Paris is known for its exquisite cuisine, extraordinary shops and dizzying array of museums and cafés. But to really enjoy Europe’s most sublime city, do what the locals do: Keep it simple.
ILLUSTRATIONS PETER JAMESFIELD
“I go for dinner at Pétrelle in the ninth arrondissement. It’s very special, very Parisian, with just eight tables.”
“On a Sunday morning, the Marché D’Aligre is so great. You see celebrities, and there are lots of places to eat and drink—I like oysters with white wine outside on a terrace or a big mint tea served with pine nuts.”
“Chez Prune on the Canal St. Martin has been around for ages and is a good meeting point for a drink. On a beautiful day, there’s fantastic people watching along the banks of the canal.”
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A FOODIE’S VIEW OF THE CITY
There’s nothing more tragic than eating badly in Paris. Wendy Lyn, the force behind The Paris Kitchen, (www.thepariskitchen.com) is an American expat who has been in Paris for 21 years and counts its top chefs as family. Lyn’s food tours take in the best bakeries and artisanal foods, ensuring that you steer clear of mediocre croque monsieurs. Lyn has founded The Paris Supper Club with food writer Alec Lobrano. It hosts intimate dinners at hard-to-book restaurants like Frenchie, Jadis and Les Papilles. When Lyn and Lobrano are in the house, the wine and conversation flow, the chef steps out to say hello, and it’s clear that Paris is your oyster.
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FIND THE REAL SWINGIN’ PAREE
Americans F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway caterwauled through Provence and Juan les Pins during the Jazz Age, putting France on the map for bohemians with a hankering for the good life. These days, in-the-know Parisians are eschewing the packed Riviera to weekend in rustic Languedoc-Rousillon, where you can escape the arrivistes and taste an older, more authentic France. Save your stilettos for Diddy’s yacht: In Languedoc- Roussillon, where the wine is excellent and the Cathar castles are dramatic, there’s no need to dress up for dinner. Sip a chilled glass of rosé and toast the ’20s.