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Shopping for babies,children and yourself

Also die grossen Marken wie Jacadi und Cyrillus findet ihr auch alleine, wir haben hier eine Karte zusammen gestellt mit Second-Hand-Läden, die Baby-und Kinderklamotten führen. Und auch wo man Schwangerschaftskleider und Still-T-Shirts finden kann. Eine kleine Auswahl an Shops mit schönen Geschenkideen wie zum Beispiel den Sigg-Flaschen im Bio-Bazaar haben wir auch für Euch ausgewählt. Und wer gerade keine Kraft und Lust hat sich in die Metro zu begeben, für die gibt es auch noch eine Reihe mit Bio-Onlineversandhändlern. Ganz grossen Dank hier übrigens an Nora, die uns ihre Recherche zu den Second Hand Läden zur Verfügung gestellt hat! Merci! (Kleine Anmerkung am Rande: wir haben alle Läden überprüft und im Januar 2017 gibt es diese hier alle noch, aber bevor ihr loszieht, schaut schnell vorher online nach. Es gibt eine ganze Reihe bekannter Läden und Cafes in Paris NICHT mehr, wie Anais & Martin, Pousette Café, Happy Families etc. Die meisten Kindercafes verkaufen auch ein bisschen Spielzeug und Dekoration fürs Kinderzimmer, aber die haben wir hier nicht aufgelistet. Dazu gibt es ein anderes Mal eine Karte nur mit Kindercafes).

Second Hand Läden

Bambin Troc Kinderklamotten und alles Rund ums Kind wie Kinderwagen oder Pumpmaschine und Spielsachen für 0-6 Jährige (Metro Commerce oder Felix Faure, Di- Sa 10.30-18.30 Uhr und Mittwochs nur Nachmittags geöffnet)

Bambini` Troll Eine kleine Schatzkiste, hier findet ihr auch Second Hand Schwangerschaftsklamotten und natürlich viele gute Kinderklamotten, sowie Säuglingspflegeartikel (Metro Nation)

Trotinette Wie ein grosses Kinderzimmer ist dieser Laden, zu finden gibt es einwandfreie Klamotten von der Geburt bis ca. 14 Jahre, auch Kinderschuhe, Bücher und alles andere Rund ums Baby sein wie zB Kinderwagen etc. (Metro 1, 14, A, D, Gare de Lyon, Mo- Sa 11-19 Uhr)

Un Mome a l`Autre Nette, gut sortierte Second Hand Kinderboutique, wer Sachen verkaufen will kann mit Virginie einen Termin vorher abmachen. Di-Sa 10-13 und 14:30-18.30 Uhr (Metro Jules Joffrin)

Fée du joli Schicke Kinderboutique für 0-14 Jährige, vorallem Marken und Designerklamotten (Metro Porte de Versailles und Boucicaut )

L`Atypique Second-Hand für Kinder und Erwachsene, sowie antike Möbel, Dekoration und Bettwäsche. Auch Café und Frisörsalon, eben atypisch (Metro Rue de Boulets und Faidberge-Chalingy , Bus 46, 54) .

Baby Boutique Kinderklamotten und Spielzeug aus zweiter Hand gibt es hier, der Laden wird ehrenamtlich vom Roten Kreuz geführt und freut sich auch über Sachspenden (Metro Daumesnil oder Michel Bizot, Bus 46, 64, 29)

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MamaFashion Grosse Auswahl an Schwangerschaftsmode, inklusive Badeanzügen usw. Auch Säuglingspflege, Stillkissen, Tragetücher und was man noch so an Erstausstattung braucht! MamaFashion2 ist das dazugehörige Outlet, hier gibt es die alte Kollektion im Schlussverkauf.

Gallerie Lafayette Ganz oben, eine kleine Abteilung mit Schwangerschaftsmode, aber sie haben Strumpfhosen und Unterwäsche von Noppies da. Und ich glaube auch Kleider von Boobs Design und Mamalicious, die sind praktisch zum Stillen, kann man aber schon vorher tragen.

MaMoulia ist die Art von Kinderboutique nach der ich solange gesucht habe! Grimm`s Holzspielzeug und Klamotten von Cosilano und co lassen mein Herz höher schlagen. (Metro Ecole Militaire oder RER C)

Fibres Bio Bio-Boutique für die ganze Familie, ist uns empfohlen worden, waren aber noch nicht da. Ist uns von Freunden empfohlen worden.

