Monthly Archive August 2012
Being a huge fan of chef Christian Constant (as you probably know by now) I had to try Le Violon d’Ingres, which is actually his first own restaurant. And let me just say that it didn’t disappoint. This is the more exclusive restaurant out of the three places (Les Cocottes and Café Constant are the other two) and the prices are also a bit higher but it was absolutely worth it. Le Violon d’Ingres is for sure one of my favourite places in Paris!
Le Violon d’Ingres
135, rue Saint-Dominique
Inside the church Église Saint-Eustache in Paris.
A friendly chat over some drinks on Rue Soufflot in Paris.
Photos by all the blogs and websited listed in this post below
I thought I’d share the websites and blogs where I get my daily dose of Parisian inspiration and tips from today, since shared joy is a double joy! I have a few sites that I visit regularly and quite a few of them are about Paris, of course. For those who are true Paris lovers, more inspiration about this beautiful city can never get too much. Am I right? So here’s the list of some of my favourites:
My Little Paris
The My Little Paris website always has great ideas and tips for whatever you might want to do or see while in Paris. I’m in love with the little drawings, sound effects and the music that’s playing on the site depending on what you click on. They couldn’t have done it any better. I always have to make a little list of what I want to try out after visiting their website.
If you’re a pastry lover (or well, “anything sweet lover”) just like me, this blog is a little piece of heaven for you. Adam, the writer behind the blog, writes about yummy pastries and takes such beautiful photos that you’ll probably drool all over your keyboard while scrolling up and down his perfectly put together site.
HiP Paris Blog
Before moving to Paris I read the HiP Paris blog religiously to learn everything I possibly could before my move, and to find out about every new and trendy restaurant or café in the city. It became my Parisian survival guide. And I’m sure it will be helpful to you as well. If you’re looking for anything Paris related, this is where you’ll find it.
Little Pieces of Light
I love the photos and the insider tips the blog Little Pieces of Light gives me. It really feels like you’re in the city, wandering along the beautiful rues and avenues of Paris while going through the pages. If you wonder about what you can do in Paris if it rains, where to get a great meal or which macarons to buy, this is a great source of information.
Lost in Cheeseland
Lindsey Tramuta, the writer of the blog Lost in Cheeseland, always gives you the best Paris inspiration through her beautiful photos and fantastic texts. Through her blog you’ll get some true insider tips and suggestions before your Parisian adventure. Grab a pen and a piece of paper and be prepared to write everything down!
Unlock Paris always knows what’s happening in the city of light. If you’re in the mood for something more than just the usual shopping and sightseeing on your trip to Paris you should visit this website. Museums, restaurants, new boutique openings, events — you name it, they know about it.
If your on the hunt for something sweet to eat (or rather anything that’s possible to eat) this is the man you should consult with. David Lebovitz has written several books on the subject and his suggestions have never failed me. Thanks to him I discovered my favourite pizza place: La Briciola.
So here are my favourites, which ones are yours?
I’ve told you about my top three sweets, now it’s time for my top three restaurants! It’s quite hard to choose your favourites but I’ve made my choices. If I had a day to spend in Paris, you would probably find me running between these three places. They are just that good. I can’t wait to explore more restaurants in Paris… I have so much left that I want to try!
So if you’re in Paris for a couple of days, make sure to stop by any of these restaurants.
1. Could it be any other place? Of course not. Les Cocottes is my go-to restaurant whenever I want a really good meal. The food manages to blow me away every single time and I can’t leave Paris without a meal at this place. The service is great and the food spectacular.
2. It’s hard to beat a really good burger and that’s why this came in second. I love that the food truck concept has arrived in Paris and that you can get a really good meal for a decent amount of money. Le Camion Qui Fume is a great place for a quick and yummy meal!
3. The owner of Les Cocottes, Christian Constant, also owns this restaurant called Café Constant. I must say that he has completely won me over. Café Constant is the homier version of Les Cocottes, serving great and delicious classic food with a little twist. You’re guaranteed a great meal here!
Runner up: The runner up for this little food contest is the charming Italian restaurant La Briciola. Serving perfect pizzas, just like they do in Italy, they’ve made me come back three times in just two months. If you want a break from the classic French food, it’s to this place you have to come.
Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day, and especially in Paris, where you can indulge in freshly baked croissants, strawberry jam, yummy nutella and baguettes. But this is just as dangerous as it is good… It’s quite hard to choose a healthy breakfast when you have the cutest boulangerie downstairs.
To get anywhere I had to cross at least one bridge since my apartment was located on the little Île Saint Louis in the middle of the Seine. This is just a bonus though since it makes your walk much prettier! The bridge in the photo above leads to the other island, Île de la Cité, where you can find the Notre Dame among other things.
Strolling along the streets of Paris, it’s hard to miss one or two windows decorated with macarons. This display window belongs to the Ladurée store on Rue Bonaparte, my favourite Ladurée store in Paris.
After walking pass Ladurée I headed towards my favourite shopping street on the right bank, none other than Rue Saint Honoré. There’s so many things to look at in this neighbourhood. The people, their clothes and all the fantastic window displays. I found this amazing croc purse at YSL.
You can’t go through a day without having a little break for dessert. Although this isn’t any secret little place they do serve really delicious ice cream.