Posts Tagged ‘Paris’

A Winery, a Restaurant & a Wine Shop

January 11, 2016 3:01 pm - Posted by Jody in Eat


What happens when a Bordeaux winery opens a restaurant in Paris?  The short answer is magic. The longer one involves sumptuous food and wine.

Created in 1935, the family-owned and managed company Domaine Clarence Dillon is a renowned winemaker producing five rare and exceptional estate wines: two red wines and two white wines from First Growth, Château Haut-Brion and its sibling Château La Mission Haut-Brion, as well as representing one of the finest wines from Saint Émilion; Château Quintus.

In 2005, the Company created the Bordeaux Fine Wine Merchant, Clarence Dillon Wines, which has become one of the most important Fine Wine Merchants in Bordeaux, and launched Clarendelle, “Inspired by Haut-Brion”, Bordeaux’s first super premium luxury brand wine. So it’s not surprising that they wanted to expand even more.  And expand they did.

Just a couple of months ago they launched the Hôtel Dillon, located in the heart of Paris’s Golden Triangle. This 19th century mansion houses a gourmet restaurant, Le Clarence and La Cave du Château, a wine shop that features a wide selection of wines sourced exclusively from the terroirs of France.


The restaurant is run by Christophe Pelé, Managing Director and Executive Chef,] and Antoine Pétrus, Restaurant Manager and Chef Sommelier. Together they add a contemporary touch to the classic French cuisine and service.

A restaurant like this us classic Parisian and any even spent eating and drinking in the sumptuous surroundings is like a celebration of all things French. We say, C’est Magnifique!


Everything You Ned to Know About Paris

February 3, 2014 9:21 am - Posted by Jody in Travel

Essential Guide To The Best Paris Wine Bars

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Paris Wine Bar

Paris is a great hub for a range of clubs and bars. Many Parisians visit local bars and cafes to meet their friends and enjoy the city nightlife. Most of the city monuments and roads remain illuminated throughout the night and many tourists prefer to take part in midnight parties.

The wine bars of the city are decorated with regional themes and have a calm and decent environment. Apart from serving wines, these bars also small plates of cheese and meat. Irish and Anglo-style based bars are all scattered within a walkable distance which offer unique experience to the Paris visitors.


Here is a list of five popular Paris Wine Bars to experience great nightlife.

1. Budha Bar:

Paris Budha Bar

If you prefer to enjoy some peaceful hours enjoying light meals along with a nice cocktail, then checkout the popular Budha Bar. It has a very large relaxing area to enjoy leisure party with your friends having drinks, dinner and dancing. Eat at the downstairs restaurant before going up to the famous bar area where you can notice the giant statue of Lord Buddha. Even though the food items are fairly priced at this restaurant many American tourists still prefer to visit this bar.The best DJs around the globe will play their popular musical selections to entertain your evenings, but there is no dance-floor at Budha Bar, which is somewhat disappointing. Coming to dress code, prefer to wear sexy modern jeans. Avoid wearing casuals and sporty outfits. For women, it is advised not to wear sneakers at this bar.

  • The bar gets crowded around midnight.
  • Location: 8/12, rue Boissy d’Anglais.
  • Bar Timings: 7:00pm to 12:30am.
  • Nearby Attractions: Champs Elysees.
  • Preferable Days: Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Website:

2. Le Baron Rouge:

Le Baron Rouge Cafe

Le Baron is quite a popular wine bar in the city that any traveller prefer to visit during their Paris vacation. Its a perfect place to taste a glass of tasty wine along with a plate of traditional fromages, saucissons and oysters. This bar is always buzzed with wine lovers at all times. Its giant oak barrels and racks of quality wines attracts millions of wine lovers throughout the year. During the lunch hours, the bar is completely filled with local shoppers and market traders. Le Baron Bouge, close proximity to the Flea market keeps the bar busy all the time.Its a good spot for red wine and French Tapas. Many tourists and locals go to this bar for a break, after purchasing at nearby markets. Smoking is always permitted in this bar and whenever I plan Paris holidays, I always meet my friends here in this bar. You can wear regular casuals and smoking is permitted in this bar.