Eclats de Nature Hat für Kinder Marken wie Popelini und Living Crafts. (von Living Crafts und Sense Organics) mögen wir die Schlafanzüge gerne. ) (Metro Luxembourg)

Geschenkideen

Bio Bazaar, ist der neue Laden vom Biocoop und dem Bio Gourmet Restaurant in der gleichen Strasse. Hier gibt es von Blumen bis Kissen und Thermosflaschen viele schöne Geschenkideen. Im Keller gibt es ein ganzes Zimmer mit Kindersachen wie Büchern, Spielsachen und auch Bio-Klamotten, meist von Pariser- Designern. (Metro Bastille)

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3 ptit Points Man kann individuelle Kissen mit dem Namen des Kindes benähen, Wolkenmobiles finden, Schmuck und Taschen für einen selbst finden und an Häkelkursenteil nehmen.

Nature und Decouvert hat für alle Altersgruppen Spielsachen und Bücher und führt eine Montesorri Spielzeug Reihe. Es gibt eine ganze Reihe Filialen inzwischen.

Decobois Plus, wie der Name schon sagt, hier gibt es alles aus Holz. Ob Kinderküche, Ritterburg oder Schemel und das auch noch günstig. Auch für den Rest des Haushalts gibt es hier ales mögliche, von Regalen bis Käseplatten. (Metro Faidberg Chalingy)

Moulin Roty eine der beliebten französischen Kinderspielzeugmarken. Hier findet man Spieluhren. Es gibt auch Klamotten und Kinderbetten, allerdings kostet es hier auch etwas mehr. (Metro Oberkampf)

Online Versand von Bio-Kinderklamotten

The Green Connection Eine deutsche Mama, die das beste für ihre Kleinen wollte und dann von ihren französischen Freundinnen gefragt wurde wo bekommt man das denn her? So hat Green Connection angefangen. Ausserdem viele Infos für Schwangere, zum Thema Baby-Schlaf, Schwangerschaft, Windeln etc.

Lana Natural Wear hat zauberhafte und vorallem kuscheligweiche Teilchen, besonders das Langarmshirt Finn hat es uns so angetan, das wir es immer wieder dann in größer nachkaufen. Es hält sich lange, weil es größenverstellbar ist und es ist ein Anti-Tränen-Garant, muss ja nicht über den Kopf! Und das Langarmshirt Paula ist ein schönes Wendekleid! Auch nach vielem Waschen bleibt alles kuschelig. Super!

Primel Naturwaren der Klassiker aus dem Allgäu, hier gibt es die Seidenbodies und was man sonst noch so alles an Grundausstattung braucht, ob Wickelsäckchen, Baby-Wollfleece-Overalls. Babywalkhosen, Hosen aus Schurwollfrottee, Walkschuhe, Lammfelle usw.

La queue du chat Eine französische Kindermarke, der typische Pariser-Look für die die Kleinen, aber eben bio und ethisch korrekt. Yay! Wurde uns von Freunden empfohlen, ist aber noch nicht selbst getestet.

Beau & Rooster Noch ein Pariser Label, bzw. ein bisschen schwedisch eher, diese drei Papas machen coole Bio-Schlafanzüge. Wurde uns von Freunden empfohlen, ist aber noch nicht selbst getestet.

Outlet Verkauf

Petit Bateau und andere Marken gibt es einmal im Outlet hier: 55 Rue Oberkampf (Metro Palmetiers) und dann noch hier: 1 Promenade Claude Lévi-Strauss (Metro Bibliotheque Francois Mitterrand)

MamaFashion 2 Hier gibt es das gleiche Angebot nur eben im Schlussverkauf, meist Ende der Saison oder eben Kinderwagen als Auslaufmodell etc. (Metro RER Saint Michel Notre Dame, Odeon)

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Nice Nice

This coastal city till today spreads the atmosphere of the glorios belle époque and the last century jet set of the Cote d`Azur, so if you wanna dive in the marine life style of the South, Nice is a nice place to chillax.

Getting lost among the dark and narrow alleyways of Vieux Nice is highlight. It has´t change much since the renaissance and today it´s packed with galleries, vintage shops, restraunstasnd and cafés. Stop by the food market, during summer it´s every day and pick up some fresh food for a picnic or some soaps and linen as a souvenir. There is also a flower market and a flea market happening. The must eat in Nice is of course Socca!

Of course, the reason people come to Nice is to enjoy the beach and the sun. Go for a stroll one the Promenade des Anglaises or relax on the beach (no sand) and enjoy the most beautiful sunset.

The Chapelle de la Miséricorde  is considered one of the finest examples of Baroque religious architecture in France, this extraordinary church is almost too much to absorb in one visit. Plus they are playing classical music which makes everything even more beautiful and atmospheric.

Art lovers might enjoy to pop by the Modern Art Musum or the Mastisse museum and many villages close by hosted famous artist over the last centuries.

