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How to Travel Paris Like a Bartender

A New York City bartender, born and raised in Paris, takes you on a 5-day food and drink journey through the City of Lights.

Maxime Belfand, head bartender at New York City’s Saxon & Parole, was born and raised just outside Paris. So it’s an understatement to say that he knows the area well, particularly where to eat and drink. During a recent visit, Belfand showed us how to enjoy the City of Lights like a true Parisian. —Kara Newman

Day 1

I arrived in Paris and caught up with my brother. He lives in the 7th arrondissement, which, to me, is one of the most beautiful places to see in Paris. We went to a little café on rue Cler called Le Petit Cler (very original!) for a delicious breakfast that never disappoints. I had my favorite, Eggs & Soldiers, which is strips of toast dipped into soft-boiled eggs, plus a delicious baguette with blackberry jam.

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After, we went to the Foundation Louis Vuitton, one of the newest museums in Paris, which has been showing some amazing exhibitions. Coincidentally, it was showcasing work from the New York City’s Museum of Modern Art with an exhibition called “Being Modern: MOMA in Paris.”

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