Riley B.

Riley B.

Paris, France

Recent Activities

Apr 16, 2013
Review
Wine Bar
Apr 16, 2013
Apr 11, 2013
Review
Middle Eastern Restaurant
Apr 11, 2013
Apr 4, 2013
Review
Wine Bar / Bistro / French Restaurant
Apr 4, 2013
Mar 30, 2013
Review
Park
Mar 30, 2013
Mar 29, 2013
Review
Bar / Café
Mar 29, 2013
Mar 25, 2013
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Bar / Museum / Shopping Area
Mar 25, 2013
Mar 25, 2013
Review
Pizza Place / Italian Restaurant
Mar 25, 2013
Mar 24, 2013
Review
Bar / Live Music Venue
Mar 24, 2013
Jan 30, 2013
Review
Concert Venue / Theater
Jan 30, 2013

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Recent Reviews and Comments

  • Les Caves Populaires

    Paris
    Wine Bar
    Les Caves Populaires - Wine Bar in Paris.
    Apr 16, 2013 Wine and apéro that won't hurt your wallet "My Take: Les Caves Populaires is the quintessential Parisian apéro, at proletariat prices. This wine bar, tucked away off of the Pigalle neighborhood, has a lively, intimate and bistro-type atmosphere, with groups of friends and couples tucked into corners and overflowing at the myriad tables. Cheese and charcuterie plates abound, accompanied by the incredibly cheap wine. Although you would likely get better quality at more upscale wine bars, Les Caves Populaires provides a lively atmosphere and a great aperitif every night of the week that is well worth checking out. The Scene: Although by no means uncomfortable, this wine bar is not for the claustrophobic. Groups of people are packed into this tiny wine bar, fogging up the windows and having animated conversations. A local bar for students and young media-type professionals, the vibe is consistently intimate and lively. Cocktails & Cuisine: The wine and delicious apero are this place’s claim to fame. With several wines to choose from, the options are seemingly limitless. You can get mixed drinks and tap beer for decent prices as well. Prices: A glass of house wine rests at €2, a stunningly cheap price for Paris. You can get bottles of wine to share for €10, and cheese and meat plates for around €13 (an average price for most Parisian bistros). What to Wear: Trendy casual clothing fits in the best here. With most patrons hovering just above the “hipster” stereotype, don’t show up here in your finest clubbing gear. Insider Info/When to go: Les Caves Populaires is popular every night of the week, so your best chances at having a little more room for your party will be on week nights. " hide
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  • L'As du Fallafel

    Paris
    Middle Eastern Restaurant
    L'As du Fallafel - Middle Eastern Restaurant in Paris.
    Apr 11, 2013 The best of the best "My Take: L’As du Fallafel, a humble Middle-Eastern restaurant in the quaint Marais district, is a Parisian institution. Not only does this place have it’s own Wikipedia page, it lives up to the talk. Arguably the best falafel you will ever eat, it is also a downright bargain. The restaurant has an extremely popular walk-up window, where you can get the famous falafel dish to-go for only €5.50. The inside of the restaurant greets diners with a casual but ambient restaurant, accompanied by the lively chatter of boisterous employees. The only downside of this Parisian restaurant and street-food legend are the lines—on Sundays and sunny days, the queue can stretch on for a while (a hint that the reward is well worth waiting for!) The Scene: This restaurant draws people from every walk of life. Don’t be scared away by the aggressive employees attempting to draw people in off the street—if you’re hungry for falafel, you will fit in here. Cocktails & Cuisine: Clearly, the falafel is this place’s calling card. However, their other dishes are excellent. Shawarma is the second-most popular dish, and the restaurant offers a variety of other middle-eastern specialties. Like most Parisian restaurants, basic alcoholic drinks are available, but are nothing special. Prices: The take-away window offers basic falafel and shawarma sandwiches for the bargain price €5.50 (about the same as most basic sandwiches you can find in Paris!). The sit-down price is only slightly higher, with dishes hovering around €7 and accompanied by French fries. What to Wear: Anything goes here—basic casual clothing is the status quo, though, so if you show up in a prom dress prepare for some weird looks. Insider Info/When to go: If you can, visit on a different day than Sunday. As one of the only “active” quartiers of the city on Sundays, the Marais’ streets are always packed, and the queue will be around the corner. " hide
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  • Le Verre Volé

    Paris
    Wine Bar / Bistro / French Restaurant
    Le Verre Volé - Wine Bar | Bistro | French Restaurant in Paris.
    Apr 4, 2013 Inviting and Delicious "My Take: Spending an evening at Le Verre Volé in Paris’ up-and-coming Canal Saint-Martin area is like being invited into a French person’s home for dinner. If that French person were in their late 20s, cooked excellent food, and had excellently-selected wine bottles lining the walls, that is. With knowledgeable and attentive wait staff dressed comfortably in business slacks and 90s-era Nikes, a consistently lively atmosphere and great food, it’s hard not to feel comfortable in this small restaurant. Although the food and wine probably won’t fit in a tight budget, the carefully selected dishes, wine pairings and overall experience are worth a small splurge. I would definitely recommend staying for a meal, but if you’re just interested in picking up a quality bottle of wine, you’ve picked the right place—before we even ordered, several locals stopped in and purchased one of the many selections lining the walls with the attentive help of the employees. The Scene: Although this definitely doesn’t seem like the most kid-friendly dinner option, you will likely find every age and type of person here. What brings them all together is a love of good food and wine, good conversation and good company. Cocktails & Cuisine: Clearly, the dinner and wine are the draws for this small bistro. There are a vast amount of wines to choose from—luckily, the waiters and waitresses are downright experts that can provide you with successful pairings. We had a delicious French sausage with creamed potatoes and a fresh salad with an orange juice reduction: an simple dish excellently prepared. We paired our meal with a rich but fruity Bordeaux wine, and finished it all off with an apple crumble. We left happy campers. Prices: The wide variety of appetizers ranged from €7-€12, and the main dishes hovered between €13 and €25. Desserts are also moderately priced at around €6 a dish, and wines are usually around €25 a bottle (although there is such a wide selection, you can find bottles at much cheaper and much more expensive.) Beware, though, there is a corking fee—a rarity in French restaurants. What to Wear: As far as style goes, you’ll fit in in just about anything—we witnessed everything from jeans and Converse to high-end blouses and jackets. It’s a relatively no-fuss place, but you will blend in the best in smart casual and trendy clothing. Insider Info/When to go: Whether you go for lunch or dinner, be sure to make a reservation. We dined with them on a Monday night, and they had to turn away several parties at the door because they were booked. " hide
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