I have been in some of the mountain villages around for good dinners and cute markets but I can´t remember where exactly we stopped. But it seemed food outside of Nice has some hidden gems while inside town due to the masses of tourists it´s good, local restaurant is hard find.

 

 

The Baby Café Map

 

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Sadly many baby cafes have permernantly closed like the famous Le Poussette Café, Happy Families, Pendant que les enfants jouent as well as the Le Petit Café du Monde Entier. Especially the last one was very beloved by us. We are, like all other parents constanly looking for a baby cafe. Let´s be honest, if someone offers a good coffee, a a piece of cake and a kids corner we are already over the moon! Easy said but hard to find! We tried to map the baby cafes we know and that should be still existening for now (February 2017). But if you find another one, please let me know, the other mums and I will be grateful!

Btw in case you are just looking for a kids corner while it´s pourring down and you are not in need for coffee and cake, alsmost every quartier has a  Maison Verte  or Ilot Bébé. Both welcome parents and their children 0-3 years old. You will find a kids corner, some other parents and most likely a nurse/doctor or therapist if you feel like you need to talk to someone. It´s supposed to help young parents out of the isolation. Another place where to meet if you already know some other parents its the public library, they have a kids corner too.  Öffentliche Bücherei

Mobini  Little boutique with a cafe and a kids corner for the little ones to play. For older children and parents there are some workshops available. They also organise birthday parties for up to 12 kids. Tuesday to Saturday 10.30-19h.

Une mère, une fille à Paris  Again boutique with cafe and kids corner. The tea salon is meant for kids up to 12 years. There are Workshops like English corner, baking and styling available (20€/h) Organises birthday parties for up to 12 children. Tuesday to Saturday 10-18.30h.
A. Lacroix Pâtissier  Fancy Patisserie close to the Notre Dame and by appointment they open the backroom for meetings with kids. On tuesdays there is a english speaking mums meeting with Meetup.

SUPER Café   Super Cafe is pretty cool, but not 100% super. Great concept, huge restaurant with a terrace and a extra playroom in the back. It´s cozy and nice and a great place to meet for a coffee. But can´t recommend to eat here, meal of the day, rice with veal sauce took 65min. It was not a busy day and some families had ordered before us and were served after us! The owners didn´t seem to care to help the chef or waitress. Sad, cause it´s a great place, nice decor, great concept thus go for coffee but skip the meal. Wednesday to Monday 10.30-19.30/21.30h meal of the day 11,90€ / set menu 13,90€ / burger 16€ / children´s menu 7€

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Poule Mouillette : Ute cafe with little boutique where you can find toys and Accessoires. Meals and cakes change weekly, good quality, in gerannt organic and tastes well. For the up to 3 years old there are “Workshops” like story telling, music etc and for children up to 6 they organise bithday parties. 12€/30 min z.B. to listen to stories / 295€ birthday party / open daily, changing hours.

Cafézoïde im 19.ten: Das Cafézoïde ist von der Atmosphäre her völlig anders, das Konzept ist auch ein anderes, es geht darum, Jugendlichen aus problematischen Vierteln eine Perspektive zu geben. Das Café wird von einem gemeinnützigen Verein geleitet und man kann dem beitreten und dann umsonst dort essen. Ansonsten gibt es  einen günstigen Mittagstisch und ein “Formule” ab 2,50 Euro (für kinderreiche Familien gibt es Sonderpreise) mit einem Heissgetränk und einem Crêpe oder ein Stück Kuchen bekommt. Das Ganze ist allerdings sehr viel improvisierter als Poule Mouillette und die Qualität ist eher so, wie man sie von Schulfesten kennt. Allerdings gibt es auch hier einen grossen Spielbereich und diverse Workshops, alles jedoch hier auch mit sehr viel improvisierterem Charakter. Es lebt davon aus Mitglieder Workshops anbieten und so gibt es ein grosses Angebot. Die unmittelbahrer Nähe zum Canal lädt zu einem Spaziergang ein.

Les 400 Coups im 12.ten: Restaurant mit einer Spielecke für Kinder von 0-8 Jahren. Es gibt ein paar Bücher und ein paar Spielsachen, könnte aber besser gestaltet sein. Die “Formules” ab 6,90€ – 15€.  Tagesgericht 13,50€  , das Essen ist saisonal und vorrangig bio, vorallem Nudeln, Sandwiches, Suppe, Quiche und Craft Beer (Das Ingwerbrot wurde mehrfach gelobt, aber wir haben es noch nicht probiert.) Ausserdem gibt es Workshops für Kinder ab 3 Jahren – 12€/Kind. Der Bercy Park mit Spielplätzen und Rosengarten liegt vor der Tür und das Museum für Kino und Film ist gleich nebenan.

