After a long day of walking the streets of Paris and mentally exhausting myself with the many galleries and museums, I swung by this wonderful small bar, Le Mary Celeste, for a quick light dinner and glass of wine. I had heard great things, but I was still blown away by how excellent the food was and what a cosy, vibrant atmosphere it had.
If I had to pick just one bistrot to go to on a trip to Paris, Le Bistrot Paul Bert would be it. It is the kind of restaurant you dream about when you picture Paris – chalkboard menus, white tablecloths, smartly dressed waiters, wooden furniture, old-style light fittings, a very well stocked zinc bar, menu items featuring foie gras and truffles and that iconic Parisian prix fixe menu. It really is the perfect restaurant, ticking all the boxes of excellent food, excellent wine, excellent service and an excellent atmosphere. It’s hard to fathom that it’s only been around since 2000, as you really do feel as though you’re stepping into a classic Parisian bistrot.
I don’t think I could ever have a favourite bakery in Paris, but Du Pain et Des Idées is most certainly in my top five. It is the most beautiful and serene bakery; so inviting and warm on it’s quiet street corner, with little Parisian children walking to their school around the corner hand in hand with their mother or father, stopping for a pastry before or after school. Nearing closer to the bakery, every bit of your attention will be drawn to the neat piles of delicate, crisp pastries and rows of crusty sourdough baguettes in the shop window. Deciding what to get will be a very difficult decision!
For me, breakfast in Paris can be very hit and miss… Often the baguettes or croissants are mediocre, the coffee is watery or the prices are terribly expensive! But Le Petit Cler is a little gem, serving up a wonderful breakfast with great coffee, at a reasonable price. Perfect for filling you up for a day of sightseeing!