How to Choose the Perfect Paris Corner Café

There’s nothing more satisfying than bagging the perfect table in the perfect corner café.  Here are my tips for helping you to choose the best one: stake your claim and then settle in for the long haul. Stay local Parisians find a good local café and go there a lot. On a daily basis, even….

Paris Picks – Chez Janou

You will either love Chez Janou or you’ll hate it. At least that’s the conclusion I came to after reading the TripAdvisor reviews. I’ll get straight to where I stand on the matter: I bloody well love it. This Provençal restaurant close to Place des Vosges in Paris is no hidden gem. Look up #chezjanou…

Stay In a Little Piece of Paris

Do you also dream of your own Little Piece of Paris? Why not start by staying in ours? Small, stylish and undeniably Parisian, our studio apartment is in the heart of the lively, fashionable Marais. Enjoy your morning coffee or evening aperitif on the beautiful terrace, and explore the shops, cafes, bars and restaurants on…

Secret Paris? You’re on Your Own

Is there anything more exciting, more exquisite, than the idea of a secret Paris? Hidden alleyways, forgotten corners, if you have a passion for travel, you want to escape the tourists and get under the skin of the city. You want the speakeasy bar with no name on the door; the little-known jazz club where the voice…

Paris Picks – Pho 14

A blustery Paris day in March can feel colder than a frosty one in January. The days are brighter, the temperatures higher, but the wind is biting and persistent. What better way to warm up than with a big bowl of steaming beef noodle soup in the Vietnamese district of the 13th arrondissement? The only…

Paris Picks – Lulu White Drinking Club

Even in a city like Paris, it’s easy to fall into a bit of a going-out rut. While I love that we’ve established our regulars in close vicinity to the flat, I want to make the most out of all that Paris has to offer. So on the Saturday night of our last visit, we headed south…

Paris Picks – Le Bon Kushikatsu

After you are seated at Le Bon Kushikatsu, either at the long wooden counter that runs the length of the restaurant, or at one of a few small tables at the back of the room, the chef presents the menu in a little wooden box. Everything in the box will be speared, deep-fried and served…

Paris Picks – l’Ilot

There is a trio of food hotspots in the Marais that form a triangle around the streets of Rue Petit Thouars, Rue de la Corderie and Rue Charles Francois Dupuis. There is l’Ilot, a simple seafood restaurant; l’Aller Retour that serves up steaks in a room that feels a lot like someone’s living room and…

Paris Picks – My Favourite Breakfast Spot

When choosing somewhere to eat in Paris you often have to make a choice: quality or location. Nestled in the arcades of the beautiful Place des Vosges, Carette is an exception to that rule. I can’t think of a better way to start the day than on the sunny terrace of this beautiful café.

Paris Picks – Soma

Tucked away in a small street of the Haut Marais, Soma is a hidden gem dishing up Japanese fusion to experimental locals. From outside, this little restaurant looks undeniably inviting. The Head Chef takes centre stage, surrounded by diners at the bar. Small wooden tables fill what is left of the space, lining the exposed stone walls….

Paris Picks – Baffo

This tiny restaurant, tucked away on a small street just off Rue Rambuteau, offers uncomplicated, grown-up Italian dining. Head to Baffo for its intimate atmosphere, sophisticated home cooking and friendly service. Don’t be misled: although this neighbourhood restaurant is casual and welcoming, serving up instantly recognizable Italian staples, there isn’t a checkered tablecloth in sight….