A couple of months ago we decided to book a weekend in Paris to just go eat and take a mini break from work. And this past weekend that’s exactly what we did. I took the picture of the Eiffel Tower above from Avenue de Camoens. Also good to know: the tower sparkles every hour on the hour for 5 minutes after sunset.
Here is where we ate:
Café Panache (lunch – dinner)
They serve bistro classics with a twist. We had the crispy chicken club sandwich and the spicy beef tartare for lunch. We arrived Friday afternoon at opening time and we were seated at the bar since we didn’t have a reservation. Reservation advised.
Du Pain et Des Idées (bakery)
I’ve been wanting to try their pistachio escargot pastry for a while and it didn’t disappoint. Plus, it was the size of my face so I just shared one with Pieter. The bakery is only open from Monday to Friday, so if you are only going for a long weekend. Keep that in mind.
Open from Monday to Friday, they only serve a tasting menu for dinner. It costs €78 and we loved it. The dishes were well executed and service was fast. Reservation is a must.
Buvette (all day)
We came here for breakfast on Saturday. We tried their croque monsieur which came with cornichons. It was delicious. They don’t take reservations.
Frenchie to Go (breakfast – late lunch)
UK and American fast food with a French twist. We came for lunch and had their fish & chips, and buttermilk fried chicken with coleslaw.
This is a restaurant but we only came here for drinks. We were meeting an old friend of Pieter’s and the bar we were going to go was full. This one was close by and we only had to wait for a little bit to get a table. It turned out to be a nice discovery. It had a really nice atmosphere and their cocktails were really good.
Pink Mamma (Lunch – dinner)
This Italian restaurant is really popular and they don’t take reservations. We arrived 30 minutes before opening time for lunch and there were already around 8 people waiting in line in the rain. The restaurant has 4 floors and they start sitting you from the top floor down. Since we arrived quite early, we were seated at the top floor. The place is Instagram heaven and the top floor has a glass roof, so perfect to take pictures with natural light. The food was delicious and the service was quite fast and friendly. Pieter had the Bruschetta tartare style and the Regina Instagram pizza with burrata. I had my love for truffle satisfied with the Arancino al tartufo and their in-house made pasta with truffle. All the dishes were reasonably priced.
Four seasons Hotel George V Christmas Pop Up (everyday till January 7th 2019)
We stopped at this pop up to try their famous caramelized pain au chocolat and it was incredible! I’m still dreaming about it.
Pierre Hermé (various shops around the city)
No trip to Paris is complete for me without stopping here. I love their macarons and they change seasonally.
Where to shop:
Merci: Concept store with very nice brands and their Insta famous red car.
La Grande Épicerie de Paris: Upscale supermarket and specialty store
Le Bon Marche: Department store
Galeries Lafayette: Department store. You can get a nice view of the city from their rooftop terrace.
Sephora: If you have it in your country, you will probably not be interested. But I love makeup and Sephora is no longer in NL. So whenever I travel to a country that has it, it’s a mandatory stop for me. They have many locations in Paris.
Other Instagrammable spots (these pictures are from my trip last year):
Rue Crémieux. Most likely Paris most colourful street. It reminds me of London.
La Maison Rose in Montmartre
Also good to know:
Paris is a big city and you should be careful of pick pockets. Even though I had heard about them, and they do announce on the speakers of the metro to be careful, I had never seen it happening until this last trip. This happened while we were on the metro. As a group of lady tourists were getting off at one stop and a group of kids (around 17 years old) were getting in, there was some pushing and yelling. At first we didn’t know what was going on. Until one of the lady tourists wanted to get back in the metro and the kids stood by the door forming a wall to not let her back in. That’s when the lady yelled: Pick Pocket. Only then we realised that they were not just kids, they were a gang. Once the metro departed, I was pretty scared of the whole situation since they were still blocking the door. The guy next to us started taking pictures of the gang, they noticed and started harassing him. Luckily the gang just got off at the next stop. This by no means should discourage you to visit this beautiful city. I am just mentioning this so you can be aware of at least one of their tricks to create confusion and steal. It is always good to be vigilant.
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