paris: things to eat
Ladurée is the best known macaron bakery in Paris. It is famous for inventing the double decker macaron cookies. (Supposedly they sell 15,000 cookies everyday!) There are a few locations all over Paris but the one on Rue Royale is right where we make a bus transfer so we’ve gotten in the habit of picking up a box in the mornings and then later that day at the park we unpackage the little treats and take turns trying each flavor. The packaging is really incredible, the bag, box, and even the napkin are gorgeous quality. Unboxing these little cookies is exciting every single time. I’ve tried lots of macarons but these are by far the best.
Last week I took my friend Sharon to the fondue restaurant Refuge des Fondus in Montmartre. Paul and I had eaten there on our honeymoon and we loved it so I was excited to go back and see if it was as great as I remembered it. The diners are almost exclusively tourists and while I usually strive for a more authentic experience this place is so fun it is an exception. It is a very small restaurant with two long tables, if you sit on the wall side you have to literally climb over the table. The atmosphere is very casual and you will probably end up in your neighbors’ conversations because you will be sitting so cozy next to them. But the most hilarious part of this restaurant is that they serve their beverages in baby bottles. It is pretty funny to be sitting there with a long table full of adults and baby bottles are scattered throughout the table. The meal is a pretty good deal too: 18 Euros will get you a huge pot of fondue, things to dip in it, dessert and several drinks. They do seatings every 2 hours and you’ll need reservations. Then when you are done walk up to Sacre Couer steps to see the lights and people watch.
Refuge des Fondus | 17 rue des Trois-Freres, 75018 Paris | Metro: Abbesses
It is so warm today! We decided to celebrate the warm weather (finally!) with a trip to get some Berthillon ice cream on Ile Saint Louis behind Notre Dame. Our favorites so far are passion fruit and pear–sooo good. There are so many things to explore now that the weather is warming up, you can feel the whole city in a good mood. (Ps: Thanks to Sharon for holding our cones (and not eating them) while I took Moses in search of a potty.
Berthillon Ice Cream | 29-31 rue Saint Louis en l’ile 75004 Paris | Metro: Pont Marie
photos by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day
My friend Sharon is in town from New York so we went to a beautiful cafe here in the 7th called Pain et Chocolat this morning for breakfast. Lindsey from Lost in Cheeseland took me here a few weeks ago and I loved it so much I couldn’t wait to go back. It is half a block from Rue Cler. The owners are adorable, the food is impeccable and the presentation is gorgeous. I highly recommend this place for brunch.
Pain et Chocolat | 16 Avenue La Motte Picquet 75007 Paris | Métro : École Militaire