Le Roch Restaurant

 

 

After my staycation, Le Roch Hotel has quickly become one of my favorites in the city, and recently I had the pleasure of returning for a spa treatment + dinner.

 

As always, it was such a delight coming back to this lovely hotel, where I feel instantly at home, thanks to the wonderful staff members..

 

 

 

Upon being greeted, we were guided downstairs to the Codage Spa. Our 1-hour spa treatment was everything we could ask for and more.. It was clear that the masseuses were passionate about providing treatments tailored to the needs and characteristics of each and every skin/body with carefully measured formulations. Learn more about the French beauty brand CODAGE here.

 

 

 

 

After our heavenly massage, we went back upstairs for our dinner, which we were very excited about..

 

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In the kitchen, Executive Chef Rémy Bérerd is known to work wonders by blending flavors and bringing us on a culinary journey with his gastronomic creations.

 

With high hopes and expectations, we chose, for starters, the burnt langoustines, and white asparagus, which both had vibrant flavors to work up our appetite..

 

 

 

For our entrees, we had Linguine with Shrimp (which came with an incredibly generous amount of caviar on top), and Veal cutlet from Piedmont with candied lemon gnocchi, which also did not disappoint..

 

 

 

 

Though already well-fed, we of course couldn’t skip dessert.. The seasonal fruit plate with homemade banana-sorbet (and an extra glass of wine) was the perfect way to end our meal.

 

 

 

 

I feel extremely grateful to have spent the night surrounded by my loved ones, here at one of my favorite spots in Paris.

Thank you to Le Roch Hotel for welcoming me back for another amazing experience.

 

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Le Roch Hotel (@lerochhotel)
28 Rue Saint-Roch, 75001 Paris

 

 

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Eat in Paris: ZIA

 

 

ZIA is a small family-owned cafe located in the 7th arr. of Paris.

Inspired by fresh produce and vibrant flavors, chef Justin Kent, who has previously worked at L’Arpège, a 3 Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris, decided to open ZIA. 

 

 

 

 

 

All-day brunch menu features dutch baby pancakes, breakfast burritos, avocado toasts, and salads..

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the word “ZIA” symbolizes the Zia people, an indigenous tribe to New Mexico known for their ability to farm, ZIA pays homage to them with dishes featuring tortillas, corn, and chillies..

 

 

My personal favorite was the savory Dutch Baby Pancakes, with fried eggs and bacon.

 

 

 

 

ZIA is also open for lunch and dinner, featuring market-driven dishes using fresh and light ingredients.

 

 

 

 

Zia Paris (@ziaparis)
22 Avenue de Tourville, 75007 Paris

 

 

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Stay in Paris: Castille Paris

 

 

Castille Paris is a 5-star hotel, from the Italian hotel group “Starhotels Collezione” located in the heart of Paris just a few steps away from the legendary “Maison Chanel” on Rue Cambon.

 

 

 

 

 

With its Parisian allure and Italian style, Castille Paris has been restored to its 18th-century splendor, with antique details, Florentine patio, and a Roman fountain.

 

 

 

The hotel has 108 rooms and suites in total, which occupy two wings of the building. Each wing has its own character; onw exudes contemporary elegance, whereas the other offers a touch of classic French style.

 

 

 

 

Checking into my Duplex Junior Suite, I was stunned by the beautiful interior. From the gorgeous wallpapers to the carefully selected furnitures, it was not difficult to see that the hotel wanted to ensure each and every guest experience a comfortable stay.

 

 

 

 

 

We also had the pleasure of dining at L’Assaggio, the hotel’s modern classic Italian restaurant. Executive Chef Pablo Sabariego was kind enough to surprise us with a blind tasting menu, which was nothing short of wonderful..

(I am currently drooling as I reminisce about this glorious meal!)

 

 

 

I would like to take this time to appreciate my gratitude towards everyone at Castille Paris who went above and beyond to make my stay enjoyable.. I look forward to returning soon.

 

p.s. Castille Paris has a hotel cat named Heliot — keep an eye out for him!

