Surprise! I made a super-quick trip to France last month. I only told a handful of friends that I was going because I had just 6 days to do what I do in Paris, which is nothing (blissfully). Or at least, nothing planned.
Per usual, I didn’t look at my watch (my figurative watch… I don’t actually have one) the whole week. I did, however, manage to make three new discoveries that I’m pretty thrilled about:
1. Aux Deux Amis is a wonderfully understated neighborhood wine bar and resto that embodies everything I love about eating in Paris. The regularly-shifting menu is written in chalk, the waiters offer candid advice about what’s good and what’s even better, the place is full (but not annoyingly so), and we left feeling healthier, happier, and somehow lighter (the paradoxical effect of good French cuisine). 45, rue Oberkampf, 11eme. Tel: 01 58 30 38 13.
2. The mind-blowingly awesome Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature (Museum of Hunting and Nature). I really have no excuse for not visiting earlier: The moment I stepped inside, I felt like the place had been constructed, designed, and curated for me and me alone. Its lavish interiors are filled with taxidermy animals of all shapes and sizes (fox! polar bear! owl faces on the ceiling!), ornate weaponry and other “curiosities.” And you can touch things! I’ve been accused of saying this too often, but it’s my new favorite place in Paris. For real this time. 62, rue des Archives, 3eme. Tel: 01 53 01 92 40.
Julien Hausherr – Musee de la Chasse et de la Nature
3. Cafe Baci in the Marais. I usually avoid swanky, scene-y eateries in favor of more rustic / spastic / unpretentious spots, but once in a while, the Jet Set gets it right. This sleek bi-level cafe (we snagged a seat on the sidewalk) in the heart of the Marais serves up artfully-presented seasonal cuisine. They had me at “Chablis,” but after we tackled a cabillaud (poached cod) accompanied by farm-fresh vegetables and a moelleux au chocolat, I was seriously sold. 36, rue de Turenne, 3eme. Tel: 01 42 71 36 70.
So that’s three more “must go back to…” spots on my ever-growing list, as if I needed any more excuses to come to Paris. This is getting ridiculous.
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Written by Tory Hoen. Julien Hausherr is a photographer based in Paris, specializing in architecture, still-life and reporting. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.