What’s New | Fall 2014


There have been so many new openings in the past few months that we have gained a good few kilos eating our way around town! Stay out of the winter cold by warming up in some of these great dining spots!

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52 Faubourg Saint Denis

52 Faubourg Saint Denis

The team behind neighbourhood favorites L’Office and Richer has opened a bright new no-reservations neo-bistro on, you guessed it, rue Faubourg Saint Denis. The small menu is Continue reading

Holiday Recipe | Pain d’Epices


Nothing says Holiday Season like some holiday baking!

Spice up your apartment and warm your souls this winter with this delicious recipe for pain d’épices. We have teamed up with the fabulous Montmartre-based cooking school Cook’n With Class to bring you one of the easiest and best recipes we have ever made for this French classic.

IMG_0706Pain d’épices is a honey cake flavoured with various spices. While the cake is similar to gingerbread, this French classic contains no molasses and is made with whole grain flour Continue reading

Holiday 2014 Restaurant Closings


Traveling in Paris over the holiday season is nothing less than magical!

One can hit quite a few speed bumps, however, when it comes to dining as many restaurants close for at least a week over the holidays. Below is our list of restaurant closing by arrondissement followed by our suggestions for some great spots to spend both Christmas and New Years.

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First up, the holiday closures:

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Le Grand Vefour – cosed December 24-28
Les Fines Gueules – closed December 23-25, closed December 31 – January 1
Verjus – closed December 24-26 & January 1st
Spring – closed December 22-25, closed December 31- January 1

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Chez Georges – closed December 24-January 1st
Drouant – closed January 1st
Racines 1 & 2 – closed December 23 – January 5
Saturne – closed December 24-28
Terroir Parisien Palais Brongniart – closed December 24 – January 1, open December 31 for dinner only

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Derriere – closed December 24-25, January 1st
Glou – closed December 24-25
La Briciola – closed approx. December 22 – January 2
Beaucoup – closed December 24-25, January 1st
Soma – closed December 24-January 3

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Benoit— closed December 24-25 & 31, January 1
Icho— closed December 21- December 27
Isami— closed December 24 – January 5
Le Jaja – closed December 24-25, January 1st
L’Ambroisie— closed December 24-25, closed January 31-1

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58 Qualité Street— closed December 20-December 26
Desvouges— closed December 24 – January 5
Itinéraires— closed December 22-26
Le Pot O’Lait— closed December 20- January 2
Le Pre Verre— closed evening of December 24-January 2
Les Papilles— closed December 24 – January 2, open December 26, 27
Terroir Parisien— closed December 24-25, January 1

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Le Chardenoux des Prés – closed December 24, 25
L’Epi Dupin – closed night of December 24- December 29, closed December 31- January 5
Fish La Boissonerie – closed December 22 – January 2
Le Timbre – closed December 24, 25, open December 26-31, closed January 1-5
Le Comptoir du Relais – closed December 24, 25, closed December 31-January 1
Semilla – closed December 24 – January 5
Ze Kitchen Gallerie – closed December 24-25 & 31, January 1

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Brasserie Thoumieux – no annual closing
L’Atelier Saint-Germain de Joël Robuchon – no annual closing
L’Arpège – no annual closing
Café Constant – no annual closing
L’Arpège –  closed December 27, 28
Chez l’Ami Jean – closed December 24-January 1
Davis Toutain – Closed December 25 & January 1
Treize – closed December 24-31

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L’Atelier Etoile de Joël Robuchon – open every day except December 31
Lasserre – closed December 24 -29 open December 25, open December 31 & January 1 for dinner only
La Gaigne – closed December 24-27
Market – no annual closing
Pierre Gagnaire – closed December 23-26, January 1-6

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Le Pantruche – closed December – January 5
La Maison Mère –closed December 24-25, closed January 31-1
Encore – closed December 23 – January 5
Caillebotte – open December 24 for lunch, closed from December 24- January 5
L’Office – closed night of December 24 – January 4

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Abri – closed December 25 – January 2
Vivant Table – closed December 24 – January 5
Le Galopin – closed December 24 – January 5
Porte 12 – closed December 22-29, open December 30-31, closed January 1-2

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Caffe dei Cioppi – closed December 20 – January 5
Chardenoux – closed December 24-25
Le Chateaubriand – closed December 22-26
Bones – closed December 21-January 7

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Dersou – Closed for dinner on December 24, Closed December 25.

