One of the best things about Paris is the food. Whenever I’m there I have a few favorite spots that I always hit (Café de Flore, Le Voltaire, Hotel Costes, to name a few), but I also try to find places that I haven’t been to before. Here is a round-up of discoveries from my recent trip – several of which are in the 9th arrondissement, the neighborhood I stayed in.
Rose’s Bakery – 46 rue des Martyrs, 75009 Paris. The baked goods (those scones!) make your mouth water, but what got me in there every day was the fresh juice (still a rarity in Paris) and scrambled eggs which, for someone who doesn’t like eggs, is saying something.
L’Amour – 8, rue Navarin, 75009 Paris. Great spot with a lovely outdoor patio. The menu offers a variety of tasty farm to table options, and the people watching (particularly at brunch when the place fills up with creatives nursing hangovers) is equally good.
Musée de la Vie Romantique – 16 rue Chaptal, 75009 Paris. One of the loveliest (and yes, romantic) spots in Paris, this hôtel particulier that was the former home of painter Ary Scheffer and writer George Sand also features a garden café where locals meet for lunch or afternoon tea and cakes.
Caillebotte – 8, rue Hippolyte Lebas, 75009 Paris. The folks over at foodie destination Le Pantruche recently opened this sister restaurant, which is within walking distance. It’s definitely keeping up the family standards for traditional French fare with a modern twist. A spot to be enjoyed with fellow sybarites.
Nanashi – 57 rue Charlot, 75003 Paris. An uber-trendy Japanese bento box meets lunch cafeteria concept featuring surprisingly healthy ingredients, but the real treat is watching all of the hipsters pretending to prefer matcha smoothies to a glass of rosé.
LouLou Paris Restaurant – Musée des Arts Décoratifs – 107 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris. By far one of the chicest spots in Paris to have a nice, long, lunch of excellent Italian food with a view of the Louvre and the occasional celebrity or member of the jet set.
Le Petit Célestin – 12, Quai des Célestins, 75004 Paris. The quintessential tiny, neighborhood French bistro on the quai of the Seine in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Paris (the Marais). Don’t go there for the food, which is pas mal, go there to feel like a local, who cares more about the wine and company anyway.
Bon appétit, friends!