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Compagnie des Glaces, 75005

As soon as the sun comes out in Paris, I scrabble for alternatives to Amorino. Fortunately, last week, I found a new place which is worth sharing with you: La Compagnie des Glaces. Strictly speaking, it's a franchise and they currently have twelve outposts all over France - stretching from Honfleur in the north, to Pornic … Continue reading Compagnie des Glaces, 75005

Paris’ Second – and Long-Forgotten – River

If you have spent any time at all in Paris, you must have crossed at least one of the bridges over the river Seine at some point. Every tourist has strolled across the Pont Neuf taking in the hue of the city's beautiful stone buildings at sunset. Incidentally, despite being called the "New Bridge" it is … Continue reading Paris’ Second – and Long-Forgotten – River

Which Is The Oldest Street in Paris?

The oldest street in Paris is the rue Saint Jacques, in the 5th arrondissement. Leading from the Île de la Cité, where Paris was founded, the rue Saint Jacques passes through the Sorbonne University, the Pantheon, Port Royal and finally reaches Denfert-Rochereau. Over two and a half kilometres (= one and a half miles) long, this … Continue reading Which Is The Oldest Street in Paris?

Bocamexa, 75005

One of my great discoveries recently has been the Mexican restaurant "Bocamexa" at the bottom end of rue Mouffetard. I had walked past several times, always appreciating the delicious smells coming from the kitchen, when finally I rally myself and a friend to go and check it out. In short, it was wonderful! The restaurant itself … Continue reading Bocamexa, 75005

Strada Café Monge, 75005

The Strada Café, whom you might have heard of in the Marais (94 rue du Temple, 75003), opened up in a new location by Cardinal Lemoine métro station in November 2014. I love the fact that it is open from 8am on weekdays - finally someone has understood that people need coffee before going to work! - and this coffee … Continue reading Strada Café Monge, 75005

Mococha, 75005

Since 2009, Marie-Helene Gantois has been selecting very best from very best chocolatiers in France and selling them in her independant shop on the bustling market street rue Mouffetard in the 5th arrondissement. The three featured chocolatiers are Fabrice Gillotte (MOF 1990, who won this prestiguous title when he was just 26 years old), Jacques Bellanger (MOF 1982) and … Continue reading Mococha, 75005

DOSE Dealer de Café, 75005

One of my favourite spots on the rue Mouffetard, this coffee shop caters to students who don't want to be cooped up in a library, to the young, hip and trendy who want speciality roasted coffee beans, and to passers-by as well with it's To Go window. Rather surprisingly if you know anything about the … Continue reading DOSE Dealer de Café, 75005

La Mosquée de Paris, 75005

Escapism. It really is a wonderful thing to clear the mind. To sit quietly by yourself, in a place outside your comfort zone (by that I mean, not your local coffee shop.. y'know, the one with the free-wifi, where you sit in that same spot by the window...) Time turns to a standstill. You are … Continue reading La Mosquée de Paris, 75005

Androuet, 75005

There has been a market on the rue Mouffetard since the 1380s. It's a long story (one for when you're sitting comfortably) but it all started when some excommunicated priests from Notre Dame cathedral were settled on the banks of the river Bièvre, on the outskirts of the fledgling city of mediaeval Paris. Although the Androuet … Continue reading Androuet, 75005