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La Régalade – closed December 24 (dinner), 25, 31 (dinner) & January 1-4; Exceptionally open for lunch on December 22 & 29
Le Severo- closed December 24, 25, 31 & January 1

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La Veraison – closed December 20 – January 6
La Niege D’Ete – closed December 22-25, Closed January 1
Le Quinzième – closed December 24, 25, 31
Jadis – closed December 24-27 & January 1

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La Table Lauriston – closed December 24-25 & January 1

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Coretta – closed December 24, 25, 31 & January 1
Guy Savoy – Closed December 23-25 & January 1
Gare au Gorille – closed December 24, 25 & 31
Roca – closed December 22-26

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Guilo-Guilo – closed December 27 – January 3
Jeanne B – closed December 22 – January 13

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Roseval– closed December 24 – January 5

 

And here are some ideas for places to celebrate Christmas and the New Year:

Restaurants to celebrate Christmas Eve Dinner

Allard – 95euro/person special menu, not including drinks
Brasserie Thoumieux – standard menu as well as a special menu
David Toutain – 200euro/person special menu
Drouant  – Standard menu + 140euro/person special menu
Guilo-Guilo – standard menu available
L’Arpège – standard menu
Le Grand Colbert – standard menu available
Le Jules Verne – 290Euro/Person, 390Euro/Person with wine pairing
La Tour d’Argent— 150euro/person special menu
Le Meurice— 650euro/person special menu
Le Reminet – special items on the menu for the holiday season but no fixed-price menu
Market – standard menu available
Mon Vieil Ami—75Euro/Person special menu

Restaurants to celebrate Christmas Day Dinner

Brasserie Thoumieux – standard menu as well as a special menu
Drouant  – Standard menu + 140euro/person special menu
L’Arpège – standard menu
L’Atelier Etoile de Joël Robuchon— standard menu & tasting menu
Le Grand Colbert – Standard Menu
Le Reminet – special items on the menu for the holiday season but no fixed-price menu
Market – standard menu available
Mon Vieil Ami—75Euro/Person

Restaurants to celebrate New Year’s Eve Dinner

Allard – 130euro/person (w/o drinks) & 210euro/person (including drinks) special menus
Beaucoup – 115euro/person special menu
Brasserie Thoumieux – standard menu as well as a special menu
Le Chardenoux des Prés –100euro/person special menu
David Toutain – 200euro/person special menu
Derriere – 160euro/person special menu
Dersou –90euro/person special menu
Drouant – 160euro/person special menu
Glou – 98euro/person special menu
Jadis – 95euro/person special menu
Jean Francois Piege – special menu
L’Arpège – standard menu
L’Atelier Etoile de Joël Robuchon— standard menu & tasting menu
La Table Lauriston – 98euro/person special menu
La Tour d’Argent— standard menu available
Le Chateaubriand – 85euro/person special menu (110euro/person with wine)
Le Gaigne— 130euro/person special menu
Le Grand Colbert – 120-200euro/person special menu
Le Grand Vefour- 650euro/person special menu
Le Jaja – 100euro/person special tasting menu including a glass of champagne
Le Jules Verne – 600euro/person, 800euro/person with wine pairing special menu
Le Meurice— 1200euro/person special menu
Le Reminet – special items on the menu for the holiday season but no fixed-price menu
Market – special menu will be available
Mon Vieil Ami—85euro/person special menu
Pierre Gagnaire – 595euro/person menu, not including drinks
Roca – will have a special menu
Saturne – special menu
Terroir Parisien—90euro & 110euro/person special menus
Verjus – 250euro/person special menu, private room reservation for groups available.

