If you’re planning a trip to Paris and looking for restaurant recommendations, here’s our review for some great, off-the-beaten path restaurants with amazing food.

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Where to Eat in Paris. The BEST off-the-beaten-path restaurants. Guaranteed you'll find a hidden gem! #travel #paris #france

Le Petit Cler
29 Rue Cler
75007 Paris, France

Our very first order of business in Paris was lunch near our hotel (and near the Eiffel Tower) at Le Petit Cler. Of course my first Parisian meal had to be a classic Croque Madame! Now I can’t say I tried every Croque Madame in Paris, but I did try two, and out of the two, this one was my favorite. :) The cheese was amazing! However, the egg was just a tad underdone for my liking (the white was still runny in some places) so if you’re squeamish about that sort of thing, maybe just go with the traditional Croque Monsieur. A great spot for lunch near the Eiffel Tower.

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Au petit Sud Ouest
46 Avenue de la Bourdonnais
75007 Paris, France
au-petit-sud-ouest.fr
(Takes reservations)

How AMAZING do those potato medallions look??! They were totally amazing. I got the duck leg and Kevin got the duck breast, and Kevin’s was totally better, so I’d definitely recommend the breast. :)

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Each table even had it’s own personal toaster for the bread!

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For dessert we went with the creme brulee sampler: vanilla, chocolate, and pistachio. Delicious!

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Coquelicot
24 Rue des Abbesses
75018 Paris, France
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The next morning we had breakfast in Montmartre at Coquelicot. There was a long line for the bakery when we went, but you can go in the door to the right and sit down at one of the tables downstairs or upstairs for table service, and we were seated immediately. I had a croissant, brioche and french bread with butter and jams, and a comically giant bowl of hot chocolate (or coffee, if you’d prefer.) I haven’t been able to find a croissant like this one since. One of my favorite meals in Paris!

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Berko
31 Rue Lepic
75018 Paris
France
berko.fr

As we were wandering through Montmartre, we passed a cupcake shop and of course we had to pop in. We tried a chocolate cupcake and a Nutella cupcake. These cupcakes were stuffed on the inside, which made them even more delicious. The frosting was velvetiest frosting I have ever had.

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Le Bosquet
46 Avenue Bosquet
75007 Paris, France ‎
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Okay, hands down, this was my favorite meal in Paris. I know it doesn’t look like much, but this is the Ravioli Gratin, and it was completely and totally life changing. It was unbelievably rich and decadent and I was nearly dying with every single bite. I wanted to go back here for dinner every single night. It was right by our hotel too, so I seriously contemplated it! Anyway, if you’re planning a trip to Paris and you’re a fan of cream, cheese, and butter, put this on your MUST TRY list!!!!! :)

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We also got this molten lava cake with ice cream, and it was good, but honestly I couldn’t stop thinking about the Ravioli Gratin. And I’m a huge dessert person! So you know that’s saying a lot.

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Amorino
42 Rue Cler
75007 Paris, France ‎
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Oh man. Speaking of ice cream. I am obsessed with Amorino. There was one right by our hotel too, and we went there multiple times. Their speculoos (Biscoff), Nutella, and hazelnut flavors are out of this world. I always have to get all three. But their sorbets are amazing too. Mango, raspberry, strawberry. To die for. If you’re going for the first time, be sure to get your ice cream in a cone!! They shape it so it looks like a rose. So fun. There’s also one in NYC that I have to go to every time I’m in the city. Definitely put Amorino on your list!! :)

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Les Cocottes
135 Rue Saint-Dominique
75007 Paris, France
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This place was hopping and we didn’t have a reservation, but we were seated pretty quickly at the bar on the back wall. I will say this was the fastest we got in and out of a restaurant during our entire 15 day trip. It was more like an American dining experience. We were in and out in about an hour, and it was a welcome change from the 2 hour+ meals we had grown accustomed to! Everything came in these cute little cast iron pots. This is what Kevin ordered, and I honestly can’t remember what he got, but he really enjoyed it. I got the Lobster ravioli with artichoke mousse (not pictured) but I didn’t love it because the artichoke way overpowered all the other flavors.

