- Travel guide to Paris -
‘The city of lights’, ‘the city of Romance’, ‘the culinary capital of the world’, all these are just names Paris is known by.
Paris is a celebration with its beautiful city plan, its architecture, museums, bridges, cathedrals, parks, shopping, flea markets, sidewalk cafés, wide and luxurious boulevards, elegant cuisine, and numerous gems.
The multi task: sleep, drink, brunch, dine: Hotel Amour
Whether you’re looking for a romantic or a friendly dinner during the Winter, a friendly or family laidback brunch at Summertime, the trendy-bohemian/chic restaurant of Hôtel Amour is the perfect spot locals love in South Pigalle. With its verdant patio and softened dining room, Hôtel Amour is a sweet gateway from the city, nested in a tiny street.
8 Rue de Navarin, 75009 Paris
The drinks spot: Pavillon Puebla
Hidden In the Parc des Buttes Chaumont, is this super chill place covered with ivy, surrounded by trees. At the heart of this green scenery, enjoy a restaurant, two terraces and two bars. Relax on the Moroccan chairs or on the swing, in a peaceful atmosphere. A unique place in Paris to enjoy a small meal, aperitif or even a concert.
Parc des Buttes Chaumont, Avenue Darcel, 75019 Paris
Institution: Le relais de Venise
Nothing fancy here but only the best steak -frites in town. In truth, there is no magic formula, except good, simple cooking, reasonable prices, a convivial atmosphere and the sauce... Get ready to queue happily as the restaurant doesn't take reservation.
271 Boulevard Pereire, 75017 Paris
Unusual food court: Le marché des enfants rouges
Built in 1615, Paris’ oldest covered market is secreted behind an inconspicuous green-metal gate. A glorious maze of 20-odd food stalls selling ready-to-eat dishes from around the globe (Moroccan couscous, Japanese bento boxes, and more), as well as produce, cheese and flower stalls, it's a great place to come for a meander and to dine with locals at communal tables.
39 Rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris
Hidden gem: Le Bistrot des Dames
If you pass in front you will never image that Bistrot des Dames has a hidden gem. Between the bar and the kitchen take the little stairs and you will land into a little paradise of a garden. It’s the ideal place to bring your date our friends on a balmy night and affirm that life in Paris isn’t just about tarmac and pollution. No booking so get there early.
18 Rue des Dames, 75017 Paris
Brunch spot: Le Dôme du marais
Le Dôme du Marais offers an unusual and surprising setting for dinner and brunch. The cabinet of curiosities leads from the entrance hall to an amazing winter garden bathed in light and vegetation where antique furniture and flea-market objects coexist. Once the impressive double door of the conservatory past, the visitor finally discovers the majestic dome decorated with gold leaf, which is part of the architectural heritage of Paris. The menu revisits the classics of French cuisine is an absolutely modern way.
53bis Rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75004 Paris
Hotel Particulier Montmartre
Every nook of 19th-century Hôtel Particulier Montmartre contains a gorgeous visual surprise, where each room has been decorated by a different contemporary artist. It's the cosiest of hideaways too, in its secretive spot behind Avenue Junot; its courtyard is magical, its lobby and lounge can be treated like your own home, and staff are skilled in intuitive service.
Pavillon D, 23 Avenue Junot, 75018 Paris
Grand Amour Hotel
When it comes to boutique hotels in Paris, there’s love, and then there’s big love. Love, in this case, is the original Hotel Amour, located in the Pigalle quarter. A lifestyle space that brings the feeling of an artist's home to one of the city's most vibrant areas. The bar and restaurant are magnets for stylish Parisians
18 Rue de la Fidélité, 75010 Paris
Marché aux puces de St Ouen
If you love digging for secondhand trinkets or shopping for gorgeous French antiques from bygone eras, then you must visit the Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen. One of Europe's biggest flea markets, selling everything from Nike knock-offs to Eames chairs. Insider tip, have a rest and lunch at Ma cocotte a restaurant designed by the Famous Philiipe Starck.
Enter the market from Garibaldi métro rather than Porte de St-Ouen - a longer trek on line 13 but you avoid the crowds and new tat.
Try one of those cocktail bars
There’s something inevitably alluring about the idea of sipping a cocktail in some heady, dimly lit and glamorous lounge, isn’t there? Paris is home to some of really great and hidden cocktails bars.
Experimental Cocktail Club
37 rue Saint Sauveur, 75002 Paris
52 rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris
Prescription cocktail club
23 Rue Mazarine, 75006 Paris
Party on a Péniche: Rosa Bonheur sur Seine
The waterside sister of Buttes-Chaumont's Rosa Bonheur, this snazzy wooden and glass boat bobs gently on one of the most iconic parts of the Seine, right by the Pont Alexandre III. Chic but laidback.
Port des Invalides, Quai d'Orsay, 75007 Paris