The best places Rugby World Cup fans can visit off the beaten track – The Irish Times


The best places Rugby World Cup fans can visit off the beaten track – The Irish Times

Paris has long been a favored tourist destination. Long before the eponymous Emily invited a new gang of influencers to the city after the Netflix show, her reputation for culture, food, art and fashion ensured that Paris was at the top of many lists of travel wishes. It is the second most visited city in the world, and although visitor numbers have not yet returned to pre-pandemic levels, around 30 million people will visit this year, a figure boosted by football matches. the Rugby World Cup which will take place at the Stade de France.

According to the Ile-de-France Tourist Office, 41% of repeat visitors have come to Paris 10 times or more. Some Irish rugby fans may have already visited the city several times this fall alone and will hopefully return in the coming weeks. So, once a visitor has checked the box and seen the Mona Lisa or climbed the Eiffel Tower a few times, what else can Paris offer?

Since moving to Paris a few years ago, I have discovered many fabulous and lesser-known gems in the city that could pique the interest of even the most seasoned Parisian visitor.

French cuisine revisited in Paris

Let’s start by satisfying our appetites. The French products are fantastic and the cooking techniques are world class. The allure of France, coupled with its past colonial ties, bolsters its culinary reputation. Visitors to the city can discover a range of non-traditional French, international and fusion restaurants. If you’re looking for a change from steak tartare or duck confit, take a look at these addresses.

Saigon Snack

9 Rue Royer-Collard, 75005 Paris

This little hole in the wall serves a simple menu of Vietnamese favorites. Rice paper rolls (banh cuôn) are particularly good with extra chili and make a perfect picnic to take to the nearby Luxembourg Gardens. Get there early, they sell out, and when they’re gone, they’re gone.

Double Dragon

52 Rue Saint-Maur, 75011 Paris;

Boasting an excellent wine list including low-intervention wines from small producers, this lively Filipino-influenced fusion restaurant offers the best fried pork knuckle. Be ready to share; That’s a big portion. Any seafood or fish dishes on the menu must also be added to your order.


41 Rue de Montreuil, 75011 Paris;

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Chef Erica Paredes cooks up a storm at this hip fusion restaurant. Burrata topped with chili oil and peanuts is one of the best things I’ve eaten last year. The wine list is thoughtful and pairs wonderfully with the food. Booking is recommended ; it’s a popular place.


62 Rue de la Roquette, 75011 Paris;

Excellent sushi with a contemporary French fusion touch. The miso grilled eggplant is fantastic.

Dong Phat Restaurant

10 Rue Malar, 75007 Paris;

A good value Vietnamese place not far from the Eiffel Tower and just off the charming Rue Cler. My favorite dish is the crispy pancake (bánh xèo) stuffed with pork, shrimp and crunchy vegetables. Wrap the pieces in lettuce, season with herbs and dip them in the accompanying sauce. The texture and flavors are unbeatable.


4 Rue Toullier, 75005 Paris;

This charming Japanese restaurant in the Latin Quarter serves tasty bento boxes with excellent value for money. A meal here is never complete without some delicate Sakura-flavored mochi (a bun-shaped dessert), the best I’ve ever eaten.

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The best places to brunch in Paris

Thirteen in the Garden

5 rue de Médicis, 75006 Paris;

This cozy and welcoming all-day brunch and lunch spot (until 6 p.m.) is located right on the edge of the Luxembourg Gardens. Overflowing with soul, everything here is homemade. This is the place to go if you’re craving chicken and waffles southern style. Alongside its savory dishes, the cakes, lemonades and ___tails are not to be missed. It is also very adept at meeting dietary needs.

Oyster Club

15 rue de Jouy, 75004 Paris;

Seasonal French seafood at very attractive prices. I love coming here for brunch on Sundays from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. The oyster sampler is a great way to taste the difference between types of oysters. The pleasant and competent staff will be able to guide you. A well-thought-out wine list makes this a place not to be missed.

The best gourmet addresses in Paris

Family-sized dessert portions and twists on traditional desserts are popular in Paris. These restaurants serve great food but are a special reminder to leave room for dessert.

At a nice spot

21 rue de la Collégiale, 75005 Paris;

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The star of the dessert selection is its floating island; I’ve never seen this meringue dessert served anywhere else like this: generously portioned and utterly delicious. This seasonal local restaurant pleases with all dishes, but don’t leave without at least sharing something sweet.