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For dessert, I got the waffle with whipped cream and salted caramel. Yummy, but not life changing.

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Neither of us can remember ordering this chocolate tart, but we must have since there’s a picture of it on my phone. It must’ve been good, but not memorable!

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Chez Clément Saint Michel
9 Place Saint-André des Arts
75006 Paris, France
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This was the only restaurant in Paris where our waiter did not speak an entire word of English. The hostess spoke to us in English and gave us an English menu, but our waiter did not speak one single word of English to us and did not even attempt to, lol! We started with this giant salad frisee with bacon, bleu cheese, and a soft boiled egg. It was a good salad, but you need to really love bleu cheese to love this salad.  :)

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I ordered the ravioli gratin here as well, but it could not hold a candle to the ravioli gratin at Le Bosquet.

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Les Deux Magots
6 Place St Germain des Prés
75006 Paris, France ‎
lesdeuxmagots.fr

Our last breakfast in Europe was in the Saint Germain neighborhood of Paris. I had a perfectly delicious ham and cheese omelette and completely unforgettable croissant. Still dreaming of this croissant.

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Now for the macarons!! You know I couldn’t resist! Yes, we did actually go to the Laduree on the Champs Elysees and waited in line for about an hour just to get in the store.

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The macarons were delicious, but on our way home, there was a Laduree at Charles de Gaulle that had all of the exact same macarons and there was not a single person in line. Doh. If you only get 4 macarons from Laduree, make sure they are: vanilla, chocolate, strawberry marshmallow, and salted caramel.

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We also had Pierre Herme macarons from the stand at Galeries Lafayette. No line here either, and these were amazing.

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It’s hard to say if the macarons from La Maison du Chocolat were our favorites because they were all so incredible, but these chocolate macarons were just omg. So good. And so rich. And soooo chocolaty. If you’re a fan of macarons, you’ll just have to go to all three. There’s no way I could choose. :)

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We also went to Angelina! We got the hot chocolate (which was nice and thick but could’ve been sweeter for me) and this pastry thing, which was okay, but not my favorite, but……..

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This.

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Omg, this. If you are anywhere near Angelina (and there is one at Versailles, too!) you have to get these!!

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They are like little bites of Nutella!! They are so indescribably good and perfect for souvenirs!! I could seriously eat these all day.

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July 7, 2014

Hidden Paris

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On our last morning in Paris, we guided ourselves on an unforgettable walking tour of hidden Paris. The streets and locations we visited were quiet, secluded, and off the beaten path, yet still breathtakingly stunning, and gave us a glimpse at the hopelessly romantic, even more beautiful side of Paris. The GPS locations for all the photos you see on this tour are included in a map at the bottom of this post, in case you’d like to take this walk on your own. :)

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Au Vieux Paris… The Old Paris…

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To dine at this romantic, picturesque Parisian cafe would be a dream.

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And look what’s right next door… A charming cupcakery.

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Of course we had to try one, with it’s velvety, decadent, irresistible buttercream frosting.

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Shopping and pastries on this secluded corner.

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Quiet breakfast at the St Regis Cafe.

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People watching all afternoon at Le Bistrot Beaubourg Brasserie.

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A bouquet of roses.

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Wander into this mysterious blue door, for an unexpected surprise on the other side…

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Colorful doors, a mermaid, and the most charming umbrella repair shop, Pep’s Umbrella.

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Be sure to visit Pep’s on a day when they’re open. You’ll know by the bright yellow umbrella they have opened and displayed like a flag on the wall of this hidden passageway.

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I wonder if this is where the writers got the idea for the yellow umbrella on How I Met Your Mother.

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Find unique craft stores and antiques at Passage du Grand Cerf.

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This shopping arcade is filled with gorgeous shops and flooded with natural light.

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Colorful spinning rack of embroidery thread.

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Ribbons galore. How fun would it be to buy fabric, ribbons, or skeins of wool here for a craft project to always remember Paris by?

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Door knobs and draw pulls.

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So many to choose from!

