Autumn in Paris
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.
- Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature: A gem filled with imperialist hunting weaponry and a diverse taxidermy collection.
- Fondation Louis Vuitton: Wandering inside and outside you might find yourself more captivated by the structure and architecture than the collection it houses.
- Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain: A modern glass structure that hosts a variety of contemporary exhibitions.
- Deyrolle: We jumped in here quickly the avoid some unexpected afternoon rain. Head straight upstairs to inspect their legendary taxidermy collection.
- Maison Européenne de la Photographie: Hosts a variety of well-curated photography exhibitions.
- 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).
- Marais (3rd) and Canal St. Martin (10th) area: 13 Bonaparte, French Trotters, La Panoplie, Merci, Cuisse de Grenouille, Balibaris, Éditions MR, AMI, The Broken Arm, Art du Basic (Women's only), Centre Commercial, and Homecore.
- Le Palais Royale / Les Halles (1st) and Left Bank (6th) area: Colette, Maison Kitsune, Astier de Villatte (French porcelain and city-inspired candles), L'Exception, and Officine Générale.