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Welcome 2 France Newsletter May 2015
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There is nothing more delightful than a stroll through Paris during the height of spring. As we reach the peak of our favorite season, when the trees burst with blossoms and the markets begin to fill up with summer berries, we’ve decided to give you some springtime inspiration to make the most of the ‘City of Light’ in this delightful time of year.

Whether you want to gaze out onto the Parisian rooftops at sundown with a glass of wine at hand or you’re on the mission to find the best pastries and cakes in town, we’re here to help you make the most of the French Capital.

This Month's Featured Apartments

Passy – Nicolo

This luxury Paris apartment is located on the 5th floor of a modern and secured building and is at the heart of the lively and upscale Passy quarter. You'll find local shops, restaurants, a covered "open" market, shopping center, gourmet bakeries and patisseries on your doorstep, not to mention it's only minutes away from the Trocadero and the Eiffel Tower!

Champs Elysées – Tuileries

Located in the 1st arrondissement, just across from the Louvre and the Tuileries, and within a block from prestigious Place Vendome and Place de la Concorde, this luxury 3 bedroom apartment, fully renovated with high quality furniture, offers its guests a sophisticated blend of traditional luxurious Parisian style with contemporary style.

Marais – Blanc Manteaux

With sweeping views across Parisian rooftops from your own private and exclusive terrace, this apartment not only boasts gorgeous views, but it’s also located in the heart of the old and trendy Marais quartier. The high ceilings of this studio are accented with original and charming features, such as the exposed wooden beams and a fireplace filled with candles.

Finding the perfect pastry

If there is one thing the French do the best - it’s baked goods and pastries. There is not much that can beat the pleasure of consuming a buttery, yet flaky, croissant first thing in the morning with a strong cup of 'café au lait'. So, where can you get the best crumbly pastries, the most succulent cakes and macaroons in town?

Pierre Hermé

For a decadent treat, Pierre Hermé’s high-end pastry shop is nothing but pure sinful pleasure. Its reputation as one of Paris’ best patisseries is certainly evidenced by the number of people who line up outside the shop, anxious to get their hands on the famous macaroons or the velvety truffles on offer. However, you won’t find the ubiquitous croissant or the usual suspects here in this couture pastry shop. Even its macaroons exist in a world of their own, since you’ll find exotic concoctions, such as macaroons filled with white truffle hazelnut cream to those dusted with gold powder. This may not be a place you’ll want to frequent on a daily basis, but it’s definitely one to try on a special occasion.

72 rue Bonaparte, 6e, 75006 Paris

Hugo & Victor

Hugues Pouget, the man behind this elegant shop, has worked as a pastry chef in some of Paris’ biggest and most respected establishments, such as Le Bristol, Guy Savoy and Il Palazzo, to name a few. Once he opened his own pastry boutique with his friend Sylvain Blanc, and since then his seasonal creations, which give a new reinterpretation of French pastry classics, has caused a sensation in Paris. You can even enjoy some of his signature pastries with a matching glass of wine if you’re in the mood for a spot of hedonism.

40 boulevard Raspail, 7e, 75007 Paris

Michel Lyczak

You might think we’re crazy sending you out to one of the suburbs just for a simple pastry, but trust us it’s worth it! Michel Lyczak won the award for Paris’ best croissant in 2014. Every year, esteemed judges from the gastronomic group 'Concours du Meilleur ..' do a blind taste test in a mission to find the best Paris has to offer. Since the judges decided and Michel Lyczak’s classic croissant won the award hook line and sinker, it must be worth the trip.

68 rue Paul Vaillant Couturier, 92240 Malakoff

La Pâtisserie des Rêves

To curb that pastry craving first thing in the morning, and if you’re looking for a contemporary tea room, then La Pâtisserie des Rêves is the place you’ll want to be. Their doors open at 9am, which yes, is not that early compared to your usual bakery, but considering this one lies on the gourmet side, it definitely makes the perfect Parisian start to the day. Philippe Conticini, cake maker and brains behind the operation, is also known for his innovative cookbook on Nutella. Expect to be surprised!

111 rue de Longchamp, 16e, 75116 Paris

La Café Pouchkine

For a fusion of culinary influences from both Moscow and Paris, this tea room offers delicacies made with Russian ingredients prepared by a French head chef, Emmanuel Ryon, who is quite a celebrity in the patisserie world. You’ll find a wide selection of bite-size treats inspired by both French and Russian kitchens, as well as delicate teas and decadent hot chocolates.

