Paris

[Paris] Marché Bastille: A Parisian Farmer's Market

Marché Bastille

Categories: Outdoor flea/farmer's market
Address:  Boulevard Richard-Lenoir, Paris 75011 (near the Place de la Bastille)
- Metro stops: Bastille or Bréguet-Sabin 
Hours: Thursdays & Sundays 7:00am-2:30pm
Price: Free
Verdict: A must visit for locals, and highly recommended for tourists if in Paris on a Sunday

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Paris, like most other European cities, isn't very lively on Sundays because not many stores are open. Hence, the Bastille Market is an excellent choice to visit on Sundays either just to stroll through, grab a bite, or stock up on weekly groceries
  • It is an open-air roving market, assembled with shaded canopies along the strip of Boulevard Richard-Lenoir
  • You can find pretty much everything you want here as a local or tourist, from flowers to spices to scarves to perfume, foie gras, and keychains/souvenirs 
  • Numerous breakfast/lunch options on-the-go or take home: crepes, rotisserie chickens, Turkish wraps, Spanish tapas and paella, hummus, and smaller snacks like meatsticks and cakes
  • Also has a plethora of fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, pastries and baguettes, seafood, local cheeses, meat, sausages, spices, olives, herbs, and jam

WATCH OUT

  • Only open twice a week (Thursdays and Sundays)

OTHER TIPS

  • Grab some amazing gelato from Amorino around the corner on rue de la Roquette near Place de la Bastille

[Paris] Cantine Merci

Categories: Salads, soups, cafe, juices. healthy
Address:  111 boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris
Date visited: February 2013
Price: 10-20 € (lunch)
Verdict:  Very chic and healthy. Will be back!

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Canteen style restaurant (as part of the bigger Merci concept store - also selling furniture, clothing, ) 
  • Good for a healthy, light lunch
  • Slightly pricey, but ambience is worth it. A lot of locals.
  • Clean, contemporary, and bright decor
  • Fresh, colorful salads and daily soups
  • Has desserts and fresh juices
  • Similar to Ottolenghi  in London!
  • Recommendations:
    - Daily salad and soups
    - Quiches

WATCH OUT

  • Closes at 7pm Mon-Sat
  • Closed on Sundays

 

[Paris] L'Homme Bleu

Categories: Moroccan, North African
Address:  55 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, Oberkampf, 75011 Paris
Date visited: January 2013
Price: 20-35 € (dinner)
Verdict:  Not too bad! Come to try authentic Moroccan food!

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Friendly, relaxed, homey environment
  • Good for dinner, reservations recommended
  • Excellent couscous and tender meat
  • If you want to try Moroccan food, check this place out
  • Ample portions and fresh ingredients
  • Recommendations
    - Lamb tangine with couscous
    -  Tagine's laxrif: lamb, onions, dates, figs, almonds, raisins, all flavored with orange blossom and cinnamon

 

[Paris] Al Taglio

Categories: Pizza, Italian
Address: 2 locations
  - 2 bis rue Neuve Popincourt, Paris 75003 (Marais)
  - 27 rue de Saintonge, Paris 75011 (Oberkampf)
Date visited: Multiple (January-April 2013)
Price: 8 -20 € (quick bite or meal)
Verdict: Perfect for a quick bite or a casual meal. 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gourmet authentic Italian pizzas
  • Casual canteen style with modern decor
  • Sold by the kilo; different prices for different toppings
  • Recommendations:
    - truffle cream, potato
    -  bacon,  cream of squash
    - smoked ham, mushrooms, ricotta 

 

[Paris] Le Loir Dans La Théière

Categories: Tearoom, Desserts
Address: 3 rue des Rosiers, Paris 75004 (Marais)
Date visited: January 2013
Price:  8-15 €  
Verdict: : Alice in Wonderland Themed Cute Teahouse? Cute! Will be back to try more cakes.

 Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A cute and quaint little Bohemian-styled Alice in Wonderland teashop in the Marais 
  • Large squishy antique sofas
  • Walls and shelves full of quirky murals and antiques
  • Specializes in baked goods
  • Amazing selection of teas and cakes (huge slices!)
  • Great atmosphere, very cozy, perfect for 
  • Recommendations:
    - Lemon meringue pie

WATCH OUT

  • Closes at 7pm everyday
  • Cakes run out quick! 
  • There may be a long line on weekends