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A weekend in Paris part II

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!

Things to do in Paris

I don’t know Paris that well, but my big sis lives there and so I’ve been over a few times in the last few years.  Here are some suggestions of things to do:

Places to stay: Hotel Mamashelter (see below): Philippe Starck-designed hotel in the same Menilmontant/Belleville area, with funky bar downstairs serving great cocktails and cool little rooms including batman masks over the lamps.  Cheap and in a great area.   I’ve also been recommended the Hotel Eldorado.

– For a cheap and cheerful dinner try Heureux comme Alexandre for a great value  (15 euros) meat or cheese fondu and a relaxed atmosphere.

– For a posh dinner try Georges at the top of the Pompidou (see view from the terrace below), try the Tigre qui Pleure main but beware the skimpily dressed rather snooty waiting staff; The Buddha Bar or Les Ombres which has an amazing view of the Tour Eiffel and a great tasting menu.  Just make sure you can swallow the £100+ per head tab.

– For drinks, try The Bottle Shop or the bar in the Publicis building by the Champs Elysses. 

–  For shopping, I love Antoine et Lili for unusual clothes like cotton and raw silk dresses, and Colette on the Rue St Honore for being too cool for school.

Things to doCemetery Pere Lachaise: visit this gorgeous cemetery near Belleville/Menilmontant which is like a small town (recently visited by Russell Brand and Katy Perry no less).  Get a map and visit the tombstones of Jim Morrisson, Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf and Chopin, and wonder at the intricate tombstones of centuries of Parisiens.  A great area too with great restaurants and bars nearby.

– Otherwise stroll round the Marais and Montmartre, taking in the view from the Sacre Coeur and having a coffee in the Place du Tertre.  Wander down the Canal St Martin where Amelie was mostly filmed.  Go the the Louvre but avoid the snooty Cafe Marly (wouldn’t even let me take a look around).  Check out Notre Dame and the wonderful Shakespeare bookshop.  And do a bateau mouche along the Seine.

For a far, far better guide to what to do in Paris, check out my sister’s friend’s blog: http://megzimbeck.com/ or this one http://www.blackbookmag.com/guides/paris

Remember its also the 120th anniversary of the Eiffel tower this year so on the hour you get very cool lightshows!