Party Earth Review If Dolly Parton and John Waters got together to open a pizza place, combining the essence of a Floridian retiree’s living room with cheap eats and a decidedly post-punk vibe, it would probably look a lot like Pink Flamingo. One of six (and counting) locations, the Marais branch features pink and checkered tables scattered ... more
105 Rue Vieille du Temple
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)
Club / Restaurant
Party Earth Review Situated in a prime location right in front of the Louvre, Le Cabaret (known as Le Cab) is a chic and glamorous restaurant and nightclub catering to a young and fashionable international clientele. Although the restaurant and terrace offer a delectable menu in a romantic setting, the real draw at Le Cab is the chic and ... more
2 Place du Palais-Royal
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
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Party Earth Review In a neighborhood not lacking for LGBT bars, Stuart Friendly is a popular brunch spot, coffee shop, and tea house that’s also the self-proclaimed “premiere hetero-friendly restaurant in Paris.” Serving a mélange of organic teas and wines alongside the chef’s seasonal specialties, the venue invites people of all ages, nationalities ... more
16 Rue Marie Stuart
Party Earth Review A no-frills dive in the heart of bustling Pigalle, the aptly-named Le Sans Souci (“no worries”) and its carefree energy attract a laid-back clientele of chain-smoking hipsters and after-work revelers ready to relax and imbibe champagne. A classic French space featuring white walls, large windows, and the requisite clutter ... more
65 Rue Jean-Baptiste Pigalle
Party Earth Review In a city like Paris, finding a café that dates back a century or two is hardly unusual, but Au Rocher de Cancale – est. 1846 – stands out among these enduring gastronomic sites as a reliably festive place to eat, drink, and meet new people. Creaking wooden floors, slanting tables, and spindly staircases transport the ... more
78 Rue Montorgueil
Party Earth Review Located on the ground floor of the upscale Renaissance Hotel – itself just north of the famed Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysées Avenue – Makassar Lounge & Restaurant is a swanky Indonesian oasis for exotic cocktails, fusion cuisine, and nightly chill sessions. The modern space is awash in sultry red hues, from the subtly ... more
Renaissance Paris Arc de Triomphe Hotel
39 Avenue de Wagram
Party Earth Review Glitteringly upscale and radiantly pink, La Vue is appropriately named, promising guests panoramic views of practically all of Paris. To say nothing of the panoramic views of all the pretty people inside. Set atop the modern Hôtel Concorde La Fayette – the largest hotel in the city – the venue caters to a hip crowd of ... more
Hôtel Concorde La Fayette
3 Place du Général Kœnig
Party Earth Review With its signature red-and-white striped awning, warm orange lighting, and garrulous crowd, Le Bar du Marché manages to stand out on a delightful street chockfull of open-air bars and restaurants. Always aglow with activity, this lively Parisian hotspot could be considered the headquarters of the “bobo” phenomenon – a ... more
75 Rue de Seine
Party Earth Review Whether or not Drôle d'Endroit Pour Une Rencontre really is – as its name suggests – “a strange place to meet” is a matter of opinion, but few people would argue that it isn’t a quirky French spin on the New York diner. The place definitely looks like a diner with its stark white-tile walls dotted with Big Apple photos ... more
58 Rue Montorgueil
Party Earth Review Andy Wahloo has taken its name (a modification of a North African phrase meaning “I have nothing”) to heart by creating a simple 70s-era space that caters to creative types and a lot of fashion industry folks. Comfortable, cool, but not too fancy, this dark and cozy bar features a décor of African ... more
69 Rue des Gravilliers
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.
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