Food, cocktails and hot chocolate in Paris

On our second from last night in Paris, we were recommended the restaurant Le Coq for dinner and drinks. The reason we chose this restaurant was because it was located across the road from the Trocadero, and I reeeeeally wanted to see the Eiffel Tower light show before we left (I told you I was a stereotypical tourist!)

After a very long day in the office, we rushed back to the hotel for a quick outfit change and jumped into a cab to take us to the restaurant.

The restaurant decor was stunning, featuring bold neon hot pink and black colours. It was a warm evening so we decided to sit in their outside area and when the sun went down we cosied up under the heaters. 

We ate steak tartar and mixed dim sum to start. I can’t believe how much dim sum I ate in Paris, I swear they were on every menu!

For main, we ate lobster risotto and fillet steak with extra skinny fries, washed down with a bottle of red.

The Eiffel Tower light show takes place on the hour, every hour, for 5 minutes. We finished our meal and walked across the road just before midnight. The crowds gathered, and a big cheer echoed as the light show began, and it was just as magical as I had imagined! 

The following day was our last full day in Paris, and although we had to spend the day in the office (boo!), we had the entire evening to ourselves. So, after another long day, we quickly ran back to our hotel to get ourselves ready before heading out to meet up with our friend for dinner. 

Once again I opted for an all black ensemble, did you expect anything less? 

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The restaurant we had reserved was located at the Champs Elysees which looked beautiful lit up in the evening. 

We dined at ‘Mood‘ restaurant, and started with a round of Mood cocktails. Champagne, chambord royale, cointreau and cranberry….yum!

One guess what we ordered for starter?….yep, dim sum! Followed by duck for main, which wasn’t the tastiest of meals but it was okay

We left the restaurant feeling tipsy, and after a few casual selfies along the Champs Elysees, we jumped into a cab and made our way to Buddah Bar.

They had a DJ playing along with saxophone and bongo players, and after far too many rounds of “Tipsy Gypsy” cocktails and coffee tequila shots, the rest of the night was a blur! 

Thankfully we didn’t have work the following day, much to my relief when I woke up with the biggest hangover! We were too late for breakfast at our hotel, so we arranged to meet up in the lobby to go off in the search for some brunch. 

We were walking for what seemed like hours, and couldn’t find a brunch spot anywhere. I’ve learnt that brunch is more of a Sunday only thing in Paris, much to our disappointment! 

During our search for food we took a detour and ended up at the Lourve…

Thankfully we finally stumbled upon Angelina, which I was over the moon about because I was so unbelievably hungry by this point I don’t think I could have walked any further!

^^ We noticed Angelina has a brunch menu, but it had finished 15 minutes before we arrived. Just my luck! ^^

To cure my hangover, I ordered a croque madame. It was absolutely delicious and rich but probably not the best choice after an evening of alcohol. 

I’d heard about Angelina before I came to Paris, and someone had told me about their famous hot chocolate. We couldn’t leave without finding out what all the fuss is about, so ordered ourselves a pot to share. I now know why people flock to Angelina just for a cup of the stuff, as it was unreal. It was practically thick melted chocolate, served with a plate of whipped cream to stir in. 

There is a little cafe as soon as you walk in, serving their famous macaroons and a range of pastries and cakes. They also sell boxes of chocolates, a chocolate scented candle and even a glass bottle of their hot chocolate to make up at home. I wish I had bought a bottle now, because I’ve been craving a cup ever since. 

After a long week in Paris, it was unfortunately time for me to head home. 

I had the best week, but there is still so much I want to see and do in this magnifique city, so I’ll definitely be using that as an excuse to come back again very soon! 

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