France

Paris

My daily muse of inspiration. After a handful of visits, discover the haunts I highly recommend you check out on your next visit to the City of Light.

59 RdS Bakery
Bakeries are everywhere, but baguette baking is a serious business. This bakery has won the award for the best baguette. Stop in and see exactly what a quality French baguette should taste like.
Address: 59 rue de Saintonge, Paris, France
A. Simon
Another quality cooking supply store to pick up metal mixing bowls, a baker's must-haves, knives, cutting boards and all of the little details.
Address: 48 Rue Montmartre, Paris, France
Adèle and Jules Hotel
Wonderful concierge service in both French and English, rooms with the classic Juliet balcony available (just remember to request) located in the bustling 9th arr. but tucked away off any busy streets.
Address: 2 Cité Rougemont, 75009 Paris, France
Angelina's
The famed tea house that Coco Chanel frequented, sip the decadent chocolat chaud and nibble on a macaroon.
Address: 226 Rue de Rivoli, Paris, France
Brasserie Bellanger
Painted a delightful fresh green hue, you will not walk past this corner brasserie and miss it. And you shouldn't! :) It offers fresh, delicious French food with superb service. Their water pitchers are full of whimsy as well.
Address: 140 Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 75010 Paris, France
E. Dehillerin
A cook and baker's dream is to shop at E. Dehillerin. Knowing Julia Child and Ina Garten have shopped there as well, doesn't hurt. Oodles of cooper, skillets and all the tools you will want to bring home.
Address: 18-20 Rue Coquillière, Paris, France
Gabrielle Geppert
Hermés, Chanel, Dior. It's here and it's far more affordable. A dream of a designer consignment boutique.
Address: 31 Galerie de Montpensier, 75001 Paris, France
Haven in Paris
A luxury Parisian vacation rental that makes you feel at home. With a personal concierge to welcome you and be at your call of need if you have a question, all rentals are pristine and ideally located.
Hotel Monge
A boutique hotel located in the fifth away from the tourist bustle, but in close proximity to everything you want. And the reason I chose it was that it is one block from Les Jardins des Plantes.
Address: 55 Rue Monge, 75005 Paris, France
Hotel Particulier Montmartre
A beautiful boutique hotel tucked up in a private part of a Montmartre neighborhood. A wonderful place to arrive after a long day of international travel. Check out my spotlight post in the French-Inspired archives.
Address: Pavillon D, 23 Avenue Junot, Paris, France
Jacques Genin Chocolates
A gourmet chocolate shop where the chocolate is displayed like jewelry.
Address: 27 rue de varenne, Paris, France
La Grand Épicerie
Your gourmet grocery on the left bank. Located below the Bon Marché. Two dreams in one!
Address: 38, rue de Sèvres, Paris, France
La Maison d'Isabelle
Winner of Paris' Best Croissants in 2018. Enough said! Beautiful, endless layers of buttery goodness and just blocks away from Shakespeare & Co., located right on Saint-Germaine boulevard.
Address: 47ter Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75005 Paris, France
La Mascotte
A scrumptious seafood fine dining restaurant in Montmartre. From the sole, to the oysters, to the dessert, all was scrumptious on my last night in Paris in 2018.
Address: 52 Rue des Abbesses, Paris, France
Ladurée
Cloud-like macaroons, visit any of the three locations to spoil your sweet tooth.
Address: 18 Rue Royale, 75008 Paris, France
Le Grand Colbert
Fantastic service! You'll remember this restaurant from the movie "Something’s Gotta to Give".
Address: 2 Rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris, France
Le Grillon
Upon meeting mystery author M.L. Longworth here for a croissant and tea, it was clear why this was her favorite cafe. Located on Cours Mirabeau, the people watching is phenomenal, and the food a dream.
Address: 49 Cours Mirabeau, Aix-en-Provence, France
Lou Lou's Friendly Diner
Located on the bustling Saint-Germaine Boulevard just blocks away from Cafe Flore but without the tourist hype. Delicious classic fare and friendly service. Not to be confused with Lou Lou's on Rue Rivoli.
Address: 90 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75005 Paris, France
Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen
France's largest flea market. Open Saturday-Monday, discover treasures for your sanctuary and delight in the variety. Decor details, dinnerware, furniture, clothing, linens and more. Visit my guide of 11 Helpful Tips for VIsiting and Shopping.
Address: 138/140 rue des Rosiers, 93400 Saint-Ouen, Paris, France
Palais Royale
A favorite must-see spot. Boutiques, a quiet, cozy garden, restaurants and those black and white cylinders.
Address: 8 Rue de Montpensier, 75001 Paris, France
Paris by Mouth
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Pierre Hermé
Amazing macarons and other pastries. Step inside and dare to dream.
Address: 18 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75004 Paris, France
Poilâne
The famed sourdough rounds, melt in your mouth chocolate croissants and “punishment” cookies.
Address: 38 Rue Debelleyme, 75003 Paris, France
Rose Bakery
Located in Montmartre along one of my favorite streets on the right bank, Rose Bakery offers seasonal, light and fresh fare that is healthy as it is tasty.
Address: 46 Rue des Martyrs, Paris, France
Sébastien Gaudard Patisserie
A dream of a patisserie in Montmartre. Referred by a Parisian friend, I stepped in and was in sweet bliss. Not only was the food artistically beautiful and delicious, the decor in light French blue made it feel extra special.
Address: 22 Rue des Martyrs, Paris, France
Shakespeare & Co. bookshop
A bustling iconic bookshop located along the Seine and full of English language books of all genres. No photos can be taken in the shop which will enable you to hone in on that perfect book you're looking for.
Address: 37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris, France
Telescope Cafe
Find it behind the Palais Royale, and look for a all of the wooden owls adorning the decor. A truly local haunt that knows how to brew a cup of jo.
Address: 5 Rue Villedo, 75001 Paris, France
The French Bastards Boulangerie
Having opened in 2019, three French men have taken their love of French food, some inspiration from American sweet favorites (e.g. the cinnamon roll) and make scrumptious sweet treats and breads.
Address: 61 Rue Oberkampf, 75011 Paris, France