Sexy, French and Bakes

The 18eme arrondissement in Paris is definitely one of my favourite quartiers in the city. You can find all sorts of arty cafes and bistros, it’s home to some of the best macarons in France and you can sit back and enjoy the magnificent view of Parisian rooftops – beautiful both day and night!

One little boulangerie which is particularly renowned is the Gontran Cherrier Boulangerie, a simple, fresh looking space which offers an innovative take on the traditional patisseries and gateaux. Founded by dreamy Frenchman Gontran Cherrier (it’s worth a visit just to meet this sexy baker!) the boulangerieis reputed for its original mix of ingredients and the wide selection of breads – flavoured with ingredients such as rocket which give them a unique colour too.

Food can be taken away or enjoyed in the boutique, along the window seats where you can watch the people go by in true Parisian style!

Address:  22 Rue Caulaincourt, 75018 Paris, France

Christian Dior Pop Up Restaurant

Dior Restaurant

Last summer whilst on vacation in Saint Tropez I happened upon a chic courtyard restaurant within the beautiful Christian Dior resort flagship store, a three-story 18th century residence presiding over its tranquile garden along the Place des Lices. Not quite sure whether this was an exclusive event, I boldly wandered in and discovered that this was in fact a pop-up restaurant, open to all, during the spring/summer months! Without hesitation, I made plans to return the following evening…

Open from morning to evening, the relaxing ambiance is accompanied by live jazz musicians and perfectly groomed waiters who seem to glide from table to table with all the grace of a Christian Dior catwalk model. And then there’s the food… a wonderfully gourmet summer menu created by 3-star Michelin chef Yannick Alléno.

Dior des Lices

I chose the Penne with basil, country ham and parmesan shavings with a large glass of white wine whilst my dinner date delighted in a tagliatelle main course and to finish on a sweet note, we chose a selection of the D’Choux, a variety of tiny puff pastries filled with flavoured crème pâtissière, which arrive as a selection of four each with its own gold-leaf letter spelling out DIOR… the little choux were fluffy and airy, definitely the most perfect way to end a wonderful evening and I was thrilled to learn these miniature Dior treats are also available to take away!

Christian Dior restaurant

Opening again this year, the Restaurant Dior des Lices is open daily from 9.30am to 11pm – find out all the details in my review for Bravo Your City!

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