Articles by Alexandra Heal


For a wide selection of loose-leaf tea and ethnic gifts, Thé Bleu is a true infusion heaven situated in the centre of Paris, specifically in the 5th arrondissement.


Hervé runs possibly the best African restaurant and takeaway in Paris. Buried in the Marché Saint Quentin, a listed covered market two minutes’ walk from Gare du Nord, his cosy hub is perfect for lunch or an early supper.


The Bunyadi is a concept pop-up restaurant which welcomed naked diners in London’s Elephant & Castle from 11 June to 31 July 2016. Following the success of the London experiment, the founder is now planning on taking this nudist’s paradise to Paris and other European cities, and possibly opening a private members’ club back here in the Smoke.


For fresh and healthy Korean food in Paris’10th arrondissement – a stone’s throw from the Gare du Nord – the best restaurant and takeaway around is without a doubt Ma Kitchen Bibimbap.


Cho Cantine is a modern Vietnamese-inspired restaurant in the heart of Paris’ 10th arrondissement. The fast but good food makes it the perfect lunch spot.


Shouting young and fashionable, but not try-hard pretentious, Le Sésame offers a colourful café and restaurant setting right on the waterfront of Canal Saint Martin in Paris.


Set in an old warehouse on the banks of the Bassin de la Villette in Paris’ 19th arrondissement, Paname Brewing Company is a microbrewery, bar and restaurant which serves a range of craft beers brewed on the premises.


Situated at the top of a multistorey car park, Les Jardins Suspendus is a great place to spend a summer evening enjoying a drink and one of the best views in Brussels.


Candelaria is a cozy cocktail bar hidden at the back of a Mexican restaurant on the edges of the Marais.