written by Betty Nguyen
Every time I’m in Paris, I book a favorite Airbnb in the Montmartre neighborhood and let my itinerary flow. This time, I met with some Parisians and we had a great time exploring the area. Here are the top 5 discoveries:
1. Hotel Particulier Montmartre Picnic
This is my favorite “secret spot” in Montmartre. Due to its super hidden spot, their exclusivity and privacy to their guests is appreciated. They are currently offering a picnic basket for 26 euros from 11:30-3pm, served in their garden area. It’s like picnicking in the French countryside. Check out their menu here.
2. Dinner at Les Canailles
One of my favorite bistros near Montmartre is a 34-seat restaurant. For 35 euros a person, it offers 3 quality courses. The food is simple, authentic and natural. The staff is very helpful and friendly. To view their website, see here.
3. Breakfast Tea at Hardware Societe
Located on one of the most hidden-in-plain-view streets in Paris, rue Lamarck just east of the Sacré Coeur, Hardware Société is secret locals spot. There are no lines (for the moment, at least) to get a table at this natural light-filled cafe (sit near the back room window) for minimalist decor and reasonably-priced tea service for 2. You can also order brunch items and enjoy the restaurant that offers views of what locals affectionately call “the other side of Montmartre”.
4. Wine and Cheese
At Cave des Abbesses (43 Rue des Abbesses), you’ll find a bar with wines for sale. In the late afternoons or evenings, the locals get together for cheese, wine, and some neighborly chats. At Cave Marcadet (157 Rue Marcadet), there is a nice selection of affordable wines. Beer can be found at People’s Drugstore (78 Rue des Martyrs), which offers a variety and a good value for your euros. The best part about the drugstore is the chessboards, where the locals come to play.
I come here in the mornings for their fresh, perfect baguettes and natural flan. Pascal Barillon, who has been baking since 1976, was awarded first place in the 2011 competition for the Best Baguette in Paris. So go figure.
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