Kay and I are currently spending a month in Paris, and I wanted to share some of our favorite spots, places a little off the beaten (touristy) path.
Today’s post is about the Montorgueil neighborhood in the second Arrondissement.
Oft over-looked - this (largely) pedestrian district is not to be missed. On our first trip to Paris we stumbled across Rue Montorgueil and instantly fell in love, and this time we decided to make it our home base - booking an AirBnB a stone’s throw from the action.
At the center of it all is Rue Montorguiel, between the Sentier and Etienne Marcel Metro stops - but be sure to explore the side streets and surrounding areas.
Sit at a cafe in the morning with an espresso - or in the afternoon with a beer or cocktail and just watch the runway show that is Paris go by from one of the innumerable outdoor cafes, pick up fresh bread, cheese or produce from the shops along the way, and meander through the side streets for charming vintage shops and chic retailers. It really is the best way to get an authentic Parisian experience, all within a few blocks.
Here are a few favorite haunts on and around Rue Montorguiel:
Great little bakery where we bought our baguettes every day.
The best coffeeshop in the district. Stop in for great espresso, pour overs and baked goods.
Adjacent to Tartine, and the oldest bakery in Paris - they make a killer chocolate mousse. Be warned - it’s rich enough to split.
Compas became our go to spot for an afternoon or evening drink. Right on the corner, it hosts a large outdoor seating area, great drinks and good food. What more is there?
This pocket sized gelato shop does not disappoint!
The best cheese shop in the neighborhood. While their selection is outstanding, we are particularly fond of their 5 cheeses for 9 euro box. A great way to sample their offerings
Tucked just off the main drag is Episode, arguably one of the most popular vintage shops on the Right bank. It can be a little cutthroat at the fitting rooms, and oddly enough - they have no T shirts - but still worth digging through.
A few doors down from Episode, Royale Cheese is a great boutique stocked with quality clothes and accessories for men and women. Hard to walk out of there without my wallet feeling lighter...
Outstanding doughnuts from an adorable mom and pop shop. Local, seasonal ingredients and a rotating menu means you have go more than once.
Frenchie To Go
A small cafe serving world-class breakfast and lunch.