Stories from the City

Musings about life, living, Paris & other places



Surrounded by busy bars, chain restaurants, and a few red lights, on the corner of rue Blanche and rue de Douai (around the infamous neighborhoods of Blanche and Pigalle), a brand new tapas spot has opened its door a few months ago. Tsubame serves refreshing Japanese tapas-style dishes in a lovely wood and white decor. Vintage Singer sewing furniture refurbished as dinner tables, cozy corners, bright lights, a large menu […]

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Thank you my deer

With such a fun name, this tiny gluten-free café won me over before I even set foot inside. Thankfully, the deer’s food didn’t disappointment at all. On the contrary, it has been one of the best brunches/lunches I’ve had in Paris for quite some time. Flavorful soups, dishes and desserts with a gourmet edge in a bright (orange!) space and two lovely Slovak ladies running the spot. The deer offers […]

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Pretty awesome stuff this week

This week has been shiny and bright: plenty of sun and some serious blue skies in Paris. While March can be quite chilly, we’ve been very lucky this year. The first week of March has been a delight with temperatures of 15 degrees on average and an even better weekend weather forecast (20 degrees Sunday!). Seems like spring arrived early in Paris and you don’t hear me complaining! Some other […]

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Holy belly

Our bellies are sacred. I mean, they take care of all the amazing foods we put into our mouths even though they sometimes grumble or are a little rounder than we want them to be. But let’s be honest, they are pretty awesome. The owners of Holybelly, a coffee/breakfast/lunch/fashionable hotspot close to the lovely Canal St. Martin, think so too. Their simple but fresh menu will make your bellies very […]

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La petite fabrique

All organic (bio) restaurant in the 20th arrondissement of Paris, at a fifteen minute walk from the Père Lachaise  cemetery where Jim Morrison and Edith Piaf (to name just a few of its famous inhabitants) have their last resting place. Le petite fabrique is located in a quiet street (rue des vignoles) and well off the beaten track. The restaurant is a pretty space with a nice, industrial interior (dark […]

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This is my first review post of an eatery on this blog. I plan to write many more whenever I discover a new spot to eat, drink, lunch, munch, dine or wine. I will share my experience, describe the ambiance, tell you the price range, and whether service was top-notch or just terrible. I’ll start with a café/cake/bake/cocktail and petit food spot (all in one!) in the 2nd arrondissement of […]

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Merci Paris!

It’s been over four years that I’ve been living in the City of Love and Lights. And with all my travels the last two months, from New Zealand to Sydney to London to Southern France and a quick visit to my home town in the Netherlands, I am starting to appreciate this city even more than I already did. I realise that while Paris is a big city, it is […]

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