With the “TOP 5 SPOTS” series, I host on my blog people from all around the world listing their special spots in their hometown or in a city/region they feel it’s like their home. To get to know cool spots from a local perspective.
We start the series with Emilie D, a very nice (and pretty!) Franco-Canadian girl I met here in Vancouver.
She was raised in the south of France, and she moved to Montréal, QC, when she was a teenager. She then went back to France, in Paris, to start a carreer in advertising. Currently, she lives in stunning Vancouver, where she works for a branding agency called Cause+Affect.
She picked her Top 5 Spots in Paris, where she lived for 9 year! A record for her, as she moved so often to different cities!
Aux Deux Amis
Les deux amis is my favourite wine bar/bistro ever. Some people would argue it’s way too expensive for what it is, but I disagree. The food is awesome (tapas style) and the vibe is typically parisian: it’s crowded, it’s loud, the waiters are in a rush and they won’t be nice to you (and if that is not Parisian, tell me what else is!), and the typical working-class bar interior design is perfect. No matter the day, time, or season, it’s the best after-work place to gather with friends, have a glass of wine with delicious charcuterie, and talk about politics, philosophy, fashion and more!
Where: 45 Rue Oberkampf, 75011 Paris
If you’re up for a night out, forget the expensive left bank clubs and go for an underground trip in the 20th arrondissement for some edgy, fun times! La Bellevilloise is one of these places in eastern Paris we can’t not fall in love with. Don’t get me wrong, if you’re into Lady Gaga and Rihanna, this won’t be for you. Expect some highly curated artists and bands, in the lovely decor of what has always been a place of culture and social interactions.
Where: 19-21 Rue Boyer, 75020 Paris
Cimetière du Père Lachaise
Before going for drinks and dancing at La Bellevilloise, you could go for a walk in the surprising Père Lachaise. Yes, it is a cemetery, and yes, it may sound awkward to go for a walk in such a place, but let me tell you that this one is very special. It is “home” to many very famous people, from Molière to Jim Morrison. And, as you may imagine, these people don’t have just regular grayards…. Go and see for yourself!
Where: 16 Rue du Repos, 75020 Paris
Photo from Google Maps
Speaking of history. While you’re in Paris, you might want to learn more about the history of the City of Lights. The Musée Carnavalet is interesting for different reasons. First, you’ll be amazed to see the evolution of the city (growing from nothing to a city of 10+ millions inhabitants). Second, the building and the neighborhood remind you how old and amazing this city is. Last, but not least, it gives you the opportunity to go shopping in the famous Rue des Francs-Bourgeois.
Where: 16 Rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75003 Paris
Le Comptoir Général
If I only gave you two bars’ addresses, wouldn’t be enough (Parisian spend a lot of time drinking!), so I suggest you to go spend a night at the eclectic Comptoir Général too. It’s more than just a bar or just a restaurant. Actually, I am not even able to tell you what it is. A cabinet of curiosities? The only thing you need to know is that you’ll be taken to somewhere different: going there is like stopping time. Have fun!
Where: 80 Quai de Jemmapes, 75010, Paris