Cozette im 18.ten: Hipster at it´s best! In hellem Holz gehalten mit Obststegen und Fotografien findet sich hier: Juice Bar, Café, Co-working und Spielecke mit Maltisch und Spielteppich. Zu Essen gibt es alles Frisch, klar zur Zeit ganz trendy Avocados und frisch gepresste Säfte. Vegetarische Snacks und Cookies und Muffins. Der Hit für alle Mamas die Cocktails vermissen, hier gibt es alkoholfreie Cocktails die auch schmecken! Montags-Donnertags 9-19.30 und Freitags und Samstags bis 21h Samstags Brunch.
Saft: 4,95-5,75€ Cocktails : 6,95€ Vegetarische Snacks: 6-8,95€

Petit Pois im 18.ten: Nettes, kleines Familienrestaurant, perfekt um mit den Kleinen auszugehen, es gibt einen Wickeltisch, Hochstühle und Bücher etc. Alles ist hausgemacht und frisch. Brunch liegt bei 18-25€.

Les enfant du Danube im 19.ten: Hier fehlen uns noch Infos, also es ist da und scheint ein gemeinnütziges Projekt zu sein wie das Cafezoide. Wer schon mal da war, sag uns doch bitte Bescheid, wie es Euch gefallen hat. Danke!

  • Hier gibt es genau Infos zu PMI, Maison Verte und Ilot Bebe. Hier könnt ihr andere Eltern und Kinder treffen.

Beautiful Marseille

I love Marseille! Yes, it´s true, no matter what other say about Marseille, I find it stunning beautiful and exciting! Many French will give you surprised look and some might start joking about the city they claim to be so dangerous while most likely they never visited! Absolutely go and visit Marseille! One great things is that it features easy access to nature thus if you love hiking it´s a perfect place. If you love beaches, again it´s a perfect spot cause they are city beaches in Marseille as well as more hidden beaches a long the coast. And the calanques, a must see! (See picture above) Even if you just have one day for Marseille consider taking the bus 21 from subway station Prado to Luminy. Get of at the terminal station of the university and you will find yourself at the entrance to the natural reserve on the top of the cliffs. Calculate about 3-4h for a nice walk. The best thing about Marseille are of course the people. They are so welcoming and  charming. Just to illustrate how nice they are I am going to share a little experience from my first trip. I took the boat to go to the island and when I arrived back after a long and fantastic hike I decided to have a bite cause I still had to wait an hour for the boat to go back. So, I sit down in this little restaurant and order some fresh fish and there is group of women in their 50ties sitting there having a bottle of rosé and smoking. They look at me and say: “Hey girl, why are you alone here? Come sit with us. You know women have to stick together!” We talked about life till I had to take the boat back. We had some good laughs, a few glasses and a great time. The people of Marseille are also super children-friendly. We went with our baby in January, most places where closed for the annual vacations thus we end up having lunch in a pretty fancy  fish restaurant. Of course that´s when I need to do a diaper change, in the middle of lunch. I go to the counter and ask where I can change her diaper and he says talk to the tall one. I go to the tall waiter and ask him and  he says: “Just right here! Wait a second.” He takes of decoration and cutlery of one of the tables and says: “Here you go.” I am a bit ashamed and tell him: “I think she pooped, this is a serious diaper change!” He laughes out loud and says: “But it´s my little princess, look at this beauty. Don´t worry. Just change her. This table the most comfortable option.” Well, alright.  There were a lot of old, posh looking people having their expensive lunch but they all just smiled at us and continued having lunch! One old lady waved and said: “Coucou bébé!” Once her diaper was changed, the tall guy came back, gave the baby a kiss and said: “Ah ma beauté!” (My beauty)! So that´s a new level of child-friendly! You just have to love the people here with their loud laughter and big hearts!

Here a little list of my favourite places in town!

