Kooka Boora is not your typical Paris café. It’s much, much better. That might sound like heresy, but any serious bean hound is bound to be baffled by the cloudy brown stuff that’s passed off as coffee in this town.
I spend perhaps a little too much time here. I go for a caffeine jolt (and the free, reliable Wi-Fi) but often end up having lunch.
We all love to eat and drink wine in the City of Light, and there’s no shortage of good places to do so, including lots of cool Paris wine bars. And if you love wine, we’ve found something fun and different to do.
Before her last trip to Paris, Girls’ Guide founder Doni Belau received an intriguing email from Miss Vicky inviting her to a wine tasting at a small wine shop in the 9th Arrondissement.
Talk of Jewish Paris inevitably conjures up visions of the Marais, a trendy area located in the 3rd and 4th Arrondissements of the city. The Guimard Synagogue on the rue Pavée (open to the public on special occasions), the increasingly posh rue des Rosiers and pastries from Sacha Finkelsztajn are among the must-do’s for visitors to the quartier. But few realize that there is another Jewish enclave, in the city’s 9th Arrondissement, that merits a visit just as much as its famous Marais counterpart.
Recently I had a day to peruse the 9th Arrondissement. A lesser-known area of Paris, the 9th has heated up as of late. Cool new restaurants seem to open every day, and chic yet well-priced hotels have been popping up. Surely this is an area to sample on your next trip to the City of Light.
I was experiencing a bit of restaurant fatigue last week after one dinner that left my belly bellicose (and bank account bruised) and another that took pizza to new lows. These meals, plus a lingering holiday heaviness, gave me a strong desire to withdraw to the security of my own kitchen, where I know I can eat well.
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