Sunday, July 12, 2015
7 years later in Paris...
7 Years Discovering Paris
From Petite Paris Australia
This is the 7th year that Petite Paris Australia has visited Paris seeking professional and authentic B&Bs and apartments to add to the growing website petiteparis.com.au.
Consider us Paris connoisseurs if you wish, but with every return we discover something that we missed before. It’s always something unexplainably obvious too, a case of slap your forehead exclamation ‘how did we not know about this’!!...
Forever the city of unfolding old-but-new places with secret historic nooks and corners and long-standing establishments we have to wonder, would it take a lifetime to discover ALL of Paris’ hidden secrets? Perhaps, but for now 7 years deep, these are but a few samples of how far we have reached into the heart of Paris this 7th year.
Le Bouillon Chartier: (image above) An institution in Paris, this art deco classic restaurant was established in 1896 to cater to the cash poor Parisians who still wanted quality French fare. Today it maintains this ethos as a budget-friendly authentic and very enjoyable dining experience in Paris surrounded in history and beautiful atmosphere. Beware, Parisians love it and it fills up fast lunch or dinner, no bookings. 7 rue de Faubourg 75009 Paris
Paris en Seine: A cheaper and fabulous alternative to dining on the Seine at 40euro per person for a 90minute cruise of Paris by night, includes aperitif of arrival, entrée, main dish, dessert and ½ bottle of wine for 2. For 5euro extra (p/p) you can choose a seat at the front of the boat for prime views! www.paris-en-seine.com
Musee Jacquemart Andre: (image right) A small delightful museum overlooked by the masses, but putting Louvre and D’Orsay aside this museum is a little haven dedicated to the private collection of the art administrator in an opulent 19th Century mansion with Italian Renaissance and 18th Century French painters and masterpieces such as Fragonard and also art decoratifs. Add a decadent tearoom for light lunches and afternoon tea and this is an quintessential Parisian experience. 158 Boulevard Haussmann 75008 Paris www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com
Maison du Chou: (image left) Place Furtembourg in Paris’ St Germain des Pres neighburhood is a quiet square home to the best Chou in Paris. A small tearoom specialising in small round pastry puffs filled with warm flavoured creams, made fresh to order. Melt in your mouth pastry and cream, this is a locals secret haven. 7 Place de Furstenberg 75006 Paris.
English Bookshops: (image below) One day in Paris, exhausted with always looking for the right French words, we went hunting for English ones. The best English bookstores in Paris discovered are; the famous Shakespeare & Co – 37 rue de la Bucherie 75005; The Abbey Bookshop – 29 rue de la Parcheminerie 75005; Librairie Galignani – 248 rue de Rivoli 75001 and San Francisco Book Co 17 rue Monsieur le Prince 75006
NEW - Le Goute Tour: Petite Paris launches NEW Gourmet Tasting Tour in Paris with a local foodie, chef and Petite Paris B&B host Monsieur Peet. Guests will begin the 3 hr walking tour with coffee and croissants in a traditional guesthouse and be guided on a food lovers tour of the 10eme. Visit a world-champion Patissier, specialty shops and fresh markets, learn about Parisians ingredients and flavours, cooking tips, taste new flavours, all while passing historic passages and ending up at Paris institution ‘Chartier Bouillon’ for a traditional French lunch. 50euro per person includes coffee and croissants and tour. Lunch is optional and separate cost approx 20euro p/p set menu. Info@petitepr.com.au www.petiteparis.com.au
Rue Crimieux: in the 12eme is a secret street lined with colourful terraces resembling Londons Portobello Road. Rue Crimeux 75012 Paris
Coffee Couture: Coutume the Australian run café launched a new era of coffee in Paris aka ‘good coffee’ in Paris in 2008 when the first store opened on Rue de Babylone Paris St Germain des Pres! Happily expanding it is now open in the 5eme Latin quarter as well www.coutumecafe.com
Hotel Particulier: in Montmartre has a gorgeous secret garden (image right) serving tea and cakes. It's hard to see the entry but that’s the appeal. It is truly is a hidden flowering gem. Pavillon D, 23 Ave Junot 75018 Paris
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