  • Jazz bar with balcony to watch the sunset at Vieux Port :  La Caravelle Hôtel Bellevue, 34 Quai du Port, 13002 Marseille
  • Lunch: Le Cafe des Epices, delicious lunch set menu, no traffic – hidden terrace, 4 Rue du Lacydon, 13002 Marseille
  • Tea Salon: At a Cup of Tea you can enjoy the afternoon sun and delicious homemade cakes. It´s a mix of a litte library and a tea salon. Of course they serve coffee too.  1 Rue Caisserie, 13002
  • Cheese: Fromagerie Kalou – an excellent selection of quality cheese, great service, fair pricing. 24 Avenue de Mazargues, 13008 Marseille
  •  Hiking/ Calanques: Take bus 21 to  Luminy (last stop is the university for architecture which is at the entrance to the natural reserve). It takes abt 20 min from Marseille Metro Prado to go there. You can go for a beautiful walk on the Calanque from here. There are several loops possible. The main one is easy to walk and even possible with a push chair and little kids. Take water and food with you!!!
  •  Anonter option is to take bus 19 from Metro Prado, the bus goes along the coast to the outskirts of Marseille. At the last stop you can change into a minibus taking you to the cap to enjoy a sundowner at terrace of the bar Le 20.000 Lieux  (12 Boulevard Alexandre Delabre, 13008 Marseille). In summer time you can hike to the end of the cap and eat at restaurant there but as you can see on the picture on the left it´s a really narrow walk and no way you can take a stroller with you. 
  • If you follow the street of the village to the end you arrive at another access to go hiking in the calques. We did´t manage to get far with the push chair but I hear there is a restaurant somewhere up there in the forest.
  •  Think bus 56 goes from Vieux port straight up to La Bonne Mère (church). Amazing view over the city and sea. And a lovely church with a very maritime vibe.
  •  Take a boat for a day trip to the island, you will feel a little like on the end of world especially if you are not going in high season.
  •  Lovely art museum just downtown next to the harbour, first choice for a rainy day: Musée Regards de Provence, Avenue Vaudoyer, 13002 Marseille
  •  If you are looking for a quick access to go hiking and you wann be close to the beach, this airbnb is great https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/10098467?eluid=1&euid=8dceee41-92c3-233e-8279-ae3c1d87c022   but it´s 35 min away from Viuex Port (downtown) So those who rather enjoy restaurants, culture life etc. might wanna check for a place closer to Vieux Port. (anywhere , just NOT next to the central station, that´s really a crappy hood) . I have stayed at the hostel Vertigo Vieux Port which is perfectly located and I know that they have family rooms. But still expect a young crowd hanging out there.
  • My favourite time to go is in February-April and in September/October. It´s just 3h from Paris Gare de Lyon with the TGV and in February it´s often warm enough to have breakfast on a terrace. Fresh baguette, a coffee and sun in your face- heaven! And in September the masses have left but the water is still warm enough to go for a swim. Once, it was a sunny November, I had forgotten my swim suit cause I am sure one could still have gone for a swim.

Enjoy your trip to the South, soak in the sun and eat lot´s of pizza! This is a great getaway from Paris! 

Best coffee in Paris

So, yes France has to offer so many delicious things and we all praise the French for their good taste in food and fashion but when it comes to coffee, the palate of rest of the world and the French do differ utterly! Most of the time it just tastes burnt, sometimes acid. And leaves you wondering how after such a sublime meal someone can serve you this brown juice?! The moment you wish you would be in London, Berlin, Bangkok, Rom, Sidney or New York is when you get your coffee after your meal. But the last years here and there some coffee shops are popping up trying to change the French palate. Thanks to the baristas of all over the world good coffee is finally arriving in the City of Light too.

On this list, I just put those coffee shops I can remember even a year later for being so good. There are many nice coffee shops with good cakes and a coffee you can´t say anything against but that would be a different map.

For those of you who need good coffee at their breakfast at home, I highly recommend checking out my favourite coffee roaster Guiraud Pascale (Metro Dugommier or Daumesnil). (Also if you are looking for a coffee grinder this is the place to look and ask- and buy! On another note: Don´t just ask for advice in order to buy it online- it´s so sad to see all these little shops close down because people come and ask for advice but buy it online for 2€ less- seriously?!) Personally, we love our  Aidodo Burr Coffee Grinder- it´s a like morning meditation to grind coffee and if it´s too much you can keep the lower part in the fridge. Perfect.

The list:

Nanashi We did not only have a fantastic healthy lunch here but the coffee after was was so good, we ordered a second one! Nice to know, there is a little kids corner.

Café Chilango This little Mexican coffee shop is serving tacos and a really good coffee! Very chillaxed!

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Delirio The coffee was really good, I had a cortado and it was how it´s supposed to be and even well presented. They have a big choice on coffee styles, they also do empanadas, lunch and cakes. In the basement they have this huge wallpaper of a forest that makes it pretty chill and many little rocking chairs. (Perfect with children) Apparently they also do offer workshops and  you can buy some coffee beans (Columbian Arabica) there too. Pricing is normal for quartier when it comes to coffee. The only drop of bitterness was that we had asked for a little bit of extra milk foam for the baby and we got billed 4€ which is surprising and was a real downer. Usually in Paris it´s free or sometimes they charge you 50Cent or 1€, but 4€?!? I should have ordered one of their fancy passion fruit smoothies instead. 😉  (Picture above)

The beans on Fire This is one of these new hip cafe/coffee roaster places. It´s very upscale, don´t go if you are on a budget but the coffee is really good and there is a little parc just opposite the street. Hello sunshine! (If you ar looking a a piece of cake to go with it I´d rather recommend the bakery Broken Biscuits or the café Chez moi ou chez toi , it´s kind of next door.)

