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Have a Wonderful Weekend.

The Obamas dancing

What are you up to this weekend? I’ve been loving the best photos of 2016 from Pete Souza, the official White House photographer. Really beautiful. Stella and I are heading to Paris (!) tonight for a work project. Does anyone have any good restaurant recommendations? :) Meanwhile, here are a few fun posts from around the web…

Would you eat this broccoli sandwich?

What great kids bedding.

Rewatched (and loved) this marriage documentary.

Does anyone else not mind being hungover?

Jenny Rosenstrach shared a year of dinners. (Taking notes.)

Wow, that was a big mistake!

I’d love to wear this pretty shirt on our trip.

Made me laugh.

The real reason my start-up was successful: privilege.

Love that Glamour showed Lena Dunham’s cellulite on their magazine cover. (Here’s the full article.)

Yikes! The dirtiest surfaces in hotel rooms.

Both spouses’ sides of an open marriage.

Beijing smog.

Plus, three great reader comments…

Says Angela on New Year’s Resolutions: “I try to do a word of the year. This year my word is ‘kind.’ My tendency is toward sharp, biting humor and sarcastic commentary, which is often, unfortunately, at the expense of others. I’ve decided that this year kindness is what my family, my community and my world needs.”

Says Lisa on New Year’s Resolutions: “Continue being awesome. I was awesome last year, and will continue to be so this year.”

Says Marisa on making friends as an adult: “Every time we got a new neighbor in our old two-story building (which was basically every year, for six years), I would exclaim to my husband, ‘I’m finally going to get my Ethel!!!’ And each year, a new weirdo moves in. The floor above us in our new apartment is currently for rent – waiting for my Ethel to arrive…”

(Photo by Pete Souza. Broccoli via Dinner: A Love Story. Hotel surfaces via Girl of a Certain Age.)

  1. Tallar says...

    not a “restaurant” but I highly recommend Du Pain et Des Idees. It’s in the Canal Saint Martin area and it’s super delicious

  2. another paris restaurant recommendation: l’ami jean. the chef’s menu is delicious and ends with a huge bowl of rice pudding. http://lamijean.fr/en/

  3. claudia098 says...

    Love Paris! One of my favorite restaurants in Au Rocher du Cancale at 78 rue Montorgueil, 2nd. Enjoy!!!

  4. kristie dahlia home says...

    That “open marriage” article was infuriating for me. The summary at the top says “David and Lana, both 45, both artists, tried an open marriage at Lana’s urging. It led to divorce. This is their story.” That is entirely incorrect. They got divorced because the woman hated the life they chose together. Before divorcing, they tried opening up their marriage to see if that would work better for them, but it was worse. Their marriage failed because the wife did not want to be in it as it began, and the husband did not want to be in what they tried next; both versions were damaging for one of them. This is not a story about the dangers of nonmonogamy, it is a story about the dangers of marrying and having children young when that isn’t the life you both want. As a woman involved in a deliriously happy 19 year nonmonogamous marriage, articles like this make my blood boil. What makes a marriage work is choosing a structure that both people want; there is no one correct structure for love and commitment. Articles like this which make nongomogamy out to be the destroyer when that is not the case encourage conformity and fear where it is not necessary. What is necessary is to know ourselves, to be honest about our needs, and to treat one another with kindness, grace, and honor.

  5. Marie says...

    Joanna! I’m in Paris! Would you like to have coffee in my favorite coffee shop?

  6. Amelia says...

    Have fun in Paris!
    Any chance you can post some good things to do in New York in winter? I’m coming in February!

  7. Anne says...

    I live in Paris so I always recommend Chez Gabrielle – small, chic and delicious. Not the usual touristic resto although is close to Champs Élysée

  8. Makenzie says...

    Joanna + crew,

    I’ve been reading this blog for years and can’t get enough! I feel empowered every time I open it and just want to yell out into the big wide world that women are strong and powerful and awesome and we need to own it and sing it and just show everyone how badass and amazing we really are!

    I’ve recently gotten out of a horribly toxic and destructive relationship and it’s left me feeling vulnerable and sad and just needing some general female strength to remind me that we are tough. I’m hopeful that you can recommend some inspirational, hopeful, happy, female friendly girl power Instagram accounts? I love the feeling of unity and strength that comes from reading and being inspired by other amazing women and when I wanted to find some accounts like this (you know, to help me get through the rough patches during the day) my first though was that Joanna would know just who I should follow.

    Any names come to mind? I’d love to get your girls’ opinions on who I should follow to feel more of that female badassery on the reg!

    Love you all 😘

    Makenzie

  9. Makenzie Johnson says...

    Joanna + crew,

    I’ve been reading this blog for years and can’t get enough! I feel empowered every time I open it and just want to yell out into the big wide world that women are strong and powerful and awesome and we need to own it and sing it and just show everyone how badass and amazing we really are!

    I’ve recently gotten out of a horribly toxic and destructive relationship and it’s left me feeling vulnerable and sad and just needing some general female strength to remind me that we are tough. I’m hopeful that you can recommend some inspirational, hopeful, happy, female friendly girl power Instagram accounts? I love the feeling of unity and strength that comes from reading and being inspired by other amazing women and when I wanted to find some accounts like this (you know, to help me get through the rough patches during the day) my first though was that Joanna would know just who I should follow.

    Any names come to mind? I’d love to get your girls’ opinions on who I should follow to feel more of that female badassery on the reg!

    Love you all 😘

    Makenzie

    • Nina says...

      Hi Makenzie, I was in the same boat as you. What helped me was not just being positive (because even if you are positive, deep down you are still lonely, angry and hurt), but what completely changed my thoughts and spirit around was reading The mastery of love, by Don Miguel Ruiz. Just to give you a pretext I never was into new age or self help books. But I let myself be surprised. It’s a simple little book, that teaches you (amongs other things), that the relationship you were in was not about love, but about control, codependency and neediness. It teaches you about self love, respect and compassion. I learned so much and it forever changed me. Give it a try. I really hope you soon feel better. xxx

    • Laura says...

      @minaa_b is very healing/ empowering, I also found her through cupofjo!

    • Makenzie says...

      Thanks ladies! I appreciate all the kind words and will definitely be ordering this book off Amazon asap. Sending lots of love and power to my fellow lovelies!

