Yes, you and I both agree that good food and excellent customer service is crucial for a restaurant, but the interior blueprint and ambiance is just as important I feel. And a space like Le Comptoir General located in the popular 11eme district of Paris does it like no one else. This place is a cafe, a museum, a restaurant and a space that celebrates African French culture through music, fashion, food, dance and film. Though the space is divided into 5 different parts (even a little library), the heart lives in the ground floor which turns into a night lounge after sunset hours. Spinning disco balls, lush green plants, red carpets, live music, dim lit corridors, old wooded tables, yellow accent walls contrast painted brickwork, exposed piping rooftops and cracked concrete. The design of this place is disruptive in all the good ways. The best feeling to describe how I feel when I am sipping a pina colada or a strong 6 euro ti punch on a Sunday evening is...well, like I am on vacation in some exotic island. Just glance up and you feel like you are in a well equipped jungle. A jungle with a mini aquarium bar. A jungle where the tone of the music and vibes are just right for your weekend getaway from Paris. When I think about just how much goes into the design of the modern restaurant interior, I gain a whole new appreciation for these wondrously designed interior spaces.
EAT plus ITALY equals Eataly and I am so happy they have finally arrived in Paris! You will definitely get high quality products and more than just pizza at this Italian food heaven. It was opened in 2007 in Turin and since then has established its presence in top culinary capitals in the world. Cheese, wine, pasta, cold cuts, fish, meats and legit Italian culture is oozing out of this place. I loved walking into this place and exploring the food aisles! There is even a cooking school inside and TO GO tiramisu! For all Italian food lovers, what are you waiting for?
Location? Le Marais
Metro? Hotel de Ville
Open? Open 7 days a week from 8am-2am
What To Try? Spritz and the Italian cheeses
Website? Click Here
SOUTH INDIAN CUISINE
ROOFTOPS & COCKTAILS
Welcome to New Delhi my friends! The largest commercial city in northern India. A cosmopolitan city rich in culture and history largely due to the multi ethic and multi cultures. Many forts to visit, places to shop (Connaught place, Delhi's most important economic hub), but most importantly try the food! Indian street food will either love you or it will hate you, but all good things are worth the pain. Heck, just give it a try and live a little. After spending a month exploring the food scene around Delhi, here are my top recommendations!
COFFEE & LATTES:
Perch - (Bohemian casual vibes with small but hearty bites)
Qbic Cafe Bar - (Chic and excellent food experience)
Cafe Tesu - (Good for Sunday's)
The Grammer Room - (Mouth-watering food and stylish interiors)
Plum by Bent Chair
RESTAURANTS MUST TRY:
King Size Dosa: Sankalp PitamPura - (A very fun place)
King Size Bhatura: Punjabi By Nature (Not to be missed)
Best Thali: Ardor 2.1 (Go with a group of 4)
Best Sambar Vada: Juggernaut (Ambience, service, food)
Best Veggie Dishes: Om Sweet
INDIAN STREET FOOD:
Great Indian Street Food Market: Tilak Nagar Market
Quality Sweets and Desserts made Fresh
Om Sweets + Gulab
SHOPPING FOR EXCELLENT GIFTS:
Mexican Food at La Bodega
Yum Yum Cha Sushi Asian Bistro
Plum by Bent Chair (Excellent cocktails and colorful vibe. Shop while you eat!)
NEW TRENDING RESTAURANTS & NIGHTLIFE:
Gurgaon Cyber City
EXCELLENT INDIAN ICE CREAM:
Kings Kulfi Tilak Nagar
OUTDOOR ROOFTOP AND NIGHTLIFE:
Summer House Cafe, Haus Khas
Imperfecto, Haus Khas
Say Heyyy to the locals. They love it. People are kind and open to explain what you are eating and experiencing!
I tired Yoom Dim Sum last night and really fell in love with the cozy flavorful food here. Something I find difficult to find in Paris. The first thing I noticed was how clean and open the kitchen was. The staff was great! Mainly Julian who helped us understand the menu. This place is a lovely winter surprise and if you're looking for some delicious Asian food this winter, YOOM is it!
A lovely cozy new breakfast place has just opened up in the 11eme for all my Paris travelers and residents! Just tried this fresh delicious place. Homemade food, pressed juices, good coffee and nice vibes for Sunday morning breakfast in #Paris