Café Chilango, 75011

Picture the scene: "So we're opening a new spot in Paris. The hipster market is booming right now and we should make that our focus. What do we need?" - Ethnic food served on small plates. Check. - Beer from Deck and Donohue. Check. - Coffee from Cafe Lomi and/or Belleville. Check. - An offering … Continue reading Café Chilango, 75011

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

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 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

MG Road, 75003

Trying to find a half-decent restaurant anywhere near one of the main tourist sites in Paris is a challenge worthy of a sleuth. At the foot of the Pompidou Centre, you find a labyrinth of small street with cheap crepe stands, English-speaking bars and nondescript café-brasseries. You may well also have exhausted your patience for the … Continue reading MG Road, 75003

La Pâtisserie des Rêves, 75116

"Et voila" she scowls as she throws the plates down in front of us. La Pâtisserie des Rêves has been an address I've long admired. It was during my first week in Paris that I had my first taste of the Paris-Brest... but my love peaked at the moment that I was introduced to Conticini … Continue reading La Pâtisserie des Rêves, 75116

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