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24 hours of culinary delights in Paris with Amelia Goe

You're trying to make most of a 24-hour layover or a quick weekend trip to Paris and well, it's a little overwhelming. Understandable; touristic highlights, such as visiting Musée du Louvre, is supposed to take a week alone just to see all that it has to offer.

Luck­i­ly I’ve con­densed all of the hard choic­es into a list of la crème de la crème and can make even the short­est excur­sions beyond sat­is­fac­to­ry – when plan­ning your petit trip to Paris, beware of the days you’re shoot­ing for. Typ­i­cal­ly, many busi­ness­es are closed on Sun­day and many public/​national muse­ums close on Mon­days or Tuesdays.

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Ulti­mate­ly, eat­ing is a huge part of a Parisian get­away. Pur­chas­ing full meals three times a day doesn’t nec­es­sar­i­ly leave room for a big­ger appétit and won’t ful­fill the Parisian culi­nary expe­ri­ence. We advise that you opt for small­er bites through­out the day, allow­ing you to try more eater­ies and treats along your journey.

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Instead of indulging in a large break­fast grab cof­fee & vien­nois­erie, like a real Parisian, to hold you over for the morn­ing. Pain Pain is sit down or take­away boulan­gerie sit­u­at­ed right off the metro Abbess­es and on your way toward Sacré-Cœur in Mont­martre. After that make use of the ear­ly morn­ing in north­ern Paris, going to some of the vin­tage shops like Chinema­chine and spree or wan­der­ing around the Lamar­ck / Caulain­court that fea­tures pic­turesque stair­wells and views across the city.

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While grab­bing a table at any cute brasserie or restau­rant with the adorable quick­er seats looks entic­ing, don’t do it. A lot of these places are over-priced duds. One that is not, is Café Char­lot, locat­ed in the north­ern-reach­es of Le Marais. It’s the per­fect lunch spot, allow­ing you to peo­ple-watch and sur­vey Parisians in their nat­ur­al envi­ron­ment. It’s also con­ve­nient­ly across from Marché des Enfants Rouges where you can wan­der around the mar­ket stalls, smelling fresh­ly baked good­ies and flow­ers. Lines can get long here but the food is worth it if you find an opening.

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Before you set­tle down for din­ner, head to La Buvette or Au Pas­sage in the 11th arrondisse­ment. They both are wine bars with high qual­i­ty tapas-style small plates. The loca­tion and menus make for a per­fect apéri­tif. How­ev­er, if you’re dying to see Le Seine, take up some glass­es of wine at Chez Nous on Rue Dauphine, right across from Pont Neuf. They don’t have a menu, so you can ask ques­tions and dis­cuss price points and the serv­er will open what­ev­er you want to try.

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When in Paris, you must eat at a Miche­lin restau­rant. It’s no sur­prise that eat­ing at a Miche­lin-starred restau­rant will bring with it a hefty bill, but there’s a smart way of going about eat­ing at the cov­et­ed estab­lish­ments. First, research the restau­rant you have in mind and make sure they serve lunch, most like­ly the price is about half of what your din­ner bill would look like. Sec­ond, real­ly check the reviews and make sure the cui­sine is up your alley, if you’re a picky-eater, don’t even both­er with the expe­ri­ence. Frenchie, is a Miche­lin-starred restau­rant in the 3rd arrondisse­ment that has mul­ti­ple con­cepts, one with a take away style menu and anoth­er sole­ly for drinks and wine. Frenchie’s lunch menu comes with four cours­es at €45 and a din­ner menu of five cours­es at €74. The expe­ri­ence is worth every cen­time.

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Breizh Café, which serves up star-qual­i­ty crêpes, is also the per­fect way to get a Miche­lin restau­rant and the icon­ic French crêpe marked off your list. That being said, there are so many deli­cious crêperies across Paris, some of the best being the ones made out of the tiny kiosks that stay open late and nour­ish your drunk­en crav­ings. For instance, I’m big fan of Crêperie Genia by Fontaine Saint-Michel, an easy dessert and ener­gy boost to help you dance the night away at local jazz club Caveau de la Huchette, which has been fea­tured in many films but man­ages to keep the same locals com­ing each night. Seri­ous­ly, gen­tle­men and ladies that are in their senior­i­ty who’ve danced in the under­ground jazz-filled caves for decades.

Noth­ing more to say than: enjoy your culi­nary trip to Paris!

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02 Jun 2017 · neubau eyewear