Du Pain et Des Idées , 75010

I woke up in a cold sweat this morning as it dawned upon me that I am yet to write about Du Pain et Des Idées on this blog. It's a rather shameful confession, I must admit. Christophe Vasseur is one of the best bakers in Paris. His shop, Du Pain et Des Idées, is … Continue reading Du Pain et Des Idées , 75010

L’Auberge Bressane, 75007

It's not that there is a dearth of high-quality restaurants in this part of the 7th. You only have to stumble a couple of paces in any direction before you land upon L'Arpege, La Fontaine de Mars or L'Ami Jean... not to mention Jean-François Piège or David Toutain or Il Vino... It's just that Auberge … Continue reading L’Auberge Bressane, 75007

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

Pozzetto, 75004

On the rue du Roi de Sicile in the lower part of the Marais, not a million miles away from Hotel de Ville, is an address that ought to be in your little black book. Pozzetto are masters of artisanal Italian gelato. Unlike competitors Berthillon and Amorino, they only have a small menu of just twelve flavours … Continue reading Pozzetto, 75004

Café Pépone, 75018

https://twitter.com/emmabentley87/status/597764341086212097 I have walked past the Café Pépone on rue des Abbesses hundreds of times without ever giving it even a moment's thought. The pre-prepared sandwiches, giant Nutella pots and stale macarons did not get my tastebuds at all excited. That was, until I saw a great big Pozzetto sign and a newly refurbished seating area! It's only … Continue reading Café Pépone, 75018

Le Café des Musées, 75003

So many people ask me where you can find steak-frites in Paris. Or where are the best escargots in the city? For longer than I would care to admit, these questions had me scratching my head.... I have lived here for so long that I'm no longer craving these classic dishes. The restaurants where I … Continue reading Le Café des Musées, 75003

Bob’s Bake Shop, 75018

The area between La Chapelle and Marx Dormoy, up in the north of Paris' 18th arrondissement is a funny place. As well as being right between an Indian community (at La Chapelle) and a mini Chinese community (on rue de Torcy) it is also sandwiched between two sets of train tracks. Ten years ago, it … Continue reading Bob’s Bake Shop, 75018

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