After a two week vacation to Sweden, Denmark and France, I’m finally home and just now sitting down to go through pictures and absorb everything we did. It was a trip focused on seeing family and old friends, eating (too much) delicious food and spending (too much) time in some of my favorite Parisian second hand shops.
While hardly a comprehensive list, here were some of the more memorable spots:
I can’t remember the last time the word “yum” was uttered so many times at one dinner table. Seriously though, this place was yummy. The menu mixes Swedish, French and Italian cuisines and diners can choose from à la carte or prix fixe. The gnocchi with soft gorgonzola, walnuts and lemon butter was a favorite of the evening, as was the filet of veal. If offered, I probably wouldn’t say no to a second serving of the honey and truffle duck breast either…
A shout out to my brother’s spot in Frederikshavn, this all-American restaurant and micro-brewery offers burgers that rival almost anything I’ve found stateside. If you ever make it that far north in Denmark, the Greek and Intercontinental are two burgers you can’t pass up.
Le Marais (4ème), Paris
Paris too has latched onto the mixology trend and this dimly lit cocktail lounge reminded me of a spot where the coolest of hipsters might become best friends with the city’s most stylish fashion mogul. As we sipped on interesting concoctions of tequila and whiskey, we felt just cool enough to order a second round but not so pretentious that we couldn’t pronounce the ingredients of the drinks. Located on the border of the Le Marais and Bastille neighborhoods, this would absolutely become a regular go-to spot if I were a local.
Le Marais (4ème), Paris
This French-à-la-super-organic restaurant is very cozy, reminiscent of old caves but with an urban twist. Offering an interesting mix of traditional bistro food and some international classics (a signature burger and an osso bucco dish made their way onto the menu), there is certainly a wide selection to suit all tastes. Their extensive wine list will not disappoint, but with their large selection, it could cost you a pretty penny. I wish I had had time to compare Jaja to it’s sister restaurants, Glou and Beaucoup, but now I have yet another excuse to venture back to the City of Lights.
Montmatre/Pigalle (18ème), Paris
The Montmatre/Pigalle quartier is known for being eclectic. Home to the Moulin Rouge, it has historically been referred to as the red light district of Paris. Today, it is becoming a cultural hub, full of delicious restaurants, talented artists and phenomenal dépôts-ventes (vintage stores in the US). By Flowers, a tiny hole-in-the-wall of a boutique, offers great vintage and second hand finds…if you’re willing to dig. I snagged an adorable purple knit dress by Chloé for 30 €!
Despite the amazing adventures of this past vacation, I couldn’t be happier to be back in the Bay Area. There really is something to be said for “home sweet home.”