by Jean-Christophe Lalanne
Born in 1964 in Marmande (near Bordeaux), a former tennis teacher, Jean-Christophe started his career in the fashion industry in Paris in 1992 and he is still in the fashion management. A few years ago he (together with François) bought a big peaceful land in Portugal and built Villa Extramuros, a modern haven in the Alentejo countryside. Jean-Christophe and François are sublimely taking care of it and of their four awesome in-house 4 cats, Mr Toto, Ms Lulu, Mr Riri e Ms Mila.
We are in the Haut Marais, it’s breakfast time and we walk along a narrow street toward one of our favourite cafés (Café Pinson). We get to a corner shop with a turquoise façade; stop at the smell, fresh and aromatic, of what seems rice with oriental herbs (lemongrass, jasmine, perhaps sesame). We have a look through the window and discover people carefully preparing delicious Parisian bento. No matter where the day will take us, we will come back here for lunch later today and then again and again…
A few blocks away from the Louvre the inebriating smell of Asian food reaches you and takes you to the little Parisian Tokyo on Rue Saint-Anne. Many of these restaurants offer quick and tasty meals. Stop at 2, Rue Villedo if you are looking for the perfect spot for a relaxed lunch with someone special. The room is long and narrow, the antique clock hanging on the wall, the wood panels and the mirrors remind of an elegant restaurant carriage on a train from the start of the century. Try the delicate salmon onigiri: black seaweed, white rice and pink fish presented with all the elegance and attention to details that are so typical of Japanese culture. Or order a hot pot of traditional Japanese spaghetti stretched by hand. This is the temple of udon. Yet, every single dish is a delight, including the peach sorbet.
For us, breakfast is a daily ritual. Whether you have it in the comfort of your home or choose to go out, this is a meal that deserves to be enjoyed. For a special breakfast, head to Café Pinson and order homemade pistachio madeleine, accompanied by a fruit smoothie or a tall glass of almond milk. This is the temple of detox: super food (kale, spirulin, sprouts), raw food (raw cacao), organic food and homemade food. The decor is the same that you would find in a contemporary bar in Copenhagen with wifi, comfortable sofas and trendy music. Sit back and relax.
by Pauline Chardin
I’m a French fashion designer and trend consultant, who, in her constant quest for inspiration, decided to travel almost as much as she can.I almost always travel with my husband, sometimes a little bit against his will, and often without him knowing exactly where we’re going. I generally try to cease any opportunity to take pictures, draw, cook, do the downward dog, make a joke, swim, sew and read an article about pottery. I don’t sing or drive yet, but, who knows, maybe I will in the future
by Rachael Antony
A former freelancer journalist for the likes of Vogue Living, COLORS and Wallpaper* Magazine, Rachael subsequently worked at Lonely Planet in publishing, TV and online video before co-founding Hotels We Love, a travel site for creative types…
by Kobus van der Merwe
Poetic and delicately daring, chef Kobus serves seasons in a plate. You would think his inspiration comes from Northern Europe, yet Kobus lives in a fishermen’s village on South Africa West Coast. His neo-bistro is a small garden, wild and authentic at the same time, just like him. The only access is from the small family souvenir shop…
by Serge Dive
We love Serge, just like we love everyone who devotes their talent and creativity to travel and shares their passion with us. Founder of Beyond Luxury Media, the company behind high-end travel and events such as Pure Life Experience and LE Miami, he is considered one of the most brilliant and influential minds in the industry.
by Sébastien Siraudeau
Sébastien is a writer and photographer. His books and articles are unforgettable travels in search of places and objects that belong to the past. France with its second hand shops, isolated villages and marchés aux puces is one of his favourite subjects.
We thought Amour was a registered trademark owned by the city of Paris. Instead, a hotel got to buy it. You can relax in the back garden, enjoying a cup of tea and losing track of time. The waitresses are Cupido’s messengers as they arrange salted butter in tiny porcelain’s portions. Ruby-red tones are everywhere without ever being excessive. The bar and restaurant are open to external customers and get crowded after sunset and at the weekends. With 20 eccentric rooms, Hotel Amour is located just south of Pigalle, in the 9th arrondissement.
That’s the nickname they gave him a few years ago in Jamie Oliver’s kitchen. Greg Marchand is a young brilliant and talented chef. Having cooked in kitchens all around the world, he has now open a mini bistrot on a side street in the 2nd arrondissement where he expresses his culinary identity, half French, half international, just like him.
This tiny bakery in the Marais is the sanctuary of organic traditional Anglo-French recipes. Perfect for breakfast, an afternoon snack or a light lunch; to stay or to go. You will also find it on the top floor of Dover Street Market in London.
Right next to the amazing concept store Merci, there’s a cafè inspired to the French cinema of the 50s that serves drinks, light meals (salad with green lentils, bread and tomatoes, Parma ham and rocket) and yummy desserts (fruit crumble, cheese cake).