  • Location: 1, rue Theophile Roussel 75012 Paris.
  • Bar Timings: 10am-2pm  and 5pm-10pm.
  • Nearby Attractions: Marche d’Aligre, flea market.
  • Preferable Days: Tuesdays-Sundays.

3. Au Sauvignon:

Au Savignon Bar Paris

This popular bar which was successfully serving wine for Paris visitors for more than half a century was run by a single family. Popular wine served in Au Sauvignon is Beaujolais and is served in many flavours like Saint Amour, Fleurie and Morgon.The popular Paris bakery Poilane is located very near to this bar and many visitors after tasting a glass of wine go to Poilane to taste its popular sandwich with duck rillette. Wearing smart casuals is recommended when entering into this bar.

  • Nearby Attractions: Luxemburg Gardens and Poilane bakery.
  • Bar Timings: 8am-10pm on (Mon-Sat) and 10am-9pm on Sundays.
  • Location: 80 Rue des Sts-Peres, 75007 Paris.
  • Website:

4. Piston Pelican:

Piston Pelican Paris

Another great bar in Paris that is worthy of an outing is Le Piston Pelican. The bar beautifully hidden between Belleville and the Bastille. This old-fashioned bar is a perfect destination to sample tasty French wine from a huge wine list. Popular wines included in the list is the crisp Picpoul alongside other popular wine bottles from Chile and Portugal. During weekends, many customers come here to taste the popular cocktails at this bar. The whole atmosphere in this bar is friendly and they organise DJ’s and concerts during weekend nights.

  • Nearby Attractions: Picpus Cemetery, Musee Edith Piaf.
  • Location: 15 rue Bagnolet, Pere Lachaise, 75020 Paris.
  • Bar Timings: 8:30 to 2:00 (Mon-Fri), 10:00-02:00 (Sat) and 10:00-00:00 (Sun)
  • Website:

5. Caves Legrand:

Cave Legrand

Caves Legrand is a famous Parisian bar which has been selling fine quality wines in the city for more than a decade. At the front side, you will see a shop offering truffles, chocolate, foie gras and at the backside, you can find their own wine bar known for its popular red and white wine lists.Wine lovers can even even taste vintage bottles at the bar. Nice and good looking dress along with a pair of attractive heels is recommended for the women. For the guys, it is good to wear a designer shirt with matching trousers.

  •  Nearby Attractions: Place des Victoires, Palais Royal.
  • Location: 1 rue de la Banque, 75002 Paris.
  • Bar Timings: Closes at 7:00 p.m. everyday.
  • Website:

Do you have any other popular Parisian bars to include in the above list? Please express your own views in the comments!

About The Author:   Julei Helen is a guest writer who enjoys writing articles on different travel destination in the UK. Her articles are regularly published on popular newspapers and travel blogs. Currently, she is writing travel related articles on cheap ferry travel on behalf of
Photo Credits: Flickr #1 malais, #2 highfithome, #3 Au Savignion,  #4 malais, #5 rueducroissant


Restaurants around the World

January 5, 2012 11:00 am - Posted by Jody in Eat

According to the Michelin Guide (2008), Tokyo, Japan is home to 160,000 restaurants, 191 of which have been given Michelin Stars.  Of the 23,000 restaurants in New York City, 54 have been given Michelin stars. Finally Paris has 20,000 restaurants, 98 of which have been given Michelin stars.

So what does this mean?

In Tokyo only 0.12% of the restaurants have Michelin stars. In New York that statistic is almost doubled to 0.23% of restaurants having Michelin stars, and in Paris 0.49% of restaurants have Michelin stars.

Clearly owning a restaurant that receives a Michelin star is a great accomplishment.  We have some of these chefs submitting their recipes to us!

Check them out here