I have a handful of 'rules' when selecting a destination to travel to.
Bar any trips I have to take for business, my selection goes through the following sieve:
- Is the city up and coming?
- Is the city food centric?
- How good is the light in the city?
- Most importantly have I been there before?
But when Paris is on the table, most importantly never matters. The sieve is pushed to the side and plans gush down pulp, nibs, clumps and all.
There is always time for Paris.
I just spent a week in Pairs winding through her roads, drinking her coffee and enjoying her food. Again. And oh yes, again.
If I were there for 24 hours my tables would be scheduled like so:
Breakfast at Cafe de Flore accompanied by relentless people watching. My favourite seats are outside, even if its winter and even if its raining. 172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris, France.
A sweet kiss at La Maison du Chou. A small shop exclusively serving chou puffs filled with your selection of cream. I request that you please, don't miss this. 7 Rue de Furstenberg, 75006 Paris, France.
Lunch at Ellsworth specialising in small plates. The fried chicken. If I'm recommending fried chicken in Paris, you know it must be that perfect. 34 Rue de Richelieu, 75001 Paris, France.
Coffee with the good fold from Folks and Sparrows. Out of the way, but as hipster as you can get in Pairs. 14 Rue Saint-Sebastien, 75011 Paris, France.
And finally dinner at Frenchie Wine Bar. Their menu changes seasonally so I would recommend one of everything on the menu. 5 Rue du Nil, 75002 Paris, France.
What does your Paris Itinerary look like?