Botellón at La Perle, amazing burgers and a champagne experience out of the ordinary. We are Nodes has listed our 6 Paris-favourites:
Dinner with a view at Kong
Remember the Sex and the City episode where Carrie Bradshaw has lunch with Aleksandr Petrovsky’s ex-wife at a fabulous Parisian rooftop restaurant? Well, this is the place! With an exceptional view of the Seine and decor signed by Philippe Starck, KONG is the designer restaurant where the atmosphere (or the ambience as the french would say) is just as important as the French-Japanese cuisine. Having been one of Paris hotspots since its opening back in 2003, some say that KONG’s prime time is over – but if you haven’t visited this place you’ve certainly missed out on something! The service is excellent, the food will leave you satisfied and the vibe is good. As the evening progresses, the music gets louder and the lights go darker, making KONG the perfect restaurant to wine and dine at before hitting the town.
We are Nodes recommend: Try the roasted duck breast with berries of sichuan and white rice.
Address: 1 Rue du Pont Neuf, 75001 Paris, France
Phone:+33 1 40 39 09 00
Metro: Pont Neuf
Botellón at La Perle
From the outside, this little corner bistro in Le Marais looks just like any other bar in Paris – but it is everything but ordinary! As soon as the sun goes down, the street outside of La Perle gets jam packed with Paris coolest crowd who are there to botellón. In case you’re not familiar with the term, it basically means:
“big bottle in Spanish and is typically a nighttime (and often daytime) Spanish activity when people congregate in public areas to socialize while drinking alcohol (street drinking)”.
And yes, this pretty much summarizes what goes on at La Perle: a well mixed crowd consisting of designers, artists, models, hipsters, chic bohemians and the occasional tourist, standing on 78 rue Vieille du Temple, drinking cheap wine (3 euro/glass!), and mingling like there’s no tomorrow. By the end of the evening, we’d be suprised if you haven’t found both a fling, a new friend and had some very strange encounters with eccentric personalities. Nevertheless, you never have a dull night at La Perle!
Fun trivia: Did you know that La Perle is “that bar” where ex-Dior designer, John Galliano had his anti-Semitic rant?
Artist Mathias Kiss at La Perle, picture taken by: We are Nodes.
Phone: +33 1 42 72 69 93
Eat the best burgers in Paris at Marche Des Enfantes Rouges
The best thing with getting to know locals in new cities is that they can share their hidden gems with you. If we hadn’t been told that we “must try the burgers at Marche des Enfantes Rogues” we would a) probably never have found this lovely food market in Marais (which happens to be Paris oldest covered market built in 1615), and b) if we by any chance still would, we would just pass the burger place since it doesn’t really stand out. Good thing we are telling you now – because for only 10 euros (!!!) you will get Paris best burger and a food experience far from the typical tourist traps. If the weather is nice, we recommend you to take a doggy bag and enjoy your lunch at the park outside.
Adress: 39 Rue de Bretagne, Le Marais.
Opening hours: Tue-Thu 8.30am-1pm, 4pm-7.30pm; Fri-Sat 8.30am-1pm, 4pm-8pm; Sun 8.30am-2pm
Metro: Filles du Calvaire.
Champagne tasting at Moët & Chandon Champagne Caves
Ok, this one is not in Paris BUT if you are planning to spend a couple of days in Paris and are thinking about doing a day trip to an other city we know just the where you should go! How about visiting the Moët & Chandon (and Dom Perignon) champagne cellars in Champagne, rounding of with a champagne tasting? This activity is not only very, very French – but also very, very fun. We choose to do our tasting at Moët & Chandon’s cellars, which is the largest one within the Champagne region, but there are plenty of other champagne houses alongside Avenue de Champagne in Epernay to choose from. Just make sure you to book your visit well in advance. Oh, and come thirsty.
Adress: 20 avenue de Champagne
Tel : 03.26.51.20.20
Eat mashed potatoes from heaven at Le Coq
We stumbled upon Le Coq by accident, many years ago, after visiting the Eiffel tower that is just footsteps away, and decided to try it out. Thank heavens we did, because the Chicken with mango chutney, curry and mashed potatoes is out of this world! Anyone who has tried purée de pommes de terre (mashed potatoes) in France know what we mean – it tastes much better than at home. Aside from serving mouth watering food, Le Coq also has an popular outdoor seating that is perfect for having drinks, long Sunday brunches and people watching on sunny days.
We are Nodes tip: With only one minute to walk to the Place De la Concorde you can watch the light show at the Eiffel Tower after finishing your dinner. Perfect way to end the evening!
The perfect shopping break at Printemp’s rooftop café
Life on rooftops is simply… a little bit better. Especially when you have a 360° view of Paris and the Eiffel tower as your coulisse. Forget about long queues and ticket fees to get to the top of the Eiffel Tower or Arc de Triomphe and spend them on a rooftop-lunch or coffee instead. Café Le Déli-cieux is located in the middle of the city, on the 9th floor of the beautiful department store Printemps, and is definitely high on our list of favorite hangouts in Paris. With a huge outdoor terrace, coffee (and food for the hungry ones), you can easily spend a good couple of hours here, soaking up the sun and listening to music.
Breakfast at Paul’s
Forget about Breakfast at Tiffany’s – the best way to start your day is at Paul’s, the French bakery that has been around since 1889 and still going strong. Located all around town, you are more than likely to pass this place many times during your Paris getaway. We must give a shout out to their chicken baguettes and Pain au chocolat. Two of our all time favourites!