 

 

 

 

 

Castille Paris (@castille_paris)
33-37 Rue Cambon
Paris, 75001

 

 

 

 

 

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Stay in Paris: The Hoxton

 

 

Undoubtedly the coolest hotel in town, the Hoxton really needs no introduction.. After Amsterdam and London, the Hoxton group opened its biggest Hoxton here in Paris.

 

 

 

 

Housed in an 18th century building, the Hoxton Paris offers 172 guestrooms of 4 categories: Shoebox, Cosy, Roomy, Biggy. Local Parisian design studio Humbert & Payet beautifully decorated these rooms to create a modern yet cozy atmosphere, with wood panelling, oak-timber floors, and Lampe Gras lamps.

 

 

 

 

White tiles and bronze fittings provide aesthetic pleasure in the bathroom..

 

 

 

 

For breakfast, the Hoxton offers its signature Breakfast Bag with fresh juice, granola, and a banana.. If you are still hungry, you can always head down to the Rivié Restaurant..

Designed in a French Brasserie style with a modern twist, the restaurant presents seasonal and fresh French dishes. Whether you are in the mood for a quick breakfast, business lunch, relaxing dinner, or even just a drink, Rivié Restaurant is ideal for all occasions.

 

 

 

 

For something more intimate, head upstairs to Jacque’s Bar, where you will find yourself transported to a garden in Marrakech, with decorative floral wallpaper, velvet sofas and tasseled lamps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Located in the basement is Les Voûtes, with 7 vaulted rooms available to rent for meetings, events, parties, and private dining, as well as La Cuisine, a communal pantry kitchen..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hoxton Paris also hosts a variety of cultural and lifestyle events, such as workshops, lectures, exhibitions, and yoga classes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hoxton, Paris (@thehoxtonhotel)
30-32 Rue du Sentier, 75002 Paris

 

 

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Lisbon Travel Guide

 

 

 

 

 

Things to know before you go: 

  • Lisbon is a small city, thus everything is walkable. It is very hilly though; so wear comfortable shoes.
  • Uber is extremely cheap in Lisbon, compared to other cities. (Our 20-min Uber ride from the airport to downtown was only €8)
  • Portuguese people are extremely (and genuinely) friendly. Make sure to say your thank you’s! (Obrigado if you are a man, Obrigada if you are a woman)
  • Like any other coastal city, Lisbon has some great seafoods — take advantage of it!

 

 

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Where to stay:

  • Santa Clara 1728: Situated on top of one of Lisbon’s seven hills with magnificent views over the Pantheon, Santa Clara 1728 is a six-bedroom hotel with beautifully minimalistic aesthetics, and incredible hospitality of making any guest feeling right at home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • The Lisboans Apartments: With its cozy atmosphere and central location, the Lisboans Apartments is a perfect place to stay if you want a true Lisboan experience. The interior design features both vintage and contemporary custom-made furniture and handmade Portuguese tiles, creating a unique yet stylish ambiance. Their Prado restaurant is also a wonderful option to check out, offering farm-to-table dishes inspired by and made with seasonal and fresh ingredients.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Corpo Santo Hotel: Conveniently located in downtown Lisbon, Corpo Santo is a 5-star hotel rated #1 in Lisbon on Tripadvisor, and it wasn’t hard to see why. Throughout our stay, we were taken such great care of with superb service in an extremely welcoming atmosphere. Each floor also has its own theme with custom wallpapers and scents, inspired by different areas of the world (Portugal, Japan, Asia). Dinner at restaurant Porter was also nothing short of amazing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What to do: 

  • TRAMS: Ahh, the quaint charming yellow trams of Lisbon. For the classic Lisbon tram journey, ride the number 28 which passes through the popular tourist districts.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Bairro Alto is a central district of Lisbon, with unique avant-garde vibes mixed with vintage influences. I recommend starting your day at Praça Luis de Camões, which is a popular city square and a meeting point, and walking around the area with a Pasteis de Nata and coffee from Manteigaria.

