— I love to visit the tea rooms at Le Meurice (above). Cedric Grolet was recently named best pastry chef by 50 Best and the accolade is well deserved. His fruit sculptures are exquisite. When I was last there, I enjoyed a peach made of white chocolate filled with the fruit and mint jelly. Divine. I also adore pâtisserie Broken Biscuits on Avenue Parmentier. It’s young and fresh, the kind of place you go back to again and again.
— During that last trip, I stayed at Hotel Le Pigalle in the red-light district. Good breakfast, good bed and fantastic location for all the new restaurants. I loved Le Servan on Rue Saint-Maur and Clown Bar on Rue Amelot.
— Yet my top choice would be Le Baratin in the 20th arrondissement — Argentine chef Raquel Carena‘s food is delicious. I also like an authentic old-school brasserie called L’Ami Louis near République. It’s fabulous, with pink tablecloths and theatrical staff who sing “Happy Birthday” to the diplomats dining there. The wine list is the size of my old Encyclopaedia Britannica. Order the roast chicken with butter leaf salad and fries.
— For a serious glass of wine, go to La Buvette. The owner Camille Fourmont has taken a small space and made it work without much fuss. She has great taste and an eye for a vintage. I can spend all day there. Another place to try is Cave de Septime (above), in the 11th. The buzz is so cool and the staff friendly and helpful.
— I also like to climb the ancient steps of Notre Dame to watch the sunset and the glittery gaudiness of the Eiffel Tower. Somehow the juxtaposition works. I love it — even though I know it makes many Parisians cringe.
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