Where to eat like a local in Paris

Where to eat like a local in Paris

Cooking is in Helene Darroze’s blood. With a Michelin-starred pedigree, she is one of only a handful of women to claim the accolade – three in total – and can be found jetting between her eponymous Parisian restaurant and London’s The Connaught.

Born in Les Landes in the Cote d’Argent, Darroze is a fourth-generation chef who made waves in the culinary world shadowing Alain Ducasse in Monte Carlo, becoming head chef of her father’s restaurant not long after and then opening her own venture in Paris at the age of 33. She took the reins at The Connaught in 2008.

We asked for her recommendations of her favourite places to eat and buy food in the city…

Marche d’Aligre
‘This is ?a very special market. ?It feels like a small village ?and is very lively.’?
Rue d’Aligre (between rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine and rue de Charenton), 12th arrondissement.

Da Rosa
‘Da Rosa is my favourite epicerie. It supplies my restaurant in Paris with excellent ham, caviar and foie gras. The staff are very kind and I always bring my daughters, Charlotte and Quiterie, ?for a quick bite. There’s a beautiful terrace where ?you can sit and enjoy all ?the specialities on offer.’?
62 rue de Seine, 6th arrondissement (00 33 1 40 51 00 09; www.darosa.fr)

Fromagerie Quatrehomme
‘Quatrehomme supplies my restaurant with cheeses. It is known as the best fromagerie in Paris.’
62 rue Sevres, 7th arrondissement (00 33 1 47 34 33 45)

Pierre Herme
‘Pierre is a good friend, and his macaroons,above, are the best. My daughters love to go and pick their favourite flavours.’
72 rue Bonaparte, 6th (00 33 1 ?43 54 47 77; www.pierreherme.com), and six other branches.

‘I always buy my ?tea at Kilali. Everyone there is very friendly and helpful.’
3 rue Quatre ?Vents, 6th (local telephone number only: 08 99 69 ?74 88).

Mori Venice Bar
‘This is my favourite Italian restaurant. It is owned by ?a friend, Massimo Mori, formerly the chef at the Emporio Armani Caffe. The kitchen sources ingredients directly from Venice.’
2 rue du 4 Septembre, 2nd ?(00 33 1 44 55 51 55; ?www.mori-venicebar.com).

La Galerie
‘On my day off, I love to relax here and catch up with my girlfriends over lunch.’
Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris, ?31 avenue George V, 8th (00 33 1 49 52 70 00; www.fourseasons.com/paris).

Restaurant Michel Rostang
‘This is my favourite “gastronomic” restaurant. Its dishes are seasonal and full of tradition. I consider Michel Rostang family.’
20 rue Rennequin, 17th (00 33 1 47 63 40 77; www.michelrostang.com).

Pictured: Macaroons from Pierre Herme’s patisserie.

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