Mexi&Co.: A Mexican grocery store/restaurant in Paris.

Mexi&Co.: A Mexican grocery store/restaurant in Paris.

Mexi&Co. is located in Paris’ Latin quarter and is definitely the place to visit if in need of canned or dried Mexican goods such as Serrano peppers, tomatillos, masa (cornmeal), nopales (prickly pear cactus pads), dried chili pods, hot sauce, chipotle, and tortilla chips (8€—at least it’s a big bag) or frozen corn tortillas (in a pack of 200). Mexi&Co. has enough on its shelves to help you cook a very decent Mexican meal, which is unquestionably a plus in a city like Paris where good (and cheap) Mexican restaurants are desperately lacking. Mexi&Co. is also a restaurant (I won’t talk about their food since I haven’t eaten there yet) and a catering company. Their menu offers classic items such as chips and salsa, guacamole, quesadillas, nachos and burritos. If you are looking for good tequila such as Patrón while in Paris (and you don’t mind paying twice it’s U.S price!) I know of two places where to find it: Izrael in the Marais and Publicis Drugstore’s Epicerie on the Champs-Elysées.

10 Rue Dante
75005 Paris
Metro: Clunny - La Sorbone, Maubert-Mutualité

M-Sun: 9am-11pm (Food is served all day from 12pm-11pm)

Unico: A unique Argentinian restaurant in Paris.

Unico: A unique Argentinian restaurant in Paris.

If you are in the mood for delectable (Argentinian) red meat and really good (Argentinian) wine while in Paris, then this is the place for you. Unico is located in a former butchery and has kept its 1970’s design: meat hooks, French butcher orange ceiling lamps and brown tiles. The atmosphere is lovely, it’s hip but not pretentious, cozy and friendly. The best piece of meat on the menu is the filet, or lomo as they call it. It costs 35€. Trust me, you’ll quickly forget the price. I’m pretty sure too that years from now you’ll still be thinking about the lomo! Unico in Paris is now open six days a week. I highly recommend making a reservation for dinner (8pm or 8.30pm and if you leave a message and they do not return you phone call it means that they are booked.)

15 Rue Paul Bert
75011 Paris
Metro: Faidherbe-Chaligny, Charonne

M: 8pm-11pm
Tu-Sat: 12pm-2pm / 8pm-11pm (Saturday lunch until 2.30pm)
Closed on Sunday