Last night, after a few drinks in the gorgeous evening sunshine, we headed into Paris. Sam and I made the most of holiday weather to get dressed up (a move we later regretted given how much walking we did...I will not mention that Joe got us lost on the way to the wrong metro station, making us walk an extra 30 minutes!)
We made the most of some happy hour cocktails near Chatelet des Halles and then sauntered to our first major destination - the super fancy Cafe de la Paix in Opera (for more info, see here). It is a 150 year old institution, and pure indulgence. The decor is opulent - gold leaf, chandeliers, plush sofas. Cocktails set you back circa 20 euros each, but you are paying for the surrounding. It's a brilliant place for a drink, but don't expect your barman to understand "mojito" or "pina colada" (nice manly choices there, boys). Special mention to Sam who ordered a frozen strawberry daquiri, and then wasn't impressed when it was too cold.....
|Happy hour - beer & cocktails 5 euros!|
|Fancy cafe de la paix|
|a cold frozen daquiri - who knew!|
|Nice, simple champagne pour moi!|
|butch choices for the boys - french mojito and a pina colada|
|Joe and I finishing Sam's frozen drink|
We were meant to be going for dinner to a restaurant called La Ferrandaise in St Germain de Pres, but after all the cocktails we were running a little late! Not far from the Cafe de la Paix there is a restaurant called Bistrot Victoires. In this part of Paris, where you are heading towards the designer shops and designer price tags, its great to find an authentic Parisienne bistro serving really good food. Down a little back street, Bistrot Victoires is rustic, hearty food, with mains all around 10.5 euros and desserts at 5.5euros.
|confit du canard|
Desserts were even better, although most of us were too full to finish them (not Joe - who ate his own profiteroles, and then half of mine - good job he went for a run this morning!)
|Gateaux du chocolat|
|This is Pied de Cochon where Joe and his friends went on a stag do a few years ago - speciality bits of pig - special mention to Shereef! |
Off to Paris again today for some sight seeing... a bientot!xx