Caves à manger are fun little wine shops that serve small sharing plates with their wine. They are popular with Parisians as places to socialise during apero (short for aperitif) from 6-8:30pm before and (often) after dinner.
Septime’s Chef-Owners Bertrand Great and Theo Pourriat have taken over a gorgeous country house hotel & restaurant in Normandy. Not only is getting here is half the fun – it takes my breath away.
Instagram stars USA & Ireland-born Amanda & Louis are making INSANELY delicious and decadent hand-crafted doughnuts 100% from scratch. Just for the record, I’m not a “sweet” person… but when they’ve got “boozy” hot beer and whiskey, they have my attention.
Camille Fourmont transformed this little vintage dairy shop on a sleepy street into a cult wine bar-shop that draws industry folk from all over the world who meet here for delicious tapas plates & bottles.
Septime’s satellite bottle shop-wine bar across the street was my shoe repair shop before Bertrand & Theo transformed it into a cool neighborhood gathering spot for natural wine.
Behind the world famous tiny taqueria that whips up handmade tacos is a white door that when pushed open after 6pm, transports you into an award-winning sexy candlelit cocktail den jam-packed with folks taking in the killer cocktails, guac & nachos & music playlist until 2am.
Master cheese ager Laurent Dubois has curated the best cheese makers in France in his shop & everything is cut to order. A visit here is like winning the cheese lottery. You can also pick up fresh eggs, farm yogurts, salted-butter, creme fraîche & even vacuum-sealed cheese to bring home with you in your luggage.
Internationally respected Artisan Baker Christophe Vasseur is known for his signature Pain des Amis wood-fired rectangular bread, fig tarts, savoury meat & cheese mini-pavés and, and, and, let’s talk about those sinful salted-butter chocolate-pistachio escargot buns?
If you only have time for one outdoor market, follow the locals and chefs on Sunday mornings to here to find fruit & vegetables, herbs, flowers, foie gras, charcuterie, fish, shellfish, chicken rotisseries, butchers, eggs, yogurt, cheesemongers, wine, artisan bread, mustard, salt, honey & more.
Even though my friend Fabrice Lebourdat sold his beloved little bakery to the new bakers, they’ve kept the extraordinary high-quality and soul of what he started. When the croissant takes three days to make, it just isn’t possible for you to go wrong… and the patisseries are pure Instagram porn.
The best kept black book secret atop bohemian Montmartre is a luxe boutique hotel hidden behind a private gate. This former Hermès & Rothschild mansion houses an A-list garden cocktail tapas bar w/ DJ, a restaurant with sell-out weekend brunch, a pétanque court under the trees, and eclectic pied-a-terre rooms.
Not sure you will leave this haut-Marais townhouse after tea & pastry by the fire, in-room cocktail bar & personalised iMac TV, lobster & black truffle on toast room service, a hot bath with rooftop views, sleeping on a bed of luxe fabrics surrounded by swanky wallpaper, and waking to petit déjeuner on the terrace.