Culinary Weekend in Paris (winter)
Paris in Winter, Day 1
A weekend in Paris, in winter... I decided to not organize my weekend as I want to explore and discover the unexpected !
It just snowed and it brought a smile on my face ! (and I just verified Murphy's law: it only snows when you forgot your umbrella at home)
A winter treat in France is "Marrons Chauds", roasted chestnuts
Le Cochon à l'Oreille, an art déco style restaurant. I couldn't get inside but I heard the interior is really pretty
Difficult to resist to the pastries in Paris, pastries shops or Patisseries are at every corner with delicious pastries
La maison du chocolat
I found this store (it's actually a chain), la Maison du Chocolat that specializes in all kinds of pastries with chocolate
Chocolat, Alain Ducasse
Another chocolate store, the Ducasse store which I couldn't try this time
Laduree is one of the best stores for Macarons. I ate a dozen of them and they were all delicious
Le Chien qui fume
I ate at the "Le Chien Qui Fume" (the smoking dog), near the "Les Halles" area
I ordered a rabbit dish which disappointed me... the meat was too hard and rubbery, and I couldn't eat it all. Though, the mustard sauce was really yummy
Time to go to Le Louvre in the heart of Paris
I walk through the humid gardens and despite the weather, I like the atmosphere
Time to head towards the Hotel de Ville
La pâtisserie des rêves
I am going to visit the "pâtisserie des rèves", a pastry shop whose owner is the famous Philippe Conticini. The store is located inside the BHV general store, in the "Le Marais" area
Every dessert is presented in a dome with its own AC
And this is the famous Paris Brest de Philippe Conticini that I baked a couple times at home
La Librairie Gourmande
This bookstore is a must-go for gourmet and cooks... A two levels bookstore specialized in culinary books
Was initially planning to briefly visit the store and ended up staying two hours. So many interesting books....
Choux d'Enfer de Michalak
The great Michalak has a few stores speciliazed in "choux" (puffs filled with cream)
Walking in Paris
Now heading towards Saint-Germain
Le Petit Zinc
The Petit Zinc, a nice restaurant in the Art Deco style
Not far from here, I went to see the bakery store from Arnaud Larher
Perfect pastries that look like pieces of art
This is one of the macarons I ate. The inside is perfect, the taste is delicious
Arnaud also innovates... Here is his signature pastry : The edible Flip Flops... simply original and yummy !
La maison du Chou
La maison du chou, a tiny boutique that I noticed in a few culinary magazines...
A tiny boutique that specializes in traditional Choux (puffs)
With a bit of luck you may find a table that is available
Le Fouquet's on the Champs Elysees, is a restaurant but also a cafe. I stopped for a hot drink and a dessert. I like the atmosphere here.
I chose a "Millefeuille" (Napoleon) which was excellent
The restaurant Jules Verne inside the Tour Eiffel
I reserved a table at the Jules Verne, a great restaurant from Ducasse
To get to the restaurant, you need to take an elevator that is located under one of the 4 "legs" of the Tour Eiffel
The restaurant is located 126 meters above...
You will get a menu (to put up on your office walls to show off of course...)
The waiters were so nice, they allowed me to change tables during the lunch so I could benefit from the best view from one of the tables by the window. I was able to eat while looking at Paris under my feet
Eating in the clouds...
The menu has a variety of small and delicious plates. The waiters are really professional and helpful. This restaurant ROCKS !
Even with cloudy skies, the view is incredible
More than a lunch, it's an unforgettable experience.
Last night in Paris
For the last night I decided to wander in the streets and admire the monuments and the lights. This is a market on the "Rue Montmartre" street not far from "Les Halles"
A bientôt Paris !