Cafe CC also called Coffee is the new black: It´s a cute ,little coffee shop, nothing fancy but nice. They are serving the coffee from the roaster “Belleville Brulerie” and it´s really good.

Cafe Spoune This little street has been changing a lot of the last years and is now occupied with many good eateries, libraries, wine shops etc. Cafe Spoune is one of the coffee shops serving good coffee and cookies. The backroom is nice and space with a little library-bring a book – take a book. Or just bring books. (Btw enough space for a stroller.) Another cozy cafe down the street is Folks and Sparrows.

Les Carottes sont cuites is a cute, warm tea salon serving homemade delicious cakes and lunch. Decent coffee and books for kids.

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Chambelland is a gluten free bakery with a nice sunny terrace- perfect for a good coffee and a delicious, low-sugar  moelleux au chocolate. (Picture above)

Coffee roasters:

Guiraud Pascale This is my coffee roaster of trust! It´s not one of these hipster places that are popping up all over Paris the last 12 months. No, Mr. Guiraud and his wife have been there for decades providing the most delicious coffee beans from all over the world. And teas and jams, honey and rare finds like tonca beans. You need to bring some time cause a chat about good food and coffee is obligaorty. PS: For pregnant or breastfeeding Mums: the decaf is delicious here, has nothing to do with the acid tasting and full of sulphite coffee from the supermarkets!

Terres de Café Tiny shop (no seating) serving coffee and selling coffee. When you are shopping on the farmers market and you need a quick good coffee to get going this is perfect.

 

Recommended by Gesine:

Bears and Racoons is serving gluten free food and good coffee.

Mokonuts  Cafe und bakery with delicious cookies, cakes, coffee and lemonade. Warm, welcoming place. Only open during the week though.

Le Poutch : Espressso latte, filter coffee, homemade pastries and juices- all you need for breakfast. For lunch they serves quiches, salad and soups. Typical cool coffeeshop in a hip area/street.

Kind of next door: Hollybelly around since 2013 known for their pancake breakfast they do serve too coffee from “Belleville Brulerie”. The menu is changing monthly.

Lomi – have a coffee or start a training as a barista!

 

 

Best Northern-Chinese Cuisine in town

Instead of doing maps with the top ten of the best restaurants I write from now on about particular restaurants and add them to the exciting maps.

Last weekend we discovered a new Chinese restaurant in the 12ème. The place is brand-new, no decorations, just clean white walls and an open kitchen. The lady-boss is a very nice person. They are from the North, close to Beijing and offer a homemade, fresh North-Chinese cuisine. The raviolis are homemade- nothing to do with this frozen big pack raviolis you usually get served. For my friend the vegetable raviolis were a bit too close to real Chinese taste, not westernised at all. It was delicious ! lol I had homemade noodles with ZhiaJiang Sauce… so yummy. For me, as I used to live in Beijing several years, this was like time traveling. Just getting through this door I felt like stepping back in time and into Beijing. I was so happy! Don´t expect a huge menu, it´s a fine selection of a few raviolis, salads and noodles with sauce or in a soup. But it´s typical Northern style and it´s fresh and homemade! And just so good!!!! I am happy to announce that we finally have a Chinese restaurant in our neighbourhood!

For 2 abt 24 Euro (soups, raviolis, 2 mains) Kid-Friendly

Adresse: Lychee 51 Rue General Michel Bizot, 75012 Paris /  Metro Michel Bizot , Bus 87, 46

 

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New bites & mezze 2016

 

Bar du Marché

We had a blast! Come here on a Sunday after the market and try to get a spot on the bar with the workers from the market finishing their day of with a glass of wine. Or get a table and try one of Chef Nathalie`s great dishes with fresh ingredients from the market. The makes 2 starters, 2 main and 2 dessert on the spot, we were very pleased. The bar was packed, people were great, everybody loved our baby thus she was entertained and we stayed more than 3h there chatting with everybody. Highly recommended! Perfect lunch for a Sunday and to get a feeling why the 11th is the best!

Le Comptoir Japonaise 

Organic, japanese , homemade food in an architects home. they produce as much as possible themselves on their own organic farm ( hence they are closed during harvest season) The food was sublime, you usually need a reservation on the weekend but she took as in an cooked spontaneously a risotto with clams for us. We had a nice chat, superb fresh and delicious food and left with a big smile! Abt 20-25€ each.

