Posts Tagged ‘cafes’

Restaurants in Montmartre: La Boîte aux Lettres

The French movie “Amélie” definitely worked its magic on me when I saw it in 2001. It’s a glimpse into the whimsical world…..

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Tasty things to do in Paris: Ten Belles

Tasty Things to Do in Paris: Third-Wave Coffee

I recently read that the French philosopher Voltaire allegedly consumed between 40 and 50 cups of coffee a day. In a world where most of us drink…

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Paris cafés: les P'tites Indécises

Wi-Fi Cafés in Paris: Rive Droite

After having divulged our favorite cafés in Paris on the rive gauche that offer Wi-Fi, we’ve compiled a list of the best cafés to lug the laptop to on the on the other side of the Seine. As before, the list features cafés selected according to their reliable Wi-Fi, yummy java and table space for working comfortably.

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From Paris Cafés to the Art Museum: A Ricard or Nothing

Pastis rivals rosé as the unofficial French drink of summer. The refreshing anise liqueur is a staple of many Paris cafés as well as most good picnics because of its breezy flavor and the drinker’s ability to control its strength (not to mention make it last for an hour) by diluting it with water. Ricard, the most popular brand of Pastis, has ingrained itself so deeply into the French culture that it now has its own retrospective at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, focusing on the powerful and clever ways Ricard has promoted its brand over the past 80 years.

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Hit La Chambre aux Oiseaux, a café full of vintage charm in the 10th Arrondissement of Paris, for a sandwich or pastry and coffee

La Chambre aux Oiseaux

La Chambre aux Oiseaux is a Paris café with heart and a history to match. Léna, one of the owners, grew up in a haberdashery owned by her mother where vinyls spun on the record player and delicious smells constantly floated out of the kitchen where her grandmother baked. Léna’s partner, Hervé, enjoyed a similar childhood. His mother and his father (a baker) instilled in him their interest in decor and lovely little knickknacks.

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Miss Lunch Stands Out among Cafés in Paris for Food, Art and Olive Oil

If you think that Occitane beauty products smell good enough to eat, I have great news for you. Olivier Baussan, the founder of Occitane, has sponsored a little eatery

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Paris Fashion: The First Couture Café

When Swiss makeup artist Martena Duss came to town, she found Paris fashion just a bit intimidating. “Fashion is my world, but one thing surprised me. French women and the look they cultivate are just so classic. Here, the whole craft and artisan culture is almost underground.” It was one of the reasons Duss made friends with Sissi Holleis, an Austrian designer who has spent 20 years in Paris.

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Romantic Paris

“I love Paris in the springtime/ I love Paris in the fall/ I love Paris in the summer when it sizzles/ I love Paris in…

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Take a break from traditional fondue and feast on the raclette fondues of the Alps. Visit the Paris restaurant Les Fondus de la Raclette, with locations all over Paris.

Restaurants in Paris: The Basics

I get lots of requests for Paris restaurant recommendations. Visitors will tell me that they want to try something authentic, but they don’t like heavy sauces, or their travel companion is a picky eater, or they are simply intimidated by French cuisine. Relax, I always say. The most traditional of Parisian dishes is steak frites, quickly followed by poulet roti (roast chicken).

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Girl Talk with Mireille Guiliano

Mireille Guiliano’s life has been devoted to representing both French women and French luxury. Marriage to a US CEO (of the New York Institute of Technology) brought her from Paris to New York. There she helped found Clicquot, Inc., the US importer of Veuve Clicquot champagne; she also became a senior executive at luxury conglomerate LVMH. Her work life has always combined high pressure and continuous travel.

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Historic Cafés in Paris

The Paris café is an institution. No trip to the City of Light would be complete without visiting at least one. Most cafés keep continuous…

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Kooka Boora Café

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.

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Grilled artichoke tartine at Le Petit Trianon, a cut above your standard Paris café, in the 18th Arrondissement, Montmartre

Le Petit Trianon

It can be frustrating in Paris to be hungry at an odd hour, or to want something decent without spending a fortune or having to think ahead to make a reservation. Yes, there are your usual Parisian cafés all over the place, but the standard of food at most of these places, charming as they might be, is depressingly low.

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Lafayette Organic: Paris Restaurant Is a Haven for Whole Foods (and Foodies)

According to a recent article in the French daily Le Monde, the organic market is “booming” in France, with 1,595 new organic food and beverage options having been introduced to the French market in a period of two years. A tour of Paris confirms the city’s shift toward organics. Ardent locavores and organic addicts are no longer relegated to the rare vegetarian spot when it comes to Paris restaurants. More and more, the city is offering organic, or bio, options in places where you would least expect them.

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