THE IN­SID­ERS PARIS

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE - HERVE DESCHAMPS CHEF DE CAVE, PERRIER-JOUET

EAT: My all-time favourite restau­rant in Paris is, in fact, not French. Restau­rant Pages, un­der chef Ryuji Teshima, serves some of the best Ja­panese food in the world; it’s lo­cated not far from the Arc de Tri­om­phe. An­other favourite spot is LouLou, in the Mu­seum of Dec­o­ra­tive Arts at the heart of the Lou­vre. Its ter­race is divine in sum­mer, the ideal spot for a long lunch with friends that can ex­tend late into the evening. Don’t leave Paris with­out en­joy­ing some fa­mous mac­arons; I love the taste sen­sa­tions from Pierre Herme and Laduree; face­book.com/pages­paris; loulou-paris.com; pier­re­herme.com; laduree.com.

EX­PLORE: Paris is a place you dis­cover by foot. The build­ings and ar­chi­tec­ture are in­cred­i­ble; Place Ven­dome, laid out in 1702, is par­tic­u­larly mes­meris­ing. Make time to visit the Palace of Ver­sailles, which is an hour out­side Paris. It is breath­tak­ing and the gar­dens are so elab­o­rate, I al­ways leave feel­ing in­spired; paris­info.com; en.chateau­ver­sailles.fr/home­page.

EN­JOY: Plan a day trip to Eper­nay, about 130km north­east of Paris, to visit cham­pagne houses and tour the area where cham­pagne was born. If you don’t have time to ven­ture out of Paris, visit a cham­pagne bar and sip a glass or two in style. Ho­tel Costes is great for peo­ple-watch­ing; hotel­costes.com.

AD­MIRE: Paris is known for its art and mu­se­ums. The Lou­vre is the most fa­mous and cer­tainly worth a visit but, if you have time, ex­plore one of the smaller mu­se­ums such as Musee Nis­sim de Ca­mondo, a time cap­sule of life in belle epoque Paris. Ven­ture here to see rare Sevres porce­lain, in­tri­cate savon­niere and ex­tra­or­di­nary crafts­man­ship in an el­e­gant pri­vate­house set­ting; lou­vre.fr/en; lesarts­dec­o­rat­ifs.fr/en/ mu­se­ums/musee-nis­sim-de-ca­mondo.

SHOP: Ga­leries Lafayette is my one-stop shop. Just the build­ing, with its art deco fin­ishes and stun­ning dome, is rea­son enough to visit. I al­ways pick up a won­der­ful gift for my wife, and it does help that the place has a fab­u­lous cham­pagne bar, should shop­ping be­come too tir­ing; ga­leries­lafayette.com.

Herve Deschamps is Chef de Cave of Perrier-Jouet, over­see­ing pro­duc­tion of the cham­pagne house’s en­tire range. Based in Eper­nay, he is one of only seven peo­ple who have held the po­si­tion in Perrier-Jouet’s 200-year his­tory; perrier-jouet.com.

In­sid­ers ed­i­tor:

Gra­ham Er­bacher Gra­ham.Er­bacher@news.com.au

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