It’s crazy to think that our trip to Paris as almost a year ago! We tacked on a few days to our Portugal trip to see a concert here, and a week before we left, the concert was cancelled. But, who’s complaining—it’s Paris!
It was our second time visiting the City of Lights so we skipped a lot of the touristy things this time and just wandered and enjoyed our few days there. Which really just means we did a whole lot of eating and drinking. I know we barely scraped the surface, but these spots were some of our favorites while we were there!
Paris Travel Guide
Where to Eat in Paris
Kapunka: We’d had croque-monsieur for lunch, and while it was good, I can only handle so much French food—for the most part I don’t eat much dairy, so one cheese sandwich was enough for me. That night we went to this Thai spot and it was so delicious. We had to wait about 20 minutes, but there was a cute wine bar across the street that we popped into. The chicken satay, pad Thai with chicken and prawns, and thai basil chicken were delicious!
Candelaria: We’d heard great things about this tiny little taco shop and it did not disappoint! I got the impression that their menu changes daily. The chips and guacamole were super fresh and the tacos were authentic, but still unique in their combinations. Another highlight was the manager. He spoke four different languages and gave the place such a fun, lively atmosphere. We took advantage and practiced our Spanish, and I realized I’m not that good any more. Oh, it’s also open for brunch and serve huevos rancheros and flautas!
Paris Hanoï: On our last night in town, we went to this Vietnamese restaurant (we’re not big fans of French food, can you tell?). It was Sunday night, but the place was packed and the food was delicious! If you need a break from croque-monsieur, this is a great option.
Ob-La-Di: For the most part, we hadn’t had a proper breakfast since Lisbon, so when a Google search brought up this spot, we were pumped! Ironically it ended up being next door to the taqueria and we had a funny encounter with the manager from the night before, who was in there ordering coffee. This spot was super small, but worth the short wait for amazing avocado toast! They also had yogurt and granola bowls and great coffee. We were able to get a Chemex or Pour Over which was a nice break from traditional cafe au lait.
Café de Flore: We popped in here for a coffee and pastry on our first morning. I’d heard great things about it, but we got the impression it was a bit of a touristy thing to do. Two cappuccinos and two croissants (which our waiter claimed to be the very last they had, which wasn’t true), came out to be over 25 euro. My suggestion, find any other cafe to get a coffee and croissant and save your money!
Where to Drink in Paris
Redd Wine Bar: This spot was just across the street from Kapunka and we grabbed a glass of wine while we waited for a table. Delicious looking meat and cheese plates were being prepped in front of us, next time, we’ll have one!
Hoppy Corner: We walked by this spot on our way to dinner and it was packed! Like, crazy busy, so naturally, we popped in for a few drinks. As you might have guessed, it was a craft beer spot with some unique selections on the menu—definitely one of Rob’s favorites!
Little Red Door: You must go to this cocktail bar! It was so cute and the drinks were amazing. The menu has drawings instead of a list of ingredients which makes the experience more fun. The entrance is a bit tricky, but fun to figure out!
Candelaria: This cocktail bar/speakeasy was through the back door of the taqueria where we ate. We only stayed for one drink because it was so crowded but it’s a good spot to get a drink before dinner before it gets super packed!
Moonshiner: We stopped in this cute little speakeasy at the end of our trip. It’s located in the back of a pizza restaurant and had great cocktails. It was right near where we were staying in Bastille too!
Have you been to Paris? What are your favorite Paris restaurants and bars?