I’ve visited Paris several times over the past year, and even though I’m normally working during those, I try to enjoy the little time I have off to discover the city and its local hideouts. Hideouts where I can get lost and transport myself back to if I ever need to lose myself in memories.
The quaint streets and breathtaking architecture that I first fell in love years ago never lost their charm, but my desire for discovery has grown exponentially. Whether it’s a space flooded with the most beautiful light or a cocktail crafted just for me, the city and its establishments are a constant source of inspiration. And since food is always a priority on my travel agenda, I thought I’d share some of my latest discoveries — some new, some a little older, but all worth a visit if you ever stumble upon this city.
I’ll have to warn you that this isn’t your typical tourist guide. I’m not going to tell you where to get the best croque madame or steak frites — even though I do have recommendations for those — instead, this is simply a little diary of my latest personal discoveries that I had to share.
During this last visit, the trending açaí bowl (and my addiction to green juices) led me to Wild & The Moon. This quaint vegan juice bar located Le Marais, with its plethora of greenery draped across the walls, made for the perfect morning backdrop. I worked through the morning while enjoying their avocado toast and a pot of green tea, grabbing a juice to go. It’s one of the few spots that I find open earlier than most in the city, and definitely worth a try if you’re looking to kick off your morning with something a bit healthier.
If juice doesn’t give you that morning boost you normally crave, then grab a cortado or two at Boot Cafe. Even though I don’t drink as much coffee anymore, I find very few things more relaxing than a coffee, a good read, and people watching on the streets of Paris.
The seasonal menu at Bob’s Kitchen is hard to ignore. Whether you’re going for a grain salad, one of their daily soups, or their delicious pancakes and freshly baked desserts, this quaint little spot is the perfect way to fuel up. I’ve visited spot several times during my visits and cannot get enough of their fresh seasonal salads.
A friend introduced me to Miznon a few years ago and there are moments when I catch myself daydreaming bout their food. With its fresh, authentic fare and bustling ambience, this casual eatery hidden in Le Marais is not to be missed. My ideal order here is a pita stuffed with lamb, a glass of wine, and the whole roasted cauliflower. *craving*
If you enjoy great cocktails, a lively ambience, and art deco interiors, Danico is a must. Parked behind the restaurant Darico, the newly-opened Danico is a place from (my) dreams. The aesthetic alone is breathtaking, but once your lips touch one of their carefully curated cocktails, you’ll find yourself on a bit of a journey. Marrying the flavors from around the world with ones local to Paris, each mixologist effortlessly engages your palette, making you reimagine what cocktails should really taste like.
Wild & The Moon, 55 Rue Charlot, 75003 Paris, France
Boot Cafe, 19 Rue Du Pont Aux Choux, 75003 Paris, France
Bob’s Kitchen,74 Rue des Gravilliers, 75003 Paris, France
Miznon, 22 Rue des Ecouffes, 75004 Paris, France
Danico, 6 Rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris, France