Philadelphia native Lindsey Tramuta came to Paris to go to school and stayed on because she fell in love with her now-husband Cédric. This marketing and communications professional also loves food, music and reading. And she willingly shares her often-amusing views on life as an expat in Paris in her blog, Lost In Cheeseland. Now that she’s lived in Paris for a while, Lindsey has definite opinions on what constitutes her favorite places.
I’m not going to lie, I’m partial to the 11th where I live. There’s so much activity and life here, endless shops, independent booksellers, open-air markets, restaurants and bars. A little city of its own!
L’Accolade on rue Guillaume Tell in the 17th. I’ve often talked about how rare it’s becoming to have a REALLY good meal in Paris having been disappointed by mediocre restaurants that had so much potential. This little, cozy restaurant wins on service and on quality/price.
L’Osteria dell’ Anima, on 37 rue Oberkampf. Literally, a hole in the wall, this traditional unpretentious Italian restaurant is all about quality and presentation. Pasta is made fresh in front of you, severs are Italian (and adorable) and the food is outstanding. Their 10 tables fill up very quickly, reservations a must. Prepare to unbutton the pants.
One word: FALAFEL. Whereas most people go crazy for L’as du Falafel, I’m more of a fan of Chez H’anna at 54 rue des rosiers. It’s cheap and delicious with a friendly owner (once he warms up to you!).
Tie between my local Italian traiteur on rue Oberkampf and Galeries Lafayette Gourmet. The owner of the Italian traiteur knows me as the sun-dried tomato girl, a much more personal relationship that GLGourmet offers me!
Printemps or Galeries Lafayette. Le Bon Marché is nice, especially La Grande Epicerie but I enjoy the environment of the other two more. The window displays, the lights during the holidays and the interior décor always make me smile.
Chocolat de Neuville. It’s actually a chocolate shop based in Melun, which is about 50km from Paris but we receive a box of their chocolate’s every year from my husband’s company and they are outstanding. (Editor’s Note: There are several boutiques throughout Paris. Check the website for locations.)
Nina Kendosa on rue de Turenne, a few steps from La Place des Vosges. It’s a multi-brand boutique with brands I’ve never heard of but it’s a cute store with very reasonably priced fashions. I’ve found mon bonheur more than a few times!
Delaville Café on les Grands Boulevards. Good food, better cocktails! My husband and I get a good laugh that the drink I loved was called Screaming Orgasm.
L’Etage on rue du Faubourg du Temple. Sultry lounge with concerts almost every day of the week from R&B to soul and jazz.
The celebrity of the 7th arrondissement, Secco. A bakery split into two, one side sells desserts, salads, veggies and hot dishes and the other sells freshly baked breads and pastries. Though there are frequently lines out the door, Secco is worth the wait. The coconut balls are my favorite.
Rose Bakery, hands down. Always good, always fresh. I’ve never left unhappy.
Place des Vosges. Even in the summer when everyone is out sun bathing and picnicking, it manages to stay zen.
Spending hours at a café talking with a friend while nursing a soothing cup of tea and cake.
Chantilly. Only 25 minutes from Gare du Nord, it’s a beautiful town with an absolutely magnificent Chateau. Their whipped cream is pretty sensational too (it was accidentally developed there!)