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Paris, France. Seen by Alex

30 Oct

Alex has recently moved to Switzerland. Zürich. We, his friends, still wonder why… I suppose there is a part of mystery in each one of us and we should simply accept, and go visit !

When asked about his favorite new places in his favorite new home, he gave one of his favorites… in Paris.

Chez Léon, A traditional grandma-and-grandpa style French bistro, with the classic red-and-white checkered tablecloth, garlic sausage, smoked hareng and the hard boiled display eggs on the bar.

The cuisine is just like home. Basic, classic, tasty dishes. Loud. The ambiance is friendly and the smiles are on (yes, those still exist so take them while you can !!) ~ 5 Rue Isly, 75008 Paris, France. Tel : 01 43 87 42 77

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Paris, France. Seen by Sandra

23 Oct

As seen by a nomad world traveler and Parisian by adoption.

After days, weeks, months and years spent in what is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Paris, I have come to spot some places that are amazing to me, unknown to others and worth knowing if you appreciate turning away from the traditional guide book, the typical “trendy” spots and turn towards the personal unknown.

Some of my personal places :

Best Italian Pasta restaurant in my opinion – Procopio Angelo. A true Italian Chef who knows his flour and vegetables like no one else. Take away traiteur and restaurant. Small (very small, 24 seats to the most so make sure to book for lunch and dinner services at 19.30 and 21.30) Fresh homemade pasta. Change of menu / sauces almost every day. The prices are more than reasonable (8€ – 22€). My special treats : The Burrata is simply amazing ! The dishes… every day will offer a new delicatessen, so all is practically fabulous. The Tiramisu just makes you want to have more of it and well… basically I’m in love with this place as you may have understood. ~ 89 rue St. Honoré, 75001, Open Tuesday till Saturday

For a great Martini Bar (snack & restaurant) there is the Fumoir. Right behind the Cour Carrée of the Louvre, this cosy bar, with probably one of the actual bars I really enjoy sitting at, will offer you quite an impressive choice of Martini cocktails and other alcoholic treats (ask for the honey vodka, it’s delicious). The view is that of an amazing Louvre, the Seine river and the wooden Pont des Arts. ~ 6 rue de l’Amiral de Coligny, 75001

If you are looking for that traditional French wine bar, do not miss out on Les Pipos. A small (expanding as we speak) “bar de quartier” situated in the 5th, a street away from the Pantheon. The meat dishes are excellent, the homemade French fries are fabulous, the cheese is fantastic and the wine list, well… Go try it out and let me know what you think. Make sure to book if you go on a weekend night or you may get the French attitude of “sorry, no more room, goodnight” thrown at you. They may come through as cold (Bruno, the main waiter really) but it’s a friendly place I’ve been going to for the past 15 years or so. ~ 2 rue de l’école Polytechnique, 75005, Closes on Sundays

Champagne, who doesn’t like champagne ? OK, some don’t, but overall, we all love and worship champagne. Champagne is like water… Well, almost like water but it could be… For those of you who like to feel those bubbles drifting down your throats, try the Flûte Etoile Champagne Bar, a step away from one of the cities most (according to the world) beautiful avenues, the Champs Elysées. This small and cosy bar offers you over 100 different champagnes and appetizers to go with your glass. Every Wednesday night there is live Jazz music to go with your champagne and your friends. Some say it’s my second home… I may agree and say it is. ~ 19 rue de l’Etoile, 75008, Open Monday till Saturday

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