 

 

 

 

  • Alfama is the oldest (and my personal favorite) district of Lisbon. Forget the map, and get lost in these quaint medieval alleys and you will find yourself surrounded by so much of its charm. Alfama also has one of the best views of the city of Lisbon; head over to Miraduoro de Santa Luzia, the observation deck, to witness the sun rise/set on the horizon of the Tagus River.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Belem is an area located southwest of Lisbon, filled with iconic landmarks, like the Belem tower, and many architectural sights. Start your day by picking up some Pasteis from Pasteis de Belem!

 

 

 

 

 

  • Arco da Rua Augusta: Thanks to my friend Andie, I was able to enjoy this beautiful view of Lisbon and the Comercio Plaza. The entrance of this viewpoint is quite hidden in the bustling street of Rua Augusta, so keep your eye out for it!

 

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  • Santa Justa Elevator takes you up to the panoramic views over the city. Long queues are expected, so go early in the morning.

 

 

 

 

 

  • LxFactory is an historical industrial complex with an array of artsy shops and restaurants.

 

 

 

 

 

  • MAAT (Museum of Art, Architecture, Technology): If you are a fan of architecture, this museum is not to be missed.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Syntra is a town 30-40 min away from Lisbon, with pastel-colored villas and palaces. As I’ve mentioned, Lisbon is a relatively small city, so if you have a day to spare, definitely make a trek out to Syntra. Amongst the several palaces, the most well-known is the Pena Palace, and it was incredible. Make sure to book your tickets in advance online.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • TILES! Lisbon is full of beautiful tiles, everywhere you look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to eat:

  • Time Out Market is a food court run by Time Out, with more than three dozens of vendors, and with the city’s best chefs, restaurants, cooking workshops, and more. Whether you are a foodie or not, this is a MUST VISIT in Lisbon!

 

 

 

 

  • Fauna & Flora offers healthy and fresh home-made dishes, with the friendliest service.

 

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  • Heim Cafe: Their avocado salad + halloumi cheese plate was absolutely amazing and their pancakes covered with coffee syrup will melt in your mouth. If you (unfortunately) have only one day in Lisbon, go here for brunch!

 

 

 

 

 

  • Hello, Kristof: quality coffee with laid-back atmosphere.

 

 

 

  • Nanarella has the best ice cram in the whole city of Lisbon. Period.

 

 

 

 

  • New Moment: They have Nanarella’s ice cream, but they serve them in cute little scoops.

 

 

 

 

  • Fabrica de Nata: I had (multiple) Pasteis de Nata’s every single day while I was in Lisbon, but this one was by far my favorite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Pharmacia is a Portuguese restaurant with a cool pharmacy-themed concept and charming atmosphere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shiso Burger, Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Located in the Latin Quarter just off the Seine, Shiso Burger offers a variety of burgers with a touch of Asian cuisine, and always with the freshest of ingredients.

 

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What I love about Shiso Burger is that there is a burger for everyone. On their menu are not only beef but also fish (shrimp, salmon) and vegetarian (mushroom, tofu) options, so whether you are a meat-lover or a vegetarian, you will find the burger just for your taste.

 

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My go-to is the Bulgogi burger, with a side of edamame.

 

 

 

 

 

With their unique burgers, fresh quality, and good vibes.. Shiso Burger has, at first bite, been my favorite burger spot in Paris!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shiso Burger (@shisoburgerparis)
21 Quai Saint-Michel, 75005 Paris

 

 

 

 

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Love Juice Bar, Paris

 

 

 

I am a huge açaí fan, which is why I was so happy to discover Love Juice Bar in Paris.

 

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Nestled on a quiet street in the 3e arrondissement of Paris, between Le Marais and Centre Pompidou, Love Juice Bar is an organic juice bar, offering superfood smoothies and a variety of delicious flavored bowls: açaí, peanut butter, matcha, dragonfruit.. the list goes on and on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

They also update their menu with seasonal flavors, and of course I had to return for some mango and strawberry bowls!

 

 

 

 

My favorite? Definitely the açaí, and the salted caramel:

 

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If you’re still feeling hungry, there are also great food options such as kale salads and avocado toasts (gluten-free) with a perfect avocado to toast ratio!!

 

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Healthy, delicious, and Instagram-friendly? What’s not to LOVE? 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love Juice Bar (@lovejuicebarparis)
26 Rue Chapon, 75003 Paris

 

 

 

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