Paris is one of my all time favourite places in the world. I love the people, the language, the food, the architecture – it’s just magical. It has that je ne sais quoi, you know? I spent my 27th birthday in Paris this weekend and had the best time. We ate some delicious food, drank some amazing natural wine, walked almost 11 miles a day, and had one night where we for once actually acted like we are in our twenties! But I still have the longest list of places still to visit and things to eat in Paris – I’m sure the list will keep on growing! So I thought I’d do a quick round up and share some of the best places to eat, drink and be merry.
Peonies has to be the prettiest, most instagrammable cafe in Paris. I’m talking all the green and pink decor, as well as beautiful looking cakes and really tasty coffee. It’s also a flower shop and they sell the most beautiful mugs, t-shirts and tote bags.
Go for a walk around Notre-Dame and then swiftly head to Circus Bakery to have the most expensive (6 euros!) but most delicious cinnamon roll in the entire world. Also – definitely stalk their Instagram to watch the serious amount of love and work that goes into making them…it’s hypnotic.
Ober Mamma is part of the Mamma Group of restaurants in Paris which I think are all Italian but with different specialities. They are hugely popular so one to arrive at or before opening time, or be prepared to wait or come back later. We had some GREAT wine here and the food was so good. Nathan said his pizza was one of the best he has ever had (he’s had a fair few pizzas in his time so this is a sparkling review from him). Spoiler alert: if you go for the truffle pasta (like I did), make sure that you’re hungry and be prepared not to finish it – it is INTENSE (and also delicious).
- Frozen margaritas – YES
- Tacos – YES
- Quesadillas – YES
Candelaria is not fancy but it is delicious. If you like Mexican food and drinks then you need this place in your life.
Season is another Instagram find which often has a long queue. We only queued for 10 minutes on Saturday mid morning which I thought was pretty good to be honest. They don’t do oat milk here which is a massive let down for me! Coffee is just not the same with other kinds of milk…but I digress. Go for the pancakes, enjoy the pancakes, love the pancakes. They’re insane.
I have previously raved about Holybelly 5, and am happy to say that I will also rave about Holybelly 19! The customer service in these restaurants is second to none – they say “It’s good because we care” and you can tell it’s really true. Holybelly 19 opened a couple of weeks ago and is already crushing it with smaller sharing plates and amazing coffee, with 5 still serving up it’s famous pancakes. At 19 – whatever you do – order the Doughnuts with Dulce de Leche. Get to both restaurants early to avoid queuing!
Also excellent to visit:
- Rivié at The Hoxton – go for wine and truffle fries in the courtyard. If you’re there on a Friday night you may or may not end up on the dance floor because the music is everything you could ever want from the nineties.
- The Hardware Société – just by the Sacré-Cœur – such a beautiful, friendly, non touristy coffee/brunch shop. This is what you need after trekking all the way up La Butte.
- The Boot Cafe – the teeniest coffee shop for while you’re wandering around the Marais, which serves delicious coffees and cookies. Plus we met the cutest dog there, so there’s that!
- Daroco – worth going to this Italian restaurant for the decor. The service is also great, as is the food! Definitely one to book in advance though, we managed to get the only available table!
This visit reminded me just how much I love big cities and eating my way around them. What is your favourite city in the world? I have another big trip in the works for later in the year and I absolutely cannot wait to share what I do and eat there. In the meantime, if you’re still wanting more Paris recommendations go check out part one of my France Road Trip Guide from our trip last year!