  10. You read my mind about the information on hotel cleanliness!!! We were away this week in New Orleans and I was actually thinking about how clean the surfaces of the hotel room were! Thank GOODNESS I didn’t touch the remote control, nor the phone! Ugh! I’ve heard those were the grossest items in hotel rooms (and households!).

  11. Love Angela’s new year resolution. Being kind is not always easy, but it sure as heck is always worth it!

  12. Jeje, you all people are overreacting, I love Paris and there many great restaurants.

  13. Natalie boyer says...

    Sol semilla nearcanal saint martin. Vegetarian. Not open all evenings. Their website is updated regularly. They also sell their ingredients…

  14. Katie H. says...

    Those Pete Souza photos… wow! I’m sure going to miss this administration. Hope you’re having a lovely time in Paris!

  15. Kathryn says...

    It sounds like you have absolutely enough recommendations, but I’ll throw in Le Taxi Jaune (http://www.restaurantletaxijaune.fr/), a lovely little spot where my wife and I ate a few years ago. I would love to go back to Paris. I hope you have a wonderful time!

  16. Bonnie says...

    Dine at Le Chateaubriand! So good, and so unpretentious… Plus, it’s in a super fun neighborhood. https://lechateaubriand.net/

    Also, get a drink at the funky rooftop bar Le Perchoir. There’s not a name on the door, so use google maps…

    Have fun!

  17. Sadie says...

    I would have said no to the broccoli sandwich, categorically, but I had a hot sandwich called a “Black Russian” at a vegetarian place once that blew my mind. Pumpernickel, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing, and tender roasted broccoli, carrots, and peppers. It was divine!

  18. Mandy says...

    Some of my Paris favorites:
    Semilla http://www.facebook.com/semillaParis
    54 rue de Seine, 75006
    Verjus Bar à Vin http://www.verjusparis.com/
    47 rue de Montpensier, 75001
    Rose Bakery
    30 Rue Debelleyme and 46 Rue des Martyrs (2 locations)
    Zinc Caïus
    11 rue d’Armaillé, 75017
    A great tool for finding good food is http://parisbymouth.com/. If you are out exploring and not sure where to eat, you can search this site by zip code and find a great restaurant that is close to you. ( as opposed to wandering around for hours looking for the perfect spot to eat till delirious, which I have been know to do)

  19. Hanna says...

    Astier, any day. Best Paris restaurant hands down. The cheese platter and lots more.

  20. Nina says...

    Is this a thing where people compete with each other who can suggest the best eatery in Paris? I read all the links posted, loved them, found them thought provoking wanted to come to the comments section to read other people’s points of view and opinions about the links, only to find out the comments section was submerged by reccomendations for where to eat in Paris. I don’t mind it as such, but I would have put in in a separate post.
    My Italian husband would say: “Mah”.

  21. Caroline says...

    No idea how long you’re there for, but if you’re still there next Sunday, have you heard of Jim Haynes’ Supper Club? It’s so wonderful – I met 3 now-great friends there and I always try to go to Jim’s when I’m in Paris. Give it a try, and if not, one for next time! http://www.jim-haynes.com x

  22. I never comment but felt inspired to share Paris restaurant recommendation! You lucky dogs.
    Visit Le Timbre for a beautiful meal. I don’t speak French but I gather le timbre is “postage stamp” – in reference to how microscopic this spot is. I remember there was the chef + one other amazing maniac multitasking wonder who was answering the phone, taking orders, running (amazing) food and bussing tables. One of those magically good places, at least they way I recall it. http://parisbymouth.com/le-timbre/

  23. yeah whoa BIG mistake!

    that smog is crazy and terrifying

    Enjoy Paris! And that shirt, it’s gorgeous. what a pretty and special collar
    <3

  24. BM says...

    I think there is no need to push one kind of person down in order to raise another person up. Obviously one should acknowledge and appreciate all the opportunities they may have had and see how fortunate they are, and they should use their good fortune and opportunities to help people who are less fortunate then them.
    Also, people who are not so fortunate should be given the respect they deserve by not underestimating their potential. Even though they may not have the connections that others may have, that would help them reach higher goals faster, they will still be able to reach their goals, and they will appreciate it so much more knowing where they come from, and how much harder they had to work. They certainly will not take it for granted.
    I think instead of people apologizing for their opportunities, they should be working on and using their energy and time helping those who need help getting into better situations.

  25. Justine says...

    So true about hangovers… I thought it was just me! That article was awesome.

  26. Heather says...

    Les papillies is terrific, as is La Pantruche near Rue de Martyrs!

  27. Shoshana says...

    You should definitely go to Dong Huong, a great Vietnamese restaurant near metro Belleville on line 11 or 2. I had a Bobun there and it changed my life! And there are no tourists, just locals. Once you go you’ll understand why. Bienvenue à Paris!

  28. Peem says...

    A “mistake”? Are you kidding? That Express issue is a shamanic work of ART! It expresses women’s rise to equality and how fully supported we are by all real men!

  29. Sarah W says...

    Loved Les Philosophes in the Marais. We went back a few nights later to order the salmon again.

  30. Sara says...

    Chez Janou in the Marais is exactly what you want a bustling french bistro to be. Great atmosphere, great food, it’s perfect. It is always in my paris list!

    • kb says...

      love that place!! so much absinthe…oof.

  31. Sarah says...

    Les relais de l’entrecôte – Paris restaurant. The best steak et frites you will EVER have :)

  32. Margo Poulin says...

    L’Avenue, Maison Blanche and Chez Janou. Bon appetite!

  33. Karli says...

    Glad that someone has already recommended, but I’ll second the Derriere rec. It is absolutely amazing. There’s also a fantastic bar out back that you you should check out afterwards if you’re there for dinner – Andy Wahloo. Great cocktails & a really nice way to end the evening :) Enjoy!

  34. Allison says...

    Le Coupe Chou for a perfect French dinner – ask to sit by the fireplace! And lunch at the amazing creperie Chez Imogene :)

    • Eliza says...

      We ate there very recently. The atmosphere is amazing and the service was very good. However, the meal was uneven. We’d still give it another try, though.

  35. Rachel says...

    Le Mary Celeste is incredible, totally changed my view of devilled eggs (and the tartare is amazing). Have a cocktail at Candelaria afterwards.