64 boulevard Haussmann, 9e, 75009 Paris

Going Organic

Paris is the foodie capital of the world, so it comes as a given that you can buy the finest ingredients from its vibrant markets and cute delicatessens. One element that raises French cuisine to the top is the attention paid to local ingredients, and of course the penchant for using the very best. Since Parisians are passionate about where their food comes from, it’s only natural that the organic movement has caught on in France.

Organic Markets

One of the many things we love about Paris are the numerous open-air markets. You get the chance to chat to farmers and learn about the origin of the produce and its own personal story. When it comes to buying organic, there are three markets that carry the exclusively organic title: Marché Batignolles (34 Boulevard des Batignolles, 75017), Marché Raspail (Boulevard Raspail, 75006) and Marché Brancusi (Place Constantin Brancusi, 75014). You’ll find handpicked organic ingredients ranging from meats and cheeses to fruit and vegetables. All the produce in these markets respect traditional and natural methods and are all certified organic.

Bio Boutiques and Stores

You can still buy organic without having to make a trip to the market. Since chain stores like Bio C’Bon and Naturalia pop up in pretty much every arrondissement, you won’t have much problem keeping to an organic life.

However, if you want to support independent, family owned shops that are ethically engaged in organic issues, here are some places to try out:

Le Carillon d’Olivier (34 rue des Abesses, 75018) is an independent organic boutique in Montmartre. This is the perfect spot to fuel up for a picnic with bread, cheese, fruit and cold cuts.

Le Retour à la Terre Rive Gauche (1 Rue le Goff, 75005) is a store in the 5th arrondissement, which offers everything you can imagine from the organic world, going beyond the realm of food, since you’ll also find health and beauty products. They also carry organic craft beers and wines, and also have a deli counter where you can get sandwiches and quiches to go.

Bien L’épicerie (20 rue Saint Gilles, 75003) is great if you’re located in the heart of the Marais, since this organic boutique sells produce, snacks, juices and more!

Les Nouveaux Robinson are an array of stores in and around Paris that stock about 7,000 brands and should most definitely be on your list of visits if you want to buy organic food in bulk. They are not only shops, but also welcome conversation and exchanges among the clientele.

Organic Dining

Since the organic food movement has begun to pick up pace in Paris, we’ve found that there are more and more restaurants opening their door to offer bio-cultivated dishes, and sometimes even vegetarian and vegan dishes. Detox and everything "free" friendly Café Pinson (6 rue de Forez, 75003) is a 100% organic cafeteria-style eatery that will still give the flavors without compromising on principles. Another good choice for organic dining is the Italian style restaurant Marcovaldo (61 rue Charlot, 75003), run by passionate young Italians crazy about organic food and produce.


It’s not only food that’s enjoying the organic revolution, but beauty products are also taking the bio route. We all know French women are crazy about finding the best beauty products on the market, and Paris certainly caters to the environmentally conscious lovelies. One of the most popular stores is a small chain named Mademoiselle Bio, which carries mostly holistic European brands specializing in alternative cosmetics. For nature’s best perfumes, Florame is famed for its essential oils and the ideal place to stock up on bio-smellies and natural scents. If you’re looking for a touch of organic glamor, Senteurs de Fée is a small boutique in the Marais and a devoted Mecca to all kinds of organic skin and hair products, massage oils and the works.

From the Rooftops of Paris

As the weather improves with the spring, Parisians and visitors want to make the most of the city from outside, and where better to watch over the city than from a terrace? Paris’s rooftops are an iconic and romantic part of the cityscape, so to celebrate the good weather here are some places to drink or dine alfresco with a view from above!

Hotel Raphael

What can be more Parisian than dining with a view of the Eiffel Tower from an intimate rooftop garden? This place makes the perfect destination for a romantic interlude in the summer months, but make sure you get a reservation.

17 avenue Kléber, 16e, 75116 Paris

Le Georges

For something more avant-garde, have a drink or a light dinner at Le Georges on the top of the Centre Pompidou.

19 rue Beaubourg, 4e, 75004 Paris

The 7th at Terrâss Hotel

A terrace on the 7th floor of this Montmartre hotel has a stellar view across Paris with the Eiffel Tower peeking out in the distance. It’s open from April and has a romantic green setting, with grass and shrubs dotted about the restaurant.

12 rue Joseph de Maistre, 18e, 75018 Paris

Maison Blanche

Chic, elegant and with a striking view of Paris' most famous landmark in the background, if you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion in Europe's most romantic city, then look no further. Reservations required!

