Since I was in control of what I was going to do and where I was going to eat while in Paris, I finally got to go to some of the places that I had always wanted. The three restaurants and cafes I had been dying to visit were Angelina on Rue du Rivoli, Le Bar Ladurée off the Champs-Elysée, and Ralph’s in St-Germain-des-Pres.
This is one of the most famous and popular café’s in Paris. It always has a line outside the door of people wanting to go in and enjoy the drinks, food, and treats, as well as the beautiful vintage décor.
The café is actually most famous for its signature hot chocolate made from African cocoa beans. It is an incredibly rich and indulgent hot chocolate, which is served with a small dish of whipped cream, which is used to cut the bitterness. It’s a proper hot chocolate, and not one of those watered down versions. It’s served in this tiny jug so you pour it yourself and add as much cream as you want to make it to your taste. And as a snack, I enjoyed one of the large vanilla macarons, a classic. Massive sugar overload but was yummy!
Address: 226 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
Le Bar Laduree
Located behind a discreet pale green door down the side street of the flagship Ladurée store on the Champs-Elysées, one will find Le Bar. This is the first and only Ladurée bar in the world, serving a wide range of alcoholic cocktails along with the full menu offered in the regular restaurant.
Ever since it opened about a year ago I have wanted to visit it, as I love Ladurée in the daytime, so loved the idea that I could go there for an evening out on the town as well. The atmosphere is really relaxed and calm, not like some of the other overcrowded bars you will find in Paris. It would be a great place to go if you want to be able to enjoy drinks and talk while still being able to be heard. Thus in a way its kind of like a lounge but with more of a bar feel.
The décor is an underwater theme, with a whimsical and majestic feel to it. I thought that the décor was so pretty and there were so many little details everywhere that I couldn’t stop looking around.
So what did I enjoy there? Well I had one cocktail that is the drink version of their famous dessert the Ispahan as well as a lychee mojito. I could have had one of the macaron cocktails, but I wanted some more exotic flavors that night. Food wise I feasted on some out of this world scallops and a massive ice-cream sundae, also fashioned after the Ispahan dessert, which included rose & raspberry sorbet, fresh raspberries, lychees, and lots of whipped cream. However, I have to admit I could not finish it, even though it tasted very good, I was too full by this point.
Address: 13 Rue Lincoln, 75008 Paris, France
The final restaurant during my brief trip was the restaurant called Ralph’s which is the Ralph Lauren restaurant in the heart of the St-Germain-des-Pres region in Paris.
Hidden next to the main Ralph Lauren store, through a discreet archway on the main road you find a beautiful and cozy courtyard. Even in the winter, it was luscious and green and the wrought-iron chairs and wooden benches were adorned with plaid pillows, that give an American and authentic RL feel to the place.
Once inside it is decorated in rich dark wood, which gives it a very cozy and warm feel. Its very classic American style and reminds me of an old library or gentlemen’s club. I could imagine it being the place where men would sit around in their suits drinking whisky. In a way it’s the epitome of sophistication, elegance and luxury.
I treated myself to a classic Bellini, but the food was also delicious. However my favorite part of the whole experience was when I ordered a coffee to end the meal. Instead of serving the coffee with little biscuits or something like that, they give you a big bowl of popcorn and peanuts covered in caramel. It was just the right thing to end the meal, salty and sweet.
Overall though I can see why this is such a popular destination for both locals and tourists. It’s a great place to meet up with friends for a casual drink, coffee or even a meal. It’s a place were you can relax after a long day shopping in Paris, and it’s definitely a restaurant I will be returning to next time!
Address: 173 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris, France