“Paris has been seducing us for generations,” says Virtuoso travel advisor Sharon Elsen of Menlo Park, California. “It draws us back again and again, enveloping us in its magic.” Elsen, who met her husband in the romantic French capital, is certainly bewitched. She finds enchantment “in every aspect of the city: its architecture, parks, bridges, boulevards, art and culture – and of course, its cuisine.”
Virtuoso recently stopped by The Peninsula Paris to get head concierge Nicolas Avril’s take on what’s trending in the City of Light. Avril visits a new venue each week so he can guide guests to the most of-the-moment must-dos. Here, his current recommendations.
One of Paris’ most multiethnic areas, the tenth arrondissement is “vibrant, very bohemian. It’s where all the new restaurants and hip boutiques are.” For a perfect Parisian afternoon, take a leisurely stroll along the Canal Saint-Martin with its iron footbridges and tree-lined quays.
Where to Eat
The city’s hottest restaurants practice bistronomy, which Avril describes as a combination of the classic bistro experi-ence and fine gastronomy. These gastro-bistros serve “really, really amazing food at affordable prices.” The fusion of traditional French fare with Asian and other influences is also big.
“This mix, particularly Japanese and French cuisine like that served at Abri, is just, ‘wow’!”
Avril predicts that, by summer 2018, South American cuisine will be all the rage in Paris. Get ahead of the trend at Manko Paris, a chic restaurant/bar serving Peruvian fusion fare with a side of live cabaret: “To go there is like going on a journey,” he says.
For some of the best Italian in the city, try Loulou, the new bilevel eatery inside the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Its stylish terrace faces the Louvre gardens.
Travelers looking for tradi-tional French haute cuisine should make their way to Michelin-starred Lasserre. Expect an elegant, three-hour-long affair; in pleasant weather, a retractable roof adds to the allure.
Virtuoso advisor Sharon Elsen adds The Peninsula’s L’Oiseau Blanc to the list of must-try restaurants: “This stunning rooftop venue presides over the Paris skyline with a view of the Eiffel Tower.”
Top photo: The view from L’Oiseau Blanc at The Peninsula.