Guide to Paris


  • Anne Frank Garden and/or The Centre Pompidou: picnic - don’t forget proper utensils and napkins. If you do forget, feel free to bite straight into that log of meat you bought because you probably also forgot to ask them to slice the meat.
  • Aux Prés Cyril Lignac: wow yes. Go as soon as they open at 7:00 pm and ask for a seat at the bar if you don’t have reservations. Get cocktails. Get burgers. Get everything on the menu actually.
  • Candelaria: get the barbacoa tacos and chips for a light bite and break from all of the baguettes you’ve consumed. Ask to sit in the back and enjoy the cocktails.
  • Carbon: just get the starters to avoid a costly dinner. Every dish is made over the fire. Paris at it’s best. 
  • Chambelland: who cares that it’s gluten-free? Bread is dense and amazing.
  • Buvette: quaint. Pass by the Pigalle Basketball court to hit your cliche Instagram photo quota.
  • Fragment Cafe: go here because Telescope, Cafe Kitsune, and Boot Cafe are closed. Toast and homemade granola are a must. Filter coffee is great for jet lag.
  • Glou: a block away from the Picasso Museum. Order wine followed by an espresso for a midday pick me up.
  • Holybelly 5: go early or prepare to wait. If you do wait, bring a book and send someone from your party to get coffees for the wait. 
  • La Buvette: interesting wine. Get the pickled eggs and white beans. It’ll make up for having to deal with Tristan, the aloof American barista who refuses to speak anything but French even though you know he’s from San Fransisco.
  • La Recolte: stop here for picnic provisions because Barthelemy is closed between 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm.
  • Louie Louie: go here because Septime is closed. Be surprised by the pizza. And by everyone in the restaurant ordering an entire pizza as if they are personal pizzas. Also, get the anchovies soaked in vinegar.
  • Loustic: walk here from brunch and stop at all of the cute shops on the way.
  • Miznon: get the cauliflower and thank me later. 
  • Neighbors: get the banana bread with espresso butter to share.
  • Pain De Mie Carre: around the corner from Terres de Cafe - the fluffiest bread you will ever taste. Ingredients include clouds, probably.
  • Terres de Cafe: walk here from Loustic because you stopped at too many cute shops along the way and it closed for the day. Learn about Geisha coffee from caffeinated enthusiasts.



  • Bonjour/Bonsoir: the cornerstone of politeness in Paris. Begin every conversation with this greeting before apologizing emphatically for being American. (Bonjour - Good Day and Bonsoir - Good Evening)
  • Bees: as urban locations become more ideal for bees (pesticide in the countryside, charities/hotels/restaurants cultivating hives on rooftops, etc.) the more you’ll see them while you’re eating al fresco or picnicking. Prepare your bee puns ahead of time.
  • Space Invader: download the Flash Invaders app to capture the Space Invader artwork tucked into European corners.

References: Actual guides that informed my wanderings.

  • Goop: ignore that NYT article you read and rely on this guide to get you through summer in Paris.
  • Bon Appetit/Eater: if you plan to spend the majority of your time eating.
  • Culture Trip/Travel & Leisure: if you want to hit the classics.
  • Canyon Coffee: if you want to pretend you’re a coffee snob.
  • Paris is Perfect: if you plan on spending more than a few days, then buckle up and dive deep.
  • Young Adventuress: “A Breakdown of the Paris Arrondissements by a Sassy New Yorker.”
  • Ann Street Studios: if you also want to pretend like you escaped your stressful American life for an authentic life in Provenance.
  • Monocle: if you’re serious about planning and are willing to buy actual books.
  • The Glassy: if you want to fulfill every millennial stereotype. 

The original guide here as a PDF doesn’t include some recommendations or links but does include some fun typos!

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