Don't be fooled by the outdoor terrace, the restaurant offers an indoor patio and three rooms decorated with a very Italian taste.
The patio. Chic and calm, sheltered from the street. A true happiness
One another room
The kitchen opens on a 3rd room, directed by the Chef Andréa Assogna
As an appetizer, we serve a Sicilian olive oil accompanied by a fresh and crispy 7 year old home made sourdough bread. The bread dough is prepared the night before at 6:00 pm and rests until noon the next day.
It is served with a Burgundy wine Pouilly Fuissé 2021 with notes of apples and citrus fruits.
The menu offers starters between 16 and 21€ and main courses between 30 and 38€.
The slate offers a starter based on scallops, linguine with beef ragout that we have chosen, a fish and a meat of the day.
We choose our starter from the menu: Spring salad, perfect egg, fresh peas, artichoke and hazelnut with a touch of apple vinaigrette.
The dish is very fine, very fresh and forms a beautiful pairing with the Burgundy wine.
The linguine with old-fashioned beef ragout is garnished with Pécorino and chives. The chef, Andrea Assogna, who is Roman, tells me that this dish is "old-fashioned" because he got it from his grandmother: beef cheek, shoulder collar and leg are seared and then deglazed with white wine and then simmered between 6 and 8 hours. The secret of the sauce is the Soffritto, a mixture of herbs and vegetables that flavors the fresh tomato. In passing, the chef tells me that Pécorino, depending on the region, is used more than Parmesan, especially for carpaccio. In any case, for this generous dish with a strong taste, the Pécorino, stronger than the Parmesan, plays its role well.
We finish with 4 cheeses served with a home-made plum mustard. The white wine mustard is made from Dijon mustard flowers. This makes a nice sweet and salty mixture and again a nice match with the Burgundy. Parmeson, Pécorino (brebi cheese), Tallegio (cow cheese from Piedmont), Asiago (cow cheese from Veneto).
In short, the Patio Opera is a chic Italian restaurant where you can enjoy refined cuisine in a setting that is as calm and fresh as it is elegant. It is pleasantly reminiscent of those distinguished restaurants in Milan.
Courteous and attentive service.
Le Patio Opéra
5 Rue Meyerbeer, 75009 Paris
Monday to Friday from 8am to 2am and Saturday from 6pm to 2am
See the restaurant menu: https://www.lepatio-opera.com/nos-cartes_11.html
Charles Garnier was 35 years old when he won the competition in 1861 for the construction of an "Imperial Academy of Music and Dance". The construction project was commissioned by Emperor Napoleon III in the aftermath of the attack on the Opéra, on rue Le Peletier, of which he had been the target. It took fifteen years to complete the construction. The hall of the Opera on rue Le Peletier was burned down in 1873, which contributed to hastening the completion of the Opéra Garnier.
Construction site of the Garnier Opera House in 1866
The Garnier opera house around 1900
Visit of the Palais Garnier
The visit is priced at 14€ and 9€ in reduced rate. It is free for children under 12 years old. It gives access to all parts of the Opera except for the back offices (backstage, machinery, rehearsal rooms, costume room...)
The opera house is currently undergoing work on the façade. You will not enter through the main entrance but it will be accessible to you.
The grand staircase alone is a real wonder for its materials, its dimensions and the elegance of its lines. The steps are made of Seravezza marble, the balustrade is made of onyx, the base is made of green Swedish marble and the balusters are made of antique red marble.
The richness of the decorations can be seen in the frescoes, statues and overall in the variety, quantity and sophistication of the ornaments.
Inspired by the galleries of castles such as the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles, the decoration of the grand foyer is provided with sculptures, gilding, paintings, chandeliers and an abundance of shapes and colors in a particularly busy and rich style, typical of the Second Empire style.
The design of the Italian-style halls is sometimes questioned, as they offer a large number of boxes with greatly reduced visibility. It must be taken into account that many of these boxes were used more to be seen than to see the show.
Tired of the royal blue that was too often overused, Charles Garnier used "deep red" velvet, shimmering and bringing out the complexion of the ladies more clearly, according to the architect.
It is impossible to miss the ceiling painted by Chagall in 1964 at the instigation of the minister André Malraux.
