Paris, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The city of love. The city of lights. The fashion capital of the world. The city of Paris is so many things to so many people, with so much to see and so much to offer a weekend in Paris is one that you just simply cannot refuse.
The French cuisine has always been so intriguing to me, like anyone else I love food however I’m not really one for trying new things, especially snails but then again life is too short and you only live once.
Growing up Zimbabwean we have weird traditional dishes too such as fried caterpillars, every single year I am forced to try them again and again but it’s official, I have never liked fried caterpillars nor will I ever like them. On the other hand, I have always wanted to try frogs legs because I heard they taste like chicken and I would love to see it for myself. Although I am sceptical to the idea of trying snails, If the opportunity does one day arise for me to try them in the wonderful city of Paris I won’t say no, after all travelling is about trying and experiencing new things in a new city. You just can’t say no in Paris!
The Best 3 Michelin Star Restaurants in Paris
Although I have never been to Paris myself I have heard that these are the best Michelin star restaurants in the city, so if you ever visit one of them I’d love to hear about your experience!
Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée is a showpiece restaurant, serving dishes — often displaying unusual and interesting bitter notes — that are both unexpected and delicious. The dining room ceiling drips with 10,000 crystals. Ducasse has raised eyebrows in Paris by offering no meat on the menu; instead, expect seafood (turbot, langoustines, lobster and caviar), vegetables from the gardens at Versailles and a range of pulses. Starters cost from €60 with main courses ranging from €85-€135. The restaurant, which has silver banquettes, a wall cabinet of the chef’s culinary equipment and shimmering crystal-drop chandeliers, overlooks a courtyard restaurant that transforms into a skating rink in winter.
Le Cinq, determined to up its game on the culinary scene, did so with the arrival of chef Christian Le Squer, long-time three-star chef at Ledoyen, in late 2014. In February 2016, he won Le Cinq its third Michelin star. The Brittany-born chef is particularly at ease with fish and shellfish, including inventive marine and citrus fruit combinations. Unusual starters might include a ‘deconstructed’ onion soup.
Set right on the banks of the River Seine, Guy Savoy’s flagship restaurant resembles an elegant hotel particulier. Updated by star French designer Jean-Michel Wilmotte, the historic interiors abound with centuries-old soul. Original period features like ornate mouldings and open fireplaces are wrapped in a slate grey hue giving the string of dining rooms a contemporary look, while the large floor-to-ceiling windows frame picture-perfect views of the River Seine, the tip of the Ile de la Cité and the magnificent Louvre visible beyond
The neoclassical pavilion first opened as a small inn in the late 1700s and was moved to its present location at the bottom of the Champs Elysées in the mid-1800s. Discreet, the Parisian landmark counts some of the world’s A-listers among its regulars and in the past, Napoleon and Josephine are said to have met here several times as well as celebrated artists and writers like Monet, Zola, and Degas. Surrounded by blooming gardens, the two-tiered pavilion’s first-floor dining room’s period interiors speak for themselves, as does the bucolic view onto the surrounding trees and the Grand Palais.
With its extravagant Louis XVI decor, mosaic tiled floors and modish restyling by Philippe Starck, Le Meurice is looking grander than ever. All 160 rooms (kitted out with iPod-ready radio alarms) are done up in distinct historical styles; the Belle Etoile suite on the seventh floor provides panoramic views of Paris from its terrace and you can relax in the Winter Garden to the strains of regular jazz performances.
Set on the exclusive rue du Faubourg St-Honoré, near luxury boutiques such as Christian Lacroix, Azzaro, Salvatore Ferragamo, Givenchy and Dolce & Gabbana, the Bristol is a supremely luxurious ‘palace’ hotel with a loyal following of fashionistas and millionaires drawn by the location, impeccable service, larger than average rooms and a three Michelin-starred restaurant with Eric Fréchon at the helm