Restaurants to celebrate New Year’s Day Dinner

Chardenoux – 100euro/person
Brasserie Thoumieux – standard menu as well as a special menu
Itinéraires— special menu 140euro/person
L’Arpège – standard menu
L’Atelier Etoile de Joël Robuchon— standard menu & tasting menu
Le Chardenoux des Prés – 100Euro/person without drinks
Le Grand Colbert – Standard menu
Le Grand Vefour – Standard menu available.
Le Reminet – special items on the menu for the holiday season but no fixed-price menu
Market – standard menu available

Spotlight on the Musée Nissim de Camondo


This is a guest post by the team at Context Travel. They have shared some of their expert advice on some fun new ways to discover the City of Light. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

The Musée de Nissim Camondo, located in the 8th arrondissement near the Parc Monceau, houses the once private collection of 18th century arts & decor that previously belonged to Count Moïse de Camondo. In a city notorious for its many museums, the Nissim Camondo, although less-known than the Louvre or the Orsay, still very much merits a visit.

Musee_Nissim_De_Camondo_2Like many museums in Paris, the history of the Musée de Nissim Camondo is just as interesting as the historical objects on display inside. Moïse de Camondo was born in Constantinople during the Ottoman empire, to a family of Sephardic Jewish bankers. Shortly after, his family moved to Paris in an effort to extend their business. Moïse was the heir to the family estate, which he rebuilt 1911 to house his extensive art collection as well as to serve as his family’s private residence. The architecture of this residence-turned-museum was largely inspired by the Petit Trianon at Versailles.

It was the intention of Moïse to pass down his estate to his son Nissim de Camondo; however, Nissim enlisted in the Armée de l’air immediately after the outbreak of World War I and was tragically killed in battle in 1917. Following the death of his only son, Moïse largely retreated from society, preferring to devote his time to his collection and occasionally receiving guests for dinner parties. In honor of his son he donated the estate to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and one year after his death in 1935 the Musée de Nissim Camondo was inaugurated. The tragic story of this family continued in 1945 when Count Camondo’s last living descendants, his daughter Beatrice de Camondo Reinach and her children, died in a concentration camp after being deported to Germany during the German Occupation of France during World War II.

Musée_Nissim_de_Camondo_-_Petit_BureauThe residence has been entirely preserved in its original condition and is one of the best examples of, as Moïse describes it in his will, “the recreation of an 18th-century artistic residence”. Today visitors of the museum can visit 3 floors of this once-private mansion including the kitchens (featuring a kosher design), formal rooms and private apartments, as well as the small but incredibly charming gardens. This museum also offers visitors a glimpse into the daily life of the elite upper class in the 20th century.

Some of the highlights of Moïse’s collection include Savonnerie tapestries as well as notable woodworks by Riesener and Jacob. We sat down with art historian and Context Travel docent Dr. Charlotte Daudon Lacaze to ask her favorite piece in the collection. Without hesitation, she shared what she considers to be the pièce de résistance: the small lady’s roll top desk built around 1760 by cabinet-maker Jean-François Oeben, with its “beautifully delicate inlay work of naturalistic floral motifs of precious wood and very elegant forms.” This was the first prototype of the roll top desk, and in fact, after seeing this desk in 1761, King Louis XV commissioned a larger, grander version for himself, now known as the “Bureau du Roi” (it’s on display at the Palace of Versailles).

Besides the gorgeous aesthetics of the piece, it was also functional. Louis XV kept his important documents in hidden drawers for which he had the only key, which he kept on his person at all times. We may never know how Moïse used his desk, which he acquired from famed antique dealer Jacques Seligmann in 1899, but for Charlotte, “the first and small version at the Nissim Camondo is one of the most elegant pieces of French Louis XV furniture and a wonderful testimony to Moïse de Camondo’s impeccable taste”.

Petit_Trianon_(new)The Musée de Nissim Camondo is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 5:30pm.

