A long weekend well spent in Paris.
Having something to look forward to at the end of a cold, wet and busy January is the perfect motivation to get you through the month. This year I want to visit plenty of food hubs across Europe, taste amazing local fare and enjoy some great traditions. Paris was the perfect place to start and did not disappoint.
I love nothing more than stumbling across a hidden gem tucked away in a back street and with the help of a friend who used to live in Le Marais I was able to eat local throughout the weekend. From coffee and croissants through to wine bars and cheese mongers, every meal had something unique and exciting about it.
Could it just be the energy of the city and relaxed pace of life that makes each and every eatery feel so wonderful. I left every place wanting to tell a friend and that to me is when you know you have had a great trip.
1: Le Hanger,
With menus only in French and a great wine list you know you are in safe hands. To start you are treated to a homemade tapenade served with toast to enjoy whilst choosing from the menu. It was a tough decision to steer away from the rabbit ravioli and steak tartare. But, I it was worth it as I chose the Confit de Canard, which was a confit duck leg shepherd’s pie, beautifully rich and served with a green side salad. The cheese board was also divine, consisting of Comte, Stilton and Chèvre. The perfect end. All enjoyed with bottle of Gevrey-Chambertin, 2012.
Le Marais, 12 Impasse Berthaud, 75003 Paris,
Best dish: Confit de Canard, Confit Duck Shepherds Pie.
This light, airy and modern brunch spot was busy and fun. With a queue out the door and tables packed with young and trendy brunch goers, I knew it would be the perfect start to the day. The modern menu inclusive of matcha and turmeric lattes, avocado and eggs, and homemade granola was hard to choose from. The pancake stacks arriving at other tables was too hard to resist. Alongside a matcha latte and their H3 juice; carrot, apple and ginger, the day began.
Le Marais, 1 rue Dupuis 75003 Paris
Best Dish: Pancakes with Orange Blossom, Pecans and Bacon
3: Le Pettite Table,
Without wanting to gush to much about this little spot of heaven, I blooming loved it! Being a cafe owner myself I often want endless budget to allocate towards my Lavender Hill cafe and after enjoying brunch here I am planning all sorts of fun new additions. I loved their style, the gold cutlery against the marble table meant for simple yet elegant place settings and the foliage and decor perfectly followed suit.
The breakfast was simple, tasty and beautifully presented, it was a great reminder of how delicious simple soft boiled eggs and great sourdough can be. Served with a warm sage butter and light green salad lifted the breakfast to make it memorable.
Le Marais, 27 rue de Saintonge – 75003 Paris
Best Dish: Soft Boiled Eggs, Sour Dough Soldiers with Sage Butter
4: Le Barav,
I love a wine bar and wish there were more in London. Le Barav was great inspiration, the perfect pairing of a wine shop and bustling wine bar. If I lived in Paris, without doubt this would be a regular local hangout. Once putting your name down for a table, you head through to choose your tipple with the help of a friendly Sommelier. The bustling bar was packed and once I got a table I enjoyed the most delicious Barratta Cheese and a mixed Charcuterie and Cheese board. The quality and simplicity of the cured meats and cheese allowed us to savour each bite. I cannot wait to go back!
Le Marais, A6 rue Charles François Dupuis 75003 Paris
Best Dish: Burrata Cheese with Radish Carpaccio, Walnuts and Balsamic Reduction
5: Strada Cafe,
This was a great morning coffee spot and provided a great morning coffee fix on the way to the market.
Le Marais, 24 rue monge, 75005 Paris
Best Dish: Double Shot Latte
Pic: Le Hanger,