This August I visited the fine city of Paris. I spent three days enjoying leisurely strolls around the city, shopping in charming antique markets and lounging in the cities many parks. Paris is a city that exudes style and luxury, whether it is through intricately decorated churches, independent boutiques or its fine food.
Here are 4 of my best moments.
Have breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien
Although we have Le Pain Quotidien in London, I have never actually been in to one of their UK stores. With one on our Parisian doorstep, we couldn’t resist going downstairs to try it one morning. We ordered the pastry basket which arrived laden with a variety of fresh breads and pastries. It turned out to be one of the best croissants of the holiday. All of their pastries and breads are baked fresh that morning and come with their own homemade jams and spreads. You must try their Rhubarb preserve, its fantastic.
Explore the artists quarter of Montmartre
Montmartre become famous in the 1800’s by the arrival of artists such as Renoir, Van Gogh and Picasso and is now better known for its charming cobbled streets and the Basilica Sacre-Coeur. Take a stroll up the never-ending steps and walk around the beautifully intricate Church. The Basilica’s steps are 427 feet above ground level, offering stunning panoramic views across the city. We spent a great day lounging in the Parc de la Turlure which is hidden behind the church itself. With its cascade fountain and pergola, its the perfect place to relax and enjoy the views.
Eat Paris’ ‘Best Burger’ at PNY
PNY has recently opened a stunning new restaurant in Marais designed by CUT Architects. Their burgers have been coined the term ‘The best burgers in Paris’ and we can confirm that it did not disappoint us.
Recommended burger: THE RETURN OF THE COWBOY The Ponclet beef, cheddar matured nine months, bacon, confit, onion donut, BBQ sauce
Eat sushi at JIN
If you do experience authentic Japanese cooking abroad, the experience can be radical. Jin’ sushi-bar feel has a sober decor of imported Japanese wood, with nothing to distract the diner from her dinner. There are only twelve seats, set around the chef’s workstation, and it’s here you eat and watch the work of chef Takuya Watanabe (Taku) – aloof and imposing, he already heads up four other restaurants in Sapporo.
To be clear, you don’t come to Jin for a boozy catch-up with your mates – all attention here is focused on the food. Taku and his chef’s ritualised preparation is mesmeric, as they repeat their cutting and slicing motions with the precision of a couple of metronomes, working on fresh fish pulled from Japanese cypress-wood boxes or modelling sashimi by hand with translucent rice.