This is the entrance to Hotel Particulier located in the Montemarte district of Paris. Talk about a “Secret Garden.” There is a gate entrance that is hidden on a cobblestone street ~ you enter through the creaky rot-iron gate and then this entrance is around the corner. I LOVE this. It feels private, secret, and oh so totally french. An observation I have had about the “french people” especially at a place like this. The french culture in general are keen to acting a certain way. When dining, the voices are lower, the posture is straight, the wine is gently sipped, the fork and knife are held a certain way….everything has order. All of these details provide an elegance and a grace that is unmatched by observing patrons at a chain restaurant in America. Oh and did I mention how impeccably dressed the french people are for Sunday brunch? What am I trying to say? It is places like this hotel where the true french essence comes alive. My friend and I were commenting on this as we ate and watched others around us. Proper. Elegant. Poised. Graceful. Demanding importance. Even the men. 🙂
Yes. You walk through beautiful, quiet gardens with birds chirping before entering an elegant hotel lobby. Once inside, the walls are a rich gold with black stitching. Golden dragonfly pendants hold the black wool curtains…. there are 18th century photos of royalty hanging from gold chains on the walls. The chairs are black velvet with gold stitching. Very rich. I did not get a photo of the dining room/lobby (sorry!) because this was exclusive, private and it just would not have been appropriate. This just means you will have to pay a visit to see it 🙂 There is also a lower level with a VERY chic bar and outdoor lounge. The lounge opens up in the evenings. There is a seating for lunch at this hotel at noon, a seating for dinner at 8 pm and then brunch every Sunday. Oh, and there is also music playing with a surprising beat…it ups the energy a bit and it was very enjoyable.
I met my friend here for brunch at 2:30 pm. You must make a reservation. Note : It is a lavish brunch where there is a large basket of goodies on your table as you are seated….white chocolate/matcha green tea scones, brioche, baguette, jams and the most fabulous french butter.
We immediately opted for a glass of Champagne! What is Sunday girlfriend brunch without a glass of fabulous champagne?!
We were then offered an option of fresh squeezed orange juice or a cherry plum smoothie. We chose the smoothie.
Next to the smoothie in the picture would be, um, hot chocolate. 🙂
This brunch is 38 Euros, or 48 Euros with a glass of Champagne included. This is a great deal because of the quality of the food and experience…. and it completes two meals remember. The green tea scone with white chocolate was delightful.
Next, came the salmon gravlox sandwich paired with the shrimp salad. There was also a poached egg on the side. Perfect.
Montemarte is the 18th arrondissement in Paris. It is somewhat in the outskirts, but a 20 minute metro ride from the center of the city (where I am located) will get you out to Montemarte. You can also take a bus or a taxi. There is a different feeling in this neighborhood. It is quieter, a little bit more of a residential feel but still very much in the city….there are also beautiful hills and stone steps everywhere which makes this neighborhood really charming. The famous Sacre Coeur Church is here with steps you can sit on and see the entire city of Paris. In essence, we are looking down at the main monuments in Paris from Montemarte.
Finally, came our dessert. A flourless brownie, a lemon cheesecake, and an apple tart. These were lovely with very little sugar allowing you to taste the other ingredients of lemon, apple, almond and cocoa.
How fabulous. We spent three hours here and talked about life, laughed and enjoyed everything about this hotel. We then ventured out to the gardens and sat and enjoyed the sunshine, sipped some coffee and observed the french “leisurely sunday.”
This is my dear friend Carson. She and I share a love France, specifically Paris. We both feel at home in Paris. She was here on business, but sadly will be leaving this week. We could spend 3-5 hours over a meal easy. Good food, good friendships, good conversation. Good Champagne. This is life.
Okay friends… I am going to get ready for Bordeaux…leaving soon for the countryside. I will most likely post next from there. I have my fingers crossed that I will have internet connection to capture the experience while there…But if not… I will do a full recap of Bordeaux when I return to Paris. Au Revoir. Have a beautiful week.