11 Nov Things in Paris
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Before we headed back home, we had about 36 hours in Paris. This time we found a few more things and eateries that’s a little different. Here they are:
The largest antique flea market in Paris. When you get to the area via train to Porte de Clignancourt, take a short walk and you will see small flea markets scattered around the area. Each market specialise in something different e.g. one sells more trash and treasure, old jewellery, original prints and antique serve ware. Some market have more antique furniture stalls etc… The market is open on the weekends only and the stalls slowly open from 8am and finishes at 7pm. If you like to collect old treasures, Clignancourt is for you and you can easily spend the whole afternoon there.
Here’s some old copper pot set selling it at quite an affordable price but my luggage was already to heavy I think I’ll have to wait until next time.
A trendy little area for fashion, food and vibe. You won’t see big brands like Louis Vitton, Gucci, Chanel in this area (go to Champs Elysee and Galeries Lafayette for that). You will find very chic and trendy local designer labels, creperies, falafel and hummus places around the area. Make sure you bring your credit card and shop your heart out! Well, we didn’t spurge, only bought a few jam from La Chamber Aux Confitures.
La Droguerie Creperie always have a long line
Breizh Cafe – authentic buckwheat crepes
The Louvre at night
A walk to the Louvre and the Concord area after dinner can be something romantic to do. There are less people around the area at night time and the lights makes it even more grand and elegant. It’s quite a distance between Concord and the Louvre. Maybe jump on a train to get between the two.
Galeries Lafayette food hall
Located in Galeries Lafayette, La Masion. The whole building of homeware, kitchenware and tableware. Basement is a supermarket equivalent to the food hall in David Jones in Melbourne, or Market 360 and City Super in Hong Kong. On ground level, you will also see man individual food stalls selling signature Parisian treats e.g. Pierre macarons and L’eclair. Towards the back, there’s Le Masion de Truffe. You can find some truffle things to take home, like truffle foie gras, truffle chocolate, whole truffles etc.. if you get tired and hungry from shopping at GL, sit down and treat yourself a truffle risotto and finish with a truffle madeleine and a coffee.
Gorgeous eclairs!!! We tried the barlette vanille pecan eclaire. Everything there is so colourful… too bad we were so full that day after truffle risotto, or we would also try the yuzu one.
My friend Nat and Cereal Paris guide suggested Septime in Charonne for lunch or dinner. The thing is, this place only release reservation 21 days in advance and it’s usually gone within an hour. Well, I did try to book three week in advance when we were in Morocco and only found they are closed on weekends. Right next door there’s Clamato which is owned by the same owner as Septime chef Bertrand Grébaut was the next best thing. They open from noon til 11pm and no reservation is required. Compared to Septime, Clamato focuses on seafood and it’s more casual compared to Septime which is fine dining and degustation.
Their menu changes daily depending on what’s the freshest seafood available. The menu even have a date stamp on it! We had fresh sea urchins, raw sea bass marinaded with seaweed and vinegar and bonito rillet as starter, mixed seafood soup, saffron aioli and crisp bread as main. Everything was so fresh, delicious and light. We highly recommended this little gem but will definitely try Septime again next time!
This is walkable distance from the Louvre. The first night we arrived was rainy and cold. After standing at the Louvre capturing some night shots my hands, nose and feet were freezing cold and a bowl of noodle soup was exactly what I needed. Sanyuki has been in the Michelin guide since 2012. Very casual and cosy little udon place. I had the pork and poached egg udon with warm soup, it was so delicious!!!
There are things that I don’t like about Paris and one being having to change multiple trains to get from one place to one place but there’s certainly more things I love about this beautiful city. I can’t wait to come back again and visit more interesting places and neighbourhoods.
My favourite neighbourhood – Montmarte, where we stayed
Sacre Coeur Basilica at sunrise