My first recommendation for things to do, see and eat when in Paris, comes in the form of a delicious restaurant in the heart of Le Marais; a really interesting and historical quarter in the 3rd and 4th arrondissements.
A little controversially, it’s actually not a French restaurant but an amazing Spanish tapas joint. Yes, we all love a good steak-frites, but sometimes it’s nice to sample something a little different. Just round the corner from the Saint-Paul metro station, at 4 Rue de Sevigne, you’ll find Casa san Pablo; a cosy little restaurant perfect for a romantic date or a casual evening with friends.
The bright lights and colours are really reminiscent of a Spanish bar in barcelona. It’s also a very popular place so you may need to book if you want to be sure of a table! We took a seat outside though and the waiters even gave us a jug of free sangria to keep us entertained…
There’s a great varied menu with everything from fish and meat dishes to plates of charcuterie and cheeses. In my opinion though, the real way to do it is just to order a big selection of tapas dishes (all around the 6 euro mark), and have a taste of everything! I recommend about 3 dishes per person (4 if you’re hungry…) and they’ll provide you with plenty of bread to mop any leftovers up.
Inside is very traditional of a tapas place with cosy corners, a big bar, and squished up tables to crowd your friends around. Yes, it’s a little cramped, but I always think that adds to the fun of a place.
So what did we eat?
We randomly selected a few of our favourite looking dishes; some we’ve had before, some a little less familiar.
These were the ones that really stood out for me ..
A really fantastic battered calamari with garlic mayo and lemon juice. This is one of my favourite Spanish imports and I always order it when I’m having tapas.
I have to say this was definitely up there with some of the best I’ve tried and really reminded me of some I had in Madrid a few months ago.
Perfectly creamy and garlicy Patatas aioli. Melt in your mouth stuff!
Slices of bread topped with either tomato and cheese or tomato and Serrano ham. Kind of like a mini pizza!
Clams in garlic (you can tell I like my garlic right?); my favourite shellfish.
You can just see in the background and to the right some mozzarella sticks and some ham croquettes which were equally delicious.
Feeling full and a little tipsy from the two (or three?) sangrias, we headed home, absolutely certain this will be a regular spot for me over the next few months. It’s such a lovely charming restaurant and I definitely recommend trying it out if you’re in Paris and in the mood for something that’s not French!
Hope you guys enjoyed the first of my to-do themed Paris posts! Check back in tomorrow for something beauty-related 🙂
Thanks for reading! Joanna xxxxx