  36. Kim says...

    Loved the article on privilege! And I’m so glad there are people writing articles like this. I’m not wealthy, but teaching kids who live in poverty has shown me how incredibly privileged I am. Thanks for sharing that link!

  37. L. says...

    This post’s photo made me laugh. Tonight my husband and I are attending a wedding that President Obama is also attending. I’m no Democrat, but I’m still giddy to see Michelle and Barack! They are the sweetest couple.

    • Ingrid says...

      I’m glad to hear that although you are not a Democrat, you think the Obamas are a sweet couple. It seems like so many people who don’t agree with them politically, have to hate them personally. Maybe that’s primarily the racists? I just see so many vicious things on FB. Thanks for being kind. You’ve made me feel better.

  38. Maria C says...

    Au Pied de Fouet in the 6th–3 Rue Saint Benoit 75006 Paris.
    It’s this great little restaurant that squeezes in as many tables as it can and serves amazing provencal food. We eat there every time we’re in Paris. One of our favorite stories is, when we were seated up the narrowest stairs in the loft area, the waitress requested to move our table, because behind it was a hidden food storage area! It’s delightful.

    • Lisa says...

      I loved that place too! The low ceilings upstairs- definitely can’t have a space like that in the US! So cozy and quirky and delicious food!

  39. Chez Dummonet. David Lebovitz recommended it years ago and it has become our favorite!!!

    • kb says...

      my favorite too!!

  40. Crosby says...

    Would also love to see an article in how an open (or monigamish) relationship can be wonderful, fulfilling and lasting. Because they can!

    • Charli says...

      I would love to see some positive talk about open relationships too. As someone who has been in an open relationship and now an open marriage, there are ethical, respectful, loving ways to do it right. This couple sounded like they were a hot mess before they started. Healthy, successful open relationships start with a strong, healthy relationship. They are rarely a way to “fix” your relationship problems.

    • S says...

      Yes, agree! I’m so tired of mostly hearing about this kind of scenario when open relationships are referred to. My partner and I are open on and off and it’s not a huge deal–other things (my extremely difficult mother, his chronic illness) have been much more challenging.

    • E says...

      Yes to positive stories about open relationships! My boyfriend of 9 years and I opened ours one year ago. It is working out really well. I only respect and love him more. It’s been a crazy adventure although it isn’t always easy. Would love to read more about other people’s experience with successful non traditional relationships.

    • Jane says...

      I second that. Open marriage – no thanks.

    • Val says...

      Jo + Team: I would LOVE to see something like this, and would be happy to be interviewed for it :)

  41. Bénédicte says...

    I live in the 11th arondissement in Paris near Charonne and I always bring my international friends to Le Pure Café (14 rue Jean Macé) when they come visit: great “bistro” and healthy food. It’s affordable, absolutely not touristy, the staff and the wine selection is great. As for the atmosphere… Well, it’s been home to a few movies because of how local it looks and feel :)
    Definitely my fav!

    • Bénédicte says...

      And for lunch or tea+cake I would recommend Le Loir dans la Théière for their decdent lemon meringue pie (15-20cm high!). My absolute fav Amami is closed this weekend.
      For brunch try Bloom, a super tiny place that have great healthy and organic food http://bloom-restaurant.fr/ (their brunch is one of the few under 20€!)
      And of course you need to try Obermamma (although, they have a few places around Paris now, it’s so trendy they even edited a book with their recipes https://www.bigmammagroup.com/)
      Being Breton, I would not recommend any crêperie in Paris!

  42. Juana says...

    I live in Normandy, therefore I don’t know many restaurants in Paris, but I would suggest buying some french goodies and taking them back with you to enjoy. You can get cheese vacummed sealed and even the smelliest cheese won’t smell. My family does this all the time, just don’t go overboard because US customs won’t be happy with you. For your boys, buy them petits oursons, chocolate covered marshmallows in the shape of teddy bears that french kids love so much and now is the time for the gallette de rois in France. Take one back and enjoy finding the feve with your family! I just bought a raspberry chocolate one today and it was delicious! Other delicacies to take back, sachet of madeleines, salted butter, salted caramel to spread on homeade crepes, a nice bottle of wine, champagne or armagnac that you can’t find stateside…also if you can try a mont d’or cheese baked in the oven while you’re here (it might be too difficult to take this one back stateside with you) do it, it’s cheese heaven :) bon appetit and enjoy! If you ever come back swing by Normandy to say bonjour!

  43. Lynn says...

    La Petit Table for a long brunch! Lockwood for drinks is very cool, cavernous underground cocktail bar.

  44. Maggie says...

    I have few Paris restaurants for you! I lived there last year and while there are way too many to fit in a few days here are some I think you would enjoy :)

    -La Chalet Savoyard in the 11th. They have the best fondue (get the tomato basil) and raclette (cheese wheel that melts onto potatoes and meat). http://www.chalet-savoyard.fr/

    -Le Baron Rouge is a tiny wine bar in the 11th. You will most likely be the only Americans so get a cheese plate and ask the locals for wine recommendations.
    http://lebaronrouge.net/

    -For awesome buckwheat crepes go to Breizh or Creperie Suzette, both in the Marais.

    -So many more but part of the joy of visiting Paris is discovering cafes on your own! Lastly, I would visit Saint Chapelle if you have time. It is the most incredible church I have ever seen. Have a great trip!!

    • Maggie says...

      Forgot to add that the best view of the city is on the rooftop of Galleries Lafayette at sunset.

  45. AR says...

    I remember loving a Rose Bakery in the 6th arrondissement (?) :) I think it was a British bakery that my dad and I came across in the neighborhood where we stayed 6 years ago.

    • AR says...

      oh i just googled it it is in the 9th arrondisement

  46. Genevieve says...

    Can everyone stop promoting Lena Dunham? She’s extremely offensive and then fakely apologizes, but it’s all to get attention. (The Glamour ad is an example of ostensibly being bold and “feminist”) She has been openly racist and judged women who had abortions. This blog would do well to stop condoning someone who pretends to stand for things but is really just trying to win the limelight. I also used to think she was smart but she is truly not a good role model.

  47. Amanda says...

    Chez Janou. Chocolate mousse to follow your meal. A-mazing. 2 Rue Roger Verlomme 75003
    Enjoy!!!!

    • Eliza says...

