For Patricia Wells, journalist, food writer, and restaurant critic, every day in Paris is culinary heaven. She guides us through her idea of the most delicious day in Paris, a combination of where to eat and where to shop to taste the best Paris has to offer. Her suggestions are also compiled in her brand-new iPhone application, The Food Lover’s Guide to Paris, available on iTunes.
"After an uplifting run in the Luxembourg gardens, I love to stop for an espresso at the shaded garden café Pavillion de la Fontaine. If it’s a Tuesday, Friday, or Sunday morning, I love to walk through the ever-alluring Raspail Market. This outdoor food market is full of the freshest seasonal produce. By mid-morning I’m usually looking for a snack. I adore Hugo & Victor’s state-of-the-art flaky pain au chocolat, and at Patisserie de Rêves their tarte au citron is a dream.
Pavillion de la Fontaine: Luxembourg Gardens, Entrance on Rue de Medicis, Tel. +33 (0)1 4371 0016
Raspail open-air market (below): Boulevard Raspail between Rue du Cherche-Midi & Rue de Rennes, 8.30 a.m.-1.00 p.m.
Hugo & Victor: 40 Boulevard Raspail, 75007 Paris, Tel. +33 (0)1 4439 9773, www.hugovictor.com
Patisserie des Rêves: 93 Rue du Bac, 75007 Paris, Tel. +33 (0)1 4284 0082, lapatisseriedesreves.com
By lunchtime, I always like to try Bar de la Croix Rouge for their famed Assiette Saint Germain, an open-faced sandwich of perfectly toasted Poilâne bread lightly spread with butter, then topped with ultra-thin slices of the most delicious rare-roasted beef. I like to wander into a couple of Saint Germain’s finest cooking or food shops late in the afternoon. I feel that all cooking and entertaining should be aesthetic experiences, so I love to surround myself with beautiful and practical objects. My favourite shops to check out are Siecle or Aude Clément’s Au Bain Marie for their latest modern and antique objects for the kitchen and table.
Bar de la Croix Rouge: 2 Carrefour de la Croix Rouge, 75006 Paris, Tel. +33 (0)1 4548 0645
Siecle: 24 Rue du Bac, 75007 Paris, Tel. +33 (0)1 4703 4803, www.siecle-paris.com
Au Bain Marie: 56 Rue de l’Université, 75007 Paris, Tel. +33 (0)1 4271 0869, aubainmarie.com
When dinner finally rolls around, you can never go wrong with a dinner at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Saint-Germain for anything that the chef is offering that day. Another new restaurant I love for dinner is Semilla for some of the best seared beef in town, as well as grilled shitake mushrooms, or Ze Kitchen Galerie where chef William Ledeuil creates the most perfect fusion cuisine, combing classic French techniques with subtle, masterly touches of Asian ingredients.
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Saint-Germain: 5 Rue Montalembert, 75007 Paris, Tel. +33 (0)1 4222 5656, www.atelier-robuchon-saint-germain.com
Ze Kitchen Galerie: 4 Rue des Grands Augustins, 75006 Paris, Tel. +33 (0)1 4432 0032, www.zekitchengalerie.fr