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.

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.

>> Check out the PARIS 2019 post for additional tips!

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)

DRINK (€–€€)
- Septime La Cave (11e) - a must, excellent natural wine list
- 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
- The Belleville gallery district

GARDENS
- Parc des Buttes Chaumont
- Jardin du Luxembourg
- Jardin des Tuileries
- Place des Vosges
- 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)

>> Check out the PARIS 2019 post for additional tips!

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