Bistro Volnay

If your tired shopping legs (I’m talking to you, ladies) gave up on Rue de la Paix, between Opera and Place Vendome, you’ll be happy to find Bistro Volnay, on a side street nearby.  The chic old glamour restaurant is beautiful, set with dark wood, art-deco type mirrors and simple yet elegant tableware.  With a … Continue reading


The first two times I went to Passage des Panoramas, only good things happened: L’Arbre a Canelle and Passage 53. My third visit in this landmark passageway still did not fail to please me. This time, I paid a visit to Racines, a tiny narrow wine bar which serves natural wine and market-inspired cuisine. The wine is … Continue reading


Frenchie…where to begin. Since my arrival in Paris in September 2010, I have been wanting and endlessly trying to get a reservation. Every time I call, a voice answers on the other side; alas, it is not a person but a machine advising me to call back between the hours of 2.30pm to 3.30 pm…recently … Continue reading

L’Arbre à Cannelle – Paris bistros still alive

The origins of the word “bistro” is still under debate. Linguists and historians inform us that the term originated during the Russian occupation of Paris in 1815 where starving Russian soldiers would yell “Bystra” (“Hurry”) to their French counterparts. Consequently, this term was adopted for small eateries where one could sit down for a quick … Continue reading

Epices Roellinger

Olivier Roellinger, the 3-star Michelin chef based in Cankale, Brittany (France), known for his extensive use of spices, made headlines when he gave up his 3-stars and opened a chic spice shop near the Louvre, in the 2nd arrondissement.  Walking in, you immediately smell an array of unusual but also familiar spices; some of them … Continue reading

Librairie Gourmande

Near Sentier metro station, all foodies may converge to Librairie Gourmande, a haven where cookbooks of all sorts (from home cooking to books by famous Chefs) are available in several languages, along with posters, dvds and other food-related items. It’s also a dream for all serious gastronomic chefs. With an in depth collection of food … Continue reading