The fresco pays tribute to fourteen composers and their works. It took a year to complete. About fifty sketches were made beforehand. Roland Bierge, Jules Paschal and Paul Versteeg, three painters assisted Chagall. Marc Chagall did not receive any salary for this work.
Marc Chagall and André Malraux at the Paris Opera for the inauguration of the ceiling in 1964.
Finally, the opera library was founded in 1866 and expanded in 1877 when the emperor's and public smoking rooms were abandoned. Today it is part of the National Library.
Pl. de l'Opéra, 75009 Paris
open every day from 10 am to 5 pm
Photo credits: Coach Hotels (except Garnier opera building site in 1866, Garnier opera around 1900 Chagall Malraux, free of rights)
Who is Jade Genin ?
The laboratory is visible from the store and open on the rue des Petits champs. Feel free to admire the work from the street.
Jade is touched and inspired by the flavors of Asia; Japan, Korea, Thailand. From Jasmine to Tamarind, from Black Sesame to Ginger, Jade makes exotic aromas and colors vibrate for our greatest pleasure.
Jacques and jade Genin
There is no cream, milk, butter, white sugar, additives, preservatives or flavor enhancers in Jade Genin chocolate.
Jade Genin chocolate is made of strictly natural products: wild chamomile flowers, dried jasmine petals, Piedmont hazelnuts, Marcona almonds, Rapadura, extra virgin olive oil...
The pyramidions are presented in a beautiful metal case with a logo. One is struck by the subtlety of the colors.
We tested 7 flavors. The aromatic palette is wide, the flavors respect the chocolate and are all in delicacy. It is very subtle, relatively unsweetened and probably the best chocolate we have tasted.
Here are some impressions:
- Almond jasmine: the jasmine comes first. Chocolate cloud.
- Creamy dark chocolate and chestnut honey: Impression of a praline flavor. Yet the chocolate does not contain any.
- Tahitian vanilla: Very fresh texture. Attack then rather powerful of vanilla.
- Gahghar: hint of salt, Greek pistachio and smoked black cardamom: finesse, singularity of the chocolate.
These small crocodiles are pieces to crunch where the praline is of a fine grade. They will seduce and educate the palate of children but also adults.
The RochersThey are dark chocolate candies topped with puffed rice, or milk chocolate praline and malted wheat with a slightly peaty taste. It is a nomadic chocolate, very fresh and quite addictive. The crispness is nice.
In the spirit of orangette, this is a candied ginger that retains a slightly fibrous and peppery character on the finish. Also quite addictive.
This testing provided us with great emotions by the personality, the subtlety and the exoticism of the flavors, in a great respect of the natural aromas of prestigious cocoa. It is an expensive chocolate, but it is very different from the products of the most praiseworthy chocolatiers we know.
Do not deprive yourself, before leaving, of a hot chocolate with almond milk. It's powerful and enchanting and has no equal to the best hot chocolates we've been served.
33 avenue de l’Opéra - 75002 Paris
Open Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 7pm and Sunday from 11:30am to 6:30pm
Dresses, forms of politeness, attentions and quality of service are worthy of these great Parisian brasseries which participated in the construction of the personality of the city.
Softly padded tables, crystal glasses, silver metal cutlery, velvet-covered benches, are a sign that we are going to have a good evening. The glasses clink and you can hear the corks pop, a little cosy hubbub settles in.
The menu is in the spirit of traditional brasseries: classic and authentic recipes that express traditional French cuisine. Having made our choice of dishes we order a Chinon domaine Laverdière 2015 which will accompany both meat and fish dishes.
Le Petit Riche has arguably one of the best cellars in Paris, specializing in Loire wines. The restaurant owns a troglodytic cellar near Vouvray, containing more than 5,000 bottles aging in optimal conditions.
This wine goes well with roasted beets in a salad. Two varieties of beet, one yellow. The dish is spiced up with a yogurt, spices, herbs and goat cheese sauce: very fine. Who said that beet was rustic?
The salad of lentils of Berry Label Rouge and smoked bacon is a great classic. It is simple and well interpreted. A dish that makes you rediscover the lentils.
Once you've tasted Le Petit riche's Pike Quenelles with Nantua sauce, it's hard not to recommend them every time you visit the restaurant. This dish is truly a delight. For the record, there was a tannery in Nantua (Auvergne). The skins were soaked in the river, which attracted the red crayfish that quickly swarmed and could be picked up by hand and then cooked in sauce.
