The holiday period has started and with them, our travel plans. If your planstake you to Paris, then here are three places, which you may not have heard of before, that you must visit during your trip…
If you love history, tradition and Parisian style, there is one place that I can recommend without any hesitation: Maxim’s.
I have very fond memories of visiting Maxims when I first arrived in Paris and its a place that I will never forget. Its not only a restaurant but a real Parisian institution.
It opened in 1893 and became a cult address during the Roaring Twenties when it was considered one of the trendiest places in the city and, indeed, in all of Europe.
It was a club, a festive restaurant, frequented during the Belle Epoque by all of the greats of that time; from actors, dancers and painters to European royalty and nobility. It was the place to be seen and where it was accepted to be with the most famous courtesans of the time.
Things have changed since those wild times, but the great and wonderful decoration (thankfully) still remains the same and untouched.
The famous French fashion designer, Pierre Cardin, owner of the site for more than 30 years, has transformed three floors of Maxim’s into a museum. So, be sure to pay a visit to this amazing place and imagine all the many tales and stories that happened at this iconic address, whilst admiring this masterpiece of Art Nouveau.
After the visit, take a leisurely stroll through Place de la Concorde and come back for a dinner or a play. The food is inspired by the great classics of French cuisine and the high-quality service promises undoubtedly an unforgettable evening.
- Address: 3 rue Royale; 75008
- Metro: Concorde
- Tel: +33 1 42 65 27 94
2. Da Rosa
Located in a quiet alley, parallel to fashionable Rue Saint Honor, theres a restaurant that is always vibrant and full of happy diners: Da Rosa. A kind of deli chic-ssime (as the French say), specialising in Iberian products of the very best qulity.
Noon or night, the place is humming…What to order? Ask for the house tapas. My favourites are the anchovies, the freshly made tarama, and their fine selection of cheeses. But at the top of the list has to be the fine selection of Spanish hams, the best Ive found in Paris.
It’s busy, but still comfortable in the elegant and comfortable velvet armchairs.
An important piece of advice – it’s highly recommended to book if you plan to go in the evening – Da Rosa has become a victim of its own success!
Go, you wont be disappointed
- Address: 19, rue du Mont-Thabor 75001
- Tel: + 33 1 77 37 37 87
- Metro: Tuileries, Concorde, Madeleine
3.Atelier des Sens
Are you a foodie like me? Well, theres no shortage of fine restaurants in Paris and I discover new ones every single week.
However, I have a novel idea for youDo you want to learn to cook like the French? Would you like to pick up some great culinary tips, and bring back a unique and special memory from Paris, that will impress all of your friends?
The answer is to enrol yourself into a French cooking course and discover the secrets of one of the finest cuisines in the world. The courses last from one to three hours and offer different dishes, every week (even for beginners). The Atelier des Sens has three addresses in ParisGo ahead and book yourself place. Or even better book it for your friend or loved one. You wont forget it!
- Bastille Workshop
- Address:10 rue du Bourg L’Abb 75003 Paris
- Atelier Haussmann:
- Address:32 rue Vignon 75009 Paris
- Web: www.atelier-des-sens.com
- Tel:+33 01 40 21 08 50