Paris walks are always so charming and walking through South Pigalle is one of the coolest things to do in Paris. Nowaday South Pigalle is considered the New Marais. Yes, because just this area of Paris, more commonly called SOPI, attracts intellectuals and bohemians from around the world. Put it among the best things to do in Paris during your Paris walks because here there are shops, bakeries, bistros that are worth a visit just to enjoy the atmosphere that Paris is always able to give its visitors. Audrey Tatou (Amelie Poulain in The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain) and Jean Paul Gaultier have failed to resist his charm. It is nice juggling South Pigalle’s boutiques and enjoying Paris nightlife near the Marais area. South Pigalle is in the 9th arrondissements. If you are in Paris go to South Pigalle and bookmark these places!
Paris walks: let’s start with a little culture
1. Le Musée de la Vie Romantique. 16 rue Chaptal. Website.
Pigalle offers cultural attractions such as this fab museum at the foot of Montmartre hill. Here 19th century painter Ary Scheffer lived and spent his time with Delacroix, Dickens, Gounod, George Sand and Frederic Chopin. There is also the plaster cast of Chopin’s right hand. As a classical music lover (and also a pianist) this place is really exciting to visit. It brings you back in time. Can you fancy Chopin has been here? There are precious objects, memories, portraits.
Some of the most attractive features of this museum are the yard and the greenhouse, where you can taste a good tea. It is very romantic! Museum admission is free!!! Don’t miss it!
Moreau’s lovers will appreciate this house-museum. Moreau was a symbolist painter and here there are more than 1300 works. This amazing apartment is a journey into the mind of Moreau. I cannot believe there are so many travel guides that don’t mention it. However it is really worth a visit. It is open every day except Tuesday and the admission is €6.
Breakfast in the morning for foodies
3. Pétrin Médiéval. 31, Rue Henry Monnier.
This boulangerie is a place that foodies cannot miss. It bakes delicious croissants to taste with together with cappuccinos but also cheescakes, apple tarts (my favorite ones), snacks and sandwiches. Bread is baked in the traditional stone oven. Different flours are used: organic grains, seeds. You can really make a leap in time!
Another noteworthy boulangerie and ideal for your morning breakfast is Arnaud Delmontel, where you can taste delicious croissants. Here you can also buy macaroons. One of the things strucked me about his place is that if you decide to bring something to eat during your walk they won’t put your food in regular plastic bags but in cardboard bags with satin handles, just like a boutique does! Baguettes are crumbly and delicious, some of the best I’ve tasted in Paris.
If you cannot resist the call of cupcakes go to the all pink kingdom of delicacies. This little bakery offers only cupcakes, cookies, muffins and a few slices of cake to accompany a cup of tea or a cappuccino. If you are lucky enough you can also watch at the preparation of some delicacies, thanks to the transparent kitchen.
For a dinner in a traditional bistro
6. Buvette Gastrotheque. 28, Rue Henri Monnier. Website.
I really like this place. It is intimate, cozy and very romantic with dim lighting. It is just 2 steps from the Moulin Rouge. Here you can taste typical dishes of French cuisine with an extensive wine list. I think it is also a great choice for an aperitif before diving in Parisian nightlife. You can enjoy tasty dishes at reasonable prices. The rabbit with mustard sauce is something unique to try (a Parisian friend of mine suggested to eat it. I usually don’t eat rabbit, but it was really good).
It is a Japanese bistro owned by a Franco-Japanese couple. It has got a lovely terrace and it is a must for japanese food, which is unique and cheap! Yes, cheap, in Paris! Try the bento, the Japanese izayakas tapas, traditional sushi and other sea food such as sea snails (bulots). You can share them with a friend to have more choice at a cheaper price. Of course do not miss the saké, typical Japanese drink.
8. Le Pantruche. 3, Rue Victor-Masse. Facebook page.
The Pantruche is a French spartan bistro, but it offers genuine food at modest prices. Menus starts from €35 (entrée, plat et dessert). There are many mirrors, faceted columns and wooden tables. The tables are all very close so I do not recommend it for a romantic dinner if you are looking for intimacy with your partner. I highly recommend taking the dessert Grand Marnier souffle with salted butter caramel. I suggest to reserve a table!
It is a fine dining restaurant for meat lovers. The owners are husband and wife. Not exactly a cheap place, but food is finely crafted. Prices are about €40 – €60. Taste beef tartare with a slice of foie gras or the burger with foie gras. Quantities are generous (good to know!).
You cannot miss this hotel during Paris walks at South Pigalle. This hotel is very nice not only to enjoy a stylish brunch but also for staying. There are red love seats and you can have a brunch under the glass roof. The formula brunch is about €21 and you can also opt for the vegetables formula (suitable for vegetarians). Rooms are very romantic!
Design and Fashion boutiques for Paris shopping
11. Mr. Fisch. 9, Rue Clauzel. Website.
This is my favourite design store for Paris shopping! Mr. Fish is actually Adrien Poisson who carefully selects the objects of their boutiques. He retrieves them during his travels around the world. This concept store will amaze you with the colorful and original design objects as beautiful lamps (original gift-idea) prints, serigraphs, cups. Consider it as place where to buy something different from usual Paris souvenirs.
12. Celia Darling. 5, Rue Henry Monnier. Website.
13. Dirty Dick. 10, Rue Frochot.
This tiki bar is ideal for having a drink while chatting with friends. The atmosphere is casual and it is frequented mostly by young people. It is located right next to the Moulin Rouge. The drinks is quite pricey, approximately €15.
Paris walks will make you discover cool places. What are you waiting for walking through South Pigalle? 😉