Kim & Kim 

My favourite Coreen in town. The lunch set menu is just great and cheap!  (10€ and 12€) The pancakes, medusa salad and the BBQ are sooo good! It´s a very simple place, I thinks it is the Dad and his son running the business and they are nice and once again the food is great! Not fancy but simply authentic!

Mama Bali

This spa serves a great indonesian lunch set menu for 14€. Very friendly place with a Zen atmosphere , fresh food, balinese style. (baby-friendly lunch) They also sell a combo of massage/ spa and detox lunch if you need to pamper yourself on a rainy day in Paris… and we all know there are many rainy days here.

Il Goto

New upscale Italian, bit cold deco but nice food in a food desert area. High quality ingredients cooked with a twist, you will find dished like pasta with goat meat and mint leaves or black polenta with scampi on the menu. No pizza or lasagna 😉

Mum Dim Sum 

Cantonese / Hipster styled take away, a bit expensive for what it is… but dim sum tends to be expensive in Europe. At least good quality,  funky dim sum of the month and a nice setting. 10-15€ without drinks.

City break in Normandy

Situated along the English Channel coast of Northern France between Brittany, to the West and Picardy to the East, Normandy is an ideal holiday location to discover new scenery and superb beaches. Fine parks and chateaux are not to miss. It´s an ideal holiday destination with easy access from Paris. And perfect with children if you like (stoney) beaches (to collect people stones and crabs), luscious scenery for walks and hikes, great food and for rainy days many great backup activities like visiting a snail farm or goat cheese farm. As Normandy is very rural you will find animal farms that are welcoming families for stays or just visits all over. Also carriage rides are available. We personally go to Normandy cause it`s only a 2.5h drive till we are at the beach and the scenery is just beautiful to go for hikes and walks – the perfect city break from Paris. Not to forget that eating out here is easy on your wallet.

(Mesnil Plage, Guernanville, Condé-sur-Iton) (Header pic: Varengville-sur-mer)

 

Fécamp
Le Piano de Jean Noel
Absolutely a place to recommend, it´s a small place with about 6 tables, it´s just 1 chef and 1 waitress thus bring some time. They offer a creative cuisine featuring seasonal products of the region. I had tender porc on jerusalem artichoke , rutabaga and parsnip followed by rice pudding with caramel beurre salé. The others had cod fish on vegetables. Lunch menu is about 20€ for 3 courses, otherwise expect a la carte 24-51€. Nice to know maybe, we have been there with our baby (12 month) and there was another family with a little girl 4/5 years old, the service is kids-friendly.
Le Mêle Anges
Little restaurant tucked away from the main street, very friendly and kids friendly service. Good place to go if you are tired of eating everything drawing in cream and butter as it´s typical for Normandy. They have a spicy african chicken and the St.Pierre fish I had cameo vegetables with kaffir lime and citronella. They don´t use microwaves or frozen food and work with regional farms. We had a fois gras à la Benedictine , St. Pierre fish, yaella chicken, strawberry macaron (perfect) caramel fondant. Seasonal, regional, creative and traditional cuisine, lunch menu 15€, menu for 25€ & 35 € or à la carte 10-37€.
La Marine
Chic restaurant close to the beach featuring fish and seafood. The cooking is in between classic, traditional and creative.Very friendly service, kids are welcome. Usually I am not a fan of oysters but this is the first time in my life I liked them. Quality is a game changer. I had salmon carpaccio as a starter, ray as a main and tiramisu caramel beurre salé to finish off. Lunch set menu is about 22€. Tasting menu : 35 and 45€ and à la carte 20-45€. Good to know: Kids menu available!
Chez Nounoute
Does´t look like much at first but the quality of the food speaks for it self! No bling bling, lots of locals eating here, friendly staff, kids are welcome. I had a sole and one of the best creme brûlée I have ever tasted! Fish and seafood 9-25€. Next time I try the mussels with French fries, I was told they have the top quality here.
La Rouge
at Auberge de la Rouge. I have a very romantic memory of our dinner here. Service was great, very friendly and thoughtful, food was well presented and delicious. A spot for celebrating your anniversary or for a special date. Traditional, Classic French, Moderne, Creative – 15 € à 107 €

