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I love traditions. I inherited this love from my mother. I like the idea of things and moments repeating themselves. It gives me something to look forward to, and to continuously appreciate. I sometimes wonder how lame things could be if it weren’t for traditions.

With that said, my bestie and I are starting a new tradition: random frolicking in Paris on the weekends. This past Sunday was our first Sunday Funday, and we filled it up with vegan cupcakes, a pumpkin spice flat white, a deliciously hoppy pint, quick play of tourist and hot cocoa with Valerie and finished it off with some indian food with more awesome friends.

Sometimes a decently packed day like this one is needed for sanity. What’s better than riding a bike all over Paris on a surprisingly sunny autumn Sunday?

You can read about Ana’s take on our special day and our primary stop, Vegan Folie’s, here.

Vegan Folie’s
53, rue Mouffetard, 75005
Métro: Place Monge (7)

Sugarplum Cake Shop
68 Rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 75005
Métro: Cardinale Lemoine (10)

Chez Julien
1 Rue du Pont Louis-Philippe, 75004
Métro: Pont Marie

15 rue Cail, 75010
Métro: La Chapelle (2)


I had heard many good things about Académie de la Bière. It was on my list of places to go for quite some time. Finally one evening Louis and I made it over there for a brewy date: Belgian style.

This little beer heaven is located right by Port Royal, near the Montparnasse neighborhood (14th). They’ve got a lovely outdoor seating area that is perfect for those spring evenings. The inside is tiny but cozy and can be. If you’re going to dinner, reservations are suggested. We had a cute table in a little window nook that had the perfect amount of space for our pints and a big bowl of delicious mussels.

The café houses about 12 beers on tap, and a large variety of bottled beer from France, Germany, Scotland and the Czech Republic, etc.

As beer lovers, this was the perfect place for a date this early evening. The servers gave excellent advice in terms of what kind of beers we fancy, which made me love it even more. What’s better than discovering new brewed creations?

Granted, eating mussels aren’t the most elegant things to be eating while on a date with your honey bee, but we made it work. May favorite part was Louis’s way of arranging his mussel shells that I found oh so charming.

The story behind this habit for lining up his shells goes all the way back to his mother’s father and his first date with his then soon-to-be grandmother. On one of their first dates they were eating mussels, and he did exactly that with his mussel shells. She apparently found this to be as charming as can be. The story has been told every since, and the boys in the family stack their mussel shells.

Cute, right? My bowl of shells was a bit less organized.

Académie de la Bière
88 bis, rue de la Port Roya, 75005
Métro: Port Royal (RER B), Raspail (4), Vavin (4)


There’s a new cream puff haven in the city of lights.

Odette opened only about a month ago (January 2013) on the left bank of Paris. Haleigh told me about this place, and I’m so glad we checked it out together this weekend.

The ground floor of Odette is where you order your cream puffs and bevvies. If you choose to eat them there, you can pop a squat on the 1st floor à la française where they will bring you your cream puffs on the most precious vintage trays.

The decoration is very simple and elegant, with very traditional French touches: read leather chairs and round tables with bench seating along the wall. The floors are black and white checkers. So lovely. So quaint.

The window from the first floor has a magical view of Notre Dame.

The cream puffs are assorted so nicely, with all of the traditional flavors. They are so scrumptious and full of flavor. Much to my surprise they are quite filling for being so petit and dainty. Haleigh and I did go choux-crazy and decided to make our way to cream puff heaven, trying every flavor that Odette had to offer. I don’t want to tell the flavors because I think they are so fun to guess.

Odette is the owner’s, Frédéric, grandmother. These choux à la crème are her traditional recipe. I think that is so sweet.

77, rue Galande
Paris 75005
Métro: Cluny La Sorbonne (10)

Gelato in the 5th

gelato, rue mouffetard, paris

gelato, rue mouffetard, paris

Gelato is so delicious. What is your favorite flavor? I go crazy for lemon.

This little gelato place is on Rue Mouffetard in Paris’s 5th district, .

Tea Time at the Mosque

The Paris mosque is a place that everyone should take the time to discover… it’s a hidden treasure. [{Although you can’t go in the traditional mosque side, they have a restaurant, tea room and hammam in the back!]

Not only is there an indoor patio and tea room, but an entire restaurant! The restaurant offers classic + delicious delights from North African cuisine and is the perfect place for a big dinner as they have beautiful round metal tables that seat many. I’d also like to mention that this resto is a great place for groups in general! I had one of my birthday dinners here a few years back and it was  just wonderful! They were so kind. As a group of about 25, we all enjoyed delicious tajine and the works with a tea to digest it all at the end for under 20 euros each!

However, for those days where you happen to be strolling in the  5th district of Paris and you’re looking for a place to stop and rest for a bit…. for only 2euros you can enjoy a green tea on the patio or in the tea room! While sipping your tea you can admire the colors, decoration and atmosphere of this wonderful place. Even if it’s a bit chilly, the colors and hot green tea will give you a shot of energy to continue on with your day with a smile (I hope, because this place sure does make me smile!).

P.S. This entrance is also where there is a hammam. AND  the Mosque is right next to the Jardin des Plantes- one of the most stunning parks in Paris that has museums and rose gardens and many other amazing things.

P.P.S. Speaking of tea…… If you haven’t been to Le Loir Dans Le Theiere, you should go there and get cozy with a cup of tea!

Mosquée de Paris
Address: 39 rue Geoffrey Saint-Hilaire, 5ème
Métro: Place Monge ou Censier Daubenton (ligne 7)

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