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Dying over this shelf of antique lanterns!

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I wanted to take this one home with me.

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July 3, 2014

Sightseeing in Paris

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Our last full day in Paris was a quiet Friday, and since we had good weather we decided to run around hitting a few of the major landmarks we hadn’t seen yet.

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We started at Notre Dame, and got there at 9:30 in the morning, thirty minutes before the tower opened.

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There was already a line to get up to the tower, so Kevin went and grabbed us a spot in line, while I took a look around inside the cathedral.

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At this point there was no line to get into the cathedral, so I just went right on it. There was mass going on, and the choir was singing, so that was neat experience. But it was very dark inside and I could hardly see anything. I didn’t even take any pictures.

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I spent probably 10 minutes or less inside, but by the time I got out (9:40am-ish), there was already a huge line forming outside to get in the cathedral. So if you don’t want to wait in line, be sure to get there early. :) If you don’t want to go up to the tower, the cathedral opens even earlier, at 8am.

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We stood in line for about one hour total to up to the tower. (Again, we got there 30 minutes before the tower even opened.)

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The views were nice (as you can see from the photos above) but you only get to spend 5 minutes at the top. It seemed like a bit of a let down and a bit too rushed after waiting in line for an hour. By the time we made our way down from the tower (10:45am-ish) we were dying at how long the lines had become. The line to get in the cathedral was snaked around back and forth, back and forth all the way across the lawn, and the line to get to the tower was just blocks and blocks and blocks down the street. It was unbelievable.

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We grabbed a croissant to go, then had a lovely walk through the Parisian streets as we made our way to the famed Pont des Arts.

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The Pont des Arts is a a pedestrian bridge over River Seine.

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It connects the the Institut de France and the Louvre.

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It’s also been widely popularized as the Love Lock bridge, where couples attach padlocks with their names written on them to the railing, then throw the key into the River Seine below, representing their commitment to unbreakable love.

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Now I am not one for big romantic gestures (just writing all that out is making me pukey ;)), but as you guys may have guessed by now, Kevin totally is, so of course he wanted to do it. :)

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We didn’t plan ahead to bring a lock, but fortunately for us there were any number of peddlers selling padlocks up and down the bridge, and at actually a fairly reasonable price (5 euro or less, depending on the style). They’ll even let you use a Sharpie for free. ;) So here is our lock! :) Not sure if it is even still there, since I hear they frequently have to go through and cut them all off because the weight of the locks is crushing the bridge! But it was a very fun gesture and I’m glad we did it. :)

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After that, we walked up the bank of the Seine, and over to the Louvre courtyard.

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Seriously could not get over how MASSIVE the Louvre is!! It covers an area of nearly 15 acres. Fifteen!! And I thought Versailles was huge!!! (3 acres, comparatively.) We were planning to go if we had a rainy day, but it was sunny every single day we were in Paris, so we’ll have to save the Louvre for next time. :)

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We walked from the Louvre through the Tuileries Garden, then down the Champs Elysees (arguably one of the most expensive pieces of real estate in the entire world, like Rodeo Drive but in Paris) all the way to the Arc de Triomphe.

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Surrounding the Arc de Triomphe is an eight-lane roundabout with NO lines on the road to keep you in your lane. It’s the only place in Paris where car insurance won’t cover you. On our way to Charles de Gaulle the next day, our driver drove right on through like it was nothing, lol!

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There was hardly any line to get up to the top of the Arc, and since you could stay as long as you wanted, we decided to go for it.

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We definitely got our exercise in this day with all the stairs, towers, and walking!! :) We climbed 387 steps to the top of Notre Dame (and back down), walked 4 kilometers from the Louvre to the Arc de Triomphe, and then climbed another 284 steps to the top of the Arc.

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Loved the view from up here!

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We could see all the way down the Champs Elysees…

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To the right was a great view of the Eiffel Tower, and then the Sacre Coeur in the other direction.

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That night we made our way back to Pont Notre-Dame to watch the sunset.

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Our last sunset in Paris. Thank you so much for looking. Have a happy and safe Fourth of July holiday weekend!

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