Stories from the City

Musings about life, living, Paris & other places

Eats & drinks


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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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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