It’s quite hard to pick a favorite street in Paris. Every rue has its own character and surprises.
When I lived on the Left Bank, the street that grew closest to my heart was Rue du Cherche-Midi, because that’s where my flat was and it was a charming and quiet long street with random vintage finds. Plus it was walking distance to Boulevard Saint-Germain and Le Jardin du Luxembourg.
I went back to Paris recently and stayed for a while. I wanted to experience a different side of the city and quite literally, ended up on the other side of the Seine – the Right Bank. I found a cozy flat on Rue Charlot, not knowing at first what the street was really about. The listing just said it was in the Marais and there were two Metro stations nearby and that it was a short walk to Rue du Rivoli, Hotel de Ville and Pompidou – enough information for me to book right away.
What a surprise the street turned out to be! Every time I would search online for a good place to discover, the suggestions would often include Nanashi, Café Charlot, Little Red Door and M.O.B – ALL MY NEXT-DOOR NEIGHBORS and my new favorite places in Paris!
Japanese cuisine, made hip and simple. This is how I’d describe Nanashi’s cuisine. Everything is straightforward, fresh, light (and healthy!) and nicely presented. Even the interiors are spartan, much like a cafeteria. Effortlessly pretty, effortlessly good, thanks to Kaori Endo who came from nearby Rose Bakery. If Muji and Maison Kitsuné were to cross-breed and have a food baby, this would be it.
Tip: order the salmon donburi bowl and prepare to want it every single day.
A quintessential French bistro. From the interiors to the food to the sharply-dressed (and so-French) waiters. Being there makes you feel that you are, indeed, in Paris. And why would I not want this?
Tip: get the salmon burger. It is insane! Salmon slab and not patty is what’s in between so much goodness. If you are looking to have something light, the goat cheese salad is parfait!
Little Red Door
I never really noticed this red door across my building until a friend of mine told me to check it out. Apparently, this door is the gateway to one of the world’s best speakeasies. So one night, I finally crossed the street, entered the black door (right beside the red door because that little red door is really just a design thing and cannot be opened) and found one of the best spots to have a good night in Paris. An enclave hidden from mainstream Paris. Eventually, the bouncer became mon ami. We were neighbors, after all.
Tip: The drinks are listed from lightest to heaviest. I prefer the basil mojito – just the right hit!
My favorite find, hands down! It’s pretty hard to eat healthy in this city and stumbling upon this on my street was a gift from Heaven! From Kale smoothies to the best veggie burgers this side of the world (to the cutest waiter too, haha) – vegetarian food just got waaaay cool.
Tip: the Okinawa burger is oishi!
By the way, Rue Charlot isn’t just about food! Walk the stretch and you’ll find the city’s best independent and not so independent designers here. In fact, I would always pass Surface to Air’s main atelier to and from the flat.
Wonder what else I’ll find. Wonder what else you’ll find!
Photos, Rio Jorolan