The Friend

27 Rue Malar, 75007 Paris

The rice pudding is second to none. The creamy rice still retains some texture and is perfectly complemented by a range of imaginative and decadent toppings. Don’t begrudge the price of €15; it’s worth every penny. Sometimes I dream of eating this.

At Janou’s

2 Rue Roger Verlomme, 75003 Paris

This Provençal-inspired restaurant, located near Place De Vosges, offers a great value lunch menu and an extensive selection of pastis, an aniseed liqueur from the south of France. The dessert to be enjoyed here is chocolate mousse, brought to the table and served in a family tureen. How it can be so rich yet feel light as a feather is a mystery. A perfect end to a meal.

A great wine merchant

Cavewoman Wines

52 Rue du Chemin Vert, 75011 Paris;

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Every true Parisian has their own wine merchant, a local wine merchant owner who can pair the perfect bottle with any meal, demystifies the complex world of wine and points you to the treasures among their shelves.

But finding a truly helpful wine merchant can be difficult, especially if language proves to be a barrier. Cavewoman Wines to the rescue. The charming wine shop and tasting spot recently celebrated its first anniversary. Australian founder Allison Eastaway aims to highlight the best bottles, focusing on low-intervention wines from female-led wineries.

Store manager Danielle Sansom will be happy to guide you to something delicious. They offer regular tastings, which you can book through their website or contact directly to arrange private group tastings. As a bonus, he partners with a local cheese maker. If you want to pick up a few bottles to take home, this is the place to go.

The best circuits and sites to visit off the beaten track in Paris

Textile tours of Paris

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Paris has a well-deserved reputation as the fashion capital. This heritage spans centuries and involves household fashion names and an industry of weavers, embroiderers and textile producers that still thrives today.

Dubliner Rebecca Devaney has lived in Paris for more than seven years. During this time, she has carved out a niche revealing the hidden stories of these fine artisans. Trained in haute couture embroidery at the prestigious École Lestage, Devaney now offers walking tours focused on the textile industry and the famous flea markets of Paris, bookable online. If you prefer to discover these gems for yourself, you can download their handy hiking guide from their website. She also offers embroidery kits and art classes in person and online.

Great Mosque of Paris

2bis Place du Puits de l’Ermite

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A magnificent oasis in the heart of Paris. After strolling through the peaceful garden (entrance is €3), treat yourself to a hot mint tea and delicious pastries. The restaurant serves a particularly tasty lamb tagine.

Holy Chapel

10, boulevard du Palais;

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It is difficult to find stained glass windows to the extent of what you will find here. A few steps from Notre-Dame, on the Île de la Cité, this Gothic marvel is worth a visit. Buy your ticket (€11.50) in advance online; the queue at the entrance can be a little disorganized.

Hotel de la Marine

Place de la Concorde

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This museum opened to the public in 2021 presents the spectacular interiors of the Garde-Meuble Royal, the institution in charge of the king’s furniture. The immersive experience will transport you to the era when Louis XV and XVI reigned and richly gilded interiors were fashionable. If you can’t make it to Versailles, here’s an understandable and interactive look at royal opulence in the middle of the city.

Museum of Hunting and Nature

62 Rue des Archives

I love museums dedicated to specific themes, like this one dedicated to hunting and nature. This small, beautifully formed museum is carefully curated with fascinating artifacts. There are well-designed temporary exhibitions and the trophy room is quite deep. Come if you are in the Marais and have about an hour to spare.

Triumphal arch

The Arc de Triomphe de l’Etoile, Place Charles de Gaulle

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This iconic landmark offers one of the best views of Paris – far superior, in my opinion, to the much more popular Eiffel Tower. Be careful, the stairs are steep and winding but definitely worth the climb, and there is a great gift shop at the top. Entry €13.

The Seine, the beating heart of Paris

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The Seine is the beating heart of Paris. Stroll by the river to catch impromptu dance or music events, or cycle along the wide cycle paths; Velib municipal bikes can be rented for just €5 per day. I particularly like the open-air sculpture park which runs along the Quai Saint-Bernard between the Sully bridge and…

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Daniel Wright

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