Famous for its culture and nightlife, Paris is a city of incroyable revelations perfectly placed across its twenty arrondissements. A city that promises the French Art de Vivre is, of course, a magnetic force that draws me to its brasseries and bistros every year and, just as Marie Antoinette, food and patisseries are my downfall! Here’s my advice for a day in la Ville des Lumières.
Start the day in the 6th arrondissement and head to the iconic Café de Flore for breakfast. Here, history and Art Deco style perfectly blend to deliver a celebrity-haunted locale, where figures such as Salvador Dali once enjoyed the vibrant atmosphere. Relax on those red leather booths while drinking some fresh orange juice.
The menu is varied, and the service, amicable and fast. My suggestion? Delight yourself with “The Jockey” sandwich; it will give you the energy to start the day…. Allez-allez!
For lunch, head to Ladurée on the Champs-Élysées. Immerse yourself in this upscale bakery maison established in 1862 from which you can choose a wide variety of cakes and gourmandises as well as salads. I can never resist some French patisserie…so I went for their iconic macarons.
And, as for dinner, how about a place with an aesthetic as exquisite as its food?
Le Train Bleu, designated a historic monument at the Gare de Lyon, offers a refined gastronomy. Their bresse poultry with fresh tarragon cream is irresistible and their wine list is focused on the region of Bordeaux… c’est magnifique! The service is splendid and the decoration was in charge of artists such as Jean-Baptiste and Henri Gervex, representing different regions of France.
One day, three meals, three arrondissements. Paris offers a multi-layered and multi-coloured food scene that is meant to be for those with the most sophisticated palette. Are you ready to keep going?