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A wonderful weekend in Paris! Where we stayed & places we ate 🇫🇷❤️

May 2, 2015

I love Paris in the Springtime! 

Anyone who knows me will know of my love for this romantic French city. It’s style is what I admire the most, everything is just pretty, from the beautiful balconies adorned with flowers of all colours, to the immaculate gardens filled with statues depicting scenes of romance and emotion, even the Eiffel Tower is such a nice shade of brown, it could be the new black.

My husband and I were lucky enough to spend 48 hours in this beautiful city without the little ones. One night and two days of wondering around, hand in hand with not a care in the world.

The weather was rainy but still it was just so romantic. I don’t know what it is exactly but everywhere you look, you find a little bit of romance, couples embracing, enjoy life – le joie de vivre!

So here is a little run down of what I did over my 48hours in the city of romance. This post will focus on food, my next will be about what to see!

Where to stay?

I have never been one for great big hotels, especially in a city like this, boutique hotels are my favourite. We love the Radisson Blu range of hotels. The Radisson Champs Élysées did not disappoint. A small hotel of 46 rooms located in viewing distance of the heroically majestic Arc de Triomphe! The historic Parisien building of the Radisson Champs Élysées was once the workshop and shop of the famous iconic French designer Louis Vuitton.

Radisson Champs Elysees

Our room

The view from our room

Other beautiful hotels to just visit, even if you cannot afford them-

– The Hotel Meurice – An amazing Bar & Lobby!

– The Plaza Athenee – Timeless beauty & where Sex & the City was filmed.

– The Peninsula Paris – recently opened with a super roof top bar.

Where to eat?

We wanted to eat in traditional places, where the locals dine. We learnt our lesson very fast, I won’t go into too much detail but just know not to eat in any places on the Champs Élysées itself, as our Concierge called it, ‘a tourist trap.’

We did have some superb meals though. Here they are-


La Belle Ferronniere, 53 Rue Pierre Charron

For a traditional French breakfast we dined at this lovely little brasserie, visited by lots of locals. We enjoyed fresh croissants and tartines (fresh baguettes with butter & jam), and a strong milky ‘cafe creme’.

La Belle Ferronniere

Lunch – 

Le Nemours, 2 Galerie Nemours

A lovely brasserie very near the Louvre. We enjoy freshly made baguettes filled with cheese with ice cold Orangina’s, and of course a ‘café creme.’

Le Nemours

Enjoying a ‘cafe creme’

Dinner – 

Chez Andre, 12 Rue Marbeuf

This meal was the highlight of our stay. We had booked a seperate more eleborate restaurant, but changed to this place later in the day. We arrived at 8pm to find the place buzzing with a good mix of locals and tourists. Famous for it’s zinc bar, the walls of Chez Andre is filled with images of stars who have dined there over the years. We were lucky enough to get a table outside. A lovely bottle of Bordeaux, the most delicious onion soup I have ever had and roast chicken cooked to perfection with frites. Plain, delicious food. At one point during our meal it started to rain quite heavily. Under the red covers of the restaurant, surrounded by the magic of Paris, dining and drinking, it was heavenly.

Chez Andre

Onion Soup at Chez Andre

Things you must try-

Hot chocolate at Angelina – 226 Rue de Rivoli

In 1903 the confectioner Antoine Rumpelmayer founded Angelina. It became the place to be seen among the Parisian aristocracy. Proust and Coco Chanel rubbed shoulders with the biggest names in fashion under this very roof. You will find a very long line in front for people waiting to get a table inside. However if like me you are not very patient, I suggest popping into the take away pastry section and getting a small take away cup of the best hot chocolate ever!

Chocolates from Angelina


Hot chocolate from Angelina

Bon appetite! xxx

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