be in some sort of trance. Give it a try and you're in for some crazy fun.

Photo courtesy of www.little-apple.fr

Photo courtesy of www.little-apple.fr

To cure the hangover from La Mano on the next day you can do brunch at Little Apple, a little American comfort food can do no harm. Burgers and salads were incredible. It's in the Marais so you can go to Les Philosophes for dessert: they serve a tarte tatin to die for! There's nothing like it. However, try to go early to get there before they run out. Since it's so popular chances are you'll get there late afternoon and they will be gone already. Next to Les Philosophes there's also Au Petit Fer à Cheval, another favorite for lunch or coffee. 

Photo courtesy of www.cafelapaletteparis.com

Photo courtesy of www.cafelapaletteparis.com

In St Germain is my favourite bistrot La Palette, where it's great to sit outside and just feel like you're in a movie. Serving simple and delicious food like salads, organic eggs and croque monsieur with great wine. On Rue de Seine there are amazing galleries to visit. My top one is Galeries Rauchfeld at number 22, which already hosted the works from the Brazilian artist João Machado. 

Photo courtesy of www.brasserielipp.fr

Photo courtesy of www.brasserielipp.fr

Nearby you find Brasserie Lipp, a bit more touristy but an institution nonetheless, worth a visit. If you're looking for somewhere more upscale go to Ralphs for lunch, the burgers are delicious and their patio the cutest thing ever. Another option is La Société for dinner: after all these years it still got it. 

In the evening head to Bastille for dinner at Chez Paul, a very French restaurant where every dish is delicious. I love their confit de canard so I always go for this one.    

I adore the 8eme. If you're in the area go visit the Jacquemart-Andre museum, the French version of the Wallace Collection in London or the Frick in New York. A gorgeous location and as we are in France, great restaurant too. You can start the day with a brunch there before checking out the exhibits. After that you can go for a walk at the beautiful Parc Monceau and visit the neighborhood. For dinner there's Les Gourmets des Ternes an authentic French restaurant loved by the locals and artists (you can see their pictures with the owner on the walls, like a French version of Ciro Pomodoro in London). I saw Charlotte Gainsbourg there once. 

The other option for Sunday evening is to walk around Montparnasse, where the trains from Britanny (the galettes/Crepes region) arrive hence the many Crêperie there. The one I love is La Crêperie Josselin but you can choose any around the station and you cannot go wrong. 

Monday morning it's time to go back to London and start the week with a detox program :) 

Practicalities/Addresses:

Bistrot Viviene - 4 Rue des Petits Champs, 75002

Le Pas Sage - 1 Passage du Grand Cerf, 75002

Le Compas - 62 Rue Montorgueil, 75002

La Mano - 10 Rue Papillon, 75009

Little Apple - 27 Rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris-3E-Arrondissement

Les Philosophes - 28 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75004

Au Petit Fer à Cheval - 30 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75004

La Palette - 43 Rue de Seine, 75006

Galerie Rauchfeld - 22 Rue de Seine, 75006

Brasserie Lipp - 151 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006

Ralph's - 173 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006

La Societe - 4 Place Saint-Germain des Prés, 75006

Chez Paul - 13 Rue de Charonne 75011

Jacquemart-Andre Museum - 158 Boulevard Haussmann, 75008

Les Gourmets des Ternes - 87 Boulevard de Courcelles, 75008

La Creperie de Josselin - 67 Rue du Montparnasse, 75014

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Paula Pinaud is in love with traveling, food, art and fashion. Passionate about Yoga and healthy lifestyle. Born and bread in Rio. Living in London since 2011. Here to share interesting experiences and tips.