After what felt like an eternity of rain and clouds, summer is finally back in Paris. All week I’ve been planning to spend my Friday outside, hopefully sans laptop. Believe it or not I’m already starting to see signs of fall so I want to take full advantage of the warm weather and sun while it’s here. Five Friday Finds from France features a truly heavenly almond croissant, a Seine-side restaurant near Pont Neuf, how to get a French health pass (very important if you’re coming to France soon!) and more.
Place Vendôme Paris Book
When I moved to Paris I initially planned on bringing all of my books with me, which I quickly realized wasn’t very practical. I had to pick a few favorites, and ultimately decided to leave most of my Paris books at home since I would be surrounded by the city. I recently saw Place Vendôme Paris at Samaritaine, a title that I left in Dallas. It’s a bit difficult to find online, but a fabulous book if you ever come across it. You can see a few pages from the book here.
Almond Croissant from Le Boulanger de la Tour
I keep talking about Le Boulanger de la Tour, I know…but it’s that good. Good enough where I even have Romain convinced it’s perfectly acceptable to walk about 30 minutes for croissants, pain au chocolats, and baguettes. When we went last weekend they’d run out of croissants and pain au chocolats so we decided to try an almond croissant. I’ve honestly avoided them in the past because I thought with the powdered sugar they’d be too sweet. I was so wrong – it’s like a croissant/financier hybrid. Very delicious.
A New-to-Me Sushi Restaurant in Paris
Sushi in Paris continues to be a pain point for me. There are plenty of sushi restaurants, but in my experience they’re either not very good or very expensive. I love authentic sushi, but sometimes just crave specialty rolls. When my friend Emily posted a photo of Tokyotori I knew it was exactly what I was looking for. They even have tuna and salmon crispy rice. I went the first chance I got and am already thinking about going back again this weekend.
Maison Maison Restaurant near Pont Neuf
For some reason I rarely eat at Seine-side restaurants. I think I just tend to forget about them, but want to make an effort to do it more often. It’s so much fun, especially when the weather is nice, and a totally different experience. In the past the food I’ve had was fine, but nothing to write home about. Maison Maison is different. Everything is homemade, and most of the products are organic and from France. It’s a great place to order a few things to share, which is exactly what we did. If you can go on a weekday it might be less crowded, but would also be worth the wait on a weekend!
How to Get a French Health Pass
Like it or not, if you’re coming to France in the near future you’ll need to know about the health pass (pass sanitaire). There’s been much confusion surrounding the topic, but this week the French government announced a way for people who weren’t vaccinated in the EU to get a QR code. Here is all you need to know. Applications are currently open for travelers already in France and for travelers set to arrive on or before August 15th. It should be updated for those arriving after that shortly. The sooner you can apply the better!
I hope you enjoyed this week’s Five Friday Finds from France. I’ll be back tomorrow with Weekend Links!
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