It is as pretty as it is healthy for the taste buds. This black pudding with apples and spices was designed by Christian Parra (2 Michelin stars). The apple is just warm and crunchy. This is the little trick to remember to avoid serving a black pudding with apples slumped in compote.
It is in the big league! This rum baba, although it was partially disheveled (I knew it with a slice of kiwi) and could have waded into a syrup a little more generously, is divine and almost as good as the one from the Stohrer pastry (1730) shop that claims authorship.
And to finish, an iced nougat all in delicacy, which would have been a little more generous in quantity.
We could almost leave the place with a tear in our eye as this trip to the Belle Époque comes to an end. We will come back there!
Au Petit Riche
25, rue Le Peletier – 75009 PARIS
Tél. +33 (0)1 47 70 68 68
Tuesday to Saturday from 12:00 to 14:00 and from 19:00 to 22:30
The Madeleine church programs every Sunday at 4 pm organ recitals or pieces for choir and orchestra, free of charge, which we particularly recommend. A program of quality concerts at economical prices is also offered.
The « Dimanches musicaux »
Well, if you're in Paris and you have no idea, come to La Madeleine to see a concert. The entrance is free. Every Sunday at 4 pm, the Madeleine church invites you to a musical appointment. Mostly organ recitals but also pieces for choir and orchestra.
The organ of the Madeleine, which has seen great composers such as Franz Liszt, Camille St Saens, Maurice Duruflé, Gabriel Fauré, is signed Cavaillé-Coll and dates from 1846. It has 4 keyboards and a pedalboard, controlling 60 stops.
Organ of Ste Madeleine - François-Henri Houbart, titular organist performs "Improvisation II
See the program: https://lamadeleineparis.fr/la-madeleine-une-paroisse-atypique-a-paris/leglise-vivante/les-dimanche-musicaux/
The Madeleine concerts
The programming of the Madeleine concerts is important, at the rate of 5 to 10 concerts per month. As an example, we have noted two concerts.
Verdi's Requiem - Helios Orchestra, until May 18, 2023
Ravel's Bolero & Mozart's Requiem - Helios Orchestra, until May 26, 2023
"I have written only one masterpiece in my life, and there is no music in it," Ravel said of his Bolero. The author was probably being ironic. However, it must be recognized that despite its worldwide success, this work does not have any development since it is based on a single theme repeated for 20 minutes, but this does not detract from the effect produced.
As for Mozart's Requiem, it should be noted that Michael Haydn's Requiem in C minor probably inspired Mozart, especially in the first movement. It is undeniable that the rhythm, the temperaments, the positioning of the choirs, the articulation of the harmonies, are particularly similar in certain passages of this first movement. It should also be noted that this Mozart Requiem in D minor was not completed by the master but by two of his students at the request of Mozart's widow.
In any case, Mozart's Requiem is one of his most beautiful works.
Consult the program: https://www.fnacspectacles.com/city/paris-08-369/venue/eglise-de-la-madeleine-paris-08-74201/?pnum=2
Place de la Madeleine
Concerts : https://lamadeleineparis.fr/la-madeleine-une-paroisse-atypique-a-paris/leglise-vivante/concerts-musique/
Dimanches musicaux : https://lamadeleineparis.fr/la-madeleine-une-paroisse-atypique-a-paris/leglise-vivante/les-dimanche-musicaux/
The Fragrance Museum:Just five minutes walk from the Relais Madeleine, the Fragonard house has opened a museum to the public retracing the history of perfume through the ages. There is no need to present this famous perfumery, founded in 1926 in Grasse, a town on the French Riviera, by Eugène Fuchs, who named it after the famous painter born there.
In a 19th century old theatre, you can admire some 300 works of art related to perfume, from antiquity to today.
The perfume creation laboratory:On Saturday mornings, upon reservation, a workshop offers to children and adults to create a personalized perfume, under the direction of a professional perfumery. For an hour and a half, you can create your own fragrance with notes of citrus fruits and orange blossom by picking from a 250-essence scented organ. At the end of this workshop, you will leave with an elegant personalized 100 ml bottle and its pouch, a diploma signed by the teacher and the apron of an apprentice perfumer used during the session.
