Paris is a treasure trove of culture, filled to the brim with art, history, and incredible food. When traveling to this magical city, it’s easy to fall into the tourist traps and miss the vibrant local culture. Here are five fantastic local finds that will show you a different side of Paris.
Le Comptoir General is an amazing menagerie of beautiful finds. Filled with records, vintage clothing, hip young locals, botany supplies and even a cafe, bar, and restaurant, this museum of sorts hails from its roots in Africa, exuding a clear sense of pride for the African-French culture.
Wind through the Passage Brady and experience first hand authentic Indian culture. With spice shops, restaurants, clothing stores, and more, Passage Brady offers Parisians a true slice of Indian culture and food. Head to Pooja for exceptional Indian cuisine! The fresh ginger, exotic spices, and savory curries will be enough to make you feel momentarily transported to India.
A chefs heaven takes shape in an old world style den of endless cooking supplies. This no frills supply shop is brimming with copper pots, knives made in house, pastry cutters, cast irons, and just about anything a chef might need. Reminiscent of an old hardware store it’s easy to get lost in here (and spend a pretty penny as well).
Deal hunters won’t want to miss this weekend flea market where you can find everything from old bathtubs to antiques and fur coats to pure junk. Very few of the vendors speak English, but if your French is sufficient definitely try your hand at haggling. Some food stands are better than others, and a line is always a good indication of deliciousness. Try the middle eastern food stands where you can sample Majheb and hot beignets for cheap.
Walk the aisles of Le March des Enfants Rouges and stumble upon beautiful heaping tagines of fluffy couscous, fragrant stews, meats with dried fruits and nuts, and orange blossom scented pastilles filled with chicken. Try the lamb kofta tagine made with eggs simmered in a heavily spiced tomato base. Don’t forget to order a pot of fresh Moroccan mint tea!
By Jessica Fishman and Geneva Melby
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