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10 Belles – Paris

I went to catch up with an old work friend from my Sydney days. He’s a local Parisian, so he knows where to get the good coffee. He recommended a place called 10 Belles, again near Canal Saint Martin. It seems I spent a lot of time around there. I guess it is just a popular place.

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Word on the street is the owner on 10 Belles spent some time in Sydney and has a coffee shop in Surry Hills.

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des Deux Moulins – Paris

It was a beautiful sunny day in Paris. Perfect for exploring. We had just been to see Sacre Coeur in Montmartre. On top of the hill, you get a clear view of the city. We took a stroll down the hill into Montmartre in search of Des Deux Molins, the cafe made famous by the 2001 film Amélie.

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The cafe is filled with a warm glow. It must have inspired the grade of the final film, to help capture the ambience of the cafe.

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La Caravane – Paris

La Caravane was one of my favourite places I visited in Paris. This place is Parisian hipster central, and has an exciting buzz about the place.

We had been walking around Canal Saint Martin for a while, trying to pick somewhere to have dinner and a few drinks. We passed a few different places, but every thing seemed a little too formal for the mood we were in for the evening. As we walked up Rue de la Fontaine au Roi I noticed a funky little bar that looked quite popular, with mixed typography above the door, spelling out ‘Le Caravane’, which roughly translates to ‘The Caravan’.

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Tuck Shop – Paris

Rise and Shine! My first day in Paris, and there is so much to do, and so little time. Every moment not spent walking the Parisian streets is a moment wasted. Today was about exploring, getting a vibe of the streets, and trying to enjoy a little bit of that cafe culture the French are famous for. During my aimless wanderings I stubbled upon Tuck Shop, by Canal Saint Martin.

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It was a particularly cold day, so I was glad to take a moment to get off my feet, and defrost a little. Tuck Shop had a very welcoming vibe from the front, with plants hanging from the windows, and piles of books to help pass the time. It’s the kind of place you can Imagine spending an afternoon, with friends, or relaxing on your own. 

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Cafe des Anges – Paris

It was going to be easy. Catch the Metro to Bastille. Take the number 1 ‘Sortie’ (French for Exit, don’t you know!), and find somewhere to have a drink to wait for my friend on Rue De La Roquette. Fate wasn’t on my side for this evening, and for my first experience in a non english speaking city.

The exit was closed. I was forced to find my way through the busy underground Metro station. It was difficult to get my bearings from below ground, and when I emerged on the streets of Paris, I was totally lost. I walked the streets, like a tourist, obviously out of place, reciting “excusez-moi, parlez-vous anglais?” over and over, to ensure I wouldn’t forget. You never truly realise how stupid you are until you are lost in a city who’s language you can’t speak. After 30 minutes or so I found Rue De La Roquette, and Cafe des Anges.

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