December 21, 2016
Passage Jouffroy; Lily Heise
There’s something particularly special about Paris over the holidays. Of course there’s the sparkling street lights, the enticing window displays, the abundance of heavenly holiday treats, but it’s also something more than that. Spirits ride on this wave of joie and les parisiens can’t help but have a little extra joie de vivre. Here are three itineraries that will take you away from (most of) the crowds and allow you to take in that same joy, guilty pleasures, and offbeat sites that will make the holiday season in Paris truly shine.
Hip Shopping, Food and Culture in the Marais
Skip the mayhem of les grands magasins and do your holiday shopping as you take this creative meander through the Marais. Embark on your foray at the trendy concept store Merci, where you can pick up some of their carefully selected holiday ideas and perfect stocking stuffers like a candle version of their trademark red fiat bearing a roof-load of presents or a Christmas tree, thin garland thread, offbeat snow globes and an vast array of other cool gift ideas.
Merci Concept Store; Lily Heise
December 16, 2016
À La Folie, Stéphane de Bourgies
If there’s one name to know in Paris’ fizzing new food scene, it’s that of Raphaële Marchal. Contributing writer to the all-things-sugar magazine, Fou de Pâtisserie, and the Parisian’s go-to guide for young and creative cuisine, Le Fooding, the 26 year-old also runs her own successful food blog, En Rang d’Oignons, and contributes to many of the gastronomic events in Paris.
With names like Pierre Hermé and Jacques Genin in her iPhone contacts, it’s no wonder that Raphaële decided to write a book on pastries. À La Folie, released in Paris on November 10, presents 60 pastry chefs and their signature creations alongside the most exquisite (and mouthwatering!) photos from David Bonnier and Antoine Pesch. With recipes from Christophe Adam’s caramel éclairs to Yann Couvreur’s impeccable millefeuille, to Jacques Génin’s zesty lemon and basil tart, À La Folie is 100% sweet and oh-so Parisian.
Want to impress your husband with your culinary flair? Polish up on your French (an English translation of the book is in the works) and pull out the old KitchenAid. Ethereal Parisian pastries are your well-deserved reward.
We sat down with Raphaële over lunch at AG Les Halles to discuss her favorite sweets, her go-to pastry shops in Paris, and her Montmartre neighborhood.
À La Folie
December 13, 2016
It’s the holiday season and those who jump on vacation as an opportunity for international travel often flock to Paris this time of year. There is an undeniable charm that comes along with the winter chill in the city. Neighborhoods are decorated with draping christmas lights and other ornamentation and window shopping is taken to a whole new level with detailed shop displays embodying the spirit of the season to the most minute detail.
December 7, 2016
When searching for solid Italian cuisine, you know you have chosen well when the chefs and wait staff can be heard passionately chattering away in Italian on the terrace during their quick break between rushes. It is understandable why Parisiens, and in-the-know tourists alike, are flocking to Mamma Primi, the newest address from Big Mamma Group.
Following from the success of East Mamma and Ober Mamma, Mamma Primi saw its doors open to eager diners, ready to get in on the hype, on the 1st September in the Batignolles district of the 17th arrondissement, just a stone’s throw from Place de Clichy and the Butte Montmartre.
December 2, 2016
Winter is swiftly arriving in Paris and locals are warding off the froid in perfect French fashion: by gathering around tables and sharing delicious, warm, homemade food. For those who haven’t perfected the art of preparing hearty winter meat dishes or simply don’t have a table big enough for all their friends, the solution to their plight is Le Mordant – a carnivore’s paradise clothed in chic interior design.
Located on the outskirts of the 10th arrondissement at a crossroads of just-barely-cool bars and Gare de l’Est sprawl, Le Mordant may be the harbinger of an up-and-coming neighborhood of the future. The sleek and modern design definitely secures its spot as a place to be instagrammed (a heavily attended Fashion Week event that was recently held at the restaurant gained it extra points in the blogerati scene).
November 15, 2016
Overlooking the Pavillon Dufour behind the golden gates of the Versailles palace is the newest gem of the Alain Ducasse empire. Ore, the first ever full-service restaurant within the walls of the seventeenth-century palace, affords a peaceful and simple space apart from its rich surroundings.
Taking its name from the Latin word for mouth, Ore is a gastronomic experience not to be missed. The name is also a nod at the French word for gold, or, the preferred color of French monarch Louis XIV that is reflected in the restaurant’s interior design, and even in the presentation of the cuisine.
October 25, 2016
My favorite dining companion never fails to strike up a conversation when we’re in a restaurant- sometimes with a neighboring table, often with the server or sommelier. So it was no surprise that he immediately hit it off with the owner of Le Tout Monde when we enjoyed an apéro and entrées there on a rainy evening. The conversation quickly turned to vin nature – a shared passion, it turns out – and mutual acquaintances in the small community of French natural winemakers.
The cozy bistrot in the Goutte d’Or neighborhood of the 18th arrondissement had recently hosted a few friends for an event. “I’m not trying to hold big tastings here or anything,” the friendly patron humbly explained, “I’m just happy to host friends.” Being a good host is clearly a priority in this charming wine bar and restaurant, where everyone feels like a friend.
October 21, 2016
At PDD2 what you see is not what you get. The offshoot of Privé de Dessert, the quirky SoPi restaurant where entrées and main dishes look like classic French pastries, has brought the same fun approach to the Opéra neighborhood in the guise of a take-away “pâtisserie” with a twist.
Every delicacy in this bright 2nd arrondissement café looks like a pastry, yet they’re anything but dessert: a réligieuse with avocado cream and salmon rillettes, a delicate éclair that refashions the traditional ham-and-butter lunchtime sandwich, or a savory cupcake that hides a surprise tartiflette filling.
October 19, 2016
The craft beer boom in Paris has grown at such an astonishing rate that the market has essentially become saturated in a matter of years. These days, if you want to open up a beer bar, restaurant, or bottle shop, it’s in your best interest to find a niche or specialty that makes you stand out from the rest. The team behind Le Triangle had no problem making a space for themselves in Paris’ craft beer scene, as they simple pulled from their own particular passions – cooking, micro-brewing, and hospitality – to create one of the city’s few craft beer tap-houses.
October 11, 2016
Far from the bustle of central Paris’ boulevards and train stations, Uptown hides in the Northern part of the 18ème, one of a few areas in the city to retain a quiet, village-like ambiance over the decades.
The food, however, is anything but provincial. As with the best of contemporary Parisian bistrots, head chef Fabrizio Guérrini (formerly of Michelin-starred Agapé) spotlights seasonal ingredients on a menu of small sharing plates, which change monthly.