As I wrote in my previous post, we went to Paris last month and stayed in an apartment in the 9th arrondissement, more specific: South Pigalle. Or in 'hipster'-words SoPi. While this district previously had the nickname Pig Alley, it now is the 'place-to-be'.
I have to say I was sceptical at first, because of all the bad things I've read before we went, but now I can truly say, I don't think we would've like Paris this much if we hadn't stayed here.
The main street of SoPi is Rue des Martyrs, which has a lot of delicacy stores, clothing- and jewellery boutiques, fruit-and vegetable markets. It also is very lively and there is a very good mood.
In this street also lies Le Cafe Marlette, which is managed by two sisters. We went here for breakfast one morning, but besides breakfast and lunch you can also get some homemade pastries and fresh juices.
Another place we went for breakfast and also lunch is Buvette, which also has an establishment in New York (USA). This French-American connection is perceptible not only by the courses and drinks they serve, but also throughout the whole interior. And seriously, you should take the waffle sandwich, you really won't regret it. Promise ;)
SoPi also has a lot of good restaurants to offer. On the first night we went to Restaurant Flesh. This is a true BBQ-place. Flesh also has this American feel. The interior is minimalistic, with white and concrete walls and wooden tables and chairs. We ordered short ribs, this dish was for two persons and garlic fries as side dish. Let me tell you, it was delicious.
We also went to a typical French Restaurant, called Les Rilletes and it's managed by a married couple. The husband runs the kitchen, while is wife does everything else. They were really friendly and sweet and that was also the reason you don't mind waiting for a bit. It is a small place, I think they only had 3 tables inside and the concept is sharing these tables. So if you want to meet some of the locals, this is a good place. But because of the lovely weather we could sit outside, where they had another 4-5 tables. The food was simple and traditional but very nice. So if you're looking for a small, traditional French restaurant, you should go to this one.
The last night we went to Professore, an Italian restaurant. On the outside this restaurant didn't speak to us as much as the others did, but we were very surprised when we went inside. It has a real cocktailbar in the back of the restaurant, which you can't see from outside. It was really cool and had an underground vibe, because it was pretty dark, with a black bar and the lights dimmed. But on your right there is a wall made of old books, with a hidden door where you had to go through if you needed to use the bathroom. The bartender, who was from Napels, made us the most delicious cocktails and the food was also very good.
So if you're ever in Paris, and don't know in which district to stay, I really would recommend staying in South Pigalle. Just walk through the streets, explore for yourself and let it surprise you. I know we really enjoyed it.
And oh yes, I also made a new friend :P
If you have any recommendations on where to go next time in Paris or where to go to see a cool place in general, please do share!