- Lieu : Musée du Parfum, 3-5 square de l’Opéra-Louis Jouvet, Paris IXè.
- Reservation required on the museum's website.
- Price : 95 €.
- Languages : français, anglais.
- Open to all from 12 years old.
To discover these passages, two itineraries on Google Maps are available, and we advise you to use them on your mobile phone.
Route N ° 1 covers 5 passages over 1.5 km long with an estimated walking time of 1h30 to 2h00
Route N ° 2 covers 9 passages over 3.8 km long with an estimated walking time of 2 to 3 hoursWe will explain the most interesting passages in detail and we present a table showing the main information at the end of the article while referring back to its page on wikipedia.fr. You can view the Wikipedia page in the language of your choice.
Opened in 1947, this gallery extends over 75 m. It is close to the hôtel Drouot (hôtel des ventes), which explains the establishment of book stores, postcards and old documents, bookstores, as well as a photo store present since 1901.
This charming 140-meter-long passage is, since its creation, one of the most visited passages. It is the continuation of the Passage des Panoramas. Its metal frame, canopy and marble pavement were renovated in 1987.
There are booksellers, engraving stores, toys, paper mills and the famous Grévin Museum with wax characters, which will be of particular interest to children.
Passage des Panoramas
It is one of the most beautiful passages of the capital city and also the oldest. It has kept a very authentic style that will immerse you in the atmosphere of 19th century Paris. The passage is close to Brongniart Palace, the location of the Paris Stock Exchange until 1998. This explains the establishment of several philatelic and numismatic stores, craftsmen of art. You will also find many popular shops and notice several facades "of the time" like that of the printing Stern printing company (now café Stern , decorated by Philippe Stark) or that of the Chocolatier Marquis.
Considered as one of the most beautiful routes in Paris, Galerie Vivienne is also one of the longest. If you are a wine lover, you cannot miss the Maison Legrand, which is a real institution. This exceptional wine merchant offers 350 estates, 3000 wines and 10000 references. You can, of course, taste and receive on-site restoration.
Passage du Grand-Cerf
One of the peculiarities of this beautiful passage is its structure, being almost 12 meters in height. It has been designed in wrought iron and is topped with a glass roof that lets in very pleasant sunlight, making it ideal for a stroll. You can discover typical and creative shops: designers, decorators, designers, haberdashery, gallery and an interesting brewery: Pas Sage
Read complete list and detailed informations of all passages of Paris: passages.pdf
These are the exhibitions currently on everyone's mind in Paris, both very deserving of a visit. Le Relais Madeleine will give you its opinion and some useful tips to simplify your visit.
Delacroix, 1798-1863 At the Louvre from March 29 to July 23, 2018
The Louvre, the most visited museum in the world, has not been mentioned for quite some time. With 60,000 m² of galleries and 35,000 works, it would take 36 consecutive visiting days to see everything, with only 30 seconds to see each work for 8 hours a day. In other words, it is better to prepare your visit ahead of time. Before introducing you to the Delacroix exhibition, we think it best to give you some tips.
3 Tips to Make the Most of Your Visit to The Louvre
The Barque of Dante - Eugène Delacroix, 1822
The price of the single ticket (permanent and temporary collection) is 17 € and the best solution is to buy it online on the Louvre website as you will now have to book time slots. The price at the counters is €15, but this means waiting in long lines.
Knowing the museum's busy hours will help you better enjoy your visit. It is better to come:
- At 9 am
- During the week
- On nice days
- After 4:30 pm and even better at night (until 10 pm on Wednesdays and Fridays)
Finally, avoid entering through the pyramid as there are frequently queues. Instead, use the Carrousel shopping center at 99 rue de Rivoli, which is faster and more fluid.
The Delacroix Exhibition
It has been 54 years since the last retrospective exhibition in France devoted to perhaps the most emblematic painter of French culture, probably thanks to his painting "Liberty Leading the People".
The Louvre, which holds the world's largest collection of Delacroix's works, has consolidated its collection of pieces from around the world. This retrospective exhibition of the river painter presents 180 works, a majority of which are paintings.
The exhibition showcases the diversity of the painter's style as well as his innovation and his sense of mise en scene.
