If you missed my post about what we did in Paris, make sure you catch up…I’ll wait here. Back? Ok good. Let’s talk about what we ate on our trip!
Wednesday, Day 1
We got to Paris around 8:30am on Wednesday, and we ate breakfast on the plane. We didn’t eat much, since our bodies thought it was around 2am when they served us, so we were really hungry after we dropped our luggage off at our hotel, the Hotel Le 123 Elysees. Since we ended up outside the Louvre, we grabbed a quick Caprese sandwich from Paul. It came with pesto instead of actual basil, which I liked.
During our walk around the city, we got raspberry macarons and a chocolate eclair from Angelina’s. My sister and I both agreed that the macarons were amazing, but the chocolate eclair was a little too rich for our taste.
We ate dinner at La Cavallina’s, which was two or three doors down from our hotel. It’s an Italian restaurant, and we were looking for some comfort food after our bodies were so confused about what day/time it was. We ordered pasta with pesto, tomatoes, pine nuts, and cheese, and a margarita pizza. Even though we shared both dishes, we agreed the pizza was the winner of the two. I would recommend it if you’re looking for a delicious Italian meal in Paris.
Thursday, Day 2
Because we booked our room directly on the hotel’s website, breakfast was included in our stay. Unfortunately, I was never quite awake enough to remember to take photos, but the spread was impressive. They had breads for toast or sandwiches, croissants, pastries, yogurt, granola, fresh fruit, meats, cheeses, various vegetables, and different hot items, like eggs and potatoes. There was tea, coffee, and any kind of espresso drink you could want, plus juices. We loved the variety to fuel our day!
We spent almost the entire day at the Louvre, so we grabbed a quick lunch at one of the cafes in the museum. It was nothing noteworthy, I think some kind of ham and cheese sandwich. The prices were surprisingly reasonable given that it was within the museum.
By late afternoon, we were ready for a snack. We wanted somewhere we could sit and relax, and Ben and Catherine from Insidr Paris helped us out by recommending Senoble. We shared a pot of green tea, my sister got a lemon tart, and I ordered a light chocolate eclair. This eclair was much better than the previous eclair, although I think the dark chocolate eclair would have been just as rich as the other. The light chocolate eclair was very well balanced, light, and delicious. My sister’s lemon tart was perfectly sour with just enough sweetness. We got three eclairs to share for later – lemon, strawberry, and strawberry basil. All three were tasty, and the strawberry basil one was very interesting. I’m glad we tried it, although I don’t know if I would add it to a normal rotation.
We ate dinner at a French restaurant about a block away, Juvia. I ordered a steak with frites, which came with bernaise sauce. The steak was done medium rare, and seasoned very well. My sister ordered pasta with clams and zucchini, which she really enjoyed. We shared chocolate mousse for dessert, which didn’t really photograph well. It was rich and we were glad that we shared it, but we enjoyed every bite.
Friday, Day 3
Our day started with breakfast at the hotel again. We attempted to find Parisian hot dogs for lunch…it’s a hot dog in a baguette with cheese browned on top. After walking around without success, we ended up eating crepes in the Luxemborg Garden. We felt #soParisian 😉 I got a ham and cheese crepe, and my sister opted for just cheese. We had fun attempting to communicate with the man making the crepes, since we don’t speak French and he didn’t speak English. I think we managed okay!
Our other food goal for the day was to find the bakery hubs and I went to every day when we were in Paris in 2014, and we found it! They make THE BEST chocolate eclairs, although they were sold out since we didn’t get there until early afternoon. We had eclairs that were either coffee or caramel (or both?) that were still delicious. We went back to the garden to eat them since it was so scenic.
I think we were both a little dehydrated, and the jet lag was hitting hard, so we had some takeout for dinner that we ate back in the hotel. It was nothing noteworthy, and I didn’t get any pictures of it.
We also snacked at our hotel, um, pretty much every day. As I mentioned, we stayed at the Hotel Le 123 Elysees, which is part of the Astotel group. One of the perks to staying there was the killer snack bar they set up every afternoon, which was available until late into the night.
They had the perfect mix of sweet and salty snacks. There were pastries left from breakfast, plus different pound cakes, candies, dried fruit, potato chips, pretzels and crackers, and nuts. They also had a selection of cold drinks and hot coffee and tea.
While we didn’t visit any of the other Astotel hotels (we could visit the snack bar at any of the 16 hotels in Paris as part of our stay), we did take full advantage of the snacks in ours.
I didn’t really count Saturday as one of our days in Paris since we pretty much woke up and went to the airport. But. We did try macarons from Ladurée in the airport! We went big and got a pistachio, raspberry, vanilla, and coffee. All of them were delicious, and I wish we could have eaten a bunch more.
I wish we had more time in Paris, partly so we could have eaten more. There are so many things to try, it’s hard to fit them all in. I guess we’ll just have to go back!
If you’re looking for more information about Insidr Paris, check out my other Paris post or their website. Thanks to Astotel and the Hotel Le 123 Elysees for sponsoring a wonderful home-away-from-home! All opinions about the hotel and our time there are my own.