My sister and I went to Paris in March 2010 for a three-day mini break. We took the Eurostar from London (highly recommended so one doesn’t have to mess around with airports) and we stayed at Mama Shelter Hotel, which I wrote a little bit about here and to which I would happily return again and again. Below are some great suggestions from readers; I would second the hot chocolate at Angelina and the macarons at Laduree—no surprise there---and add Breizh Café and L’As du Fallafel, despite the fact that we tried to do both but were foiled on both accounts (they sound amazing though; you try them and let me know what you think.)

31 Reader Suggestions

Tijana says:

I am so very jealous!! However I just got my Laduree Sucre book in the mail today so I will be having my very own French desserts soon!

Definitely visit Laduree and not just for the macarons, try one of their other amazing desserts.

Visit a farmers market for all the delicious food! Especially the cheese. Last time I was at a market the cheesemonger brought out champagne!

Rachael W says:

I second whoever mentioned the street crepes. I've been to Paris several times in recent years, and although I loved several of the restaurants I've eaten at, I survived mainly on street crepes, baguettes, and cheese.

There's a 200-year-old restaurant I remember fondly that is NOT Le Grand Vefour, but I can't for the life of me remember what it's called. Zut alors.

Layla says:

The only thing you MUST eat or rather, drink while you are there is a hot chocolate (Chocolat chaud) from Angelina's. You will probably notice the little cafe from miles because there is usually a long line (hint: go mid morning - all the tourists go early). Its on the Rue de Rivoli, right across from the tuileries metro stop. I kid you not, you will never look at or drink hot chocolate the same again.

Have fun!

Laura says:

I'll be spending 4 nights in Paris in April, after 5 weeks in the Middle East, and cannot wait to come back and check out all of the comments you get from your faithful readers!

Amy --- Just A Titch says:

So jealous! Can't wait to hear all about it!

Balkan Girl Down Under says:

I, too, am jealous.

Duuuuude! PARIS?!

Well...I'M going

Ah, drat!

I shall remain in my fair Melbourne town until fiancé and I head off to New Zealand for our honeymoon at the end of the year.

Oh, and we're sweeping Hayman Island on the way back (an early wedding gift from my sister-in-law-to-be and her hubbie).

So, uh...I guess I will have places to go...eventually.

No dough now, though. Gah!

(I am happy for you, natch. All the best! :D)

Lulu says:

You're not in Paris on the 25th of February are you? I suppose that's way too early. It's just that Josh Ritter and the Swell Season are touring there together, and if I can't go I just want to experience it vicariously through someone else

heatherlynn says:

ooooh, I am sooo jealous! My fiancee and I are actually postponing our honeymoon right after our wedding in May so that we can take a trip to Paris later in the year - in autumn. I cannot wait! Any suggestions here will be helpful!

Nicki says:

I liked Paris, but I LOVED Italy. Enjoy. Have a chocolate croissant for me! Or, better yet, a chocolate crepe.

beyond says:

i am jealous. i would love to go to paris WITH MY SISTER. (sorry, dearest husband...)

Sioux says:

Without a doubt Leo Le Lion is my favorite restaurant to get a feel for quality and authenticity during a short trip to Paris.

Just when you're done having a wonderful meal, the waiter comes out with a cheese platter of the moldiest, most divine cheeses presented on a board with a deer foot--DEER FOOT!--handle.

Despite the lovely service, it is very effing French.

Leo Le Lion is located at 23 rue Duvivier in the 7th Arrondissement on the left bank of the Siene.

ScottsdaleGirl says:

Seething...SEETHING with all kinds of green jealousy over here!

April G. says:

I haven't been to Paris since 2000 so I have no recommendations.

But! I read your twitter, and did you know that you can make creme brulee, minus the bruleeing, and then freeze it? Then you can take it out of the freezer before you eat dinner and it will be thawed by the time you are done? And you can brulee sugar under your broiler, no torch necessary? Yes. Yes, you can.

There is nothing better than a store of creme brulee in ones freezer.

Kelly says:

Where are you staying? I'm looking for little gem hotels in Paris to sneak away to...

NothingButBonfires says:

Kelly, we're staying at Mama Shelter, Philippe Starck's new hotel:

Hip Hip Gin Gin says:

I'm so very jealous!! Have a crepe for me. Sounds like it will be a wonderful trip for you and sis!

Jackie says:

Hi! Found you through agirlandaboy...if you like dessert, you must (must!) go to Laduree. Outrageous Parisian pastries and macarons!

The Girl Who says:

Paris? Jealous.

Also, maybe it's just me but I always use your "Favorite Reads" section to leap off into other great reads and it's not working for me. Some kind of syntax error? Yeah, yeah, I could just bookmark the pages myself but I'm so used to using your blog instead because I read it every day anyway. Help!

Caroline says:

Hi Holly,

I'm recently moved to the US but I've been living in Paris for 25 years (and I'm French). Don't hesitate to send me an email if you want advice ! (Even though I'm sure you have plenty of plans for your time in Paris).

(Mama Shelter is a great choice !)

Enjoy !!

Caroline says:

Arg, just saw in the About me section that you actually lived in Paris. I guess you won't really need advice... so then again : ENJOY ! (I've been living in the US for a month now and though I enjoy it... I miss my dear city of Paris, sometimes...)

Nothing But Bonfires says:

Caroline, I was only three when I lived in Paris, so I'd love your advice! Didn't go to many bars then, strangely enough...

Will send you an email -- thank you!

Marcheline says:

With all that cheese, be careful you don't crepe in your pants...

Maria says:

I'm also going to romantic, springtime Paris around Easter. And I'm going with, er, MY PARENTS. How about that! Our trip is also just a little side trip we're taking when my parents come over to England to visit me. BUT I'm still excited because, well, it's still Paris.

I'm looking forward to reading about your trip and getting some food-related recommendations! The only time I've ever been to Paris was as a teenager with my then boyfriend, and I actually remember having dinner at PIZZA HUT.

erikka says:

would you be willing to share these spreadsheets of eateries and such? i'd love to see what places I could visit when I go somewhere special!

FunnyGal KAT says:

I don't have a particular cafe to recommend, but my general advice is to make sure you never pass up an opportunity to have a crepe filled with Nutella from the street crepe places. I'm salivating just thinking about how good they were!

Alexis says:

If you want the most delicious steak frite experience, you need to try Le Relais de Venise ( and get there early b/c a long line forms. Also, I've heard that Le Souffle is amazing! (

Bon voyage!

Aparna says:

please share the spreadsheets, i'm off on a trip to london and paris next week! perhaps i'll bump into you and susie :)

Rita says:

I have to say the macarons from Pierre Herme are almost better than Laduree.

I went to the shop on Rue Bonparte and got one of each kind! It was so decadent to try them all.

One of my favorite boulangeries is Pain d'Epis on the corner of Avenue Bosquet and Rue du Champs de Mar. Ahhhhh the butter!

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