My Paris Guide Part 1: Restaurants, Sights and Shopping

On the Seine.
On the Seine.

Paris may be the most beautiful city in the world, but it is not the movie set many of us have come to expect. It is a big city with gritty areas, and diverse cultures and cuisines, but this is precisely what makes it special. In addition to enjoying crêpes on the street and steak frites in a picture perfect French bistro you can also find Israeli street food, Asian-French fusion and globally influenced small plates from up-and-coming Parisian chefs.

It’s true that the pace is slower here than say New York or London. Shops still close on Sundays and don’t even think about trying to purchase meat at mid-day (butchers close for a two hour lunch break). While anybody who visits the city should see the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Musée D’Orsay, these sites are just the tip of the iceburg when it comes to what Paris has to offer culturally and architecturally. There’s nothing like coming to Paris and feeling more like a local than a tourist and hopefully this guide will help you do that. Continue reading “My Paris Guide Part 1: Restaurants, Sights and Shopping”

The Croissant aux Noix at Ladurée

 

The first Ladurée opened in 1862.
The first Ladurée opened in 1862.

Spring has officially arrived in Paris and perhaps no bakery in the city epitomizes the season more than Ladurée with its mint green awnings, and piles of pretty pastel colored macarons in flavors like, pistachio, rose petal, and lemon verbena. Credited with starting the version popular today (two shells joined with a ganache filling) in the early 20th century most people go to Ladurée for the macarons, but I go for something else entirely– the Croissant aux Noix or croissant with nuts. Continue reading “The Croissant aux Noix at Ladurée”

Tarte Aux Pommes at Poilane

Pastries at Poilane.
Tarte aux pommes and croissants at Poilane.

I’ve decided to write about a different pastry in Paris every Saturday, because I might as well put all these calories to good use. First up is the tarte aux pommes at Poilane, one of Paris’ best and most historic bakeries. The original tiny location is located in a former convent in Saint Germain (the bakery still reportedly makes bread in the original 17th century wood-burning oven in the basement) but we have a great location near us in the Marais complete with a cafe that makes tartines–open faced sandwiches and a bakery brimming with fresh loaves like the famed Poilane Miche, a sourdough loaf with thick golden crust. Continue reading “Tarte Aux Pommes at Poilane”