Where to eat and what to do during the Paris dead season

Published On 07/23/2014 Published On 07/23/2014
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1. Thoumieux 79 rue Saint-Dominique, Paris, 75007

Located near the Eiffel Tower, this Jean-François Piège resto does brasserie-style food and the menu is always seasonal.

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2. Candelaria 52 Rue de Saintonge, Paris, 75003

Candelaria, in the 3rd arrondissement, is a practically 24hr taqueria that's got all the Mexican goodness you could want, plus a brunch menu and a ton of cocktails, including more than a few filled with tequila. The coolest part of Candelaria is the spot's well-hidden second half: behind an unmarked white door by the kitchen you'll find a DJ spinning alongside the bar that's now considered among the top four cocktail bars in the world according to Tales of the Cocktail.

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3. L'Avant Comptoir 3 carrefour de l'Odéon, Paris, 75006

In true Paris fashion, this 6th arrondissement eatery is best known for its wine and charcuterie. The space is standing-room only (the food is worth standing for), and to order, patrons must squeeze themselves into an opening of counter space and shout to the bartenders, hoping to be heard over the lively French murmur. There are plates of bread, hot mustard and cornichons out on display for the taking, and the charcuterie plates, notoriously massive, are stacked with Iberian ham, fresh-cured sausage, and cuts of local cheese. The wine selection is marvelously large (as are the servings), and the narrow tables are sloshed with spilled jams and wine-stains, lending plenty of character to this hole-in-the-wall local favorite.

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4. Eggs & Co. 11 rue Bernard Palissy, Paris, 75006

Nothing says “brunch” more than a plate of eggs, and as the name would have you believe, that’s the specialty at this Saint-Germain breakfast/brunch spot.

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5. Le Verre Volé 67 Rue de Lancry, Paris, 75010

It might not be the biggest resto/wine bar, but it's cozy and is great for dinner and a glass of vino (or just snag a bottle to go!).

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6. Le Petit Cambodge 20 rue Alibert, Paris, 75010

If it’s noodles you’re after, then head to this 10th arrondissement Cambodian/Asian resto where it's all about the bun bo, which you can get in a variety of forms.

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7. Le Chateaubriand 129 Aven Parmentier, Paris, 75011

Head to the 11th to check out Le Chateaubriand, which is serving up a distinctive French menu put together by famed Chef Iñaki Aizpitarte.

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8. Parc de la Villette 211 avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris, 75019

Located on the edge of the 19th arrondissement, Parc de la Villette is one of the largest parks in the city and it contains the largest science museum in Europe, as well as three large concert venues.

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9. Wanderlust 32 Quai d'Austerlitz, Paris, 75013

You'll always find a hoppin' dance party at Wanderlust, a rooftop bar/club that often hosts concerts and DJ sets.