Dine like a local in Paris: Best restaurants for the real Parisien experience

Le cafe du commerce

Living in Paris is a dream for a foodie like me. I’ve been here for 2 years now, so have plenty of great restaurants and bars to recommend that I go to on a regular basis. They are enjoyed by tourists and locals alike, and fit in well with sightseeing as I often go to these places when I have friends in town. Enjoy!

A special evening out 

Le Relais de Venise is à parisien institution, serving only steak frites and 2 rounds of it to boot! The only question you’ll have to answer is “quelle cuisson?” (How you want your steak cooked) to which you should probably reply “saignant” or “a point” (rare or medium). You’ll have to queue but I promise it’s worth it for that special secret sauce! Make an evening of it by visiting the Hyatt Regency Hotel for cocktails before dinner and the best view of the Eiffel Tower. 

The details: Le Relais de Venise, 271 Boulevard Pereire, 75017 

Laid back French style 

For something more simple, head for great happy hour cocktails 5-9pm and the best cheese and meat board (planche) at “La Comete” and over to the famous (and cheap!) restaurant “Chartier” nearby (you need to queue for the restaurant)

The details: La Comète, 19 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 75009
Le Bouillon Chartier, 7 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 75009 

Local music scene

Gypsy jazz bar ‘l’apostrophe” on a Thursday or Friday night will give you the pleasure of listening to the best gypsy jazz musicians around. The food there is nothing special, but worth it if you like live music as you have to eat there to get the good seats where you can see, but you should either arrive early (8pm) or reserve. You can also go after dinner and stand and have drinks. It’s near Republique where there’s lots of interesting bars. Or if you fancy trying some excellent cheese and wine head to La Vache dans les Vignes first, through they do have cheese boards at l’Apostrophe too.

The details: L’Apostrophe, 23 Rue de la Grange aux Belles, 75010
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La Vache dans les Vignes, 46 Quai de Jemmapes, 75010 Paris

The ultimate “cute French terrace” in Montmartre

This place is perfectly placed for a glass of wine of lunch when exploring Montmartre, it’s a touristy area so good to think about where you’re going to eat first to make sure you never waste a meal!

The details:  Le Relais de la Butte, 12 Rue Ravignan, 75018

Le bistro thats full of charm in Le Marais

No trip to Paris is complete without a wander in the streets of Le Marais, it’s full of great shops and restaurants, you’ll be spoilt for choice! This one takes the biscuit for me as its on my favourite street, and will reward you with views (and photos I’m sure) of a quaint pedestrianised avenue so quiet you’ll forget you’re in Paris! 

The details:  Les Philosophes, 28 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75004

The Latin Quarter

Fancy a crêpe on a quintessentially Parisien market street after walking in Jardin du Luxembourg and through the Latin quarter? This is the place. There’s a ton a creperies on this street including a famous greek one with queues out the door throughout the day, but who comes to Paris for a greek crepe? Come here to get the real thing from a Brittanic restaurant, and make sure to wash it down with some of Brittany’s finest cider or apple juice.

The details: La Petite Bretonne, 48 Rue Mouffetard, 75005 

The ultimate Parisien brasserie near the Eiffel Tower

Saving the best until last, this is on the road where I live and one of my favourites it’s where we had our wedding lunch. The service is impeccable as is all the food, not to mention the giant tree in the middle of the restaurant viewable from the 3 floors of balconies. It’s a special place indeed. Great for lunch or dinner, it’s located on a nice shopping street to enjoy as you walk off your meal. Try to book in advance:

The details: Le Café du Commerce, 51 Rue du Commerce, 75015, +33 1 45 75 03 27

 

10 ideas for a winter weekend city break

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A quick search on Skyscanner will reveal that now is the time to plan ahead for those wintery months coming up, and book a weekend away. City breaks are one of my favourite types of holidays; a couple of days to explore somewhere new, wine and dine in nice restaurants and stay in a hotel and let someone else clean up for a while. But which city should you choose, when there are so many? There’s something to be found in Europe for every style, it’s just a matter of finding the one that tickles your fancy and booking those flights!

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