If you have a sweet tooth like me and the other 99% of feminine population, this little passage will be your cup of tea (or hot chocolate, whatever you prefer).
How cliché it may sound, you really cannot miss out on Parisian Macarons. Why does every girl that visits Paris talk about them? There is probably a reason for that. Pierre Hermé, with its original twist in flavours is one of my favourites. Of course, it is difficult to beat Ladurée’s classic vanilla macaron (yes, I am quite the vanilla kind of girl) and its marvellous interior is the perfect ambience for a true and total macaron experience.
On a slightly different note, pastry-shop Angelina is a place that had always caught my attention. There is something about the name ‘Angelina’ that made it so mysterious to me. Who was Angelina actually? And what was her story?
Well, on my last visit to this 113-year-old patisserie and tea room, I discovered a little bit more about its history. Place of indulgence and sophistication among the Parisian aristocracy since 1903, Angelina was named after the daughter-in-law of its founder, Antoine Rumpelmayer.
Mystery being solved, Angelina currently serves one of the best hot chocolate in town, as well as an exquisite brunch menu, patisseries and (surprise, surprise) macarons.
WALK, WALK, WALK (AND ADMIRE THE VIEWS)
When in this city, you really need to bring your comfortable shoes. You’ll be doing a lot of walking! That is, if you want to fully enjoy the beauty of the city with its palaces, gardens and little cozy cafés.
I urge you to look up and if you are lucky, you will be able to admire moments like this, where a bird seems to become one with a Ferris Wheel.
Palais Garnier (l’Opéra National de Paris), Notre-Dame, the Louvre, the Conciergerie, the Grand Palais, the Arc de Triomphe, and well, the Tour Eiffel of course… are some of its spectacular landmarks. But one of my favourite little spots and certainly one of the most instagramable ones in Paris is the Palais Royal (or the zebra palace like I prefer to call it). With its very unusual striped columns, this place truly stands out to me.
And the gardens, oh the gardens… Sometimes I think of myself as a bee, naturally attracted to flowers, colours and scents. If you are anything like me in that aspect, I can guarantee you won’t regret paying a visit to some of its gardens during spring. A treat for the senses!