Paris and the Expats !

This is something wanted to write in my blog but was put off by other posts on the bar restaurant and expats in general in Paris. However, I like to dare do it now. This is my early story working in Paris and living in Versailles, la classe indeed. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

Upon arriving in Versailles in August 2003, I was not really aware what the term expats meant and seek them out to I guess keep up with the nostalgia of lands now gone. These expats are it; their world turns around this nostalgia and comparing the two worlds. Not really good if you are planning to settle in a new country, culture etc. I guess not an expert on this sociological phenomenon, and coming from already a French family in Florida USA, making trips to France every year since 1990 not the typical expat per se. After all, I was French in 2000 before living permanently in France! Hard to believe the group started by an American attorney of which the first 4 members meeting in Au Trappiste have grown to over 9 thousands members today !! Of course, I am no longer a member for several years since moving to the Morbihan breton dept 56. Pic below from 2005……!

Expats paris au trappiste Pedro 14Dec2005

The official meetup Expats Paris :

The area of this particular memorable place was set in the rue Saint-Denis, located in the 1éme and 2éme arrondissements  and one of the oldest streets of ParisThe brewery bar restaurant Au Trappiste at 4 rue Saint Denis is closer to Place du Châtelet to the Seine river side.  There you are in Belgium with the monks; lots of good beer, simple good portions of food, moules or mussels and fries,and grill sausages. The first or ground floor is more noisy ,the second or upper floor more calm and better views! of Châtelet. There is a nice cosy terrace nowdays just perfect for people watching and be watched in Paris! Dedicated mainly to Belgian beers, the Au Trappiste, of course offers many beverages from all over the world. No less than 120 bottled beers (including the majority of Trappist beers that are brewed in the world) and twenty drafts beers. Rare beers are found here too. On the plate side, they work on classic but well made dishes such as choucroutte (saukraut), french fries, steaks, burgers, croque monsieurs (ham and cheese sandwiches), mussels,sausages, etc.


The Facebook page of Au Trappiste

My fav Yelp reviews on Au Trappiste

The RestaurantGuru reviews page on Au Trappiste

Now what do you think of expats groups in Paris, France, anywhere? I gave you a hint above.

There you go folks, another memorable spot in my early Paris haunts, I was last by it on November 2019 (see post) and still the great food, great service and great views from upper floor ; not to mention a wonderful terrace right on the sidewalk, I love it, at Au Trappiste, and worth the detour while in Paris me think.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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