Spur of the moment foodie weekend in Paris
I always enjoy last minute trips the most. There’s something about the spontaneity of getting up and going without knowing anything about the trip. This trip was not entirely unknown, I did know we were going to be staying in Central Paris at the Hotel Tremoille and we were there to sample their champagne and caviar package.
The Hotel Tremoille is ideally situated, close to the Champs Elysee and a stone’s throw from the Eiffel Tower. Despite the fact that I’ve been to Paris many times before, there’s something about rounding the corner every time we left the hotel and being confronted by this steel skeleton that took my breath away. Even though I knew it was there, it still took me by surprise.
A four star joint, the rooms were very comfy, classic but also modern at the same time and the bed pillows! I wanted to take one home (I didn’t), they were some of the best pillows I’ve ever slept on.
Champagne and caviar, who doesn’t want to indulge a little when they’re visiting Paris? The hotel has a chic little bar snack – the Maison Kaviari’s l’en K de Caviar which comes in ultra sleek tins which slide open to reveal the hermetically sealed caviar (15g of Ostreta or Krista) inside along with a serving spoon. Leave it to the French to come up with caviar on the go. Coupled with a glass of Perrier-Jouet and a side of blinis, it does whet the appetite for dinner. The bar also offers a shot of ice cold vodka or wine if you prefer.
That’s certainly one way to start the weekend. The next day we had a food walking tour in the 7th arrondissement, The Baguettes to Bistro tour put together by Context Travel. I really enjoyed it and our guide, Meg of ParisbyMouth was full of food facts and great fun.
As an added bonus, she took us to a taxidermy shop, Deyrolle, which has been around since 1831. It was not on the official tour but as we were passing by, we just had to stop. Stuffed zebra anyone?
A really fun weekend and we were only half way through it. Next post, a visit to a bistro moderne…
If you’re interested in partaking of the caviar and champagne and staying at Hotel Tremoille, ask for the Flavours of Paris package €548 (based on two sharing a standard double room) which includes:
An overnight stay for two including breakfast
· Two glasses of Champagne in the hotel’s Louis² Bar
· Two stylish l’en-K de Caviar© packs (www.enkdecaviar.eu)
· Context Travel’s ‘Baguette to Bistro’ walk (available weekdays and Saturdays)