A Weekend in Paris with Francois Simon

Spring 2012 – Anissa Helou has organised what promises to be an extraordinary weekend in Paris with legendary French restaurant critic, Francois Simon (who may or may not have been the model for the restaurant critic in Ratatouille). The itinerary for the weekend (27th-29th April 2012) is below. Taking in some the most fascinating foodie stops of Paris with menus devised by Francois himself, it will surely be an unmissable trip.

Annisa only has 6 spaces so best to get in touch quickly, before it fills up. Please email

ah @ anissas.com

for more details and to reserve your place.



We will check into the Relais St Germain Hotel early afternoon and once we have settled in and perhaps taken a walk over to Pierre Hermé for a macaron, we will meet Francois at 6 pm to have a drink at the Bonaparte. Francois will explain about the restaurant scene in Paris, what has changed, which are the improvements and what has been lost. We will return to the hotel at 8 pm to have dinner at Le Comptoir with a menu devised by Francois and Guy de Camdeborde who we will meet if he is not travelling. If we are still feeling energetic after dinner, we may go to a nearby bar for a nightcap or perhaps just walk in St Germain des Prés.

The following morning Francois will pick us up after breakfast at the hotel to take us to his favourite market where we will shop for the dinner he will cook for us that evening. Once our shopping done, we will go to La Crèmerie which will be booked for us only for a picnic lunch made up of amazing French products such as boudin en terrine, excellent hams and cheeses with salad and grilled vegetables. Again Francois and the owner of La Crèmerie will devise the menu and wines.

Francois will leave us after lunch to go and prepare our dinner while we go to the Musee d’Orsay. Then we will rest at the hotel for a short while before meeting at 7.45 pm to walk over to Francois to enjoy his famous poulet roti and other dishes with excellent wines — he knows as much about wine as about food.

The next morning, we will have breakfast at the hotel then we will go out for a walk and a café at one of the classic terraces, either les Deux Magots or le Flore, before meeting Francois for brunch at a new place of his choice. Then it is goodbye if not to Paris for those who decide to stay on, at least to Francois and me!

The cost is €1550 per person per single occupancy or €1450 per person per double occupancy. This includes all meals and wines with meals; only tap water because we are against bottled water; two drinks at the Bonaparte; one drink after dinner; one coffee at the cafes we stop at; and small gifts that Francois will organise.

The price does not include air or train fares to Paris, personal insurance, which you need to organise, and tips.

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