Paris in April
I love Paris, and it continues to amaze me every time I visit. I just visited in September, but seeing Paris this past week in the spring weather made me love it even more. The flowers were in bloom, and the streets were lined with people sitting at outdoor cafés enjoying wine and Parisian delights. It's a spectacular city, and the scenery was matched by many of the delicious meals we enjoyed on this trip.
This small cafe is located in the Marais right along the Seine. It's romantic with candlelit tables, but we had a large group of friends dine here and it still worked very nicely. Our table enjoyed bottles of Sancerre, steak, dover sole meuniere, and a memorable chocolate lava cake for dessert.
Chez Julien is located in the 4th arrondissement at 1 Rue du Pont Louis-Phillipe.
Perhaps one of the best spots for people watching, the famous Les Deux Magots is located right along Boulevard Saint-Germain, and offers a classic French menu. In the early 1900's it was frequented by intellectuals and young writers such as Ernest Hemingway, and today remains one of the most famous cafés in France. We had lunch outside on the patio on a gorgeous day, and enjoyed great food while soaking up the sun.
I had a tomato and mozzarella quiche with a thick and flaky crust served with a nice side salad. Along with a glass of rosé, this was pretty much the perfect Parisian lunch. Others at the table enjoyed salads and sandwiches. Les Deux Magots delivers on food, atmosphere, and location. Put it on your lunch list. Les Deux Magots is located in the 6th arrondissement at 6 Place Saint-Germain des Prés.
I had been reading about this place for some time now, and I finally had the chance to try it out on this past trip. It is always packed and typically has a long wait, but coming at an off hour allowed me to snag a table instantly. I spent the entire day watching my close friend Julie run in the Paris marathon, and around 4pm I was in desperate need of a snack to hold me over until dinner. I walked over to the Hotel Relais Saint-Germain and popped into one of their restaurants, Le Comptoir du Relais for an afternoon nosh. We immediately were served warm homemade bread, and ordered wine along with a meat and cheese plate.
It was the perfect amount of food, and the house-made charcuterie as well as the rich and creamy cheeses made us very happy after a long day walking all over the city. I can't wait to come back again to try more. Le Comptoir Du Relais is located in the 6th arrondissement at the Hotel Relais Saint-Germain, 9 Carrefour de l'Odéon.
There are two locations of this restaurant in Paris, and we chose the small and quaint one that was located within a passageway. The restaurant is tiny, and is decked with wine bottles on every shelf. The menu is limited and posted on a chalkboard for diners to decide. We started with an appetizer of green asparagus, egg, and cheese. It was absolutely divine, and the ingredients paired so nicely together.
For my main course I ordered the risotto with seafood which included squid and fish. It was creamy and wonderful, and because the restaurant is so small I could see the chef carefully stirring the risotto and then plating it when it was time to serve. Racines is located in the 2nd arrondissement at 8 Passage des Panoramas.
OLIO PANE VINO
Typically I would not look to eat Italian food in Paris, but my friend Julie was running the Paris marathon and needed to stock up on some carbs before the race. I took to Twitter to survey some trusted sources, and went with David Lebovitz's recommendation of Olio Pane Vino in the 1st.
The restaurant was tiny and adorable, with just a few tables and a set menu for salads and appetizers. However, the pastas change daily and were written on the chalkboard for us to choose from. I had a delicious linguine with almonds, pine nuts, pistachios, anchovies, and tomatoes. We also enjoyed Italian wine, and my friend Julie was quite satisfied before the race. Olio Pane Vino is located in the 1st arrondissement on 44 Rue Coquillère.