1. Discover the legendary pA?tisseries
Therea��s little doubt that Parisa�� world class pA?tisseries seduce the eye long before their delicacies touch the palate. And if you are a fan of macarons, consider a tour of the citya��s top pA?tisseries. From LadurA�e on the Champs A�lysA�es (and elsewhere) to Pierre HermA�, known as the king of innovative flavours, in his store at Saint-Germain-des-PrA�s, Fauchon, Angelina (also famous for its Mont Blanc and molten dark chocolat chaud) and many more. From HermA�a��s legendary caramel beurre salA� (salted caramel) and vanilla with olive oil to LadurA�ea��s signature rose, and CafA� Pouchkinea��s creamy raspberry macarons a�� there is heaven in a single bite. Also, try French classics including the religieuses, millefeuilles and savarins. Quite ooh la la. Macarons from A�3 per piece. Angelina: www.angelina-paris.fr; Pierre HermA�: www.pierreherme.com; LadurA�e: www.laduree.com; Fauchon: www.fauchon.com
2. Fall in love with wine
Paris is dotted with wine caves or cellars where you can wander in, soak up some atmosphere, and get a few tips from wine pros. Take for instance De Vinus Illustribus, a tiny 16th century cellar-shop on a quiet street in Parisa�� 5th arrondissement owned by Lionel and Dominique Michelin. Michelin is a storehouse of information on wine in France, and specialises in sourcing vintage first growths and other rare collectable wines from around France, but also has a carefully curated selection of affordable boutique specials from a��15-50. Sit in his cellar, surrounded by beautiful wines, golden Sauternes and ports, and go through a specially tailored tutored wine tasting a�� from exploring Francea��s wine regions to exclusive tastings of vintage Champagnes, to Bordeaux first growth wines. His wife Dominique puts together unusual food to pair with the wine. O Chateau is another famous wine bar and wine tasting school that conducts everything from private tasting sessions to WSET qualification courses in wine.
De Vinis Illustribus Tastings/meal by appointment only. From A�50 – A�290.A� www.devinis.fr.
O Chateau: Prices from A�30- A�150 for sessions.