Paris is Paris

Here is the MOSTMUST in Paris…these are my recommendations as well as those of close friends who live or have lived in this fantastic city…enjoy!
Lunch/Brunch:
Cuisine & Confidence, Nomad´s – Place du Marche Saint-Honore
Chez Casimir – 6 Rue de Belzunce – nice terrace, great brunch buffet
Bob´s Kitchen – 74 Rue Gravilliers – veggie place, almost all organic, juices, pancakes, stews, bagels
Boco – 3 Rue Danielle Casanova (near Opera) – great food, very central, great chefs behind the recipes – on the go food
Drinks Pre-Dinner:
A drink at the top of tour Montparnasse, there is a nice view from the restaurant (but indoor).
La Palette – 43 Rue de Seine –  terrace – Cool, ‘left bank’ spirit
Possibly followed by the noisier, very French Bar du Marche – 75 Rue de Seine on the same street
Chez Jeanette – 47 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis – good feel, new cool area in Paris, closer to the ‘grands boulevards’
Park Hyatt Vendome – classier, more uptight – go for the mini-burgers and finger food Wine Bar – 5 Rue de la Paix
La compagnie des Vins Surnaturels – 7 Rue Lobineau – very good wine selection + amazing bottles drinkable by the glass + awesome tapas + nice decor, no terrace

Dinner:

Grand Coeur – 41 Rue du Temple – great food, good ambience, outside terrace – the MOSTMUST
Les jardins du pont neuf – http://www.lesjardinsdupontneuf.com/
Chez Paul – Traditional French food restaurant – very casual, from countryside
Reservation is recommended. It is near Bastille area.
Le Beef Club – 58 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau – for the meat lovers – one of the new trendy restaurants, comes with a great cocktail bar (Beefclub Ballroom) downstairs, for after dinner.
Ferdi – 32 Rue du Mont Thabor – One of my favourite places, tiny, need to be patient waiting for your plate, need to book in advance +33 1 42 60 82 52 confirm when they call, probably the best burger in Paris, great Mojitos, good crowd, kind of a ‘before going out’
If you just had drinks at La Palette, near-by, good food, good place, lively, is Le Germain. Can’t miss the Champaign Mojitos – 25 rue Buci
Amazing food reasonably priced:
Spring – 6 Rue Bailleul
Sola -12 Rue de l’Hôtel Colbert
L’Office – 3, Rue Richer

Great terraces and good food : Chez Julien – 1 Rue du Pont Louis-Philippe (I just checked the website and they are the same owners of the Georges on top of the modern art museum)

Numerous terraces, great location, with a lot of different restaurant options:
Place du Marche Saint-Honore
Absynthe good food
Le Tres Honore to see and be seen, decent food
Fuxia good Italian
Little Georgette funny/good tapas
Razowski great burger

1728 – nice to get a feel of royalty but very touristy…close to Buddha Bar
http://www.restaurant-1728.com/welcome.html This is a private house renovated in the old French style and turned into restaurant, very classic and unique, good experience highly recommend. Reservation was necessary last time I checked.

Drinks Post-Dinner:
Cocktail Clubs (the new thing it seems) / Party Bars:
L’Experimental Cocktail Club – 37 Rue Saint-Sauveur – extremely good cocktails, tiny, but great atmosphere – the MOSTMUST
Le Curio Parlor – 16 Rue des Bernardins – (same owners of L´Experimental), bigger place
Prescription – 23 Rue Mazarine
Andy Wahloo 69 Rue Gravilliers – in a cool street, good music and definitely a party bar
Clubs – Pour les Soirees:
L’étoile D’apres gael l’étoile c’est comme partout

Raspoutine – Byzantine style interior – upscale
Le Madam (sometimes more posh)

Taxi
It´s a good idea to have the phone number (or even better the iPhone app) of a taxi company, at night it can make a big difference if you are in an area without too much traffic.
Taxi G7 are reliable and good: http://www.taxisg7.com/
And their number is +33 (0) 1 41 27 66 99
What else? If you are hungry late, there are a few places open 24h and always useful to know:
La poule au pot  http://www.lapouleaupot.com/ (in the center)
Maison Aubrac  http://www.maison-aubrac.com/ (right on champs elysees)
Au pied de cochon  http://www.pieddecochon.com/ (in the center)
Museums
Musee Georges Pompidou (for modern art) is usually very good, right in the center of paris, and there is a rooftop restaurant called Georges at the top. Very nice location with good view as well, but service is notoriously bad don’t be surprised by that, still a popular place.
musee Rodin which is a private mansion with park in the heart of paris, a jewel: http://www.musee-rodin.fr/
If you go to the Louvre go have food and/or drink at Café Marly, right inside the courtyard of the museum, if you can sit outside with the view on the pyramid it is really enjoyable. From the Louvre you can walk to Hotel de Ville, and on the back there is a nice café/lounge called Le Fumoir, very nice as well.
On the side from the Jardin des Tuileries, you can walk north in the little streets, lot of shopping, and you can look for place du Marche Saint Honore for nice restaurants in terrace on a mostly pedestrian square.
Around Eiffel tower, there is a new development on the quai Branly, with museum, park and restaurant. The top restaurant is supposedly good with a very unique view on Eiffel tower, and it can be good to spend some time there.
http://www.quaibranly.fr/en/musee/restaurant-service.html
http://www.quaibranly.fr/en/actualites/news.html
If the weather is good and you need a few more suggestions for rooftops:
Getting Around:
Metro does it all but if the weather is good and you are not in a hurry….
Velib system of bikes – you can rent for 30min for free, you can buy daily pass for a few euros. Avoid big avenues and beware of Paris traffic.

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