Cafe Le Rostand
This beautiful cafe/brasserie manages to combine a fantastic view of Le Jardin du Luxembourg with being located mere minutes from Saint Sulpice and the boutiques of St Germain de Pres. Le Rostand is very much a traditional Parisian brasserie with what I’ve come to assume are traditional Parisian prices (i.e it ain’t cheap). But whilst I wouldn’t necessarily come here for a three course dinner unless I had cash to splash, they also make some of the best coffee in town as well as offering delicious wines and various tasty treats throughout the day.
I became quite a regular at La Locanda during my stay in Paris last summer as whenever my mother came to visit (which, due to her shopping addiction, was quite frequently) we made straight for this adorable Italian bistro. It’s probably not somewhere to go on a budget (hence why I never made the trip sans maman) but the food is fantastic, service impeccable and general ambiance the epitome of laid-back sophistication.
Much as I adore Paris, I don’t know if I could ever live there full time due to the total lack of Itsu’s, I just don’t know how I’d cope without my thrice weekly Omega 3 Salmon Supreme boxes. But that said, the French capital boasts an extraordinary number of Japanese restaurants my favourite of which is definitely Fun Sushi. Not only do they make damn good sushi but the wine is great, the interior’s cute and the prices are really very reasonable. The only drawback is that the waiting staff don’t speak a single word of English so make sure to keep your dictionary handy.
Les Jardins’ St Germain was definitely my favourite out of the all the places we dined during the trip. Despite being right in the heart of St Germain de Pres we just about managed to leave with our bank balances intact all due to the wonders of “le menu fixe”. Three courses for under €30, and utterly delectable courses at that! Think snails, beef bourguignon, fresh seafood and sumptuos steaks. A must-visit Parisian destination if ever there was one.
Love Ella. X