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A local’s secret guide to Paris

PUBLISHED: 16:00 28 April 2017 | UPDATED: 17:26 04 May 2017

Fondation Louis Vuitton © Iwan Baan

Fondation Louis Vuitton © Iwan Baan


There’s more to Paris than the Eiffel Tower, as author and blogger Lindsey Tramuta proves with her off-the-beat guide to the city’s best-kept secrets

Bar du Moulin, 75002

It may have a storied past but there’s nothing old or stuffy about the bread and baked goods coming out of this 2nd arrondissement bakery, Bar du Moulin, Go for a hot chocolate and a pastry and snag a spot on the terrace.

Le Roch Hotel, 75001

It may be one of the city’s best looking boutique hotels but Le Roch Hotel is also an excellent spot for lunch, apéro hour, or dinner. I’m always lusting after Sarah Lavoine’s excellent design work!


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Foundation Louis Vuitton, 75116

If anything gets me over to the Bois de Boulogne it’s the Foundation Louis Vuitton, as much for its Gehry-designed structure as for the collections inside. Don’t miss the view from the upper levels - the Bois on one side, Paris on the other.

Café Loustic, 75003

Speciality coffee is a mainstay in Paris and Café Loustic was one of the early leaders. It’s still one of my favourite spots to go for a beautiful flat white, a piece of cake, and a chat with the owner, Channa.

Ellsworth, 75001

Some might categorize the cuisine at Ellsworth to be nouveau Americana fare but I say it’s simply an excellent use of French products, right down to dessert. This was a sort of deconstructed apple tarte with cinnamon ice cream and a crunchy feuilletage.


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La Commune, 75020

I love the idea of pairing French spirits with the punchbowl format that they have in La Commune. Sullivan Doh, the co-owner and head mixogolist, is doing great things here!

Le Pavillon des Canaux, 75019

Le Pavillon des Canaux is kitted out like the inside of a home. I love that you can take your coffee and a piece of cake and indulge in the upstairs bathtub or in the bedroom, with views overlooking the Bassin de la Villette.

Pigalle Basketball, 7500-

Pigalle Basketball is a city-operated basketball court tucked between two residential buildings with a fit-out created by local designer Stephane Ashpool in collaboration with Nike. I don’t play but I love walking by and catching a glimpse of players young and old.

Miznon, 75004

Miznon is a little taste of Tel Aviv in Paris with incredible pita sandwiches and a rollicking vibe you can count on with each visit.

Mandoobar, 75008

Mandoobar is a wonderful Korean dumpling tasting restaurant. It’s a bit far removed from the city centre but well worth the advanced planning.

Lindsey Tramuta is author of The New Paris: The people, places and ideas fueling a movement and she also blogs at Lost in Cheeseland.

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