Party Earth Review A few blocks west of the plethora of monuments and museums that make up Les Invalides and a few blocks east of the Eiffel Tower, the small pedestrian stretch of Rue Cler offers visitors a quintessentially French shopping experience. And might just be the chicest place in town to buy a potato. This 300-year-old ... more
Rue Cler (between Avenue de La Motte-Picquet and Rue de Grenelle)
Party Earth Review Built in the 1880s as a boarding house for people working along the Canal St. Martin, this historic structure was taken over in 1938 by French director Marcel Carne, who used it as the location for his film Hotel du Nord. The rest, as they say, is history. Fans and paparazzi followed, and the building continued as a hotel ... more
102 Quai de Jemmapes
Party Earth Review “A taste of England in the heart of Paris” is what The Bombardier claims to offer to its mix of nostalgic Brits and thirsty students, and by the Queen’s knickers, it does not fail to deliver. Nestled in a snug corner of the Place du Pantheon, the bar features dark wood, brass beer pumps, and plush red carpets that reek ... more
2 Place du Pantheon
Party Earth Review Although it’s hard to imagine today given its immense popularity, public opinion about the Eiffel Tower – constructed as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair – was emphatically negative. Critics decried it as an eyesore, headlines screamed with quotes like “A BLACK PUDDLE OF IRON,” and everyone took heart that designer ... more
5 Parc du Champ de Mars
Bar / Mexican Restaurant
Party Earth Review Owned by two New Yorkers, a Colombian, and a Mexican, Candelaria is a lively little joint that attracts a youthful, international crowd with its authentic Mexican cuisine – a tough find in Paris – as well as its quirky cocktail creations put together by a mixologist from the Experimental Cocktail Club. At the front is ... more
52 Rue de Saintonge
Party Earth Review Launched in 2003 by an American filmmaker living in Paris – who missed his eggs and bacon with a side of pancakes and decided to revolutionize the Parisian breakfast – Breakfast in America now serves breakfast, burgers, and bottomless mugs of coffee all day long to hungry students and hung-over partiers. Usually packed ... more
17 Rue des Écoles
Party Earth Review Bursting at the seams with history, Café de Flore was the old stomping ground of iconic French intellectuals Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, and this unique heritage has attracted a flood of well-heeled and knowledgeable tourists making a pilgrimage to one of THE quintessential Parisian cafés ... more
172 Boulevard Saint-Germain
Bar / Restaurant
Party Earth Review On the heels of the success of Prescription Cocktail Club and Curio Parlor, the team behind Experimental Cocktail Club added another hotspot to Paris’ nightlife in 2012, this time in the form of a hybrid steakhouse/underground bar collectively called Ballroom du Beef Club. The restaurant, which offers an intricate menu ... more
58 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau
American Restaurant / Burger Joint
Party Earth Review Hardly a spot for typical Parisian fare, Coffee Parisien is a U.S. president-themed diner that attracts big clans of burger lovers. Those expecting an average greasy spoon won’t find any old ladies running around in coffee-stained aprons and hairnets – this is still Paris, after all – but the hearty fare is definitely ... more
7 Rue Gustave Courbet
Party Earth Review Part of a chain of seven Frog pubs, Frog and Princess is a no-frills sports bar that brews its own beer and is frequented by a primarily English-speaking crowd drawn in by the home brews, numerous TVs, and loudly cheering sports fans who gather to watch their favorite teams. A long bar, simple dark wood fixtures, and rustic ... more
9 Rue Princesse
Party Earth Review The name La Fourmi (The Ant) suits this bar and café well, an unassuming, hipster hotspot that passersby could easily miss amid sex shop-riddled Pigalle’s larger distractions. Very much a local’s scene where artists and music lovers gather for drinks, the venue draws its eclectic crowd from the surrounding area, which ... more
74 Rue des Martyrs
Party Earth Review A convent turned stunning luxury hotel, restaurant, bar, florist, and perfume purveyor, Hôtel Costes is a go-to destination for the international elite and lots of pretty Parisians. The hotel’s discreet entrance is little more than a set of dark French doors, but the façade’s simplicity is quickly offset by the sumptuous ... more
239 Rue Saint-Honoré
Parisians love to chill and eat, and this unhurried pace is certainly evident in its countless restaurants and cafés, where denizens often gather for hours on end to savor the fine foods and famous wines that France is known for.
The city’s food scene is probably best known these days for haute French cuisine – the kind of plates where highly trained chefs whip up meticulous items like itty bitty quail in a puff pastry shell with foie gras and truffle sauce – which invariably comes with accompanying haute prices.
But this is hardly the sum of restaurants in Paris. Casual bistros and cafés line the blocks, and are often staffed with surprisingly seasoned chefs who prefer a less pretentious environment to wield their craft.
Sandwich bars make it easy to get a quick meal, and many ethnic restaurants – North African, Vietnamese/Laotian, Chinese, Spanish, and Japanese – are proudly popping up with the best of their own country’s culinary prowess.
Fine dining in Paris is easy, but so is a baguette and a fresh tomato, and both are equally abundant along the Paris restaurant scene.
Club / Restaurant