Yport

Le P`tit Jean
Little restaurant (abt 8 tables) 50m from the beach with a friendly service offering a very good mix of fish & seafood and classic French cooking. We will be back. Kids are welcome. Lunch menu 15-25€.
Tréport 
La Pile d’Assiettes
Slow food  in Treport. Nice little restaurant with great quality food in the slow food spirit. The owner is just a bit difficult with babies and pets are not allowed.  But the food was really good thus I recommend it anyway.
La Veille Ferme
Kid-friendly service, yummy fish soup. Chic setting in a 18th century farmhouse. Tasting menu starts at 28€ or a la carte 10-30€.
Dieppe
A la marmite dieppoise
Traditional Nornand cusine , think sauerkraut in creme with fish or fish and sea food in butter and cream.  It´s on the more expensive end of restaurants in Dieppe but worth it. We had really trouble to find good food in Dieppe and after one other restaurant we even fell sick. So a la marmite is worth it.
Café des Tribunaux
The famous one where Oscar Wilde got kicked out, today packed with tourists on the terrace. The waffles are great and we came here for breakfast twice.
La Maison de Jules
Nice little tea room with good coffee and homemade cake.
Merville-Franceville-sur-plage
Chez Marion
We had a fabulous dinner here with fish 6 seafood. The atmosphere is nice and they bring the cheese and the dessert later on a silvern serving trolley! But be aware that in the Normandy if you ask for calvados you will get a calvados menu- in this case from a glass starting at 12€ up to a bottle for more than a 1000€.

Vintage shopping in Paris

I have scoured the capital of Fashion to find the best vintage shops in town. Here are my favourites in the City of Light! 

 

Goldie Mama

Yes, it’s in the 20th! But it’s worth the ride. How can one not fall in love with this great shop where the dresses have been washed, ironed and are well presented? And the owners take the time to let you try on the entire shop? You can feel the love and dedication to Vintage fashion here! 50’s skirts40’s suits, empire dresses, wacky 70’s tops and multi-era accessories line the walls. And with the ‚Bar a Bonbons’ you feel like being back to the 50 ties. This place is so much fun! And a perfect place for gift hunting. I fell in love with a polka dot petticoat dress for 75 €! Expect prices from 10 € to 120 €. If you can’t make it up on the hill go and check out their online shop! This place keeps your heart warm and the petticoats alive!

goldiemama

Omaya

Here you find a bargain! Two Parisian brothers run this great shop. Everything is very well presented and in order in this vintage full of leather boots, jackets, dresses, bags and glasses. Get yourself a pair of Doc Martins for only 40 € and how can one say no to lumberjack shirt in perfect condition for 10 €! It’s really difficult to reason with such a bargain! Listening to punk music you will get excited about beautiful military coats from the last century! I loved the purses and leather gloves! Thumbs up!

Emmaüs 

Created in 1948 today Emmaüs is an international movement made up of the thousands of men and women whose work is motivated by the simple sentences: ‘serve first those who suffer most’ and ‘fight against the causes of poverty’.  You can find an Emmaüs shops everywhere, a nice one is located in the 104 and another one on Rue Oberkampf. And once a year Paris holds the Emmaüs salon! If you go there better be an early bird as this is a major event for every vintage and flea market enthusiat! My friend got a vintage Aigner bag for 10 €, I couldn’t resist the Weill Paris costume for incredible 5 € and Guy Laroche sunglasses for 8 €! If you are in need of a bikeor a new desk this is the place! (Furniture delivery service is available.) Save the date: 23rd of July! Emmaüs is real fun and charity! Can it get any better? 

emmaus-2013

Spirit of Vintage 

First specialised in collecting antique lingerie and corsages the owners of this place are creating their own vintage inspired collection. Lyonnaises silks, laces of Calais and English embroidery let your heart beat faster! Something between retro glamour and sexy chic might be a good definition. Feeling this soft silk on your skin these night dresses (abt 200 €) and corsages make you feel like you are in a black and white movie and Marilyn Monroe is your new best friend! Not only your lover will love you in this but you will love going to bed every night! Check out their online shop!😉

Odetta 

Featuring vintage fashion & design you can find very well persevered items from  Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga and so on, expect to pay about 190 € for a skirt by YSL or a blouse 85 € by Isabel Marant or APC. Furniture mainly from the years 1950-1970 featuring names like Pierre Paulin, Saarinen, Florence Knoll, Jacques Hitier, Max or Sauzé Torsten Thorup and Claus Boderup is in store too! Odetta offers a very fine selection to vintage lovers!

Iglaïne

In the heart of Paris you find this upscale vintage boutique. This is the place to go for a special occasion, here you can find a lovely silk scarf at 20 €, dresses of all ages from 70 € to 300 €, a Chanel cashmere sweaters (70 €) or sunglasses from the 60’s. Or knock yourself out with a Courrèges dress but expect to pay something about 700 €.

Mon Amour

This little store in the Marais keeps real treasures! They have a fine selection of designer vintages items from a clutch back from the 40’s to a hot skirt from YSL. Their collection focused on the 70’s to the 90’s but although features secondhand designer dresses from the recent seasons! If you wish to learn about the art of wearing vintage check out their blog!

Here the link for original post I wrote for Pari-International some time ago. I have updated it and created a matching map as you can see above.

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