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Things to do in Paris

By Monday June 17th, 2019 No Comments

What are some of the best things to do in Paris? Eating great food and enjoying good bars, are at the top of my list of priorities!

Paris is such a beautiful city with dozens of nice restaurants and cafes. Actually, in 2014, almost 14 000 restaurants and bars were registered in Paris alone.

The arrondissement with the highest density of bars and restaurants is the 11th. In French, it’s called le débit de boisson. So, as you can imagine, if you are looking for things to do in Paris, you will always find something to suit your tastes. However, like in any great city, there are also a lot of tourist traps, and those are the places where you’ll possibly eat the most disgusting croissant or pizza in your life. Yes, bad croissants also exist in Paris, trust me.

cafe marathon yasmine lesireAs a private French teacher, I often meet students who discover the city and learn French at the same time. Maybe it’s your case as well. Maybe you are in Paris for just one week or as long as two years. In any case, we all deserve to enjoy the city to its maximum potential and it can be a challenge to find the right place for the right occasion.

I decided to write down all the best things to do in Paris – so here is my list of all the places that I’ve tried, and liked, in Paris. Enjoy!

 

 

The Best Pizza in Paris

Sette
38 rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010

Papelli
74 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010
61 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin, 75010

Julia
43 Rue de Charenton, 75012, Metro Bastille – only take away

Café d’Italie – All day long
76 Avenue des Gobelins, 75013

Amazing Middle-Eastern Restaurants

La rose de Damas :Syrian restaurant – amazing falafels
6 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75005

Miznon Best cauliflower in town – all day long
22 Rue des Ecouffes, 75004
37, Quai Valmy, 75010

Feyrrouz
8 Rue de Lourmel, 75015

Mi-va-mi
23 Rue des Rosiers, 75004

restaurant alchimiste parisFrench Cuisine

Le bouillon de Pigalle: Cheap French cuisine – all day long
22 boulevard de Clichy, 75018

Chez Paul (not the bakery) : Traditional French cuisine – all day long
13 Rue de Charonne, 75011

Le carreau: Excellent and cosy also a very nice place to have a coffee in the afternoon
5 Rue de la Corderie, 75003

Chez Casimir
6 Rue de Belzunce, 75010

Les mauvais garçons – Cuisine from Lyon
4 Rue des Mauvais Garçons, 75004

 

L’aubergeade : Prix fixe menu (my favorite)
17 Rue de Chaligny, 75012

La jouvence : gastronomique
172 Bis Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, 75012

Les chouettes
32 rue de Picardie, 75 003

L’alchimiste
181 Rue de Charenton, 75012

Le Grand Colbert – Brasserie française – Fruits de mer – chic
Rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris

Les deux moulins – Brasserie française de Amélie Poulain
15 Rue Lepic, 75018

Les papilles – French restaurant with one menu – Excellent
30 Rue Gay-Lussac, 75005

Aux vins des pyrénées – 2 minutes walk from the Marais
25 Rue Beautreillis, 75004

Le café de la Nouvelle Mairie: If you want to see French television journalists and other intellectual (or want-to-be) people, this place if for you.
19 Rue des Fossés Saint-Jacques, 75005

Wine Bar and Planche

Le barav
6 Rue Charles-François Dupuis, 75003

Monsieur Henri : good wine and nice planche
8 Rue de Picardie, 75003

Barawine
25 Rue de Charonne, 75011

Dauphin : vins naturels
131 Rue Parmentier, 75011

Best Brunch

En attendant l’or – all you can eat
6 Rue Faidherbe, 75011

Soya – all you can eat – vegan
20 Rue de la Pierre Levée, 75011

Les bonnes soeurs
8 Rue du Pas de la Mule, 75003

La librairie – all you can eat
2 Rue Duban, 75016

Chez Casimir
6 Rue de Belzunce, 75010

Treiz Baker – cute little gem hidden in Saint Germain – English speaking
5 Rue de Medicis, 75005 Paris

Judy: Quality restaurant with fresh juice, smoothie and colorful dishes.

Best Asian Food in Paris

Ramen

Kotteri – No veggie option
31 Rue des Petits Champs, 75001

Hakata Choten
53 Rue des Petits Champs, 75001

Dosanko – from the North of Japan and highly recommended by a Japanese friend. My favorite is the red miso ramen.
40, Rue Sainte-Anne, 75002 Paris

Dumplings

Ravioli Nord-Est – cheap
115 Rue Saint-Denis, 75001
11 Rue Civiale, 75010

Vietnamese

Pho Bom
71 Avenue de Choisy, 75013

Best Restaurants for Meat Lovers

Santa Carne
3 Boulevard Richard Lenoir, 75011

The butchers of Paname – Viande maturée- €€
9 rue de l’école de médecine, 75006

The best bar or restaurant with a view on La dame de fer (Tour Eiffel)

eiffel tower restaurants

Chez Francis:
7 Place de l’Alma, 75008

Le Comptoir Principal – take the terrace on the right and you will see it/her 😉
29 Boulevard de Grenelle, 75015

