As promised, I share some of my favorite restaurants as well as shopping spots in my area 🙂 I think the thing about Paris is that there are a lot of places to eat, but many in the more popular areas cater to tourists. While many of the bistros and beer halls serve up good food, others are mediocre. These ones I mention below are pretty good and if you get the chance, also check out the places for a different kind of shopping 😉
1. LE COMPAS: There are so many good places to eat along Rue Montorguiel/ Rue des Petits-Carreaux. Au Rocher de Cancale is one of them and it looks very pretty from the outside, but there is also Le Compas. I love this place because they serve very good cappuccino. Also try their cafe viennois (yummmmy coffee with chantilly). Their croque madame is also wonderful. And I guess I love the vibe here too, which is why I chose this one over Au Rocher de Cancale. And oh yeah, also because this place looks pretty in the photos 🙂
2. BOLLY NAN: After more than 2 weeks of eating pizza, pasta, and French food after Italy, I was craving Asian food. Bolly Nan along Rue des Petits-Carreaux fed that hunger for an authentic Asian meal. I love Indian food and I highly recommend this place.
It’s actually more of a fast food service because the dishes are already there for you to choose from and they just reheat them. But what they serve “fresh” is freshly baked naan bread. Ask for the garlic naan because it goes well with all spicy dishes. I recommend the coconut chicken curry and spinach to go with the naan. Just thinking about them makes me salivate ;).
3. RUE DES PETITS- CARREAUX FRUIT MARKET: I’ve bought a lot of fresh fruits at Monoprix and Naturalia supermarkets, but I swear, the freshness and quality really doesn’t compare at all to the actual market along the rue des petits carreaux. . This season produced some really sweet figs and unlike most other countries we don’t get them fresh in the Philippines so I really stocked up on these figs!So if you plan to stay longer in Paris and you are staying in an apartment, you must visit this market!
4. FRENCHIE TO GO: If you’re having a hard time getting that elusive dinner reservation at Frenchie’s along Rue du Nil (because it takes months to get a reservation at this tiny space of a restaurant), you might want to go next door. at Frenchie To Go for brunch/lunch. The place gets very crowded because like its neighbor, the space is also small and seating is limited. But if you’re lucky and get a spot, you must try the lobster roll and the legendary pulled pork sandwich with a glass of fresh orange juice!
Don’t blame me if you eat more than one order *haha because I’ve Done it before*
5. ESPACE KILIWATCH: If you like shopping for vintage clothes, Kiliwatch is a good stop.
Located on Rue Tiquetonne, just off Rue Montorguiel, this huge space is filled with vintage and used clothing: dresses, shirts, skirts, coats; bags and accessories. It’s a fun place to look for good finds. They even have vintage fur coats and stoles. And I was also able to get a very fun colorful coat 😉 There’s mores vintage stores in the area, but this is one of the bigger ones.
Take some time to explore Rue Montorgueil and also visit the nearby Marais 3rd arrondissement (start from Georges Pompidou)–there are even more places to see and eat there, but unlike the 2nd arrondissement, the Marais is more popular than the 2nd. Spend an afternoon in these areas to explore. It’s a different side of the Paris we all know 😉