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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 Cafe 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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