      Yes! We just ate there recently for the second time and loved it. If you like seafood, their moules appetizer is fantastic, and the chocolate mousse is…well, you have to see it to believe it. Make a reservation if you can.

    • Another for Chez Janou! I think about the chocolate mousse too often.

  48. KB says...

    Please, please, please go to Josephine Chez Dumonet in the 6th arr. The most charming, warm class Parisian restaurant. The beef bourguignon is what dreams are made of. And the giant soufflé which must be ordered at the beginning of the meal. Oh man I wish I was there now! (P.S. not open on weekends. Seriously?!)

  49. sigh, I’m going to miss the Obamas.

  50. jen says...

    Oh hell, eat anywhere. Just walk around a lot and take a boat ride.

    • Lindsay Marie says...

      ha! except the tourist trap places, avoid those.

  51. jessica says...

    yes!!! I was in Paris this summer and had the best week of my life.

    The two places I LOVED the most (but honestly, every dinner was so special and delicious and perfect):
    -Spring (probably the best meal of my life…look it up)
    -Les Temps de Cerises (as quaint and Parisian as it gets…it was recommended to me by two friends, one who’d spent a year in Paris and one who grew up there; a perfect meal; recommended it to another friend on this trip — who has been to France nearly a dozen times — and it was one of most special and favorite restaurants of her trip)

  52. India says...

    There are so many good restaurants in Paris, and I agree with a few of the comments above BUT if you want a real french meal in a traditional french restaurant (bistro) you have to go to Chez Georges and get the Steak Bearnaise. Its at 1 rue de mail. It doesn’t stand out much and might have the curtains closed so be careful not to miss it. I didn’t have a reservation but not sure if I was just lucky. If you want to make one the phone no. is +33 1 42 60 07 11.
    Also if you like tacos go here https://www.yelp.com/biz/candelaria-paris-2 The taco place is this tiny, not fancy at all, hole in the wall type place with the best tacos and margaritas!! Then after eating the tacos theres a white door that looks like it goes out the back to the staff area but its actually a cute little speakeasy bar that serves the best cocktails! Such a cool surprise!

  53. Amy says...

    Hi Joanna, I’m not sure if someone has already commented about this, but I clicked on that link about the magazine using the wrong symbol — I don’t know much about the Hollywood Reporter, but I was brought to tears by the vitriolic anti-women comments on that article, and the MRA-vibe of the other parts of the site that I saw. I wish I had not given them the traffic. Just wanted to let you know in case it had been a hastily copied-and-pasted link on y’alls part.

    Best wishes to your team, and bon voyage for your trip!

  54. Vix says...

    Hands down Creperie Broceliande in Montmartre! The most amazing crepes I’ve ever had, and so reasonably priced!

    • CATHERINE says...

      I agree!! Best crepes/galettes, you’ll feel like you’re in Brittany!

  55. Thanks for the article on privilege and the concept of the
    American Dream.” I think this would be ab excellent topic to discuss on the blog this year.

  56. SHR says...

    Some savvy commenters already dropped this hint but I’ll vouch for it too: L’As du Fallafel in the Marais is the best falafel I’ve ever had. I dream about it. Last trip I was in Paris for 5 days and went twice, and it still wasn’t enough! Paris is the best. :) Enjoy!

    • India says...

      yes!!! I too dream about the falafel from here!! If I were in Paris for only a day this would be top of my list of places to go back to! Ugh, now I want to go so bad!

    • Zoe says...

      Literally came back to this post to comment this. I dream of that falafel. I honestly categorize that with the top things I’ve EVER eaten.

    • KB says...

      Best ever.

    • Meg says...

      This was going to be my recommendation as well! Best felafel of my life!!

    • Eliza says...

      When we were there last week, the line went on for miles in the frigid weather. Go early or go late.

    • Meaghan says...

      If you don’t feel like standing in line, the place right across from it is (in my opinion) even better – I lived in the Middle East for several years and that was the first place I found that had the properly spicy pickled eggplant!

  57. Sarah P says...

    L’Epi Dupin was the best meal of my life! Enjoy Paris!

    • Maggie says...

      + 1. Brasserie Lipp is a classic must.

  58. rebecca says...

    Great idea posting readers comments!

  59. Mei says...

    Go to Atalier Maître Albert (1, rue Maître Albert). It is PHENOMENAL–especially their roast chicken and mashed potatoes. That just might be my last supper, if I were to ever request one. Amusez-vous!

  60. Susie says...

    Fun fact: Janet, of Janet and David in the ‘112 Weddings’ marriage documentary, is writer Max Mutchnick’s real life inspo for Grace in ‘Will & Grace”.

  61. Malina says...

    Le Petit Marche in le Marais is amazing little bistro for dinner (I go with my Parisian cousins when I’m there). I still dream about their shrimp.

  62. Raechk says...

    This is my favorite restaurant in the world. https://www.facebook.com/semillaParis/

    They do not have a fancy website or anything but it was the best food. I’ve dined at many restaurants in the US and Europe but this one was so memorable.

    Semilla Paris and it happens to be in my favorite part of Paris!

  63. Emma says...

    Eat at Cafe Constant for lunch or dinner. Delicious and perfect!

  64. Em says...

    I’m impressed by that blogger’s year of beautiful dinners. If I did this, 80% of my pictures would be of a sandwich eaten while standing over the kitchen sink….

  65. Diana says...

    Strange how Lena’s cellulite apparently isn’t photoshopped. Meanwhile, her costars are heavily photoshopped. And I would bet money that they even toned down the cellulite with photoshop. I’m just not buying it.

  66. Erin C says...

    There is a great bar/cocktail place called “Experimental” that you should check out if you’ll be nearby (address is 37 rue saint sauveur 75002). There is an AMAZING restaurant across the street called Il Buco – could be fun to go by there first!!

  67. So many great restaurant reccos already… but I agree with the advice that if David Leibovitz suggests it then you can’t go wrong. I’ve had wonderful meals at Semilla, Septime, Le 6 Paul Bert, and Le Richer.

    Le Mary Celeste is a fun bar.

    And if you feel like a spendy lunch, Le Maurice is just delightful.

    Have fun!

  68. Marina says...

    Frenchie and Verjus are the best! But make a reservation.

