If you are looking for afternoon tea then you must visit Ladurée on the Champs-Élysées.
There may be long queues but it's worth the wait. Amazing tea and amazing macaron or try the rose scented St. Honoré. It's all quite camp but done very well. An ideal place to take your mother!
On our first trip to Paris, we went to a restaurant in Les Invalides called L'Esplanade. We had left finding a good restaurant until very late, and all the options that we had been given were booked solid. The only one we could get into was L'Esplanade, for a 10:30pm booking.
A little aprehensive, as we expected a near empty restaurant, we turned up, only to find we were among a number of groups waiting for tables to clear! The restaurant was still accepting new diners as late as 2am, and we finally left at 3am, drunk, happy and well fed.
The food, not typical Parisian food, was delicious. Some reviews have called it fusion, however, being from Sydney the styles presented were just good combinations of tastes and textures.
The standout was the potato mash (of all things). I have heard of Joel Robuchon's mash made of 50% butter, I tasted something similar here, and it was magical!
I have had friends make their way to this restaurant only to sample this starter! The staff were very efficient and friendly, particularly as we were liable to murder their native language whenever we opened our mouths. The clientele were also quite entertaining, with a good spread of celebrity/wannabes and crusty old French diners, you would look to the door to see who was next.
Café de l'Esplanade 52, Rue Fabert, 75007 Paris Fax : +(33) 1 47 05 23 75 - Reservations : +(33) 1 47 05 38 80
Paris is not renowned for good vegetarian food. However, if you've had enough of cheese sandwhices, you could try a visit to Le Potager Du Marais.
Situated in Rue Rambuteau, this vegetarian restaurant serves delicious and imaginative dishes and offers a good value three-course 20 euro set menu. It's also only a five-minute walk from the Pompidou Centre. Just remember to book in advance at weekends because it fills up quickly.
Forget forking out over hundreds of euros at the Eiffel Tower's pricey restaurants, pop around the corner (southwards) to a fantastic little authentic French bistro called Chez Ribe.
Great food, nice wine, great atmosphere, frequented by locals and all at a reasonable price. Great place for an evening meal in a great location.
For a glimpse of the Paris of Toulouse Lautrec visit Chartier, a restaurant which looks as if it hasn't changed in a hundred years. It's cheap, cheerful and full of Parisians. Find it in the Rue du Faubourg de Montmartre
Catering on a budget in Paris – then head for Chartier, Opera Quarter, an old 19th Century soup kitchen with listed décor, which offers a bustling atmosphere and inexpensive basic French food.
This cavernous restaurant caters today, as it always has, to people on a budget. Be prepared to share one of the long trestle tables with other diners but that adds to the fun of the Chartier experience. You never know who you’ll be sitting next to in Paris!
This restaurant is linked with Green Gulch Farm, a Zen centre and farm which provides organic produce. The restaurant serves outstanding vegetarian haute cuisine. The cookbooks by two of its cooks, Deborah Madison (Greens, Vegetarian Cooking for everyone) and Annie Somerville (Fields of Greens) have been my best friends in the kitchen for many years.
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Whatever your arrival time is at Gare du Nord, go to the Pied de Cochon, an open brasserie on a picturesque pedestrian walkway open day and night, 24 hours a day and all the year long! In a few minutes' time with the Metro line 4, you get some amazing fresh seafood or meat, foie gras pied de cochon etc.
My suggestion: the Menu Rouge and the Alsace Riesling Wine. The service is fantastic, the experience unforgettable.
From Gare du Nord, Line 4 direction, Porte d'Orlean stop at Chatelet les Halles. Located opposite the St Eustache church.
A restaurant called 'Le Chiberta' which is just off the Champs Elysees. It was the most amazing meal I've EVER had and even a year later, I still drool about it. It wasn't that expensive either. It was about 125 euros for two of us, but that included my husband ordering the most expensive glass of wine in the history of wine drinking! My mouth is watering now!
I just moved to Munich - what a wonderful city! Fantastic mixture of historic tradition and anarchic alternatives, accessibly modern and suprisingly friendly. From the moment you arrive in the well-designed (of course!) airport -they check your passport and you pick your luggage up straight at the gate - right the way through to literaly hundreds of independent bars and restaurants it's one the nicest cities in the world!
Best bars are in the Glockenbachviertel. For good restaurants try Schwabing and Liehl. Great beer gardens everywhere.
Visit Musée du Cacao et du Chocolat. Belgium is renowned for its delicious chocolate, which makes this an essential visit.
The museum tells the story of chocolate, right from its cocoa-based origins, as well as having lots of unexpected things made out of chocolate.
Ever fancied wearing chocolate? Marvel at the chocolate clothing, which means chocolate can now be worn outside the bedroom!
Sample the museum’s delicacy as you explore and you can even take some home with you, with a visit to the shop. It can be found on Rue de la Tête d'Or, Brussels.
Try the injera. It has a curious texture that some people don’t like and has a lemony tang as the batter is left to ferment like sourdough.
If you can’t stomach the injera, there is plenty of pasta available because the Italians occupied Ethiopia for a time. Vegetarians won’t have any problem as the Ethiopians fast frequently, which for them is doing without meat.
In Lalibela we stayed at Blue Lal Hotel and at Yemhera Hotel.
The Yemhera has bungalows in the grounds and you can wander in the grounds without harassment. We visited the Blue Lal most days for toast and honey.
Lalibela is also the place to sample Tej, a honey wine, while enjoying the local music and dancing, an experience in itself.
Blue Lal Hotel, tel: 033 3360380
Yemhere Hotel, tel: 033 3360163
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