Grand Hôtel in Cabourg

A Weekend in Calvados, Normandy

In the northwest of France, a couple of hours drive from Paris, Normandy’s Calvados department feels a world away from the capital city. The area beckons visitors with its spectacular seaside, tranquil rolling hills,...
Abbaye Saint-Georges de Boscherville

Travel in Normandy: Treasures of the Seine Valley

When you think of Normandy, do you think of the D-Day landing beaches and Mont Saint Michel? Or perhaps Rouen’s gothic cathedral, the Bayeux tapestry, Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny and the picturesque port...
The River Nive weaves its way through Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in Pays Basque

Great Travel Destinations: French Basque Country

Europe’s best surfing, the chic coastal town of Biarritz, the proud Basque culture and language, the rolling foothills of the Pyrenees, even a ski resort… the French Pays Basque is one of France’s most varied and distinct...
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Epicurean Paris: Top Specialty Food Stores and Gourmet Grocers

A new generation of gourmet grocers is helping food lovers rediscover France’s far-flung gastronomic pleasures in chic, welcoming spaces that raise food shopping – and no-fuss dining – to the level of art. Upgrading...

Pays Basque: The Gourmet Trail

Thanks to the generosity of nature and the culinary talents of its people, Basque cuisine is unique and rich.

Restaurant Reviews: Chez la Vieille in Paris

In Paris it’s always a delicate business to tamper with tradition, especially when you’re an American and the subject of your intervention is one of the city’s most venerable old bistros, the legendary Chez la Vieille (At the...

Choc King Behavior: Interview with Celebrated Pastry Chef Pierre Hermé

Insatiably creative, Pierre Hermé returns to his first passion in his new book. Retracing his longstanding love affair with the cacao bean, the book reveals creations that display the celebrated pastry chef ’s signature chocolate recipes and innovative style, which have...

3 Ways with Chick Peas: Culinary Tips from Breton Baker Richard Bertinet

Originally from Brittany in north-west France, Richard Bertinet trained as a baker from the age of 14. Today the UK-based chef is a best-selling author who makes regular TV appearances. Bertinet was named BBC Food Champion of the...
Oyster bar

L’Huitrade: Guy Savoy’s Oyster Bar in Paris

Oyster -loving, three-star chef Guy Savoy has created a delicious grand finale to any stroll up the Champs Élysées. This charming little bar designed by Jean-Michel Wilmotte is the perfect place for a casual...
Clarence Paris

Restaurant Reviews: Le Clarence in Paris

Leaving behind the pewter skies over Paris and the spring rains, it was a pleasure to escape into a plush cocoon of luxury and elegance for some magnificent eating and drinking during the course of a long...