Virtuoso Traveler - October/November 2017 - 24
ART & CULTURE
"This mix, particularly Japanese and French cuisine like
that served at Abri (92 rue
is just, 'wow'!"
The view from The Peninsula Paris' L'Oiseau
Blanc restaurant and (inset) the Musée des Arts
Décoratifs, home to Italian eatery Loulou.
NEW DELIGHTS IN
THE CITY OF LIGHT
A local shares his top Paris picks.
"Paris has been seducing us for generations,"
says Virtuoso travel advisor Sharon Elsen of
Menlo Park, California. "It draws us back again
and again, enveloping us in its magic." Elsen,
who met her husband in the romantic French
capital, is certainly bewitched. She finds enchantment "in every aspect of the city: its
architecture, parks, bridges, boulevards, art
and culture - and of course, its cuisine."
Virtuoso Traveler recently stopped by The
Peninsula Paris to get head concierge Nicolas
Avril's take on what's trending in the City of
Light. Avril visits a new venue each week so he
can guide guests to the most of-the-moment
must-dos. Here, his current recommendations.
Avril predicts that, by summer 2018, South American
cuisine will be all the rage in
Paris. Get ahead of the trend
at Manko Paris (15 avenue
Montaigne), a chic restaurant/bar serving Peruvian
fusion fare with a side of live
cabaret: "To go there is like
going on a journey," he says.
"IT" NEIGHBORHOOD: One of Paris' most
multiethnic areas, the tenth arrondissement
is "vibrant, very bohemian. It's where all the
new restaurants and hip boutiques are." For
a perfect Parisian afternoon, take a leisurely
stroll along the Canal Saint-Martin with its iron
footbridges and tree-lined quays.
WHAT'S COOKING: The city's hottest restaurants practice bistronomy, which Avril describes
as a combination of the classic bistro experience and fine gastronomy. These gastro-bistros
serve "really, really amazing food at affordable
prices." The fusion of traditional French fare
with Asian and other influences is also big.
* For some of the best Italian
in the city, try Loulou (107
rue de Rivoli), the new
bilevel eatery inside the
Musée des Arts Décoratifs.
Its stylish terrace faces the
* Travelers looking for traditional French haute cuisine
should make their way to
Michelin-starred Lasserre (17
avenue Franklin Delano Roosevelt). Expect an elegant,
three-hour-long affair; in
pleasant weather, a retractable roof adds to the allure.
Virtuoso advisor Sharon Elsen adds The Peninsula's L'Oiseau Blanc to the list of must-try restaurants: "This stunning rooftop venue presides over the Paris skyline with a view of the Eiffel Tower."
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