PARIS 2017

I just resurfaced from an epic trip to France, which took me through Brittany, Normandy, Touraine, and my dear hometown of Paris – all that in less than two weeks. It always feels good to go back, hanging out with the family and the long-time friends, seeing art shows, eating at my favorite restaurants, and discovering new spots. This city has changed quite a bit in the last few years, getting more vibrant by the minute.

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So after popular demand, I decided to put a blog post together about my favorite things to do while in Paris. You'll quickly understand that good food and good wines are critical elements for a good experience. Here are some tips from a former Parisian. Enjoy, and let me know what you think if you do try them out.

EAT (€ – €€€)
- Le Servan (11e) - I can't recommend this place enough, excellent food, splendid natural wine list, and friendly service in casual setting.
- Le Grand Bain (20e)
- Pierre Hermé (several pastry shops across town)
- Le Yacht Club (9e)
- Café Pinson (3e)
- Mokonuts (11e)
- Les Arlots (10e)
- Bob's Kitchen (3e)
- Holybelly (10e)
- Nanashi (3e)
- East Mamma (11e)
- Siseng (10e)
- Marcel (10e)
- SAaM (10e)
- Les Niçois (11e)
- Café de la Nouvelle Mairie (5e)
- Postiche (1er)
- Beef Club (1er)
- Hélène Darroze (6e)
- Septime (11e)
- Les Philosophes (4e)
- Le Bon Saint Pourcin (6e)
- Wild and the Moon (3e)
- Merguez and Pastrami (9e)
- Le Comptoir de la Gastronomie (1er)
- Frenchie (2e)
- Le Chateaubriand (11e)
- Café Marlette (9e)
- Sebastien Gaudard ( pastry shops in the 1er & 9e)
- Le Vivant (10e)
- Ima (10e)
- Season (3e)
- Sol Semilla (10e)

DRINKS
- Comptoir Général (10e)
- Le Progrès (3e)
- Au Petit Fer à Cheval (4e)
- Chez Prune (10e)
- Café de Flore (6e)
- Les Deux Magots (6e)
- Le Riviera (11e)
- Pretty much any bar near Canal Saint-Martin (10e)

ART
- Palais de Tokyo
- Jeu de Paume
- Centre Pompidou
- Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
- Musée d'Orsay
- Musée Rodin
- Maison Européenne de la Photographie
- Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature
- Le Petit Palais
- Le Grand Palais
- Maison Rouge
- Musée Picasso
- Fondation Vuitton
- Fondation Cartier
- Fondation Henri Cartier Bresson
- Musée Bourdelle
- Musée Jacquemart-André
- Musée Maillol
- Musée du Luxembourg
- Musée d'Histoire Naturelle
- Les Catacombes
- Le Marais gallery district
- The 6th Arrondissement's gallery district

GARDENS
- Jardin du Luxembourg
- Jardin des Tuileries
- Place des Vosges
- Les Buttes Chaumont
- Cimetière du Père Lachaise
- Parc Monceau
- Jardin des Plantes

NEIGHBORHOODS TO STROLL
- Le Marais (Jewish district/rue des Rosiers; Carreau du Temple; great area for shopping, eating, seating at a café, visiting museums and galleries)
- Canal Saint-Martin (tons of bars, restaurants, bookstores, clothing stores, also great for picnics near the canal)
- Saint-Germain-des-Prés
- Canal de l'Ourcq (cafés, restaurants, and picnics)
- Montmartre/Sacré Coeur
- Quartier Latin (Panthéon, Lycée Henri IV, Luxembourg Garden, Eglise Saint-Etienne-du-Mont, Place de La Sorbonne, rue Mouffetard, Shakespeare and Company, etc)
- Marché des Enfants Rouges (cute market with great North African food, local products, Italian food, wine, and more)
- Ile de la Cité/Ile Saint Louis (ice cream Berthillon)
- Butte aux Cailles (tons of bars and restaurants)

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