Published in The Babbel Magazine, October 1, 2018
I could write you a list of the latest, hottest “hidden-treasure” bars and restaurants in Paris, but in an ever-changing capital such as it is, these places will be passé as soon as the ink dries. Instead of chasing the latest ‘authentic’ spot, the best way to really experience Paris like a local is to adopt certain Parisian attitudes and habits, which remain the same no matter where you are. Here are my top recommendations:
Despite its modern appeal, Paris is very old. In some respects, it’s still a medieval city, oriented around humans, not cars. The different neighborhoods of the city are designed to be self-contained, with everything (or almost everything) a person could need within a 20-minute walk of their home. Therefore, it’s really rewarding to dig in and get to know your neighborhood. No matter where you are in Paris, you’re probably only a short walk from a bakery, butcher, greengrocer, pharmacy, fishmonger, café, bar and restaurant. Now it’s just up to you to make them your own!
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When apprentice bakers (or patissiers) study their trade in France, they have to decide whether to specialize in bread or pastries and will focus their time accordingly. Therefore…
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