La Maison Paul

Paul is sort of everywhere in Paris, and I’m pretty ok with that. This is one of my go-to places when I’m in the City of Lights because it’s inexpensive, reliably delicious, and I know what I’m signing up for. No hidden menu tricks here. You can stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and there’s going to be something perfect. I love their pastries on the fly, though you can also grab a baguette if you’re looking for a heartier, typically Parisian snack.

The sandwich above is what I brought with me on the train from Paris to Milan. My last Parisian meal, I wanted to make it count. Paul delivered a poppy seed baguette topped with prosciutto — perfect train food, as it can take getting smashed and smushed into my bag, yet still be hearty and filling when I need it later. Not pictured above is the apple tart I got, as that was of a much more delicate composition, and was eaten as soon as I sat down in my seat.

I know when I’m traveling my thoughts on chain restaurants magically change — sometimes I just want the convenience of familiarity, even if it’s sometimes at the expense of local food options. But with Paul I get to have my cake and eat it, too. This is the easy factor I’m looking for from familiarity, yet served with a delicious French flavor.

Jeff Smith

Jeff started in photography and short format video, and he's been at the forefront of the web tv movement. He’s worked on haute couture shoots in Paris, shot street style in Milan, and is currently developing a steady roster of beauty, fashion, and digital clients in NYC.