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how to eat/drink in paris for a weekend!
 

Your guide to eating your way through a short weekend trip to Paris!

 
 

 
 

Two of my friends and I decided to go to Paris for MLK weekend - one who studied abroad there and the other who has visited many times, so I knew we were in good hands. We stayed in an airbnb in Le Marais, which was perfect.

 
 
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We took an 11pm flight and arrived in Paris around 1pm…by the time we got out of the airport and to our airbnb, it was almost 3pm and time for a crepe. We went to Breizh Cafe, which was a two minute walk away. It can be known as a tourist spot, but these were some of the best I’ve ever had. Definitely worth a visit if you’re looking for a sit down crepe spot vs. just picking one up on the side of the street.

 
 
Sunny side up egg, raw milk comte cheese, cured ham

Sunny side up egg, raw milk comte cheese, cured ham

 
 
 
 

We decided to get pre-dinner drinks at Candelaria, which is a speakeasy in the back of a taco shop (very similar to La Esquina for all you New Yorkers). Drinks are agave focused (my fav) and you can make a reservation for the bar (here!). It gets pretty packed during the night so mostly a standing bar otherwise.

 
 
 

We went to Le Colimaçon for dinner in Le Marais and it was incredible. Small, authentic French bistro with the menu written on a chalkboard each night and (very drinkable) bottles of wine starting at 25 euros. From left to right we had: mushroom salad with a poached egg and parmesan crisp, truffle brie, steak filet with potatoes, duck, chocolate lava cake with a salted caramel sauce, and a sticky bread pudding. You can make reservations here, and no need to book way ahead of time.

 
Saint Chapelle

Saint Chapelle

We checked out Frenchie To Go for lunch - it’s a stand and order at the counter kind of situation but has ample seating. They serve breakfast (until 11:30am) and lunch with classics such as pulled pork, a reuben, and fried chicken + always have specials. Tasty, relatively inexpensive, and a fun spot to try. Especially if you can’t get into Frenchie.

 
 
Rueben at Frenchie To-Go

Rueben at Frenchie To-Go

We ventured out for the rest of the day, stopping at Hoxton Hotel for a drink, which was beautiful and very similar to Freehand. A great place to work/study and grab a cocktail or small bite.

The second night we started at Moonshiner, a bar decorated like Chicago in the 1920s and is in the back of a pizza spot called Da Vito. We arrived right when it opened at 6pm and were able to get a table, but by 7pm the place was packed. For dinner, we headed to Lavant Comptoir, a wine bar with small plates (standing room only).

 
 
Paris_Lavant Compoir

We went to the Ritz for a drink (v expensive), which was fun to experience before calling it a night.

 
 
A 28 euro Gimlet at the Ritz

A 28 euro Gimlet at the Ritz

Let me introduce you to a magical place called Holybelly. Think Bluestone Lane meets Clinton Street Baking Co. It was Sunday morning and we arrived around 10:45am and it was a 45 minute wait. The line moved fast (it’s a big space and they move people through) and it was well worth it. They’re best known for the Savory Stack (pictured below) but have other pancake and egg options.

 
 
Savory Stack: two pancakes, fried eggs, bacon, and bourbon butter

Savory Stack: two pancakes, fried eggs, bacon, and bourbon butter

 
 
Laduree macaroons

Laduree macaroons

 
 
Paris_Eiffel Tower

We went to Lange 20 for dinner, another cozy French bistro. From left to right, we ordered the crispy chavignol goat cheese with green bean salad and pine nuts, salad with chicken and smoked duck, crab and shrimp fritters, the duck two ways: grilled breast and duck pastilla with piquillos pepper on sautéed zucchini, grilled ribeye, veal medallion wrapped in bacon and mushroom risotto, and the chocolate mousse.

Entrees were each 20 euros (whaaaatt!?) and the staff was very accommodating. HIGHLY recommend this to anyone looking for an authentic French meal. Located in the heart of Le Marais and you can call for reservations.

 
 

Considering it was Paris Cocktail Week, we decided to end the trip with a cocktail crawl. We started at Serpent A Plume and then went to Le Très Particulier (the bar in Hôtel Particulier Montmartre), which is the former Hermès mansion. The last stop of the evening was at Experimental Cocktail Club - definitely the best drink I had during this trip. You can tell the bartender whatever you like and they will whip you up whatever you like.

Drinks at Le Très Particulier

Drinks at Le Très Particulier

The next morning, we started off the last day with croissants and cappuccinos from Cafe Charlot - a five minute walk from our airbnb. Despite most people thinking any cafe in Paris is the same…the food/service here was better than most and would definitely be a great lunch spot in the summer.

Walked around before heading to Musée de l'Orangerie - buy your tickets online in advance!

 
 
Monet’s Water Lillies

Monet’s Water Lillies

Finished off with none other than Angelina’s hot chocolate. So unbelievably worth it….the richest hot chocolate you’ll ever be served with a bowl of whipped cream. YUM.