I am close to heading home and leaving Paris now and actually looking forward to it because I will see my family and friends (and Mia) again, but there will be a lot of things I'll miss, especially the enormous variety of restaurants and cafés where you can get dinner or grab something to drink and chill out, alone or with friends. I picked a few of my favorite spots you shouldn't miss if you come here...
1. L'éclair de Genie
This little gem was recommended during my stay now by the assistant of the photographer. We were talking about sweets and how much I love french desserts and he told me that I should definitely visit L'éclair de Genie before I'm heading home. A few days ago, I was walking through Paris with a friend and I stumbled upon their store! This must be fate I thought so we went inside and ordered two éclairs. L'éclair de Genie offers a wide range of different flavors: Raspberry, Caramel, Dark Chocolate, Fig and many more. Depending on the season, they change their flavors. Normally, éclairs are cheaper than theirs, but if you are into a special flavor, you should definitely go there. 14 Rue Pavée, 75004 Paris
From all restaurants I've been to, this is probably my favorite one. I got to know this place on my last day of my internship last year in Paris because a colleague took me there to celebrate. Nanashi focuses on making fresh Bento right in front of you with an open kitchen and fresh ingredients. It's not very pricey, especially not at lunch time, the menu is around 14€ which is really not a lot for Paris. They seem to adjust their food from time to time because my vegetarian Bento was different almost every time I went there. This place is very hipsteresque with a good atmosphere, some of their ingredients (for example the salmon) is organic and everything tastes really fresh. Their dessert ist wonderful too, especially the chocolate cake with a melting core inside. 57 Rue Charlot, 75003 Paris
3. L'as du Fallafel
Located in the Marais, a beautiful historic district in Paris, L'As du Fallafel sells probably one of the best Fallafel balls in whole Paris. It's closed on Saturdays but opened on Sundays and during the week. If you go there during lunch time, there will be a long queue but the staff there is handling the ordering directly at the queue and you'll get your food in less than 10 minutes since they are well organized. It's normally a take-away sandwich and I would not recommend to eat at their restaurant because sometimes they wanna get you out to get another customer in after you finished. Lenny Kravitz has visited L'As du Fallafel several times and they're not shy to let everyone know about that, there are even pictures of him and other celebs eating their sandwich in this restaurant. Beside the typical Fallafel sandwich, you can also order Schawarma but I'd definitely recommend to go for the classical one. 32-34 Rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris
4. Le Perchoir
If you are into bars and DIY, you should visit Le Perchoir. I've only been there once, last year together with my boyfriend and some friends he made at university in Paris, but I definitely kept it in mind. Le Perchoir is a mix between a restaurant and bar to chill out. It is located in the 6th (restaurant) and 7th (bar) floor of a big building in Paris and the view from there is amazing, especially during sunset. On chillier nights, they offer blankets so you won't get cold and of course, there are candles to get a cosy feeling too. There's music and an overall relaxed mood. On the weekends, it would be good to make a reservation before going there to be sure to get in. 14 Rue Crespin du Gast, 75011 Paris
4 Euro per hour, drinks, WiFi and little snacks for free: That's the concept of the very unique AntiCafé. You will find a lot of young people, laptops, books and silence there. This café is made for studying while feeling like you're at home. Feel free to go to the fridge and make yourself a freshly pressed cherry juice or take a banana or two from their fruit basket. Beside coffee and tea, you need to get everything by yourself. AntiCafé has three different places in Paris, but I like this one the most. 10 Rue de Richelieu, 75001 Paris
What about you, do you have any favorite spots in a city you want to share?