The HPL has already written about nice things to do in Paris here. But Lady B’s hen weekend in Gay Paree was so fun, I thought I’d do an update about the great places we went to, just in case you’re planning weekends there with friends over the summer months:
1. Breakfast at Coquelicot, 24 rue des Abbesses, Paris 18th
In the heart of beautiful Montmarte is this gorgeous, busy little patisserie and cafe which serves big bowls of coffee (perfect for the morning after the night before), delicious baguettes and brioche, freshly squeezed orange juice and lovely butter, jam and honey. I would have the breads/jam/coffee breakfast over the hot, which was served rather cold (probably due to how busy it was). Best to book in advance for large groups. After your gigantic brekkie, you can walk up the hill to the Place des Tertes to get your portrait painted, and the Sacre Coeur.
2. Glammed-up dinner at Delaville Cafe, 34 Boulevard de Bonne Nouvelle, 75010 Paris
This place was recommended by a friend living in Paree and was fantastic for a big group although I’d also go back for a romantico dinner. Great music, cool interior and lovely food (and also, perhaps more importantly, happy to accomodate 12 angels and 1 devil and numerous requests for more wine). A really fun, relaxed, yummy night out – I had the gambas tempura with marinated mango and seaweed, veal with creamy polenta, and a delicious tiramisu – highly recommended.
3. Lunch at Le Chinon, 49 rue des abesses, 75018 Paris
This is what I call a croque madame – le perfect hangover cure – nom nom nom nom. Great bistro food and nice outdoor seating perfect for watching the bobo (bourgeois boheme) beautiful people of Montmartre. Good Sancerre apparently too.
4. Cocktails at Georges, Pompidou Centre, Place Georges Pompidou, 75004 Paris
The view over Paris from the top of the Pompidou is great, the journey up there on futuristic escalators outside the building is fun, and you can eat or drink outside on the terrace. If you can see past the impossibly beautiful and rather snooty staff, Georges is a fantastic place for a cocktail (try L’Amour or the Bellini for around 15 euros each) although the food is a lot less mind-blowing than the view. Very Sex and the City and a lovely treat.
5. A lazy dinner at Heureux Comme Alexandre, 2 Impasse Berthaud, 75003 Paris
15 euros each for an “a volonte” meat or cheese fondue with all-you-can-eat roast potatoes and salad, washed down with delicious 15 euro bottles of Bordeaux. Relaxed, cosy and very very tasty – just watch out for the spitting oil on the meat fondue and sorry to our lovely waiter for being rather “lively” on a Sunday evening!