Weekend In Paris
So my lovely pal, Margaret was in England for a work trip, so we decided to hop on the Eurostar to Paris of course! Here’s what we got up to last time when we were in the city together.
Funny story, so we changed our tickets the night before, only to miss our train the next morning. Face palm. I was most concerned about forfeiting our lunch reservation at the just opened Jòia (by Hélène Darroze) but they managed to push back our time. Phew.
WE STAYED AT
Maison Breguet, a good looking gaff in the 11th arrondisment, walking distance to many a food / drinking spot, including Clamato, the much hyped Septime and hipster’s paradise, La Buvette. It’s a lovely boutique hotel but in my mind isn’t quite a 5 star hotel as it bills itself – perhaps I’m old school and expect all facets of the hotel to be luxurious which the gym and spa aren’t – however, I do think it’s a well priced hotel for what it offers. Read more here.
Pretty well in Paris, not quite as well as our last trip but not disappointing at all. Highlight for me was definitely C.A.M.
I was curious to check it out because a bunch of big guns from Ducasse to Ottolenghi, Bertrand (Septime), Tatiana (Le Servan) had all eaten here and praised it. However, I was a little cautious as it had been slammed pretty hard online by a couple of peeps; personally I enjoyed the food, the vibe and the space – wait times were a little slow but not painfully so.
55 Rue au Maire, 75003 Paris
Open Wed – Sun. Dinner service only.
So we had dinner at Eels on our first night in Paris. I was distracted by the bright lights in the restaurant; they could have created more a mood with lower lighting but our meal was proper nice as was the service, so you know, I’m cool. Also the tart I had, whoa, absolutely heavenly.
27 Rue d’Hauteville, 75010 Paris
+33 1 42 28 80 20 | Open Tue – Sat.
Full of people speaking French = not a tourist trap. Service was good and the starter of scallops was promising but our mains were pretty disappointing. My duck dish looked great but sadly tasted of nothing. Perhaps, they had an off day.
Hélène Darroze opened her 2nd restaurant in Paris in the 2nd arrondissement earlier this year, round the corner from that quintessential French brand Sézane. No surprise then to see lots of chic Parisiennes lunching here when we visited. Service was chilled – food overall quite good, I’d go back if I fancied an easy lunch in an attractive space. In fact, keen to check out their rather nice cocktail bar nestled on the 2nd level. The one dish you should try is the mushroom x confit egg yolk.
39 Rue des Jeuneurs, 75002 Paris, France
+33 1 40 20 06 06 | Open Mon – Sat
WE DRANK AT
a few places, not much raving this time round.
It’s lauded by lots publications and even features in the Munchies series, ‘From Paris With Love’ where Action Bronson and Ochin Clovis, natural wine aficionado, hit a bunch of their fave restos and bars in Paris. My friend Margaret is the wine whisperer out of the pair of us – she lives in Cali for goodness sake – so she did all the picking of wine when we were out and about. La Buvette is a Cave à Manger and you need to order some bits to eat alongside your wine. The space is TINY, so if you wanna talk about who you banged last night, best know the whole room will hear your convo. A low key intimate space for late arvo / pre dinner drinks. The dude managing the counter was kind of obnoxious but I didn’t let that bother me too much as I was on a chilled vibe.
67 Rue Saint-Maur, 75011 Paris
Instagram | Open Wed – Sun