Paris, convivial bars à vins, Gâteau Breton aux Pommes, Paris Riverwalk: Several reasons to go back …
For many tourists in Paris, ordering a glass of wine can often be intimidating, an embarrassing collision with a heavy, leather-bound menu and the haughty gaze of the sommelier.
Snacking and sipping are welcome at Vivant Cave in the heart of the Right Bank.
Le Verre Volé is a combination wine shop and bistro.
But in the past three years, a new breed of wine bar has sprung up in the city, especially on the Right Bank, casual places that pair thoughtfully chosen, modestly priced bottles with small plates of food. Far from the formal trappings of traditional French dining, these convivial bars à vins offer a new way to learn about — and enjoy — wine: through eating and drinking. And, since many do not take reservations, they are a viable way to sample the city’s newest tables without planning weeks or months in advance.
“There’s been a cultural shift in France,” said Joshua Adler, the owner of the Paris Wine Company, a Paris-based online wine shop. “People used to only socialize around going out for meals. Now, it’s acceptable to meet for a bottle of wine and a tiny plate of something.”
Must be in a French mood …
Sure, fruit is involved in this cake. (It’s an apple cake, for those who don’t speak French.) But don’t let the presence of the fruit that supposedly keeps the doctor away fool you: This is a seriously decadent cake. Sure, it would be perfectly delicious on its own. But instead of letting this cake go naked, we cover it in a super-addictive, homemade salted caramel sauce and a dollop of tangy crème fraîche. If this dessert doesn’t scream “sweater weather,” we’re not sure what does. All other fall desserts can go home, they’re not needed anymore.
Paris continues to call me …
As various news sources reported, Mayor Bertrand Delanoe recently inaugurated the new walkway, three years and nearly $50 million in the making.
Following the river from the Pont Royal to the Pont de l’Alma, pedestrians can now amble past such landmarks as the Musée d’Orsay, the Palais Bourbon (home to the French National Assembly), and the Les Invalides museum and park complex. Across the Seine, the Tuilerie Gardens, Place de la Concorde, and the Grand Palais all make for a splendid view.
The former road now features restaurants, gardens, and a slew of picnic-perfect spots to eat a pastry or two—we recommend you grab some of Paris’s best croissants. Wrapping up at the Pont de l’Alma, the new walkway ends just a short walk away from Café Constant, a casual brasserie and T+L pick for where to Eat Like a Local in the City of Light.