Peruche – Rooftop
Printemps de l’Homme, 2 Rue du Havre, 75008

Les Ombres – Musée du quai Branly
27 Quai Branly, 75007

Les Grands Verres
13 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75016

Café de l’homme
17 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, 75116

Monsieur Bleu
20 Avenue de New York, 75116

Georges
6ème étage Palais Beaubourg Place Georges Pompidou, 75004

Le Zyriab by Noura – Lebanese food / gastronomie – Be careful, all other Noura in Paris are rubbish
Niveau 9 de l’Institut du Monde Arabe, 1 Rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard, 75005

Best places for Drinks and Dates in Paris

Speakeasy

The little red door
60 Rue Charlot, 75003 

The candelaria
52 Rue de Saintonge, 75003

The 1905 – one of my favorite cocktail bar in Paris. It’s also a very nice spot for a date. Just so you know. 😊
25 Rue Beautreillis, 75004

Latino bar

Favela chic
18 Rue du Faubourg du Temple, 75011

Le calbar
82 rue de Charenton 75012

Le China
50 Rue de Charenton 75012

Other Cool Places in Paris

Ground Control – former train station
81 Rue du Charolais, 75012

Guinguette de Javel
Port de Javel Bas, 75015 Paris

Karaoke

Le Chinatown de Belleville: Big restaurant where you go to have fun, get drunk and sing like a crazy.
27 Rue du Buisson Saint-Louis, 75010

To Dance

things to do in ParisCafé Oz – view on the Seine
34 Quai d’Austerlitz, 75013

Café Chéri – Small bar
44 Boulevard de la Villette, 75019

Faust – Electro – Nice view on Pont Alexandre III and Grand Palais
Pont Alexandre III – Rive Gauche 75007 Paris FR, 75007

Favela chic
18 Rue du Faubourg du Temple, 75011

Le Bus palladium
6 Rue Pierre Fontaine, 75009

Le Rouge
77 Rue Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, 75009

Cafes for meetings and to work

coworking cafe paris les minimes cafe work paris

Les Minimes – good to work upstairs – it’s also a restaurant but the food isn’t great
36 Rue de Turenne, 75004 

Le Peloton Café
17 Rue du Pont Louis-Philippe, 75004

KB café shop
53 Avenue Trudaine, 75009

La Caféothèque
52 Rue de l’Hôtel de ville, 75004

La pâtisserie Lacroix – Vue on Notre Dame- computer not allowed during the weekends

11 Quai de Montebello, 75005
Prêt-à-manger
34-36 Rue du Louvre, 75001
58 Avenue Marceau, 75008
La cantine Monoprix
199 Avenue Charles de Gaulle, 92200 Neuilly-Sur-Seine

Tours of Paris

Visit a Parisian market

Flea Markets

Les puces de Saint Ouen

Les puces de Vanves

Best croissant in Paris (!)

Landemaine  : Ask for the pur beurre, so delicious

2 Rue Crozatier, 75012
121 Rue de Charonne, 75011
28 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75011
130 Rue de la Roquette, 75011
41 Rue Oberkampf, 75011
123 Rue Monge, 75005
26 Rue des Martyrs, 75009
56 Rue de Clichy, 75009
4 Rue du Poteau, 75018
7 Place Cambronne, 75015

Le moulin de Rosa
36 Rue de Turenne, 75003, près de la place des Vosges. Metro Saint Paul / Chemin Vert

Website to find cheap and tasty restaurants : les petites tables.com

Patisserie

best bakery parisYou will find happiness in Rue des Martyrs. There are a least 8 different patisseries.

Landemaine : my favorite is the givana, a cake similar to a ferrero rocher
2 Rue Crozatier, 75012
121 Rue de Charonne, 75011
28 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75011
130 Rue de la Roquette, 75011
41 Rue Oberkampf, 75011
123 Rue Monge, 75005
26 Rue des Martyrs, 75009
56 Rue de Clichy, 75009
4 Rue du Poteau, 75018
7 Place Cambronne, 75015

Pâtisserie Lacroix – with a nice view on Notre Dame
11 Quai de Montebello, 75005

Hairdresser

Le 58 – Ask for Pauline
58 Rue des Tournelles, Metro Bastille/ St Paul/ Chemin Vert, 75003

Get your phone repaired

L’Atelier Montgallet
181 Rue de Charenton, 75012

Bookstores

Gibert Jeune New and second hand (occasion)
Place Saint Michel

Fnac New
Forum des Halles
49-53 Cour Saint Emilion (Bercy Village)
132 Rue de Rennes, 75006

Bookoff – second hand bookstore – My favorite
90 Rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine, 75012

Paris Photoshoot experience

Rachel Calvo Photographer

Network for ladies only

A City for Her

Therapeutic massage

Koun Vannaxay

Have you tried some of them? Which one is your favorite?

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