Jul 5, 2015

Just a few Paris recs

Yikes, July came quickly this year. I suddenly feel incredibly behind on everything and bizarrely, I feel like I'm in limbo, even though I have no reason to. Hopefully the feeling will be shaken off soon. I wanted to share a few Paris addresses (for food & drink) that you shouldn't miss if you find yourself there any time soon. It's by no means comprehensive, and it doesn't include many of my all-time old favorites, but compiling all of that will be a project for another rainy day. Some of these have been around for a while too, but I figured they were still worth mentioning.



1) When can you ever really go wrong with tacos, guacamole, and cocktails? I loved Candelaria and went both times during my May visits. To get to the actual cocktail bar portion, walk past the tiny taco bar and a magical door will transport you to a much larger space. I was also pleasantly surprised to find one of my favorite cocktails, the Naked & Famous, on the list.



2) Bob's Juice Bar is a total gem and lifesaver for my outbound flight meals. I know you're thinking, why go to a "juice bar" in Paris, especially one run by an ex-New Yorker? When you need a little something to chase down all the croissants and baguettes, it's so refreshing to have an easy, quick, healthy lunch option. Plus, the produce in France is way better. I now grab their daily salad here before my flights back, and I actually look forward to my in-flight meal now.



3) Fewer things are more comforting than a steaming bowl of udon, in my opinion. Kunitoraya is my go-to first-night-off-the-plane meal. I'm usually exhausted and a bit delirious, and I just want something that's not fussy at all and will satisfy me. Start with some pickled radishes, share a rice bowl (not to be missed), and then have a big bowl of udon to yourself, because you won't want to share.



4) Nicolas from Telescope (a coffee shop that's perpetually on my recommend list, obviously) had recommended Le Servan a while back and I finally got to try it in May. You'll get incredible value at lunch in a beautiful but casual space. There's not much I can say about the food to do it justice, but just trust me on this one and check it out for yourself.



5) It seems like you can't really get a "bad" baguette in Paris, but the exceptional ones are worth noting too. We got one from the relatively new boulangerie Liberté to split as a snack and were literally fighting over the crumbs.



6) I would undoubtedly say the best pancakes I've ever had come from Holybelly, a coffee shop/cafe on the same street as Bob's Juice Bar. The coffee itself is on a similar level as well. Warning: if you don't show up first thing when they open, expect to wait up to an hour and a half depending how late you show up. You can always get coffee to go though if you're not waiting for a table.

Damn, all of this reminiscing just makes me want to hop on a plane tomorrow...

31 comments :

  1. they all sound wonderful - hopefully I manage to get back to Paris sometime to check them out

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  2. Finally a practical and useful post about Paris among hundreds of romanticised ones! Thank you!
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  3. all that food looks delicious! thanks for the useful recs!
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  5. Yes! Candelaria is one of my favorite go-to spots.

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  6. I remember passing Bob's Juice Bar - is it near where we had breakfast? I'm always looking for good juice in Paris....I feel a bit "stereotypical Californian" asking for it, LOL. Going to go here next time!

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  8. These all look so gorgeous! It makes me want to go to Paris immediately -- for juice + pancakes + mexican food + udon. And those pictures are so beautiful!

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  9. I would totally be the one to go to a juice bar in Paris too!

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