While I get settled in our apartment in Paris I’ve asked a few friends to do guest posts on their favorite “secret spots” in Paris. Today we have Nichole from Little Brown Pen If you haven’t seen Nichole’s beautiful Paris inspired photography and prints definitely check it out.
Hi all. Nichole here from Little Brown Pen, and I’m here to talk Paris while Jordan settles in Paris. She asked me to share a special spot, and I knew without question my choice: Cafe du Centre on Rue Montorgueil.
Rue Montorgueil is my favorite street in Paris. It’s best to go hungry, and never, ever when on a diet.
Fromageries filled with every good thing that ever came in a rind, patisseries with row after row of pastry art, boulangeries with lines around the block (if you see one, just get on it), and boucheries with rotisserie chickens and potatoes made crispy from the drippings. It’s a foodie’s dream. And all of these sumptuous shops are in a convenient row on a gently curved, charming cobblestone street.
It’s the Paris I imagine Julia Child fell in love with.
This concentration of Parisian delights is interspersed with a handful of restaurants, most of which are filled to the brim with sated shoppers enjoying an espresso or beer. It’s near impossible to walk down Rue Montorgueil and not want to join in on the lounging, sipping and people watching.
My favorite restaurant is Cafe du Centre. I’ll admit I was initially drawn to this restaurant because of the pretty turquoise and maroon chairs, but have since come to love the hospitality of the staff. Everyone is always smiling, helpful and willing to put up with my Kindergarten French.
On my last visit, I sat for hours with a glass of wine and a friend – perfection.
We’re heading back to Paris in a few weeks, and I’m hoping I can lure Jordan down from Montmartre to experience Rue Montorgueil and Cafe du Centre. I don’t think I’ll have to work too hard to convince her.
PS. If you’re ever in front of Cafe du Centre at sunset, stop what you’re doing, walk to the middle of the street and look west. The way the setting sun illuminates the cobblestone streets should not be missed.