france | ‘paris after italy’ survival guide

during our recent holiday, my husband, bob, and i spent a few days in paris on the way home from milan.  i have to admit that we always feel sad about leaving italy, even if we are going to paris!  so, here is our ‘paris after italy’ survival guide:

cafes verlet

cafes verlet

256 rue saint honore | paris | 75001

monday – saturday 9h30-18h30

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

in a city where cappuccino is served with whipped cream and chocolate, cafes verlet serves excellent cafe (espresso).

comparable to an italian cafe, or an espresso from one of the artisinal coffee roasters in san francisco.

cafes verlet | cafe

espresso pulled from panama coffee beans

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

creperie suzette

creperie suzette

24 rue des francs bourgeois | paris | 75003

daily 12h00-23h00

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

creperie suzette is our favorite lunch restaurant in paris.  we discovered it by accident.

‘it’s crowded…it looks good…it has a local clientele…let’s try it…’

ten years later, the galette vosges is still my favorite.

creperie suzette | galette vosges avec chevre, tomate, et basilic

vosges galette with goat cheese, tomato, and basil

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace
cantine du potager

cantine du potager

restaurant on the lower ground floor of the merci concept store

111 boulevard beaumarchais | paris | 75003

monday-saturday 12h00-15h00

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after a day or so in paris, we are always craving green.  cantine du potager solves that problem.  the petit asiette (small plate) includes a choice of three salades du compteur (salads from the counter).

one day, our lunch included salads of:
harcort verts et feves (green beans and fava beans)
tomates (heirloom tomatoes)
fenouil et pamplemousse (fennel and grapefruit)

followed by, crumble pommes et fraises (apple and strawberry crumble) that was still hot from the oven.  tres bien!

cantine du potager | salades et desserts du compteur

salads and desserts from the counter

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entrance | l’hotel

13 rue des beaux arts | paris | 75006

photo credit small luxury hotels

until this trip, l’hotel was our favorite boutique hotel in paris.  it’s charming, comfortable, and conveniently located.  the architecture and the interiors make you feel like you are visiting the paris of your imagination.

atrium | l’hotel

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

stairway | l’hotel

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

but, this time, the concierge at l’hotel did not do a good job of booking our dinner reservations.


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