A Girls Guide to Paris – Chic Parisian Bars, Clubs & Restaurants
From the Ladies at Girls Guide To Paris
Lets face it, when it comes to style, cuisine and wine – the French do it well! With world-class fashion and theatre, an unrivalled music and clubbing scene, and an eclectic array of restaurant and bar choices, this is a city built on historical grandeur and everything chic! We asked the lovely gals at Girls Guide To Paris for a few of their favorite bars & restaurants:
Trendy Restaurants by Meg Zimbeck:
Sadaharu Aoki: This remarkable patissier brings an Asian sensibility to classic French patisserie. The tiny shop is drop-dead gorgeous. The green tea éclairs will stop you in your tracks with their brilliant matcha-infused icing and delicate cream inside. A worthy stop indeed for a first go at “eating your tea.” Dine in with a pot of tea, or take the pastries with you for a picnic at the nearby Luxembourg Gardens. 56, Blvd de Port Royal, in the 5th. 01 45 35 36 80.
L’Ebouillante: Just off the cobbled pedestrian street behind the St.-Gervais-St.-Protais Church (closest metro is Hôtel de Ville or Pont Marie). They serve a large selection of teas, pastries, fruity cocktails, coffees, salads and light meals in a casual and bright, whitewashed dining room with large windows. Brunch available weekends, and a sprawling terrace in fine weather. 6, rue des Barres, in the 4th. 01 42 71 09 69. Tues-Sun, noon-10 pm.
Chic Bars by Amy Barnard:
La Bellevilloise: Bar, restaurant, venue and club- this is a great place to head if you’re not sure where you want the evening to lead. The food here isn’t always worth shouting about, so it’s often safer to stick to the liquids, but there’s also a rooftop terrace with views over northeast Paris. Spread over two floors, each with a stage, La Bellevilloise often hosts events, such as the International Burlesque Festival. The program includes regular DJ nights as well as band gigs, and the dancefloors are a decent size. La Bellevilloise- 19 rue Boyer. Metro: Gambetta. Open til 1am weds-Fri, 2am Sat, 11pm Sun. Visa only. Tel: 01 46 36 07 07.
La Fleche d’Or: This edgy industrial space further out in eastern Paris is one of a very few places in Paris where you can see a full bill of three indie/electro bands without paying an entrance fee. The price of beer has escalated to compensate-at 5 euro per demi it’s expensive for the quartier, but compare it to what you’d fork out in posh central Paris, and you feel relatively serene. The décor feels very Berlin-New York with it’s snaking steel bar and high ceilings. 102 Bis rue de Bagnolet 75020 Paris France, Tel: 01 42 72 01 45. Metro: Alexandre Dumas or Gambetta.