I love Paris and I'm pretty sure that Paris loves me. I've been hanging out in the French capital since 2005. I’ve been lucky enough to go back to the city at least twice a year since then and have friends who live there that show me the real Paris. Now I get to share my insider knowledge, the individual places where I love to eat, drink and dance in Paris with you. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
Les Bonnes Soeurs (8 rue du Pas de la Mule) Set back from Place des Vosges in the Marais, the place is a Paris institution. The menu is extensive but my particular favourite is the cheese trinity omelette. Be warned, this place is popular. Go early or be prepared to queue.
Breizh Café (109 rue Vielle du Temple) Parisians love crepes and there is no better place in the city to savour them than in the affordable luxury that is Breizh Café. Here you can book in advance and I suggest you do.
Rose Bakery (30 rue Debelleyme) This is the Marais branch of the Franco-British cafe. If you’re feeling a bit worse for wear from the night before, order a piggy latte, it comes in a giant bowl – almost like a glass chalice of coffee. It pairs very well with their take on eggs benedict.
Folks and Sparrow (14 Rue Saint-Sébastian) It’s oh so hip and the décor is on trend - minimalist, but the staff are the friendliest bunch I’ve met in Paris. They serve freshly made baguettes carefully wrapped in paper and garnished with miniature flowers. I also normally order a Parisian blonde beer – I’m on holiday, so why not.
For a cheaper alternative to a sit down brunch go to any boulangerie for their freshly cooked croissants. My particular favourite is Du Pain et Des Idées (34 Rue Yves Toudic) where a croissant will set you back a whopping 90p.