Restaurants in the 3rd and 4th

Les quatres flâneurs au Hangar
Le Hangar
12, Impasse Berthaud 75003

We’ve eaten here a couple of times and it’s great. It’s in a quiet courtyard near a small park (recently dedicated to Anne Frank). Good to eat here after shopping on Rue de Rivoli or wandering around the 3rd.

Restaurant Le Felteu
15, rue Pecquay, 75004
Tel: 01 42 72 14 51

“A ne pas manquer !” TripAdvisor Review

Taqueria Candelaria (Yes, tacos!)
52, rue de Saintonge, 75003
Sun-Wed: 12h-23h
Thu-Sat: 12h-00h
Bar: 19h-2h


“The word is in: The best (and oldest)  kitchen supply shop is E. Dehillerin”: MSNBC | A Canadian Foodie | FXcuisine

“The store was founded by Eugene Dehillerin near the famous Les Halles market. In 1880, it moved to it current location, an attractive building in the 1st arrondissement.”

E. Dehillerin
18 et 20, rue Coquillière, 75001
51, rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001
Métro Les Halles
Mon: 9am-12.30pm / 2pm-6pm
Tue-Sat: 9am-6pm

“But E. Dehillerin is no Williams-Sonoma. Don’t expect some Martha Stewart experience. This cavernous kitchen supply store is dusty, and looks more barn sale than Sur la Table. And the sales people do not fawn over customers.

“It’s practical,” says Eric Dehillerin, the fifth generation of this Parisian family to run the famous store. “When clients enter here they are surrounded by what they see. The equipment is all around. They can see it, hold it, look at it. It’s living. It has history.””

Other shops are reviewed in Le Best of Paris.

David Lebovitz has a great article on cookware shops.

Mora is “everything Dehillerin is not. Clean, modern and polite” (FXcuisine)

13, Rue Montmartre,  75001
Métro Étienne-Marcel, Les Halles
Mon-Fri: 9am-6.15pm
Sat: 10am-1pm / 1.45pm-6.30pm

A. Simon is “where the professionals shop” (20 Little Cities) .

A. Simon
48-52 Rue Montmartre, 75002
Metro Les Halles (Rue Rambuteau exit), Etienne Marcel
Mon: 1.30pm-6.30pm
Tue-Fri: 9am-6.30pm
Sat: 9.30am-6.30pm

La Vaissellerie is where I bought my lovely octagonal-shaped dishware back in 1991 (they did not survive the marriage). It was at the branch near the Marks and Spencer’s.

La Vaissellerie
80, Bd Haussmann, 75008
Métro Havre-Caumartin

La Bovida
36 Rue Montmartre, 75001
Metro Les Halles (Rue Rambuteau exit), Etienne Marcel

From 20 Little Cities:

Famous pastry chef David Lebovitz says “If G. Detou didn’t exist, I couldn’t live in Paris.” The stores sells only edible goods and as its name indicates G. Detou ( J’ai de tout – I. haveverything) has it all. It is a heaven for baking goods and the great pastry chefs shop here for ingredients that can’t be found anywhere else. You’ll also find lots of savory regional goods on the floor-to-ceiling shelves such as the tasty sardines from Brittany La Belle-Iloise or jars full of all different kinds of dried mushrooms. G. Detou is a must-shop at.

G. Detou
58 Rue Tiquetonne, 75001
Metro: Etienne Marcel
Mon-Sat: 8.30am-6.30pm

Restaurants and bars in Montmartre

Salade de chèvre chaud artisanal de Fougere? avec un verre de Viognier, Domaine des Salices, J&F Lurton
Au Relais

48, rue Lamarck 75018

A wonderful, non-tourist restaurant – I found it while rambling in Montmartre. Great place for lunch before/after visiting Sacré-Coeur Basilica. Free WiFi. A short walk to M° Lamarck-Caulaincourt, featured in the film Amelie. TripAdvisor review.

The 7th
12-14 rue Joseph de Maistre 75018

The roof terrace bar of the 4-star Terrass Hotel in Montmartre has a beautiful view of Paris (on a sunny day). “The 7th floor vantage point that lends its name to the bar offers a spectacular view of Paris, with the Tour de Montparnasse, Les Invalides and the Eiffel Tower, lined up perfectly from left to right along the horizon.” — The Paris Blog (Doesn’t this sound enticing?)

Le musée d’Orsay

Gare d'Orsay
Photo from Le musée d'Orsay

Le musée d’Orsay is my favourite museum, point final. It was a railway station for less than 100 years (construction finished in 1900) before being abandoned. It was used by Orson Welles in 1962 as a set for his film version of Franz Kafka’s “The Trial” before eventually being turned into a museum that opened in 1986. Wikipedia has an interesting article on the history of the building.

It is full of mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1915, including painting, sculpture, furniture, and photography.

Exhibitions during our stay in May include “Degas and the Nude” and “The World of Claude Debussy“, and there’s plenty of the permanent collection to see.

Musée d’Orsay
62, rue de Lille, 75343
M° Solférino, RER C Musée d’Orsay

Marché Saint-Pierre

Le temple du tissu à Paris

Photo: The French Patchworker

Sounds like an amazing area for fabric nerds, one that I  had never heard of:

“Located at the base of the stairs to the Sacré Coeur in Montmarte, Paris’ largest textile market never ceases to delight budding couturiers and quilters the world over. The market quartier may be a more apt description—includes the largest and oldest department store Le Marché Saint Pierre (Dreyfuss), from where the area takes its name, and several smaller specialty shops like Tissus Reine (slightly overpriced) and Moline (great for haberdashery).” — paris.unlike.

Marché Saint-Pierre
1, Place Saint-Pierre, 75018
1-7,  rue Livingstone, 75018
2, rue Charles Nodier, 75018
3 rue Steinkerque, 75018

Tissus Reine
3-5, Place St Pierre, 75018

3 Rue Charles Nodier, 75018

Mº Anvers ou Pigalle.

More information: Maison apart | L’ |

Yarn shops 2

Yarn Bomb

La Mercerie de l’Est
22 Rue De La Fidélité 75010

Au Dé à Coudre
5 Place Pinel 75013
01 45 84 33 19

10, rue de la Butte aux Cailles, 75013
01 53 80 31 33
A Salon de thé and a yarn shop!

27 Rue Des Plantes 75014

2, Rue Cazotte 75018
01 42 54 51 09

Mercerie Moline
2-4-6 Rue Livingstone 75018
01 42 59 36 68

Mercerie Saint Pierre
20 Rue Pierre Picard 75018
01 46 06 57 65

61 Rue Planchat 75020
01 43 56 09 23

Restaurants in the 10th

Chez Jeannette
47 rue du Faubourg-St Denis 75010
Mº Strasbourg St-Denis or Château d’Eau

“When she sold her café back in March 2007, Jeanette handed over to the young team from Chez Justine because they promised not to change a thing. The monstrous 1940s dust-coated lights, leaky loos, tobacco-stained wallpaper depicting the Moulin Rouge and PVC-covered banquettes have finally been cleaned up, and the café has become one of Paris’s hippest spots for an aperitif. There’s a plat du jour at lunch and plates of cheese and charcuterie at night; at 8pm, the fluorescent lights go off and candlelight takes over, to a cheer.” — Time Out

Cheeky Tweaky!

Gabrielle d’Estrées, the mistress of Henri IV, and one of her sisters, the duchess of Villars, and Debi and a bored guard tweaking his nose.

This is my favourite painting in the Louvre!

«Portrait présumé de Gabrielle d’Estrées et de sa soeur la duchesse de Villars»