Explore Paris with Cédric Grolet
Inspired by our passion for art at Le Meurice, we’ve created our own customised Art and Culture Map of Paris, which makes it easy for you to find the best galleries, art museums and hidden spots in the city. We’ve asked regular guests and notable artists to share their favourite locations. For the third in our series, Cédric Grolet, who’s been voted The World’s Best Restaurant Pastry Chef, shares his favourite places in the city. As executive pastry chef at Le Meurice, he has created a collection of tromp-l’oeil ‘sculptured fruits’ and has his own patisserie. With more than a million followers on Instagram, he’s leading the way in culinary innovation.
Pont Alexandre III
Pont Alexandre III is one my favourite places in Paris. Besides its splendour, it was inaugurated for the 1900 Exposition Universelle and is central to life in the capital. I love spending time there, taking in the atmosphere and wandering along the quays. The best time of day to visit is definitely at sunset, to witness panoramic views of the Eiffel Tower, the roof of the Grand Palais and boats on the Seine.
La Statue de la Liberté
The Statue of Liberty is an unmissable part of my running route. Located on the Île aux Cygnes, it’s the perfect place to unwind next to the water. I get inspired by the surroundings and like to read, write or draw here. The replica of New York’s famous statue was given to the city by the Parisian community in America, to mark the centennial of the French Revolution.
The Marais is quintessentially Parisian with its narrow streets and quaint shops. Its architecture reflects the Paris of yesteryear. There are a number of art galleries and townhouses owned by famous artists and writers, most of which have been turned into museums, such as Musée Picasso and Maison de Victor Hugo. It’s a charming district with a convivial atmosphere, narrow pedestrian streets, boutiques and cafés. Last but not least, be sure to visit the magnificently elegant Place des Vosges, the oldest square in Paris.
The Palace of Versailles and the garden
Just outside Paris, I like spending my days off at Versailles, especially in the French-style palace gardens, which are a real work of art. I enjoy the peace and tranquillity it provides and like discovering the majestic paths designed by André Le Nôtre. My top tip is to take a picnic with you and make a real day of it as there’s so much to see.
Especially Cour Marly and its sculptures, which were commissioned by Louis XIV at the end of his reign. I like to walk through the Louvre’s arcades to admire the view over these statues, as if it’s well guarded secret.
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