Alain Ducasse – a longtime leading light on the culinary scene – hardly needs an introduction.
Here, we talk to the mighty Michelin-starred chef behind projects as varied as Le Louis XV in Monaco, a quartet of French country inns, and Smith stay L’Andana in Tuscany. Alain also oversees the restaurant at the swish St Regis in Washington. Naturally, he’s passionate about Paris .
Where to eat
After browsing the fleamarket at Porte de Clignancourt, I love to grab a bite to eat at Le Soleil (109 Avenue Michelet, Saint-Ouen), a classic bistro serving lobster from Normandy, foie gras and rum baba. Another top pick is Mon Vieil Ami, a convivial, stylish eatery that presents consistently excellent food.
Where to shop
My favourite food store in Paris is Be , a boulangerie (bakery) and epicerie (deli) on Boulevard de Courcelles, selling traditional breads made by a master baker, and a range of local groceries.
Where to stay
Mr & Mrs Smith recommends 22 boutique hotels and chic self-catering stays in Paris, including Raffles’ luxe French outpost Le Royal Monceau, the elegant Montalembert in St Germain de Prés, and designer den Murano Resort Paris in the boho Marais quarter.
Murano Resort, Paris