Susan’s Recommendations: Paris

23 Mar

Susan and her husband Michael lived in the 10th arr. in Paris. She says:

It was rather like the Mission or Bernal Heights back then (1992-94), but now it’s like Noe Valley–chic, with lots of young families. The canal is a lot of fun to walk along; it runs all the way down to the Bastille and there’s a good weekend market along there.

Some of our favorite places: Jardin du Luxembourg, the market along rue Mouffetard (I think it’s every morning except Mondays), anywhere in the Marais but especially Place des Vosges, Pont des Arts. If you like Monet, you should go to the Musee Marmottan, which has a whole room full of the water lily paintings. If you like Picasso, the Picasso museum in the Marais is outstanding.

For restaurants, you could try:

Chez Omar, 47 rue de Bretagne, Metro: Republique 01 42 72 36 26 Great Moroccan food.

A l’Impasse, 4 Impasse Guemenee, Metros: Bastille or St. Paul. 01 42 72 08 45 Classic neighborhood bistro.

Polidor, 41 Rue Monsieur-le-Prince. Metro: Luxembourg. 01 43 26 95 34. Another classic, very old bistro where a lot of regulars and students go.

Le Loir dans la Theiere (which means the dormouse in the teapot), 3 Rue des Rosiers, Metro St Paul. 01 42 72 90 61. A wonderful tea salon that feels very Berkeley-like but very Parisian. Good for light lunch or afternoon tea with an enormous piece of pie.

Les Deux Abeilles, 189 Rue de l’Universite. RER: Pont de l’Alma, 01 45 55 64 04. If you’re out by the Eiffel Tower, this is a great tea salon to stop by–the “red fruit crumble,” which is what they call it in a gorgeous French accent, is unbelievable.

Chez Marianne, 2 rue de l’Hospitaliere Saint Gervais. Metro: Hotel de Ville. 01 42.72.18.86 Great middle eastern food. We always stop at this place as soon as we land and go to the take out window and order a falafel sandwich with roasted eggplant. Delicious!

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