The end of the year in Paris is a gourmet rendezvous not to be missed
Christmas and the year’s end offer the perfect opportunity to enjoy all kinds of delicious treats. With winter here, you’ll want to beat the bad weather blues by indulging in some well-chosen desserts. The Hotel Les Tournelles, situated in the heart of the Marais and housed in a magnificent historic building, guides you through a gourmet capital that ignores calories and celebrates the pleasures of the palate!
You’ll melt for fondues and raclettes!
With the weather growing chilly, it’s time to turn to some warming comfort foods to keep the grey days at bay! Fondues and raclettes offer a delicious way to enjoy moments of conviviality and sharing with family or friends. Insulate yourself from winter by yielding to the temptation of a good helping of cheese! The Chalet Savoyard in the 11th, Pain Vin Fromages in the 4th, Heureux Comme Alexandre in the 5th and Fondus de la Raclette in the 14th are all great places where you can tuck into some tasty fondues-raclettes and squeeze a cheese experience into your stay.
The most beautiful bûches await you
With the festive season upon us, the greatest pâtisseries in Paris vie to create the most visually appealing, creative, irresistible and delicious bûches de Noël (Yule logs). Each is a world of flavours and are creations as sublime as they are tasty. The city’s top pastry chefs and confectioners offer unusual, original and surprising Christmas logs for your delectation. Big names such as Chaudun, Fauchon, Pierre Hermé, Patrick Roger, Marcolini, Ladurée, Dalloyau and many other Parisian institutions present their majestic, flamboyant and wildly tempting creations, and it’s up to you to choose! No easy task, for sure! Discover, for example, the Asian inspired bûche crafted by Gilles Marchal, the pastry chef of the Maison Chaudun, or the vegan creations of Huges Pouget, Master Pâtissier of the Maison Hugo & Victor, which are just as beautiful and delicious, but have no animal-derived ingredients!
In January we savour the galette
After the Christmas period comes the feast day of Epiphany, also known as Three Kings’ Day. This first festival of the year puts the galette des roi (king cake) in the spotlight on tables across the nation. For this occasion the Hotel Les Tournelles has chosen for you a few ‘galette stops’ in the best Parisian bakeries, so you can experience the pleasures of this special treat during the month of January, 2017. Original and fruity, the galette by Fauchon will excite your taste buds. That offered by Lenôtre in association with the perfumer Fragonard invites you to plunge into a childhood world, while the Fantastik Galette created by Christophe Michalak will have your mouth watering in anticipation. Taste the Marie-Antoinette galette des roi from La Meringaie, an original take on the classic with a nod to meringue. Finally, check out what is offered by Paradis Gourmand (5th), the Maison Marnay (4th) or L'Essentiel (13th) and savour the exquisite flavours of the galette, a cake whose origins date back to the dawn of time.