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Off the Beaten Path in Paris

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Seen all the main tourist sights in Paris? Or are you just secretly bored of the traditional brasseries serving classic French food? These four years of living in Paris have taught me that most of the fun and cool stuff in here happen especially around Marais and Canal St. Martin neighborhoods. They are both lively areas frequented by locals from all over the city. I've gathered a list here for some of my favorite spots for eating out (meat free) and hanging out in Paris.

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Blend

Blend is a tiny gourmet burger joint in 2nd arrondissement just off Rue Etienne-Marcel. They serve their burgers with fluffy, homemade buns, and have options for both meat lovers and vegetarians. On their compact menu you can find also Cole slaw and great selection of beer. This is probably the only...

Les Docks - Cité de la Mode et du Design

This is a very untypical Parisian space with its modern architecture. Les Docks offer bars, clubs and occasional expositions, often connected with the Institut Français de la Mode that is also located there. At Wanderlust the vast wooden terrasse is perfect for people watching during the summer...

Le Citizen Hotel

Le Citizen Hotel offers minimalistically decorated rooms right by the canal. The location is perfect for exploring the bustling neighborhood. They have iPads on each room and the decoration is very nice, they have used a lot of natural wood and contemporary design items. If you are sensitive about...

L'Eclaireur

L'Eclaireur has several locations in Paris and their first store was opened already in 1982 specializing in menswear. Today their other locations, such as this store in Marais, carry also womenswear. The overall feeling is very artsy and edgy with interactive installations that might make you...

El Guacamole

I'm always trying to find the best Mexican eatery in Paris and this one is a great spot for authentic Mexican tacos and burritos, with vegetarian options available. It's a perfect place to get some snacks while hitting the bars in the canal. The atmosphere is very casual here, but beware the green...

Palais de Tokyo

Palais de Tokyo is one of my favorite cultural spots in Paris. Along with their ever-changing exhibitions, the bookstore in the ground floor is great for art and fashion magazines and books. There are also several restaurants, including Tokyo Eat, a casual restaurant with very Parisian...

Silencio

If feels like you are entering into another dimension as you descend the six flights of dark stairs to Silencio, a club that offers also concerts, film screenings and other cultural events. Until midnight the venue is reserved for members only, but after midnight also non-members are welcomed....

Point Éphemère

Point Éphemère Is a little artistic space on Canal St. Martin that hosts parties, concerts, exhibitions and festivals. This is not a place where you get perfectly mixed cocktails in a fancy glass- a pint of beer in plastic cup is more likely beverage in here. It's a bit gritty, but music is good here,...

Tuck Shop

Tuck Shop is a cute little vegetarian café in the lively Canal Saint Martin neighborhood. They serve nice brunches during the weekend (for only 10 euros you'll get a healthy lacto-ovo vegetarian brunch). It's also Paris' first authentic Australian café, and with the free wifi and mismatched,...

Springsioux

Recently opened concept store Springsioux in Marais takes influences of underground rock and native American cultures. They carry unique, rare brands from Quentin Veron to Harry Halim as well as vintage purses and jewelry from Chanel. Here you can find t-shirts with unique designs as well as cool...