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As a designer, I am always drawn to the colors chefs use when creating their dishes. It brings so much inspiration and new ideas when I am picking my color palettes for collections or styling a look.
As we all know, French cuisine arguably reigns supreme and in Paris the restaurants are not only good, but they are also the perfect places to pull a seat up and watch the people go by. Whether you are looking for a 3 Star Michelin restaurant like Guy Savoy (where I once did a 4 hour lunch tasting menu!), a marvelous restaurant in a hotel like Le Cinq in George V or a trendy restaurant like Café de Flore, there are a million and one places in Paris to amuse your bouche.
During fashion week I was able to hit some of my favorite places, but unfortunately not all of them. Here are some pictures of a couple places I went to, but those not pictured here which I also really enjoyed were; L’Espadon at the Hotel Ritz, La Société and Vogue Bar at Hôtel de Crillon. For me personally, my two favorite neighborhoods where I love to get lost and discover restaurants/shopping are St-Germain-des-Prés and Le Marais. Bisous NYS
Hôtel Costes Terrace – This Hotel/Restaurant is a definite place to see and be seen. But I must also say it exudes french chic from the moment you step in. At first you smell the essence of Hotel Costes signature candles – yes I bought one and it is burning as we speak. Then you notice the velvet adorned interiors screaming opulence. Then you walk onto the terrace as if you walked into another century. All and all one of my favorite places in Paris!
Hôtel Costes lunch – first day in Paris – where the food is designed for women
Ralph’s Restaurant with Erica Pelosini – One of the newest hotspots in Paris
Ralph’s Restaurant open last year to rave reviews and I must say I agree. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was inviting. In summer you want to score a seat in the coveted courtyard, but the luxurious old world dining room also fits in with the old american style menu.
Cafe Marly – a great place to grab lunch while visiting the Louvre or taking a stroll through the picturesque scenery
Tour D’Argent is said to be one of the oldest restaurants in Paris where Henry IV used to frequent. Known to have amazing food with views of the Notre Dame and the Seine River. A match made in heaven.
Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris – views of the Grand Bar. If you can, you must come see this hotel and enjoy the weekend brunch buffet. The design is impeccable and the food was beyond explanation – each bite better than the next. This will definitely be a staple for my future trips.
Brunch at Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris – inspired by the combination of colors of the smoothies – nice color palette for Spring!
Brunch at Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris – and dessert…caramel corn, lemon tart and of course a Macaroon.
Brunch at Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris – so pretty it deserves it own light.
Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris – the chandeliers reflected by mirrors – stunning!
Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris with the interiors designed by Philippe Starck, it is no wonder it is at the top of the list of must see hotels in Paris.
Maison Ladurée – monkfish with black truffles on a bed of scalloped potatoes
Maison Ladurée – les macarons – they are as good as they look!
Maison Ladurée – les macarons. Luckily I can obtain my macaroon obsession in New York now, but for some reason they always taste better in Paris!