Last week I went to Italian restaurant Zazza, which is hands down the best pizza in Paris. Perhaps even the world.
With a pizza oven from Florence, ingredients imported from Italy and dishes whipped up by Italian chefs, this place is as authentic as it gets. It’s a little bit pricey, but the food is sensational, so well worth it in my opinion.
I went with a friend and we each had a spritz (€10), shared two pizzas—the Affumicata (€15) and the Figata (€21)—and a tiramisu (€8), all washed down with a limoncello (€5).
My only regret was not being able to eat a whole tiramisu on my own….
ZAZZA – Bistro Italien
18 rue du Faubourg Poissonnière
Metro: Grands Boulevards, Bonne Nouvelle
Summer is finally here in Paris, which pretty much means any excuse for ice cream… Sunday was a sweltering 32 degrees when I stumbled across Spaghettina, an ice cream shop that serves up the cold stuff in the shape of spaghetti.
Spaghettina has brought this German spaghetti-shaped concept (invented by Dario Fontanella in 1969 in Mannheim) to the French capital, to a little shop in the 10th arrondissement.
You opt for a cone or pot, then choose your ice cream flavour–so far, so normal. And that’s where things start to get interesting. A layer of cream lines your pot or cone, your scoop of ice cream is fed into a machine and comes out like spaghetti, and you choose a sauce and a topping. I opted for praline ice cream, caramel sauce and white chocolate shavings; my friend went for something more fruity and topped with raspberries, and we ate sat by the canal.
I’d highly recommend this place–great staff, great ice cream and a novel concept. Price wise it gets a gold star too–my ice cream spaghetti cost less than €5.
61 rue de Lancy
Metro: Jacques Bonsergent
Yesterday I went to Le Grand Musée du Parfum, Paris’ recently opened perfume museum that should be on the to-do list of any perfume lover.
Located on the French capital’s rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in a townhouse that previously housed the headquarters of Christian Lacroix, the perfume museum takes visitors on a multi-sensory fragrance journey. Fragrance enthusiasts can learn about the history and the science of perfume, and all about the role of the perfumer.
You can smell different perfume notes and selected scents–a special mention goes to Frederic Malle’s Portrait of a Lady composed by perfumer Dominique Ropion, which might actually be my new favourite fragrance.
Perfumes are available to smell and buy in the gift shop, as are various books on fragrance.
Le Grand Musée du Parfum
rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
If you’re looking for somewhere a bit different to go for dinner or drinks, look no further than Polpo, a seafood brasserie.
This bar-restaurant is in fact a 600m2 barge on the banks of the Seine in the Parisian suburb of Levallois-Perret. You might have to walk along the side of a busy road to get to the place, but once inside, the relaxed vibe makes you feel as though you are on holiday.
Food options include oysters, lobster and mussels (I had the fish and chips, since I’m a Brit), although there are pasta and steak options available if seafood doesn’t float your boat. Dessert is delectable–I had a chocolate mousse to die for.
When it comes to drinks, I’d recommend going for Happy Hour, from 5-8pm, when a spritz is €5.
47 quai Charles Pasqua
92300 Levallois Perret
Metro Pont de Levallois (Line 3)
The Marais district of Paris is known for its cool and quirky shops, bars and eateries, and Alma the Chimney Cake Factory is a perfect example of the latter.
This cool cafe serves great coffee and sweet and savoury versions of Hungarian treat kurtos kalacs, aka chimney cake.
I had the soup and a mini herb chimney cake (because I’d been to a spinning class and had developed notions of becoming a fitness fanatic and starting a healthy eating regime), and my friend had a tomato, mozzarella and pesto chimney cone. We sat on the table you have to climb a ladder to reach, which is not for the fainthearted but affords a great view of the chimney cakes being prepared and a sense of superiority as you look down on people.
We’ll definitely be back to sample the sweet versions–options include cinnamon, almonds or praline.
And apparently you can make chimney cakes at home, so I might just have to give it a go.
Alma the Chimney Cake Factory
59 boulevard Beaumarchais
French classifieds website Leboncoin has created an apartment in Paris, furnished entirely with things bought on the site.
Open until 19 November, it features different animations each day, including DIY workshops and “job-dating”.
Today was a vide dressing, with bloggers selling clothes, shoes and accessories-perfect for me as I can never resist a fashion bargain!
And on the last day-19 November, everything in the apartment will be up for sale.
So whether its a cushion, lamp or even a sofa you’re after (there’s a bed, too), be sure to pay it a visit.
L’appartement Leboncoin is at 3 Rue Française, 75001 Paris.
Ever wondered about the craftsmanship behind designer handbags, haute couture gowns and men’s tailoring?
Well, today I got to find out thanks to a behind the scenes visit at LVMH-owned Dior in Paris as part of the group’s Journées particulières open days.
(If the Dior haute couture gown to the left looks familiar, it’s because it’s Jennifer Lawrence’s Oscar’s dress).
From men’s tailoring to embroidery, haute couture to Baby Dior, the visit shone the spotlight on the materials, skills and time needed to create some of Dior’s most emblematic and eye-catching pieces.
To create the iconic Lady Dior handbag above, it takes 140 components, one full day and four people (once all the pieces are ready). A Baby Dior dress can take 30 hours to make, a haute couture gown 250, and there was even a one-of-a-kind bracelet that represented a year and a half of work.
The visit continued with a gallery of miniature Dior dresses, then down to the perfumes where we could smell the scents in Dior’s Collection Privée and admire a model of Dior’s La Colle Noire chateau near Grasse in France (La Colle Noire is also the name of the latest fragrance in Collection Privée).
And as if it wasn’t amazing enough to get a sneak peak behind the scenes of one of the world’s most coveted luxury brands, we were presented with a gift in a beribboned Dior bag on the way out.