Photo: Courtesy of Agape Substance, Fish Bar, and Angelina.
Eat & Drink...
As the home of haute cuisine, you can't pass through Paris without experiencing its fine dining. Agape Substance offers exactly that, with exquisite presentation, culinary mastery, and the freshest possible ingredients. Beware, at 100 Euros a pop, it's bound to give your pocket a pinch, but you're not going to forget it.
Agape Substance, 66 Rue Mazarine, 75006 Paris; +33 1 43 29 33 83.
The Fish Club
After setting up some of the coolest bars across Europe, the guys behind the Experimental Cocktail Club founded their own fish bar in Paris. Set over two floors, The Fish Club serves up all sorts of exotic seafood on fancy slates with interesting sides — such as popcorn and sweet potatoes. With its interesting decor, and open kitchen, it's worth stopping in for a cocktail, even if you're not the biggest fan of fish.
The Fish Club, 58 rue Jean Jacques, Rousseau, 75001 Paris; +33 1 40 26 68 75.
Screw the diet, 'cause the pastries at Angelina are worth the Eurostar fare alone. Lighter than air, sweeter than heaven, and far too good to have just one. May we suggest the millefeuille.
Angelina, 226 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris; +33 1 42 60 82 00.
Breakfast in America
If the scent of freshly baked croissants gets old (seriously it can happen) then hot foot it to Breakfast in America. The authentic American diner was founded by Craig Carlsen and has been serving pancakes, omelettes, and bagels since 2003. Tuck in. Breakfast in America, 17 Rue des Ecoles, 75005 Paris; 01 43 54 50 28.
Café de Flore
If you want to experience the Art Deco elegance of a true Parisian coffee house, then look no further than Café de Flore. This institution has been serving some of the city’s most luminous minds since 1885. An hour or two spent watching the world go by while sitting on the café’s iconic red leather seats is time well spent.Café de Flore, 172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris; 01 45 48 55. L’As Du Fallafel
For a quick bite between shopping sprees head to the Marais for the most delicious falafel this side of Israel. The wraps are as big as the queues are long. Well worth the wait though.
L’As Du Fallafel, 34 Rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris; 01 48 87 63 60.La Famille
If cocktail hour is your favourite time of the day, may we suggest hoofing it to La Famille? This mini-me restaurant (there’s only a dozen tables) is tucked away in Montmartre and serves cocktails that will knock your socks off. In a good way.
La Famille, 41 Rue des Trois Freres, Paris; 01 42 52 11 12. Chez Janou
We rather wish our flat looked like the quaint boho interiors of Chez Janou. Dozens of posters, prints, and faded mirrors line the walls and a circular bar is a whirl of activity – sending bottles of wine and cups of coffee all around the room. The food is traditional and very tasty. What lingers in our mind is the chocolate mousse that is brought to your table in a vast bowl, which you help yourself too. Very, very moreish.
Chez Janou, 2 Rue Roger Verlomme, 75003 Paris; 01 42 72 28 41.Chez Paul
If you want to experience a truly authentic Parisian lunch, look no further than Chez Paul. This restaurant has been trading since the early part of the last century and serves up delicious examples of classic cuisine. Think: steak tartar and whole roast chicken. Plus, the restaurant is opposite the Isabel Marant store, prime position to continue your shopping spree once your appetite is sated.
Chez Paul, 13 Rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris.