Originally from Lille, I have been living in Paris for now 5 years; working here, blogging, and enjoying the great life our capital can offer. I firstly thought this city was too busy, tiring and hard to follow; where do Parisians really go? Though having most of my friends based here it didn’t me very long to fall in love with the city. Through meeting people, keeping your eyes open and taste buds ready, Paris soon becomes your oyster!
This city goes faster than you could ever imagine. New restaurants and dining concepts open every day, so there is no chance of getting bored. Of course, I am always glad to share the city’s secrets I have learnt during my time on my blog Marion a Découvert, literally meaning ‘Marion discovered’.
But for now let’s hit the streets of Paris together, as I take you on a day trip of Paris, starting with a coffee and finishing with a cocktail. Learn to live like a Parisian with my picks of the best restaurants and bars in the city.
Café Lomi, a coffee roaster serving amazing cappuccinos and great pastries welcomes you in a modern place with kind of an industrial touch atmosphere. Mentioning Coutume Café would be too easy, but why not going to Lockwood for pancakes and latte? Also on the top of my list!
A good coffee goes with a good viennoiserie, I will just give you ONE place since I strongly believe it is the BEST bakery on this planet, Du Pain et Des Idées. Don’t miss it you would just miss the city! If there is just one single thing I want you to try there, it would be there amazing ‘Escargot aux Pralines Roses’, you would never have believed that butter could make something taste so good.
For weekday lunches I would go to Mamie Gateaux serving amazing savoury tarts and cakes made with love. My heart goes also to Aux Près, in Saint Germain des près launched by Cyril Lignac. A great bistro to have a bit of real French food is Lazare, opened by 3 Michelin star chef Eric Frechon.
During weekends, if you wake up early (otherwise the line is way too long) go to Holybelly serving the best pancakes in town! Clint is also a cool place for brunch that take reservations, as well as Marcel.
I love to start the night in a good bar, meeting friends before dinner and enjoying a glass of wine. If you are lucky and early enough try Frenchie Bar à Vins. To impress your date you could go to my favourite rooftop Le Perchoir, or Ellsworth to enjoy nice wine pared with tapas.
What a challenge to pick my 3 chouchoux spots. Le Richer is a great ‘Neo-bistro’, as we say it here. Don’t go too late, but you can even share a burrata with a glass of wine to start your night. Their food is seasonal, creative and well made. Service and place are just great too, I love it. It’s where all the cool Parisians go, I promise they will be nice. Zebulon is by the creators of another great one, Pirouette. The chef Yannick Lahopgnou is so talented. I am loving the products he composes with creativity and great taste! It’s also great value with a full menu for around €45. A little more fancy and if you plan it in advance, try Saturne and their surprise menu. The restaurant just received their first Michelin star, it’s a perfect combo of everything.
Marion Flipo is a French chef and blogger. She works as Deputy International Chef at famous Parisian patisserie Ladurée and On her blog Marion a Decouvert, where she shares her global culinary experiences and kitchen endeavours. Marion has also published a book ‘L’audace me cuisine en nord-pas-de-calais picardie’, where she puts a creative spin on the classic dishes and ingredients of her native Northern France.