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Living in Paris as an expat, when you are enjoying the Seine river's view, exploring the city's charm by traveling around, there is nothing more Parisian than taking a few moments to sip coffee in a cafe enjoying the bustling atmosphere of Paris.
Whether you are just arriving in Paris for a long-term job or you are going to move to Paris to begin a new life, "When in Paris, eat as a Parisian" is what we claim. But first, do you know the cafe restaurant where the real Parisians like to go?
Let us follow in the footsteps of the Parisians to enjoy "A Moveable Feast" in the time of a day.
Early in the morning, while this city is waking up, you can enjoy a cup of coffee or a real french breakfast to start a brand new day.
Le Petit Lux
Here you can start your day with a real French breakfast, with the fragrance of croissant and baguette; there is nothing better than sipping coffee and enjoying the atmosphere around you. If you come here for brunch, then burger is an art that you cannot resist. With a reasonable price, this quality restaurant is rare in Paris.
Address: 29 Rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris
Open hours: 08:30 - 20:00, closed on Sunday.
Les Deux Magots
Since it was first founded in the year 1812 and transferred to its current address due to its expansion in 1873, this cafe has witnessed the changes in Paris's city. Writers and artists such as Hemingway, Simon de Beauvoir, Jean Giraudoux, and Picasso frequently visited this cafe. Today, as one of the oldest cafes-restaurant in Paris, and a cafe that Parisians must visit once in a lifetime, it still exudes its charm and attracts people from all over the world.
Address: 6 Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés, 75006 Paris
Open hours: from 7:30 am to 1 am.
To enjoy the day or to chill in the afternoon in a peaceful atmosphere with your friends, here are the places to go to:
Heritage from the style of traditional Russian gourmet cooking, half of the menu consists of Russian recipes. A French chef created the other part to bring you the traditional Russian dishes. Here they have the best Napoleon cake that you could not get from another cafe in Paris. If you are an expat from Russia and are missing the home country food, we recommend trying their Russian dishes, such as pelmini, pirozhki, pozharski cutlet, and bourguignon beef cheeks.
Address: 64 boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris
Open hours: Monday/Saturday 11:00 - 20:00, Thursday 9:30 - 20:45, Friday 11:00- 19:00.
This cafe-restaurant is recommended by a Parisian who loves to buy macarons from this pastries store, saying, "this is the most delicious macaron for macaron lovers." While macarons have various tastes, Laduree's inspiration in food and decoration also comes from color. An experience in its tearoom will allow you to enjoy the perfect balance of visual and gustatory. If you want to enjoy tea time in the afternoon, come to Ladurée.
Address: 75 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris
Open hours: 10:00-18:00
When the day's work is over and the night falls, as we slowly shift to meal time, this is the restaurant where you to go:
La Rotonde St Honoré
This cafe is the typical Parisian "brasserie" and offers traditional French food. Vegetarians can also find suitable food because the restaurant provides gluten-free or vegan ingredients as starters, main course, and desserts. Isn't it lovely? Come and bring your friends here to enjoy the happy hour or after-work drinks, yet there are some special meals that you might dare to explore too.
Address: 10, rue des Pyramides, 75001 Paris
Open hours: from 8:00 to midnight
Le Relais de l’Entrecôte;
Photo from website of Le Relais de l’Entrecôte
Want to enjoy a good steak in Paris? Le Relais de l'Entrecôte is the restaurant you must visit. It is an authentic French restaurant where Parisians love to enjoy steak, fries, and salad. The secret sauce from the restaurant brings customers back here again. With a simple and straightforward way of ordering, fast service, reasonable price, the juicy and delicious steak will be a comfort for your day.
Address:101, Bld du Montparnasse, 75006 Paris
There are plenty of cafes and restaurants in Paris, on the bustling Champs Elysées avenue or Montmartre's quiet path, where there is always a place to go to at the corner of the street.
There must be a cafe or restaurant that you go to regularly that you think is the best. Share your Paris life on Paris Rental's social media. We'd love to have your recommendations on the best food and your life tips for expats in Paris.
Besides, we are offering more tips for exploring food and entertainment:
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