Managing editor at VINGT Paris, Caroline has lived between Paris and the UK for several years, first renting a small pied-à-terre in the 9th and recently moving into an apartment in the 18th. During that time, she has built up an extensive knowledge of the city and, as well as writing for VINGT Paris, she is also a contributor to FrenchEntrée, France Magazine and Living France. Come the weekend, she loves to explore the city’s historic arcades with their beguiling mix of artisan shops; visit any of the amazing array of art galleries on offer; or grab a bite at one of the many new vegan restaurants springing up lately.
Favourite local bar?
As a bit of a rock music fan, I always enjoy a visit to La Cantada in the 11th or, just recently, Le Piano Vache in the 5th. In the 9th, where I’ve just moved from, there’s also a lovely little bar in rue Bochart de Saron called Artisan.
Favourite local cafe/restaurant?
So hard to pick just one! We love Café No Stress at Saint-Georges, for its laid-back, friendly vibe and the best omelettes around, but also Le Potager de Charlotte, just down the road, for its fantastic vegan cuisine, and Le Grenier de Notre-Dame, the city’s very first vegetarian and macrobiotic restaurant.
That would have to be the incredible range of jams and chutneys at La Chambre aux Confitures in the rue des Martyrs. They do a special one at Christmas that is one of the best things I have ever tasted!
Eating too many pastries and breads from our brilliant local bakery (their pain cacao is to die for!).
The best thing about your quartier?
Having just arrived in the 18th, I’d have to say Montmartre. Despite the tourists that flock to the Sacré-Cœur, the district still has a real magic to it, and you only have to head into the side streets to find that…