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Wandering Ivy

by

Justin Ouyang

Documenting my adventures in travel, style, and food.

Autumn in Paris

Autumn in Paris

October 2015

During October, Paris begins to turn quiet, wet, and brisk. It's a great time to huddle up in warm cafes to chat, read, or just look for some winter coat style inspiration. As it's the foreign city that I've spent the most time in, my visits are less exciting and whirlwind and more relaxing and leisurely. While I can always enjoy an afternoon getting lost in the Louvre or admiring the interior architecture of the Musée d'Orsay (and its unrivaled impressionist collection), on this visit I focused on some smaller cultural attractions. 

Paris is divided into twenty administrative districts known as arrondissements, which can be identified in any establishment's zip code as well. They start in the center of the Right Bank, circling and spiraling clockwise around the city. I met up with my sister and cousin on this weeklong trip and we sprinkled these lesser sites within our notorious shopping excursions. My restaurant recommendations focus on vegetarian friendly establishments reminiscent of fresh and affordable San Francisco meals.

Exploring the Foundation Louis Vuitton.

Exploring the Foundation Louis Vuitton.

Attractions

Sophia is excited about Miznon!

Sophia is excited about Miznon!

Restaurants

  • Cosi: Located in the 6th, a wonderful salad and sandwich lunch spot with freshly baked bread.
  • Nanashi: A Parisian bento concept with locations in the 3rd and 10th.
  • Bob's: Noted for their juices, vegan friendly food, and brunch. Bob's Kitchen is located in the 3rd and Bob's Juice Bar is located in the 10th.
  • Roses Bakery: An English bakery / cafe in the 3rd known for their weekend brunch.
  • Cantine Merci: A restaurant and cafe located within the Merci store in the 3rd complete with juices, salads, soups, and a risotto of the day.
  • Cuisine de Bar: Located in the 6th, Cuisine de Bar provides a variety of tartines with bread from the famous Poîlane bakery next door.
  • Twenty Peas: A healthy and simple lunch locale in the 8th.
  • Marché des Enfants Rouges: Paris' oldest covered market contains a wonderful maze of food stalls with cuisines from all over the world.
  • Miznon: Whether you find yourself here or at their original Tel Aviv location, you must get some of their life-changing roasted cauliflower. Pair that with a pita sandwich and some mint tea and you'll have a wonderful evening in the Marais (3rd).
Miznon aftermath.

Miznon aftermath.

Stores

Arriving in Colombo

Arriving in Colombo

Hong Kong / Zong Kong

Hong Kong / Zong Kong