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How to Travel Paris Like a Bartender

Maxime Belfand, head bartender at New York City’s Saxon & Parole, was born and raised just outside Paris. So it’s an understatement to say that he knows the area well, particularly where to eat and drink. During a recent visit, Belfand showed us how to enjoy the City of Lights like a true Parisian. —Kara Newman

Day 1

I arrived in Paris and caught up with my brother. He lives in the 7th arrondissement, which, to me, is one of the most beautiful places to see in Paris. We went to a little café on rue Cler called Le Petit Cler (very original!) for a delicious breakfast that never disappoints. I had my favorite, Eggs & Soldiers, which is strips of toast dipped into soft-boiled eggs, plus a delicious baguette with blackberry jam.

Foundation Louis Vuitton / Photo by Maxime Belfand

After, we went to the Foundation Louis Vuitton, one of the newest museums in Paris, which has been showing some amazing exhibitions. Coincidentally, it was showcasing work from the New York City’s Museum of Modern Art with an exhibition called “Being Modern: MOMA in Paris.”

Day 2

Breakfast is very important to me. Knowing this, my brother took me to a new place that opened in the 10th arrondissement called Season. The food is healthy and the space has a really great vibe. It’s a bit of a wait, but definitely worth it. I treated myself to the avocado toast, shakshuka and a delicious turmeric latte.

We did a little bit of shopping in the afternoon, because after all, it is Paris. Later, we finished the day with a visit to Les Invalides museum, where Napoleon is buried.

That night, we went to one of my favorite Parisian bars, Copper Bay. They make incredible drinks and have a fantastic staff. Highlights were the Bob Lee Punch (Martini Riserva Ambrato, Banks Rum, curried pineapple, verjus, dragon tea, pandan syrup) and the Melonade (Lemon-infused Lillet Blanc, watermelon lemonade, Pinkberry sherbet, Prosecco, soda).

Day 3

I went back to my hometown, Chartres, about an hour and a…

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