  69. Annabel says...

    A MUST GO!!! La régalade S Honoré, try their riz au lait (rice pudding)…it’s to die for
    Miznon in the Marais for israeli food
    Pirouette aux Halles
    Tomy & co in the 7th arrondissement
    La cantine MERCI for lunch

    Du pain et des Idées bakery
    L’éclair de génie
    Yann Couvreur Bakery

    Enjoy!

  70. Jenn says...

    My husband has a similar story as Jason in the privilege link. He attributes his entrepreneurial success to ten years of 12 hour days, his intellectual curiosity, willingness to take risks, and good timing. To discount his hard work and talent because he’s a white middle class male is, to me, insulting.

    • Mariela says...

      No one is denying that your husband worked hard or that he doesn’t deserve what he has. There are just people in the world who work just as hard and deserve exactly what your husband has, but would never have the privilege of being awarded those benefits.

    • Sarah K says...

      I’d echo Mariela, but add that taking risks can be more or less ‘risky’ to people in different positions in society (i.e. having privilege provides more of a social safety net). Again, that’s not to discredit your husband, just to recognize that ‘risky choices’ mean different things based on race, class, etc. in the U.S.–and not everyone has access to the same choices.

      Joanna, thanks for posting the article. I’d love to see continued discussion in that vein on the blog and I’ve so appreciated it in the past.

    • Jenn says...

      Economist Thomas Sowell’s book Ethnic America is an analysis of the immigrant experience of various ethnic groups. His observations on how each group adapted to life in America is a worthwhile and accessible read in the exploration of privilege, race and class.

  71. Chez Paul, 13 Rue de Charonne – My husband and I stayed across from this restaurant in October and even with ALL of the great options we ended up there twice. Huge portions, somewhat rude servers, traditional (rich, salty, delicious) french food!! Have fun in Paris :)

  72. Daria says...

    Oh cool! Have a great time in Paris. I live here, so I would add a couple of restaurants – Ellsworth (youncan book via their website), Le
    bon Georges (traditional French, young team, very good atmosphere), and in the 10th near canal saint-Martin, Les Vinaigriers and Haïkaï. Also, there is a restaurant called Le Soufflé – all the entrées, main dishes and dessert are soufflés. We usually split the entrée and the dessert and take a main dish each, it’s delicious but otherwise you may burst!
    Don’t work too much!

  73. Ny says...

    hangover + kids = HELL

  74. Alison says...

    The hangover article made me laugh! You know that day when you leave before a big nerve wracking work trip and you’re a nut trying to get an impossible amount done and thinking you need an entirely new wardrobe to fit in whatever city you are headed to? I had a hangover once on that day that totally solved the problem. I was not so hungover that I felt sick but just enough so that I no longer cared if I got everything done before hand, what I packed, or what the hell I looked like. My hangover saved my from my exhaustingly perfectionist, neurotic self. :)

  75. Ingrid says...

    Paris for the weekend?? Sigh… Soak it in for me too! I’m so envious of all the readers who have been there, or live there! Hope you all appreciate how lucky you are to be able to travel and see a bit of the world… Enjoy!

  76. Franziska says...

    I’m still a student so when I went to Paris, I went on a very tight budget. We loved eating anywhere in the Marais – the little falafel places may not look as picturesque as the Café de Flore but the food was so, so good. Also the Jewish bakeries! Enjoy Paris – it’s one of my absolute favorites. Oh, and another thing I loved doing was not go inside the Sacré Coeur (so, so crowded) but instead paying 6€ and climbing it. There were hardly any people up there with us and the view was breathtaking: you can spot all the major monuments without missing anything. Also, we later climbed the Arc the Triomphe and it was cool to have the exact reverse point of view. We lived in Montmartre and I loved wandering through the streets. It didn’t feel quite as crowded and touristy and reminded my of my favorite author, Ernest Hemingway.
    Have so much fun!

    • jen says...

      Wow, I didnt know Hemingway was still anyone’s favorite author.

    • Franzi says...

      Haha Jen I guess I’m a bit old school – I actually wrote my Bachelor’s thesis (that’s a thing here in Germany) on Hemingway. I find it hard to believe how anyone cannot like his writing, it’s so current.

    • Lindsay Marie says...

      Im fairly young and love Hemingway too, also Fitzgerald. I love how their writing is so simple and yet filled with so much. It seems like every word is meant to be there and you wouldn’t want any removed, all beautiful.

  77. Breizh Cafe in Marais
    Polidor for classics
    La Verre Volé
    L’Estaminet
    Les Papilles
    Bucheron…
    The list goes on 😊

    I actually know Paris better than NYC. ☺️

  78. Allison K. says...

    L’îlot in le marais! It’s on the most magical little square that has me dreaming of packing up and moving to Paris. My husband and I wandered in on our honeymoon and had one of the best meals of our 10 day trip. Enjoy! I’m wildly jealous!

  79. So so jealous you are going to Paris! My favorite restaurant is Chez Janou in the Marais. Classic french food in a tiny little cafe that’s a bit off the beaten path. All of the food is so good but I especially dream about their warm goat cheese (chevre) salad! Whatever dressing they use is so delicious it must be illegal in the U.S.

  80. Pam says...

    I still dream about the meal I had at Restaurant Marloe (10 Rue d’Artois) in Paris this spring – expensive but totally worth it.

  81. Go Lisa! I have no doubt you’ll continue being awesome.

  82. Leslie says...

    Septime is one of my very favorite restaurants in the whole world. Have a wonderful trip!

  83. Katrin says...

    You use links from Jason Kottke’s amazing site every week – I assume that you are already patrons, but I think that it would also be great (not to mention fair) to acknowledge your source (as he has asked people to do) and point people to his work.

  84. Oh, how I love this photo of the Obamas and everything about them- they will be missed. I haven’t been to Paris since before we adopted our twins (we traveled a lot during the waiting period of the adoption) so I don’t remember any of the restaurants we went to. Our favorite way to explore a new city and find restaurants is to “get lost” in the city. We go for a walk without a map and stumble upon the most authentic shops, galleries, and cafes- this was fun in Paris!

    XOXO, Amy @ Jeans and Tea
    http://www.jeansandatea.com

  85. Morgane says...

    If I understand correctly you’re a genuine cheese lover… So here’s one of my last discoveries : Les Petits Crus, 13 rue Saint-Sabin near Bastille. What they offer on the menu : cheese and wine pairings… and that’s it. Some of the best cheese plates I’ve ever had (and I’m French) !
    Big parisian hug :)

  86. Lindsay says...

    The best meal we had in Paris was picking up chicken, ham, cheeses, bread and fruit and eating along the Seine! Take along a market tote to store everything in. Have fun!!! I hope you are doing a beauty uniform with the founder of sezane!

