Last day in Paris and dinner at Frenchies

fleamarketWe went out to the flea market first thing in the morning.  Nothing is really open during the week but we were with someone who buys and sells antiques.  That area is one of the most unique places.  There are stalls upon stalls of furniture and if you have a good eye you can find great items.  There is another area that just has vintage jewelry too.  It is where all good vintage goes to die.

almond croissantJessica and I were not that excited about the outing and decided to opt out and go up to Montmartre.  There are some of the best bakeries in the city up there.  We returned to a place that we had been years before called Coquelicot.  It did not fail to excite our taste buds.  The almond croissant there is hands down the best one I have ever had.  Dense, creamy, flaky and buttery all rolled up into one.  The croissant and coffee are pretty damn good too.

spreeThen we walked all around stopping at a super cute store called Spree.  Then continued onward.  We jumped on the metro and went to the Marais.  The Marais is definitely one of my favorite areas and over the past decade it has really grown.  After all that bread we were in need of something healthy.  One of the latest additions to the Marais is the Broken Arm.  A high end curated store attached to a delicious restaurant.  We sat outside across from the park.

brokenarmA perfect corner spot.

greenjuiceWe had two green juices made of cucumber, apple and ginger.  Just what we needed.  I was honestly exhausted and decided I needed to just rest so I made my way back to the hotel.

rabbitWe had an early dinner that night at Frenchies.  First I met a few friends up at Willis Wine Bar before heading to dinner.  It was my second time at Frenchies.  The wine bar across the street was packed and from what I heard there was an hour and a half wait.  If you want to go to either places plan ahead with reservations although there is also a Frenchie to go.  Dinner was delicious.  The chef was there and came around to make sure we all enjoyed our meal.  I began with the rabbit.  A saddle of rabbit rolled up around a morel on top of polenta with pureed carrots that had an orange kick to them and peas on the side.
asparagusSomeone else had the asparagus served with snails, cheddar and a Jura wine sauce.  Tis spring.

monkfishFor our main course one of us had the hake that was served with celery and chorizo.  Always love fish paired with chorizo.

lambI had the saddle of lamb with artichokes, beans and smoked anchovies.  Really good.

cheeseHad to have the cheese for dessert.  Had not had that course yet and it is just a must when in Paris.

impeiThen the walk home we walked pass the pyramid.  The modern structure surrounded by those old gorgeous buildings is always inspiring no matter how many times you see them. Great trip.  Will be back soon!

Comments (Archived):

  1. Mario Cantin

    Some of the lamps in the antiques market seem nice. I considered going to Vietnam a few years ago to find French antiques to import back to Canada / US as a business. But as you’ve said, one needs a good eye and in the end I voted against going through the inevitable ensuing learning curve so as to remain focused on what I was doing at the time.

    1. Gotham Gal

      shipping it back isn’t easy either.

  2. jonathanc

    We have our reservations for Frenchie’s in June and can hardly wait. After reading your post on Le 6 Paul Bert (along with David Lebovitz’ review), that is going to be on the list. Thinking about Septime too…

    1. Gotham Gal

      Philou was pretty amazing too.

  3. Jen Bekman

    You are hitting all my favorite spots!

    1. Gotham Gal