Paris in the Summer

From warm sunny mornings, to crisp rainy afternoons… there’s nothing quite as refreshing as Paris in the summer. On a weekly basis, my husband and I share a meal together, just the 2 of us, and we did this all day, everyday, in the city of love. Whether it was over duck confit and wine, or crepes and coffee, a place to sit and hold hands after a day of walking through the sights made our trip what it was – a time to just be with each other.

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DAY 1

Lunch

A staple stop for travelers and locals alike is Le Relais de l’Entrecote. They come for the sirloin, but return for the special sauce and the familiarity. Me? I was blown away by the simple yet complex desserts, done immaculately.

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Salade aux Noix

Steak Frites

Entrecote A Point

Le Vacherin d ‘ete

Le Vacherin d ‘ete

Relais Profiteroles

Relais Profiteroles

Pre Dinner

After a leisurely stroll in Saint-Germain, we did a quick stop in the street’s gorgeous corner Les Deux Magots cafe. There, we sampled their simple salad of iceberg lettuce, ham, chicken, cheese, tomato and hard boiled eggs, dressed in a mustard vinaigrette.

Salade Deux Magots

Salade Deux Magots

Dinner

I was recommended to come to Babylone Bis past 9pm because it is open late, and told emphatically that I must try the African chicken. Tender quarters of grilled bone in chicken in African spices, served with rice, fried plantains and a myriad of excellent sauces. This was easily one of the best dishes I had in all of Europe.

African Chicken platter

African Chicken platter

 

DAY 2

Breakfast

Why come to France and not have delicate crepes? In Ar Poul Gwen we had one savory and one sweet, which made for the perfect start to the day.

Fromage

Fromage

Nutella

Nutella

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Lunch

Cafe du Marche is quaint little cafe on Rue Cler street. Known for its confit de canard, which is one of my husband’s favorite dishes, we decided this would be a nice little lunch spot before lying in the gardens by the Eiffel Tower.

A little spritz before the meal

A little spritz before the meal

Duck Confit

Duck Confit

More steak... at a perfect medium rare. And the potatoes were fantastic

More steak… at a perfect medium rare. And the potatoes were fantastic

Dinner

There was something about eating in the Champs-Elysees L’Atelier Etoile de Joel Robuchon that felt very sexy…  Perhaps it was the fun bar seating, or the red and black interiors… Or maybe it was every superb course that kept making it’s way to us. Either way, it was a lovely meal.

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ADDRESS GUIDE

Le Relais de l’Entrecote

15 Rue Marbeuf

Les Deux Magots

6 Place Saint-Germain des Pres

Babylone Bis

34 Rue Tiquetonne

Ar Poul Gwen

11 Rue Etienne Marcel

Café du Marche

38 Rue Cler

L’Atelier Etoile de Joel Robuchon

Publicic Drugstore, 133 av. Des Champs-Elysees