  87. Bravo for posting that privilege article!

    • Suzanne says...

      Agreed – really good reminder.

  88. Have so much fun in Paris! I love Frenchie (5 Rue du Nil). My friends (and Minnesota native!) own Ellsworth (34 Rue de Richelieu) and Verjus (52 Rue de Richelieu). Head to the wine bar in the basement of Verjus for a quick bite and glass of wine–it’s incredibly cozy. Safe travels!

    • Daria says...

      Oh, I didn’t know Americans owned Ellsworth! I love this place!!

    • I second Ellsworth! My husband and I just visited Paris for the weekend recently and lived Ellsworth. Les Cocottes was also delicious — great standard French food.

    • lynnhd says...

      We ate at Verjus the last time we were there – it was amazing! I also love the tacos and margaritas at Candelaria – such a cool spot (although I haven’t been there in years – assume it’s still great!).

  89. zoe persina says...

    Boeuf Bourginon in a pita pocket at a cute, casual restaurant in Le Marais– Miznon. They make unusual/delicious sandwiches and vegetable sides and in an awesome area for walking around.

  90. Nancy says...

    AHH have the best time in Paris! Le Florimond is super cute and totally unpretentious. Really good value too and delicious.
    http://www.leflorimond.com/

  91. rm says...

    it’s probably a little late – but watch “I’ll have What Phil’s having” on your trip over there – his Paris episode. The show is so delightful and you’ll want to go everywhere he went.

    • rm says...

      I should add – it’s on Netflix.

    • susan says...

      I just watched this episode last night! Love that show.

    • Emily says...

      Just watched this in preparation for a trip to Paris in May — so fun!

  92. Cat says...

    A Parisian friend recommended Creperie Josselin (67 Montparnasse) to my husband and me when we honeymooned in Paris. Nothing fancy, but definitely delicious.

    Also, we loved just going to a grocery store and checking out the yogurt aisle (it’s like cereal aisles in America!) and picking random ones to try. We never found a bad one. :) Bon voyage!

    • Colleen S says...

      Not to mention the chocolate aisle…

  93. Lindsey says...

    I lived there for two years… Must go to L’As du Fallafel! Don’t look at the menu, just order the Fallafel to-go and walk to Place des Vosges to sit and eat it. It will be your best and cheapest meal in all of Paris. Also try the salted caramel organic buckwheat crepe at Breizh Cafe, they’re amazing.

    • The salted caramel crêpe is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. I get it every time I go back. 😊

    • Hillary says...

      Agree with this. L’As du Fallafel was my favorite meal in Paris, Went there 2x.

  94. Rachel says...

    When I was in Paris in 2014, I had several fancy meals that I enjoyed, but our favorite restaurant was a casual place we ended up going back to several times at various parts of the day and it never disappointed – “Cafe du Marche” on Rue Cler. Its fairly close to the Eiffel tower, we enjoyed their breakfasts, and it was a fun, busy place at night for a meal or drinks. Their sidewalk tables were great for people watching.
    Have a fantastic time in Paris!

  95. Anne says...

    I took David Lebovitz’s advice and had an excellent traditional parisian meal that didn’t break the bank at Le Trumilou on Quai de l’Hôtel de Ville. The highlight was the creme caramel, and the atmosphere was perfect: warm lighting, white table cloths, and friendly service. The food is simple and straightforward, which I love. If you go, be sure to take the short walk across the Seine and check out the Shakespeare & Company bookstore. You can read David’s take on the restaurant here: http://www.davidlebovitz.com/le-trumilou-paris-bistro-restaurant/ — he also has a list of all of his favorite restaurants and general tips on getting the most out of the eating experience in Paris (which, let’s be honest, is the best part!)

  96. Leanne says...

    Wow, Paris in winter! Sounds so glamorous – I am very jealous:) Definitely get a cup of hot chocolate from Angelina’s near the Louvre. Have the best time (and take lots of pictures to post here)!

  97. We recently went to Paris on our honeymoon. For typical French restaurant, L’Absinthe is a very nice bistrot, and we also had INCREDIBLE meals at Ellsworth and Crudus. All those are in the 1st Arrondissement. For lunch, Merci in the Marais is great, and nice and light. Have a lovely time!

  98. Sarah says...

    Hi Joanna! I was just in Paris in October and would highly recommend Derrière (69, rue des Gravilliers). It’s hidden away past a little archway in a courtyard and the food was fantastic. I also enjoyed Le Hibou (16 Carrefour de l’Odéon). Have a great time!

  99. my top two picks! Not sit down, but if you’re in a wandering mood :)
    1) Chez Hanna in the Marais- better than L’as du falafel, in my humble opinion. I recommend the falafel special from the to-go window, walking over to Hotel de Ville and eating it on the stoop while people watching :)
    54 rue des Rosiers
    75004 Paris
    2) Never a shortage of good bakeries but if you find yourself in the 7th and are craving some GOOD sandwiches and pastries, Nelly Julien Douceurs et Traditions (love their pistachio bread, chicken curry sandwich and tomato mozzarella sandwich….the breaaaad)
    85 rue Saint-Dominique
    75007 Paris
    ENJOOOYY!!!!

    • I agree with you cent percent about Chez Hanna! 😊

  100. Lauren E. says...

    Oh god, those pictures of President Obama… I am actually in tears. Please don’t leave us!!!

    • Brianna says...

      Right? It was both the happiest and saddest post.

  101. Darcey says...

    Carette for pastries – much better (and less touristy) than Laduree for macarons and just perfect to have a tarte, a tea or coffee and overlook the place des vosges

  102. Carrie says...

    I died laughing at that magazine cover. How on earth does a mistake like that go unnoticed? Someone’s Freudian slip, perhaps?

  103. Christiane says...

    Hi! I’m a French Canadian from Montreal who had the chance to live in Paris for a Year. If you want to eat in a typical French Bistrot outside de tourists circuit, I suggest “Chez Janou” (http://chezjanou.com) a few blocks from the park “Les Vosges” a must see in the trendy Marais Neighborhood!
    Bon voyage!

  104. Kelly says...

    A must for me in Paris is L’Avant Comptoir. It’s hidden behind an unassuming crepe stand. You won’t be disappointed.

    • Laura says...

      Totally agree. The crepes are awesome too!

  105. Jessica says...

    Paris restaurant recommendations:
    – Au Passage: http://www.restaurant-aupassage.fr/en/
    – Frenchie: http://www.frenchie-restaurant.com/en
    – Spring: http://www.springparis.fr/en/
    – Le Severo if you love steak: http://parisbymouth.com/le-severo/

    A few of these recommendations I got from Cup of Jo originally! They were fantastic.

    And croissants:
    – Ble Sucre: http://parisbymouth.com/ble-sucre/
    – Du Pain et Des Idees: https://dupainetdesidees.com/en/

  106. Erin says...

    Oh, Paris! I traveled there with friends while studying abroad in Europe and we couldn’t afford to eat at any fancy restaurants. In fact, the only thing we could afford on pretty much any menu was croque madames (still delicious though). One night we bought baguettes, cheese, and dark chocolate from a local shop, and snuck a bottle of wine into our hostel. We ate it all while sitting on the floor of our room, laughing and chatting with the prettiest view of the city out our window. Still some of the best memories!

  107. Beth says...

    I was just in Paris last month and had one of the best meals of my life at L’Envie in the 14th arr., right next door to the Pernety metro station. It has an Amelie-esque cafe vibe to it, and the staff is very patient with non-French speakers (though a little knowledge sure helps). Their mushroom chicken risotto is so divine that I returned a few days later and ate it again! If they have it, go for the Carambar creme brulee. Prices are fantastic, too.

  108. Erin says...

    Great list, but I’m disappointed to see Lena Dunham included, regardless of a fashion magazine’s great decision to show cellulite on the cover. Lena is so problematic and the definition of white feminism.

    • Erin says...

      Have to agree! Some of the things she has said (especially lately) have been really problematic and I stopped watching Girls a couple of years ago when she said she would address the diversity problem and never did.

    • Christine says...

      Dislike this comment. Love Lena. She’s not perfect, who is? But she’s brave and thoughtful and talented. In any event, how can a person be “problematic”? And what exactly, is wrong in a general way with “white feminism”? Are white women not allowed to be feminists? Must white women be reduced to the color of their skin?

    • Erin says...

      Can’t speak for the first comment, but as the second commenter, some of the things she’s said about race and abortion have been in poor taste. It seems she’s had a tendency to repeat these types of comments over the last few years and perhaps most importantly, she doesn’t include many non-white characters in her show. Those (few) that she does include have very minor roles, and she certainly has the power to correct this (and had even stated that she knew it was a problem) but has continually chosen not to correct it. After a quick glance at the imdb page for Girls, it seems like the most episodes a black person has ever been in was 3, and again, these are roles that are minor and short-lived, which I think is unfortunate.

      All of this is not to say that there aren’t positive things about her, or that she doesn’t have talent, but I think it’s worthwhile to put some amount of pressure on those who are in power in potentially influential situations- such as the media (and t.v. shows specifically), to include racial diversity, not make racist comments, and generally promote feminism for all races, rather than focusing on white people.

    • Katherine says...

      Sure, Lena makes some iffy statements now and again, but she always owns up to them. I believe her heart is in the right place and she has acknowledged several times that she’s fully aware that she comes from a position of great privilege. Makes me sad to see that someone who’s consistently taken a strong and loud feminist stance should be subjected to such intense scrutiny.

    • Erin says...

      Christine, I encourage you to research white feminism and Lena Dunham before making uninformed comments. It’s a very interesting topic.

    • Lynn says...

      Agree. There are better celebrity feminists out there to highlight, such as America Ferrera or Gabrielle Union.

  109. Elise says...

    Hi Joanna! I read your blog everyday since 2011 and I live in Paris, I am a BIG fan, and so happy to send you my best adresses here: When you come to Paris you should definitely go to Daroco (6 rue Vivienne, 75002) it used to be the gallery of JP Gauthier and it is a delicious italian restaurant. Definitely try Bambou (23 rue des jeuneurs 75002)just opened last month, if you google the name and see the pictures you will understand why I recommend it. Then, Obermama (107 boulevard Richard Lenoir 75011) is awesome (but go there early because in Paris it is not rare to queue to eat in the best places). For a coffee, try Peonies (81 rue du faubourg Saint Denis 75010), it is one of the cutest cafes in Paris and they sell beautiful flowers too, I love also Season (1 rue Charles Francois Dupuis 75003) and their famous matcha panther brioche (delicious). I don’t know how long you will stay in Paris but if there is any tiny-super-small-but-still-possible chance I can meet you (even 3 minutes) I would looooooooooove to! there are so many places to see here :) have a nice weekend too ! a bientot j’espère

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, i’m so excited by all these recs!!! i wish we had more than 2.5 days! :)

    • Elise says...

      I think we should write a post for A Cup of Jo with all these ideas + you should come again to Paris another time :)

    • Lena says...

      All of these comments made me think that it would be an amazing resource to compile reader comments into a “city recommendations” series. Or somehow incorporate it into the city guides you already do.

      You have readers everywhere!

    • Brianna says...

      2.5 days? You’ll just have to go back. It’s just an excuse for a romantic trip with Alex.

  110. Audrey says...

    You MUST to go to Frenchie, on the Rue du Mail (it’s very well known), but not the restaurant (which is full weeks in advance), the bar (which is just across the street). Come by 7 PM, for the opening, since it will be full quickly (it doesn’t take reservations). You’ll have delicious french “tapas” with excellent wine, and the place is very friendly. Enjoy! Cheers from Paris

  111. Hilary says...

    L’Ami Jean
    27 rue Malar, 75007

    Freddy’s Wine Bar
    54 rue de Seine, 75006

    Enjoy!

    • L ami Jean the best for le riz au lait, amazing food ans for pastries le fou de patisserie where you can fond all the “patissiers ” de Paris
      45 Rue Montorgueil, 75002 Paris
      Great time in Paris from Lyon

  112. Lena says...

    Omg Paris! The first place that came to my mind was La Ferrandaise. It’s a small restaurant with a cosy atmosphere that serves delicious French food. The plates are a bit more refined than the local bistros but I promise it’s not pretentious. It’s also 2 minutes away from the Luxembourg Gardens (Jardin de Luxembourg) if you would like to lunch and stroll. Although, I think I prefer its dimly lit, tightly seated atmosphere at night :)

    • Lena says...

