if i only had two days for my next visit to one of my favorite cities. each cultural institution is matched with a restaurant, a bar/café, and/or nearby shops.
when the weather is nice, i can't imagine anywhere else to go before or after the louvre. coffee can be purchased at the télescope on rue villédo, then go here!
there are some who say that this is the best bakery in paris. for me, it's on the route between canal st. martin and the musée des artes et metiers.
an inspiring walk along quai de valmy, starting in the north near point éphémère, south towards the seine. bookstores en route, like Artazart Design Bookstore.
an art and science museum that feeds the curious deconstructing gadget nerd in me. i find it very useful to go here when in search of inspiration.
secret backroom club accessed by a wardrobe at top of the upstairs corridor: open it, push the wall at the back et voila! a speakeasy with taxidermy & pingpong!
after institut du monde arabe, walk across the bridge to the island. a treat awaits. yeah, the island has its charms as well. view of some church or something.
farmer's market. check for dates. might be sundays only, but i'm not sure. if closed, then Beaucoup, a café on 7 rue Froissart, is a solid alternative for food.
a more than acceptable lunch spot, but if the marché bastille is open, then i'd grab everything i need there, before running off towards place des vosges.
hard to choose between this and Musée de la Mode et du Costume, not to mention Museé du Quai Branly, but i love this modern art playground that stays open late.
a touristy part of town, but much goodness here. cute setting, lovely fare. dishes served in jars or cast iron pots (cocottes). no reservations.