So Parisian!

“Paris has more to offer than climbing the Eiffel Tower” says “So Parisian!” author Jean-Christophe Napias. With lesser-known museums, authentic restaurants and unexpected discoveries, this charming book (published by Parigramme) offers an eclectic selection of unusual shops, timeless brasseries, cool bistros and romantic gardens that make this city so special…and so Parisian!

Getting off the beaten track is the best way to discover the city’s soul. The guide provides tips for discovering such lesser known museums as the Musée Cognacq-Jay and Maison de Victor Hugo along with where to step back in time —just like in the movies— at such places as Le Grand Colbert restaurant with its 19th century decor (2, rue Vivienne). And for candy à la Francaise, the book says don’t miss the shop “A la Mere de Famille,” which opened its doors in 1761 during the reign of Louis XVI (35, rue Faubourg-Montmartre).

Napias— who lives in Paris—is the author of “Quiet Corners of Paris,” “The World According to Karl” and “Everything (or Almost Everything) about Paris.”