Liberty Leading the People - Eugène Delacroix, 1830. This painting illustrates the " Three Glorious Days ", the French revolutionary uprising of 1830.
The Pyramidal composition of "Liberty Guiding the People" is inspired by his friend Géricault's painting "The Raft of the Medusa", as he also places a naked corpse in the foreground. It is believed that Delacroix modeled for The Raft of the Medusa. It is also believed that the little boy holding up a pistol inspired Gavroche in Victor Hugo's Les Misérables, published in 1862.
A month after his arrival in Morocco in 1832, Eugène Delacroix was invited to a wedding. The event inspired the painter's work "Noces juives au Maroc" almost 10 years later. For Eugène Delacroix, Morocco was a revelation of color, light, and a way of life.
- Opening Hours:
- Saturday to Monday, 9 am to 6 pm. Night visits on Wednesdays and Fridays until 10 pmWeekly closing on Tuesdays. Closed on January 1, May 1, and December 25
Les Hollandais à Paris At the Petit Palais from February 6 to May 13, 2018
You must visit the interior garden, whose renovation has been most successful. Rather unknown to tourists, and even Parisians, this place is particularly pleasant during the beautiful season.
You will find useful information on peak periods, ticket prices, ordering online, and conference visits, on the page " Prepare your visit " on the Petit Palais website.
For information on access, times, night visits, see the museum's " Basic information " page.
Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris
Les Hollandais à Paris (The Dutch in Paris), 1789-1914. Van Gogh, Van Dongen, Mondrian...
The Dutch impressionist George Hendrik Breitner was inspired by French painting. He gave up the clear hues of his peers' paintings and adopted more expressive and contrasting shades, typical of Rembrandt's work, using a Rembrandt range. From 1893, Breitner asserted his personality through his paintings, as can be seen in his series of girls in kimonos, which is very far from Dutch tradition.
The exhibition is convincing and enriching in its choice of painters and works presented as well as because it offers a different point of view on painting.
Enjoy your visit!
Here is an address located less than 200 meters from the Relais Madeleine which deserves to be visited, whether you are gourmet or just want to bring back an iconic gift of French pastry. Frequented by Jeanne Moreau, Carole Bouquet, and many others, this maison was founded forty years ago by Robert Linxe, whom Jean-Paul Aron called the "ganache wizard".
Today, pastry chef Nicolas Cloiseau, awarded as best worker of France in 2007, has maintained and prolonged the creativity and talent of the maison with a range of timeless products, as well as by creating, as a fashion designer, 4 collections per year.
And the store? A muted brown decor, a distinguished welcome, and a refined product design, presentation, and packaging. If you like luxury, you will feel right at home.
There are so many temptations
Of course, there are praline chocolates, truffles, candied chestnuts, candied oranges, and other treats, as well as pastries like macaroons with a ganache that comes in 11 different flavors and recently, delicious eclairs.
Nicolas Cloiseau does not twiddle his thumbs when looking for a flavor. For the Salvador, he tested all varieties of raspberries, until he found the least acidic and the most fruity.
The same went for the blackcurrant, whose flavor isn't easy to incorporate. He finally found the solution in Burgundy: Harvested in winter, blackcurrant buds are crushed to make "blackcurrant pepper", which can then be used as an infusion mixed with a fruit puree. The flavors intensely unfold and the component is stablee de fruits. Les saveurs se déploient avec intensité et le composant est stable.
Chocolate Eclair and Chocolate Raspberry Eclair - €5.70
Recently, for Easter, Nicolas Cloiseau created a charming collection of fish so pretty that they would be hard to eat.
And for his masterpiece, the chef prepared a 6.6 kilo (14.8 pound) "freshwater egg", measuring 51 cm tall, crossed by a school of fish.
First, the heart of the candy is made (ganache, praline, almond paste...). To make a ganache, cream is heated, given a flavor, and mixed with the chocolate, which is then whipped. The ganache should not cool too much. It is poured onto marble tables and then smoothed out and cut into two with a tool called a guitar, with a bladed comb. It is coated with chocolate, which is poured onto the candy, then then decorated by hand.
Be careful, do not conserve after 30 days.
LA MAISON DU CHOCOLAT
8 bd de la Madeleine - 75009 Paris
Open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm