Paris is a romantic, gorgeous city, where all men and women seem to be slender, chic, and well, just French!
It’s been through war over the centuries and terrorism in recent months, but still stands grand and strong.
I continue to love Paris whether for a short weekend getaway, or a business trip. And I always follow my rule – go wherever a local tells you to go, and even better if that local is someone who once lived in New York City and loves the atmosphere of the other tall, grand and strong city across the Atlantic.
Here are a few tips that I learned during my recent business trip. Amuse-toi bien!
1. Enjoy steak frites at XVII sur Vin (17/20) in the 17th Arrondissement. The 17th Arrondissement is less touristy, but a trendy and upscale residential area for Parisians. My friends had been living there since they returned to Paris from NYC. And coincidentally, my business hotel and office turned out to be in the 17th Arrondissement, as well.
17/20 is the kind of bistro where you forget about the menu – which is already very simple – and just get what everyone else gets. Steak Frites. You will have a charming experience that is only saved for true Frenchies, and be reminded yet again why having French cuisine in France is just the most delightful thing in the world!
Image Courtesy of XVII sur Vin
2. And while you are in the 17th Arrondissement, don’t forget to visit Fondation Louis Vuitton, the art museum with rotating exhibitions in a magnificent architecture structure designed by Frank Gehry. My friends told us it would be something I – specifically I – would enjoy. I eagerly took that as a compliment.
Image Courtesy of Fondation Louis Vuitton
3. Another well-located spot is Derrière in the 3rd arrondissement. The interior has a Northern African vibe to it which is very interesting, but I would opt to sit in the French courtyard on white table-clothed dining tables with ivy and vines growing up all four walls surrounding you. I’m a sucker for French courtyards and if you are one too, make sure you don’t miss one more place, La Cour Jardin of the Plaza Athenee Hotel.
Image Courtesy of Derrière