Passport to Paris
I truly can say I dream about Paris on the reg. I wish I could honestly go there every spring and sip Dom while consuming all the brie and baguettes. Alas, since that is not a reality *yet* I will recap our trip here. If you asked me what my favorite hotel in the world would be I would say Hotel Plaza Athenee. Think of the most romantic, beautiful and chic palace that ever existed and that is this hotel. To give you more of a vibe, Anna Wintour stays here during Paris Fashion Week. That is all.
Also, shout out to all the Sex and the City fans who remember Carrie staying here in the final season. CB knows whats up.
I am begging all of you to stay at this hotel at least once in your life. The service, the food, the pianist playing in the lobby...all of it, speechless. Ok, snapping out of it. When we were in Paris the weather couldn't have been more perfect. 70's and sunny (Socal is that you??) with a nice breeze. We hit up the French Open to watch Andy Murray (sweet but a psycho) and Rafael Nadal which is always prime tennis. Roland Garros is a great tennis garden if you ever have the chance to go. The next few days we zipped through the Louvre and did a day tour at Versailles (house goals am I right?) which was tres chic.
We are not the type for guided tours as I was already dodging tourists almost impaling me with selfie sticks daily, but probably not a bad idea if that's your jam. We ate at some of the best restaurants in the city. I was worried because Damir is not one to try escargot and be one with the French but everywhere we went had a filet/meat option and he was good to go. Our good friends Jesse and Chad recommended two of the best places ever in Paris so we snagged resies months in advance to these exclusive places and they did not disappoint!
Allard is fresh out of a romance novel. It is the coziest French bistro tucked down a side street in Saint Germain. Warning: you ABSOLUTELY need a reservation. We made ours months in advance but for whatever reason they could not find it. I was about to go into melt down mode when the sweetest manager squeezed us in. Praise be!! We sat at a cozy table and drank bordeaux and had the most amazing duck ever. Not usually a duck fan I was skeptical... but you guys IT IS A MUST. We ended up becoming besties with the couple next to us and split a bottle of wine with them to end the night - how fun, right?
Le Realis de I'entrecote has the best steak frites. We went for lunch and I loved the laid back vibe. L'Avenue was also a fan fave...I would be lying if I said I wasn't low key hoping to run into a Hadid while there. Damir had the best veal he's ever had and I had a shrimp dish that was divine.
Saving the best for last...another once in a lifetime MUST do: have dinner at Le Jules Verne. This is the restaurant inside the Eiffel Tower. Can you even?? You literally take an elevator up the Eiffel Tower to the restaurant and can see the entire city. Swoon. They also have an observation deck where they give you champagne to look out and enjoy the view while waiting for your table. Another must have reservations place. When the twinkling lights go off during your dinner it is the most majestic thing ever. It is a prie fix tasting menu and we obviously did the wine pairing as well - please note, the wine pairing are HEAVY pours. By dessert we were ready to parrrrtayyyy (cue Kristin Wig in bridesmaids). It was breath taking and romantic beyond.
Do this. You won't be disappointed, I promise. I left a piece of my heart in Paris, counting down until we go back. I would also like to go around the holidays one time too just to see it all lit up for Christmas:) Also, please note that Hotel Plaza Athenee is walking distance to the Eiffel Tower. If you have a room in the front of the hotel you have Eiffel Tower views. We had a courtyard facing room (see below for the secret garden).
Faves: the breakfast at Plaza Athenee, the best eggs you will ever eat in your lifetime - they are clouds in your mouth. Duck and the chocolate dessert at Allard. Steak and frites from Le Realis. Veal at L'Avenue. Dirty martini from Le Bar.