Looking to visit the museum with an expert? Context Travel can arrange private tours of the collection. For more information, contact their Paris team directly at france-spain@contexttravel.com.
 
Check out our past posts from Context Travel here!

Les Marchés de Noël | 2014 – 2015


There is something magical about the holiday season in Paris and there isn’t a better way to bring out the Christmas spirit than to head to one of the city’s Marchés de Noël, or Christmas Markets.

Christmas markets throughout France originate from the Eastern region of Alsace that has historical roots being traded between France and Germany. The most famous (and largest) Christmas Market in France is in Strasbourg, the capital of the region.

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Here in Paris, Christmas Markets tend to pop up throughout the city from mid-November through the holiday season. Below are some of our favorite markets for shopping and spiced vin chaud to warm you up! Continue reading

Mixing Business with Pleasure | 24 Hours in Paris


I was recently interviewed for a feature in easyJet Traveller, easyJet’s in-flight magazine, on an itinerary for a 24-hour business layover in Paris and what we would recommend. The full article is featured in the November 2014 issue of easyJet Traveller but I thought I would share with you my suggestions for a 24-hour business pitstop in Paris that would be the perfect mix of business and pleasure:

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Our Top Picks | Paris Hotels


Over the past few years it seems that renting an apartment for your trip to Paris has been the thing to do. Lots of great apartment rental agencies like Perfectly Paris, Haven in Paris and the fabulous Time & Place luxury rentals that we work with provide all of the comfort of a hotel with the experience of exploring Paris like a true Parisian.

With the explosion of these rental agencies as well as the saturated rental market with AirBnB in Paris, some hotels are upping your game to provide high design and comfort with their rooms as well as a level of service that many apartment rental agencies are struggling to keep up with.

Here are our picks for hotels in Paris for every occasion:

CitizenM Paris Charles de Gaulle | Best Airport Hotel

“Stay in a hotel with soul. And nice pillows” is what you will see on the CitizenM website and this trendy hotel does indeed have soul. With all of the comforts of a 5 star hotel, it’s the little things that Continue reading

TwizTours | Zipping Around Paris


Ever feel like zipping through Paris and all of its glorious sites in your own electric car? Well we did with TwizTour and thought we would share our experience with you.

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A Twizy is a cute blue electric car with an individually tailored GPS tour of Paris, based on duration of time and sites you want to see. Valentina and Fanny run this unique boutique electric car tour company located at Port de Suffren beneath the Eiffel Tower and are super sweet and helpful.

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Exploring Paris Street Art


This is a guest post by the team at Context Travel. They have shared some of their expert advice on some fun new ways to discover the City of Light. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Paris, like most major metropolises, attracts artists of many kinds, and graffiti artists are no exception. Far beyond the spray-painted wall scribble with which many associate it, graffiti has over the last few decades evolved into a respected expression of public art, often with strong political and social messages. It’s no surprise that Paris has long been known as a leader in such urban art, and pieces from the large-scale to the barely perceptible can be found all over the city, even in its wealthiest quartiers. Here we point out just some of the best areas to see true graffiti art in the ever-changing canvas that is Paris.

Artists at work on rue Dénoyez in Belleville.

Artists at work on rue Dénoyez in Belleville.

Le M.U.R.

Le M.U.R. is a billboard-sized wall on rue Oberkampf, in the 11th arrondissement, that hosts the work of artists from around the world. Every two to four weeks, the non-profit that manages the wall (one of Continue reading

Best Brunch Bites in Paris


Not sure about you guys, but as fall and winter loom closer, we are in the market for places to withstand the temps and nourish our souls with some good old fashioned brunch.  We’ve done the work for you, here are some of our top picks as of late!

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Le 37m2:

Tawainese food for brunch?  Seems a bit odd, but I have two words for you: bubble tea.  At their super cool location in Pigalle, Le 37m2 offers this unique tea which contains grains of tapioca and is blended with a number of sweet flavors.  They shake Continue reading