      Oh also! A place called Frenchie. It has a restaurant and wine bar you can choose from – not once have I seen it empty.

  113. Kathryn says...

    You must try Ellsworth in Paris!

  114. Reese says...

    So many restaurant recommendations!!

    For a traditional French meal and the best cheese plate you’ll ever see, try Astier.

    For fondue, pain vin fromages–make sure to call and make a resi!

    Frenchie’s wine bar is awesome (and a great alternative to the more fancy restaurant).

    For the best breakfast, go to La chambre aux oiseaux. So cozy and cute.

    La Petite Rose has great chocolate and macaroons–then take a walk around parc monceau.

    Le grenier du pain has perhaps the best croissant I’ve ever had–and fantastic madeleines too.

    Just a few of my favorites!!

  115. Andrea says...

    My boyfriend and I were just in Paris this April. Definitely get to Le Petit Marché on 9 Rue Béarn in le Marais for dinner. It’s off the beaten path a little bit but, hands down, is the absolute best meal I’ve ever eaten! It came as a recommendation from a colleague who lived and worked in Paris for several years. Enjoy :)

  116. jilly says...

    paris! how wonderful, please take lots of photos and post on ig!!

  117. Emma says...

    Le Petit Cler on Rue Cler (in the 7th). Go for a perfect breakfast (fresh grapefruit juice, cafe creme, tartine, soft-boiled egg) or for dinner around 10 pm with all the chic locals. Great food and affordable, too. Bon voyage!

  118. Maud says...

    My family lives in Paris and I try to go once a year… so jealous! Go to Au Comptoir Du Relais. The food is delicious and typically french. You can sit outside (even in January) with the heat lamps on and blankets on your laps…. so cozy. Order a bottle of wine and enjoy. No reservations taken. Just make sure to show up a bit before noon and start or join the line outside. It never takes too long but is worth the 10 mins :)

  119. Cait says...

    L’As du Falafel in Le Marais district forever and ever and always amen.

    • Anaïs says...

      Agreed times a million!

    • Georgia says...

      Word

  120. WELCOME TO PARIS !!!!

    Please please email me if you need a French-speaking guide or want to have coffee with a huuuuuuuge fan of your blog.

    And DRESS WARM ! It’s going to be c-h-i-l-l-y this weekend.

  121. Rebecca says...

    I’ve always loved visiting the Musee Carnavalet–great, eclectic collection of Parisian history. The old shop signs and political cartoons are particular favorites.

    • Eliza says...

      The Carnavalet is closed for renovations until late 2018:(

    • Caitlin Noelle says...

      I second this for sure; Carnavalet is awesome – and free!

  122. Margaret says...

    I would LOVE to hear about Paris! I’m planning my honeymoon in May right now, so it would be great to hear about your favorite places, including neighborhoods and hotels!

  123. Laura says...

    It’s funny to say go get tacos in Paris, but this place is so adorable and fun. My boyfriend and I went this summer while we were on vaca, and this was a memorable dinner. We had drinks first in the “speakeasy” in the back and then sat {cozy} at the counter for tacos. http://www.quixotic-projects.com/venue/candelaria

    Also – L’As Du Fallafel! We ate this in the pouring rain tucked under an umbrella and it couldn’t have been more perfect and delicious.

    Have fun!

  124. Katherine Friedland says...

    Joanna – it is ESSENTIAL that you eat at Au Passage in Le Marais in Paris. My boyfriend and I stumbled into it and it was far and away one of the most delicious and most interesting meals I’ve ever had. We were gawking at every bite. Not to mention, it was incredibly quaint and cozy. I remind him of it during almost every meal since, haha.
    http://www.restaurant-aupassage.fr/en/
    https://www.instagram.com/aupassage/

    • Leigh R. says...

      I second Les Papilles! This was our absolute favorite when we lived in Paris, it’s lovely and warm and delicious and the staff is great and the wine is wonderful.

      Also tea at the Mosque is so fun! (Leighton we are soul sisters obviously)

      Have an amazing trip!!

  125. Breonie says...

    Have an amazing time in Paris! My restaurant recommendation is L’Auberge de la Reine Blanche. My best friend and I ate there, and after our meal, we said that if an asteroid hit the earth, we would die happy.

  126. Stef says...

    As someone who is in early sobriety, I really hate that “does anyone else mind not being hungover?” article for a myriad of reasons. just something to think about though for some of your readers before posting links to articles that (I feel) are pretty tone deaf.

  127. oh man, paris. have such a blast! i love that children’s bedding- and the glamour cover!

    xo, brittany
    http://www.notablob.com

  128. Brenna says...

    I just visited Paris in October. Our two favorite meals were at East Mamma and Holybelly!

  129. There are too many fantastic restaurants to list! My best tip is to download the “Le Fooding” app. You can use it with a map function to find all the recommended restaurants and cafes where you’re going to be, broken down by genre, price, etc. I have lived in Paris for nearly two years now, and that app has never once sent me someplace I didn’t love. Have a wonderful time!

  130. Mandy says...

    Try Angelina’s for some amazing hot chocolate!

  131. Shannon says...

    Chez Bébert is so good. Have a lovely trip!

  132. Brianna says...

    I probably would not eat a broccoli sandwich. Lunch meat is a migraine trigger for me, but I would rather forgo sandwiches than eat them with vegetables (and I love broccoli).

  133. Kate says...

    Omg, Marisa. Best comment ever. Please keep us posted on your Ethel. :)

  134. Kristina says...

    One of my favorites is http://www.lespapillesparis.fr/ (not super fancy, but high quality bistro food). Also, for a simple lunch, Cusine de Bar (http://cuisinedebar.fr/) – the one on Cherche-Midi sometimes has a little terrier wandering around.

  135. Emma says...

    Have the best time! Cave La Bourgogne is one of my favorite little spots -nestled on a quiet market street (Rue Mouffetard) in the 5th. Enjoy!

  136. Courtney W. says...

    Paris is my favorite city in the world. Do you love oysters? If so, go to Huiterie Regis! Otherwise some of my best meals were at local bistros. Have a wonderful trip!