travel guide - escape to paris with ariane


city of love, most visited capital in the world and famous for its breathtaking architecture and landmarks, paris deserves its title of the most beautiful city in the world. although you shouldn’t skip the usual “touristy” places such as l’arc de triomphe, la tour eiffel, les jardins des tuileries et du luxembourg, le louvre, l’opéra, montmartre (and the list goes on and on), so many other things are to be explored when you visit the city. here’s a guide to eating, drinking, sleeping and walking through the city of love a little differently.


where to get a coffee

in paris

if you like lattes and cappuccinos and all those fancy twists of coffee you can order at starbucks, you’ll probably hate the way french people drink coffee. when you ask for a latte, they’ll bring you a “café au lait” which is pretty different. if you only ask for coffee, they’ll bring you an espresso. so if you’re like me and you prefer sticking to a good old latte, here at the best places to get your coffee fix.

café oberkampf
3 rue neuve popincourt 75011

ten belles
10 rue de la grange aux belles, 75010

fondation café
16 rue dupetit-thouars, 75003

boot café
19 rue du pont aux choux, 75003

café pinson (vegan!)
6 rue du forez, 75003

40 rue chapon, 75003


what to do

in paris

go up centre pompidou for the best view of the city and grab a drink at the top!

go see a concert at le point ephemere on the canal

go see an exhibition at fondation louis vuitton and enjoy the unique architecture

stroll around canal st-martin & canal de l’ourcq

go see an outdoor movie at l’institut suédois (click here for movie schedules)

go see an exhibition at palais de tokyo

stroll at one of the numerous markets on a sunday

people watching at place des vosges


visit art galleries in le marais and stop at musée picasso

grab a coffee at la recyclerie, an ancient train station now home to a city garden and cozy coffee spot

walk around on montorgeuil street and enjoy the restaurants and shops

visit le palais royal and its famous striped towers and stroll around the beautiful gardens

head to 59 rivoli street for a free tour of numerous art studios and galleries


where to eat

in paris

ober mamma & biglove café

simply the best pizza and pasta there is. it’s almost as if you’re sitting in rome having the best meal of your life. not even kidding. two of several restaurants owned by big mamma group, the first one is simply beautiful and delicious, with a bar inside where you can wait to have a table while sipping on aperol. the second one, their latest addition to the family, is gluten free heaven (best gluten free pizza hands down) and don’t forget to taste the burrata before you leave…

ober mamma: 107 boulevard richard lenoir, 75011
biglove café: 30 rue debelleyme, 75003

l’as du fallafel

located in the trendy marais, this place is always packed with locals and tourists, because it’s simply the best falafel you’ll find. plus, the streets around are beautiful and filled with little shops and vintage thrift stores, that will leave you wanting more.

34 rue des rosiers, 75004


tacos anyone? little taco joint in le haut marais. be careful though, the place is really small and doesn’t have a lot of places to sit! get there early! also, if you continue to the back room, you’ll find a speakeasy cocktail bar where they serve amazing drinks!

52 rue de saintonge, 75003

marché des enfants rouges

hidden market in le haut marais, le marché des enfants rouge is food heaven. you can get a cheap meal from almost any country (the tajine from the moroccan restaurant is amazing).

39 rue de bretagne, 75003

rue mouffetard

head to this street in the 5th arrondissement to get a french crêpe at one of the many stands on both sides of the street and eat it in the luxembourg gardens.

other delicious restaurants:

nanashi (japanese)
57 rue charlot, 75003

paris new york (burgers)
50 rue du faubourg saint-denis, 75010

septime (seafood)
80 rue de charonne, 75011

jules et shim (korean)
22 rue des vinaigriers, 75010

paris hanoi (vietnamese)
74 rue de charonne, 75011


where to have brunch

in paris

europeans aren’t used to brunch as much as we are, but you’ll find more and more places opening in the city where you can get amazing brunch! careful though, sometimes they only serve it on weekends! here are my top choices.

1 rue charles-françois dupuis, 75003

paper boy
137 rue amelot, 75011

19 rue lucien sampaix, 75010

oberkampf café
3 rue neuve popincourt 75011

wild & the moon (vegan!)
55 rue charlot, 75003


where to drink

in paris

parisians have a thing for wine, but there’s no shortage of good cocktail bars around the city too.

le comptoir general

near the canal st-martin, this bar is hidden at the back of an alley and is an absolute treasure. in an old hangar, the place is full of plants, beautiful décor, has a garden in the back and an eclectic mix of furniture. you can even get served at a pirate ship bar! definitely a place to visit if you’re looking for something different!

80 quai de jemmapes, 75010


this pizzeria located in the 11th arrondissement hides a cool speakeasy in the back. just open the fridge door to get in and enjoy a cocktail! (the pizza is delicious too).

5 rue sedaine, 75011


if you feel like hopping on a boat, head to la seine to grab a drink on one of the many boat bars. you’ll have a gorgeous view on the eiffel tower (plus it’s illuminated at night!) and it’s quite an experience overall to have a drink or party on the river! you can also visit canal de l’ourcq and stop at antipode for an afternoon pick-me-up.


other places where they serve great cocktails or delicious wines:

 dirty dick  (don’t get fooled by the name, it used to be a strip club!)
10 rue frochot, 75009

10 rue oberkampf, 75011

l’entrée des artistes
30 Rue victor massé, 75009

le mary celeste
1 rue commines, 75003

la buvette (for good wines!)
67 rue saint-maur, 75011

80 rue de charonne, 75011


where to sleep

in paris

hotel grand amour

located in the trendy 10th arrondissement close to canal st-martin, this hotel with eclectic décor also has a restaurant with a beautiful terrace outside.

18 rue de la fidélité, 75010

hotel panache

situated in the heart of paris, close to famous galeries lafayette and the opera, this hotel is the perfect start for your visit to the city.

1 rue geoffroy-marie, 75009


hotel pigalle

like its name says, the hotel is situated in pigalle, in the 9th arrondissement. the trendy décor and artistic vibes make it a great spot for your parisian escapade.

9 rue frochot, 75009

text and pictures by ariane poulin
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