Alain Ducasse is not only one of the most revered chefs in the world, but he too is a lover of all things Paris. With the release of his newest book, J’aime Paris, in hard cover and on the iPad, Ducasse shares over 200 of his favourite places to eat, shop, and explore in Paris. Exclusively for LUXOS, here is his selection of places to visit for an ideal 24 hours in the City of Light.
To start the day off on the right bank, go for a fresh pastry from award-winning bakery Du Pain et des Idées, where the chef sources the bread for his Michelin starred restaurant at The Plaza Athénée.
For a little late-morning shopping, how about finding some of the finest kitchen supply stores in Paris where the Michelin starred chef himself shops. Head to Au Bain Marie, a shop where you will find items like “an English duck press, the fine detail of the 1920s picnic case, a series of late 19th-century lemon-shaped bar citrus squeezers or an unusual ivory truffle grater,” says Ducasse.
In the cooler months, there are no better places to enjoy a warm meal than Benoit. These restaurants each embody the essence of French cuisine. Benoit, a “landmark to the Parisian appetite for indulgence,” according to Ducasse, has been serving true Parisian cuisine for 101 years.
For an afternoon sweet treat, head to Ducasse’s newest outpost, Le Chocolat in the 11th arrondissement. As the first bean-to-bar chocolate maker in Paris, Ducasse’s team at Le Chocolat does everything from sourcing and roasting the cocoa beans to grinding them into smooth tablets of rich chocolate.
In the early evening, head to the Caves Augé, the oldest wine cave in Paris, to receive some expert advice. While at the Caves Augé, you may even run into Monsieur Ducasse, sipping on his favourite Champagne by the small producer Jacques Selosse.
A true wine lover, Ducasse’s wine lists carry a nice range of small-production wines as well as the grand Bordeaux and Burgundies. To continue the wine theme through dinner, Ducasse suggests Le Verre Volé, a cave à manger located on the Canal Saint Martin. “I love the surprise element of dining here,” says Ducasse, “I like its intimacy too.”
Café de Flore, 172 Boulevard Saint-Germain 75006, +33 (0)1 45 44 33 40, www.cafedeflore.fr
Du Pain et des Idées, 34 rue Yves Toudic 75010, +33 (0)1 42 40 44 52, dupainetdesidees.com
Au Bain Marie, 56 rue de l’Université 75006, +33 (0)1 42 71 08 69, aubainmarie.com
La Caféotheque, 52 rue de l’Hôtel de Ville 75004, +33 (0)1 53 01 83 34, www.lacafeotheque.com
La Poule au Pot, 9 rue Vauvilliers 75001, +33 (0)1 42 36 32 96, www.lapouleaupot.com
Benoit, 20 rue Saint-Martin 75004, +33 (0)1 42 72 25 76, www.benoit-paris.com
Aux Lyonnais, 32 rue Saint Marc 75002, +33 (0)1 42 96 65 04, www.auxlyonnais.com
Le Chocolat de Alain Ducasse, 40 rue de la Roquette 75011, +33 (0)1 48 05 82 86, www.lechocolat-alainducasse.com
Caves Augé, 116 Boulevard Haussmann 75008, +33 (0)1 45 22 16 97, www.cavesauge.com
Le Verre Volé, 67 rue Lancry 75010, +33 (0)1 48 03 17 34, leverrevole.fr