15 Ave Montaigne, 8e, 75008 Paris

Café Richelieu

After a visit to the Louvre, you might want to take advantage of the good weather by sitting out on this gorgeous terrace above the gardens. It’s no gastro haven, but it’s a picturesque place to enjoy a coffee with a view across Paris.

93 rue de Rivoli, 1e, 75001 Paris

Calendar of Events


In the time of Klimt. The Vienna Secession, Exhibition
12 February – 21 June 2015
Pinacothèque de Paris
8 rue Vignon

La toilette, naissance de l'intime
12 February - 5 July 2015
Musée Marmottan Monet
2 rue Louis-Boilly

The Baroque Underworld, Vice and Poverty in Rome
24 February - 24 May 2015
Le Petit Palais
Avenue Winston-Churchill

Pierre Bonnard. Painting Arcadia
17 March - 19 July 2015
Musée d'Orsay
1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur

The Tudors
18 March - 19 July 2015
Musée du Luxembourg
19 rue de Vaugirard

25 March - 13 July 2015
Galeries nationales du Grand Palais
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower

From Giotto to Caravaggio, the passions of Roberto Longhi
27 March - 20 July 2015
Musée Jacquemart-André,
158 boulevard Haussmann

The Keys of Passion, Exhibition
1 April – 6 July 2015-04-18
Foundation Louis Vuitton
8 avenue du Mahatma Gandhi

Jean-Paul Gaultier
1 April - 3 August 2015
Galeries nationales du Grand Palais
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower

American Icons, masterpieces of the SFMOMA and the Fisher Collection
8 April - 22 June 2015
Galeries nationales du Grand Palais
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower

Dolce Vita? Italian Decorative Art 1900-1940, from Liberty to Industrial Design
14 April - 13 September 2015
Musée d'Orsay
1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur

Les Maîtres de la sculpture de Côte d'Ivoire
14 April - 26 July 2015
Musée du Quai Branly
37 Quai Branly

Adolfo Wildt (1868-1931), exhibition
15 April - 13 July 2015
Musée de l'Orangerie
Jardin des Tuileries

Exhibitions and Other Museums

Lumière! Inventing Cinema, Exhibition at the Grand Palais
27 March – 14 June 2015
Galeries nationales du Grand Palais
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower

Harry Potter: The Exhibition
4 April - 6 September 2015
Cité du Cinema
20 Rue Ampere
93200, Saint-Denis

Michelangelo Antonioni
8 April - 19 July 2015
Cinémathèque française
51 rue de Bercy

Napoleon and Paris. A capital for Europe
8 April - 30 August 2015
Musée Carnavalet - Musée de l'histoire de Paris
16 rue des Francs-Bourgeois

Churchill and De Gaulle
10 April - 26 July 2015
Église Saint-Louis des Invalides - Hôtel national des Invalides
Esplanade des Invalides - 129 rue de Grenelle

Music, Theater and Dance

Concerts at the Musée d'Orsay - Italian Modernities
14 April - 26 May 2015
Musée d'Orsay
1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur

The Magic Flute
17 April - 28 June 2015
Opéra National de Paris - Opéra Bastille
Place de la Bastille

L’Histoire de Manon (Ballet)
20 April - 20 May 2015
Opéra National de Paris - Palais Garnier
Place de l'Opéra

Paquita (Ballet)
2 May - 19 May 2015
Opéra National de Paris - Palais Garnier
Place de l'Opéra

Salons Musicaux – Lekeu, Chausson and Debussy
3 May 2015
Opéra National de Paris - Palais Garnier
Place de l'Opéra

Concert Mozart
6 May -12 May 2015
Auditorium du Louvre
Louvre Museum

Recital – Schubert
10 May 2015
Opéra National de Paris - Palais Garnier
Place de l'Opéra

Le Roi Arthus
16 May - 14 June 2015
Opéra National de Paris - Opéra Bastille
Place de la Bastille

Symphony Concerts – Ludwig van Beethoven
18 May 2015
Opéra National de Paris - Opéra Bastille
Place de la Bastille


Foire du Trône
27 March - 25 May 2015
Pelouse de Reuilly

Nuit Europeénne des Musées
16 May 2015
Selected museums across Paris

Roland Garros Tennis Tournament
19 May – 7 June 2015
Stade Roland Garros
2 Avenue Gordon Bennett

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