Useful links

  • World weather averages - find out what the weather will be when you go!
  • Onebag - the art and science of travelling light.
  • Times and dates - a collection of tools to check time differences, plan holidays years in advance

Eating, dining, places to hang out
  • Le Grand Véfour - Le Grand Véfour has, according to the blurb, been the finest gourmet rendezvous of the Parisian political, artistic and literary society for more than 200 years.
    Ô Chateau - wine bar, restaurant, wine lessons, tours. Well located at 68, rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau 75001. Read Olivier Marigny's blog, especially "Stuff Parisians Like" - also published in French as "Dessine-moi un Parisien". Hilarious and insightful. 
  • Café Ladurée - famous for macarons, mais beaucoup des autres choses aussi 
  • La Mascotte Brasserie Bar - Rue des Abbesses in Montmartre 
  • La Bonne Franquette - another Montmartre brasserie, close to Place du Tertre, but a vast improvement on the tourist traps you find there. Great service, fab wine list
  • Le Clos Bourguignon - traditional brasserie near L'Opera de Paris, comes well recommended
  • L'avenue restaurant - good people watching lunch place
  • Mama Shelter - looks fun and fabulous; close to Cimitière Père Lachaise
  • L'Opera restaurant - fab pre-theatre dining, with a great menu
  • Pierre Gagnaire restaurant - if the food is as good as the website suggests, then this is one hell of an experience at 6 rue Balzac Paris 75008
  • La Perle restaurant - scene of the downfall of Christian Dior designer John Galliano
  • Brasserie Lipp - oh so traditional!
  • Du Pain et Des Idées - stylish bakery near Canal St Martin in the 10th
  • Hotel du Nord - historic watering hole in the 10th
  • Pink Flamingo Pizza - because sometimes you need comfort food!
  • Ice Kube Bar - 1 Passage Ruelle Paris 75018, funky. Annoying website, though.
  • Barrio Latino - 46 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, Paris 75012. Salsa anyone?
  • Why Bar - 60 Rue Jean Jacques Rousseau, Paris 75001. In the heart of the Bastille district, specialises in cocktails "destructurés" (the elements are separately layered)
  • La Batofarface au 11 quai François Mauriac Paris 75013. On the banks of the Seine. Need we say more?
  • Voulez vous diner  avec moi ce soir? - a new twist on social networking which mixes travel, cultural exchange, and a home-cooked dinner for visitors to Paris. Read my blog article from October 2011.
Museums and exhibitions


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