Late night dining in St Germain: Brasserie Vagenende

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Coutume instituutti – 60 rue des Ecoles, Paris 75005Coutume_instituutti

Whether it’s for school, business, or pleasure, if you would like to enjoy working from a coffee shop in Paris, this place is perfect.

With reliable Wi-Fi and great pastries (with a Scandinavian twist!), this lovely café is hidden in the Finland Institute. You have to know about it to find it, which makes it the perfect off-the-beaten-path place to enjoy some Wi-Fi time in the morning while sipping on coffee.

It’s almost like home, actually, it’s better than home. Gosh, those Scandinavians are good at design! This is truly a rare gem in Paris, and who doesn’t appreciate a cold brew coffee for the extra burst of energy on a studious day.


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Galette-des-Rois_landscape1The Galette des Rois is the French version of the King cake and is eaten through the first part of January to celebrate the Epiphany Festival. 

Traditionally, a small plastic or porcelain trinket is hidden inside the Galette. The finder of the trinket is designated the King (Le Roi) or the
Queen of the evening (La Reine), and gets to wear the paper crown that comes with the pastry!

The Galette is paired with Apple Cider or Champagne.

Here are our three favorites addresses to get the Galette:

Sebastien Gaudard on rue des Martyrs ! Sebastien was a celebrated pastry chef in the upscale restaurants circuit until he decided to go back to the roots of his art, and bought a bakery in the 11th arrondissement. His croissants are to die for, and of course, he makes the best Galette.

22 Rue des Martyrs, 75009 Paris

In le Marais, les Fées Patissières, a small patisserie located on busy and narrow Rue Rambuteau is not to be missed.  It is becoming our favorite patisserie in the Marais, their galettes are delicious.

21 Rue Rambuteau, 75004 Paris

In St Germain, the Rue Du Bac has two of the best pastry shops in Paris. We always indulge by stopping at both, and buying two galettes makes a perfect excuse to visit Des Gateaux et du Pain and La Patisserie des Reves.

89/93 rue du Bac, 75007 Paris

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