Four Seasons Paris Concierge Tweets His Secrets
Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris Chef Concierge Roderick Levejac shares what he believes to be the best of Paris.
Updated May 14, 2012—Four Seasons hosted another #bestofcity Twitter chat May 11, featuring Chef Concierge Roderick Levejac from Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris. During the chat, Roderick answered questions about Parisian dining, sight-seeing, where to find the best macarons and more. Here are his top picks for making the most of your visit to the City of Light:
Roderick’s favourite unique thing at George V: Our flowers!
Roderick’s favourite Michelin-starred Parisian lunch spot: Les Jalles on rue des Capucines, opened by the owners of Bistro Volnay.
Roderick’s favourite restaurants to recommend most: There is such a wide range, and it depends on the guest and the mood of the moment. . . .
Roderick’s favourite trendy dining spot with great cuisine: La Société . . . but it’s hard to combine hip and great cuisine. Not much the trend of the moment in Paris. Great lively places would be something like Septime, Agapé Substance and Le Coq Rico.
Roderick’s favourite places for a post-work drink: Experimental Cocktail Club, Le Forum and the very new bar at Les Jalles on the first floor.
Roderick’s favourite cocktail served at Le Bar: The “Sphere” cocktail from bartender Maxime Hoerth.
Roderick’s favourite place to find the best macarons: Pierre Hermé and Ladurée, of course. And Carette at Place du Trocadéro. Ladurée really rose up again in the ’90s with Pierre Hermé as their pastry chef. Even behind the hotel there’s a great chocolatier, Malitourne, that has incredibly good macarons.
Roderick’s favourite outdoor dining spot (lunch or dinner) for the summer: But our Marble Courtyard here at the George V, of course.
Roderick’s favourite place to find the best baguette in Paris: In fact, we have a selection of the best baguettes in Paris. Sébastien Mauvieux of Boulangerie Mauvieux just got the title, and will provide the bread for the presidential palace for the next year.
Roderick’s favourite cheese purveyor in Paris: Fromagerie Quatrehomme near Le Bon Marché is the most renowned and one of the very best. Also pop into La Grande Epicerie de Paris to find great cheese and great bread all in one place.
Roderick’s favourite place for sorbet this summer: The problem with sorbets is that they serve the Berthillon ones everywhere. I think a restaurant that does its own would be the best, but it is not an everyday thing.
Roderick’s favourite place to find best éclairs: Stohrer on Rue Montorgueil—and by the way, that entire area is just so great about food!
Roderick’s favourite place to enjoy a salad: A great café on a nice little street or a famous avenue would easily serve a good salad. For example, if running errands on Rue Saint-Honoré, I would pop into Chez Flottes.
Roderick’s favourite place for people-watching and late afternoon coffee or a glass of wine: I love La Closerie des Lilas over on the Left Bank. Great wines, nice crowd and full of history.
Roderick’s favourite antique markets: It is not so much which (Biron, Vernaison, Paul Bert and Serpette—all located in Saint-Ouen), but how and when. Fridays are not officially open, but that is when the pros go. Get there in the morning when the boutiques are still setting up for the three open days (Saturday, Sunday and Monday).
Roderick’s favourite way to spend one glorious day in Paris: Strolling around Le Marais, the Islands and the Latin Quarter/St-Germain.
Roderick’s favourite day trip outside of Paris: Definitely Versailles, then Normandy, the Loire Valley and the Champagne region.
Paris’ famous dining scene can sometimes be a challenge for out-of-town visitors, so Roderick recommends using the Hotel’s concierge service to book restaurants prior to your stay. “Of course, some places really need to be arranged quite a few weeks ahead of time,” he says. “A lot of the most famous places at the moment do not have more than 20 to 25 seats.”
A cultural icon filled with fine cuisine, whimsical alleyways and fun activities for socialites, history buffs and families alike, Paris has so much to see—what will your experience be like? Any trip to this romantic and cutting-edge city can be made even more memorable with someone like Roderick on your side. “We really work on tailor-made propositions according to the guest’s expectations,” he says.