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Chez Francis La Butte

Edsblog10frenchchairsOne of the cutest spots behind the Sacre Coeur in the village like Lamarck Caulaincourt. Good food and good-looking customers.

Chez Francis La Butte

122 rue Caulaincourt
75018 Paris
T: 01 42 23 58 26

Hidden Kitchen - by Matthew Rose

Shakespeare_31 By Matthew Rose.
Dinner began promptly at 8 at Hidden Kitchen, an innovative dining experience created by a pair of Americans known only as Laura and Braden (their last names are secret!) out of their apartment on Blvd Sebastopol.  The two twenty-something foodies from Seattle have outfitted their spacious dwelling for a unique dining concept and a regular Sunday night gourmand experience that brings 12 people together for an underground nine-course experience of food in the extreme.

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Violette & Co.

Shakespeare_6 Good art books plus feminist and lesbian/gay titles.

Violette & Co.
102 rue de Charonne
75011 Paris

Bistro des Peintres

23033881_2The best looking barmen in town, great music and don't-give-a-damn decor. Plus an enticing and reasonable menu. What more could one ask for?

Bistro des Peintres
116 avenue ledru-rollin
75011 Paris


Shakespeare_32 Fauchon is one of the best shops to browse for jams, mustards, fine teas and other treats.  A great cave des vins with helpful staff, bakery, and salon de the/restaurant.  Probably the best hampers in the world and great fancy packaging if you'd like to give a friend a gift.

24-26 place de la Madeleine
Paris 75008


80402943auhnmvrelclaireur016669Armand Hadida is at it again. Always one step ahead of the crowd, his amazing new bar is found in the back of his L'Eclaireur boutique on rue Boissy d'Anglas with surrealist décor by Barnaba Fornasetti. Try the cod and citrus ceviche whipped up by Chef François Xavier Bogard of Jardins de Chaumont.
Photography by Simon Kirby.

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Paris' Hammam Steam Baths

Shakespeare_36 A popular way of winding down in Paris is to hit the Hammam.  It’s a type of relaxing steam bath that was imported here from the Maghreb (North Africa) along with now staple French favourites cous cous and sticky Orientale sweets. 

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Shakespeare_20 Favourite spot of the Japanese electro-kids this (well designed) bar/club is more like something you'd find in NYC or London.  Programming often features new young musicians and there is an open policy with regards to DJs.

9 rue Biscornet
75012 Paris
T: 01 46 28 12 90

Un Regard Moderne

Shakespeare_7 Tiny (about 30m²) but packed with the most amazing books, comics, erotic lit. and graphic novels. Tres underground.

Un Regard Moderne
10 rue Gît le Cœur
75006 Paris

L'Autour d'un Verre

Shakespeare_33 All the food is completely fresh from local suppliers, the wine is additive free and does not give one a hangover. It's in a great part of town too, behind Bonne Nouvelle and the Grands Boulevards. There is a warren of streets filled with Jewish traiteurs, Indian musical instrument shops and cool antique stores with odd artifacts.

L'Autour d'un Verre
21 rue de Trévise
(01) 48 24 43 74

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