For my birthday this year, despite my efforts to stay home and nurse a cold I picked up in India... The Hubs took me to my favourite hotel for Cocktails and Dinner.
Just a stones throw away, The Marbella Club hotel on the famous golden mile is really quite gorgeous and dripping in old school riviera glamour. An invitation too fabulous to miss so I threw on my louboutin's and headed out for the evening.
I have to share with you my favourite find in Ho ChI Minh City. Padma de Fleur was the most exquisite place ever, and I just had to share the pictures with you.
Located in the heart of old colonial French Saigon, Le Maison de RuNam D’Or is a lovely cafe over looking one of Saigon's main attractions, cathedral Notre Dame. If beautiful French colonial style architecture are your thing, you'll love this place.
One of the places we loved whilst visiting Ho Chi Minh City was The Park Hyatt, Saigon. It is such a beautiful setting for afternoon tea, with its shimmering chandeliers and beautiful floral arrangements. Id say it was a very simple and elegant affair, and I was so pleased that I could add this to my ever growing collection ofafternoon teas around the world.
If You're searching for the best places to eat in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam look no further, Iv done all the hard work for you!
After 15 years of frequenting my favourite city, Paris... I thought id share my best discoveries with you, and it might save me some time in the future as Paris is the place i'm most asked for recommendations. If you are looking for Fabulous places to surprise and delight you, read on!
Quite simply the most fabulous, glamorous breakfast in Paris. Eat fresh award winning pastries so fabulous they come with their own booklet under a shimmering chandelier designed by Philip stark. And the staff are super nice too. Perfect for a special occasion, or simply just because...
Cafe de flore
Another lovely, very Parisienne cafe in Paris St. Germain. Perfect for people watching over a hugely calorific but worth it patisserie
Le deux maggots
In one of my favourite neighbourhoods in Paris, this is a great spot for coffee and people watching over a fresh croissant. Take a table outside and the parisiennes make their way to work.
The Little sister to the aforementioned Plaza Athenee, Le Meurice is beautiful in her own right. If you are feeling a little "extra" and fancy breakfast in an incredible ballroom adorned with crystal chandeliers and marble frescoes... Le Meurice is your girl. Warning, you may be so distracted by this amazing dining room you could forget to eat...
Laduree will always be favourite no matter how touristy it gets. To me it screams delicate femininity, and oozes prettiness. Its the perfect place a delicately patisserie cafe creme. I'll always have love for Laduree
Lunch or Dinner
Known for its utterly incredible (no exaggeration necessary) hot chocolate- Le African Angelina is a Parisienne institution. But whilst most tourist flock for the patisserie and hot chocolate, the locals come for the savoury menu... which is no less delicious. Try the truffle ravioli and thank me later. The perfect post Louvre location for lunch!
I'll never forget spending one of my birthdays at Le Cinq, it was the one of the most fabulous lunches of my life! The are many reasons to visit Le Cinq, the fabulous 3 Michelin star restaurant in the beautiful Four seasons hotel (a hotel which is still very much on my hotel wish list)
Let start with the fact that Christian Le Squer was voted chef of the year in 2016! The experience is everything you'd from a 3 Michelin star Parisienne restaurant with a menu to die for. And to add the icing to the cake, you'll get see the stunning Jeff Latham display on the way in which is a reason on its own to visit...
Le Grand Vefour
Le Grande Vefour remain's one of my all time favourite restaurant experiences ever. The food, the service, the restaurant are all simply perfect. Steeped in history, there is a story behind everything here. The place to come of you'd like a true Parisienne restaurant experience. I cant say enough good things about this place...
Epicure, Le Bristol
When a restaurant has 3 Michelin stars, you expect amazing things. When you leave having all of the expectations exceeded... well, you know you found the real deal. Not only was this some of the most sublime food we have ever experienced, but also the most beautiful and theatrical. And the sweet trolley just seals the deal (more in depth review here)
Le train le Blu
Who knew that this breathtakingly gorgeous restaurant was tucked away in the Gare de Lyon train station?! A little way out from the centre of Paris, its absolutely worth venturing out for. We have been coming here for years and it quite simply never fails to impress. It is the most beautiful, decadent restaurant that will blow you away...
Also worth a visit
Le ambassadors at The Crillion Hotel (now L' Ecrin, we haven't been since the hotel refurbishment)
La Cour Jardin at The Plaza Athenee - absolutely stunning in the summer in all its red glory. A must
(I hope you find some of these recommendations useful! Please let me know if you have fabulous places to share that I haven't listed.
What do you do when you stay at a super cute, and incredibly relaxing interior design oasis in the middle of august when it literally sweltering (Note to self, Marrakesh in August is not for the faint hearted)
You take it easy and take it all in, thats what.
When booking the trip, we knew it might be a little too hot for us so we made sure we booked somewhere we wouldn't tire of and that would keep us entertained on the too hot to go out afternoons (it was 43 degrees at some points)
I really couldn't imagine how anyone could get bored here. There are so many areas to explore, and when your done exploring you can sit back and enjoy.
The rooftop is the place to head to if you fancy being a little more social. It had changed vastly since the last time we were here (see the post here) which is once of the things I love about El Fenn, its always evolving.
And heres another thing I adore. The deserts.
They really are incredible! All of the food here is fantastic, but the deserts really are stand out. So much so, we found ourselves shamelessly heading to the roof in late afternoon for something sweet, indulgent and totally calorific!
This is my final post from our trip to Marrakech, one of my favourite places in the world to visit. So much so, we've just booked another trip...
If you fancy a night of candle light, dinner and dancing whilst visiting Marrakech I highly recommend Comptoir Darna
One of the things I love about Marrakech (I love may things about Marrakech in case you couldnt tell) is that by night it transforms into something completly glamorous and decedent.
Comptoir is all luscious fragrant roses (total win in my book) candlelight and fabulous cocktails and had a similar but much more refined vibe to Jad Mahal (I wrote about it here)
Put on your high heels and evening dress head out for the most fabulous experience.
They put on quite the show at comptoir. The live music and dancing candelabra ladies create such an exotic and glamorous vibe
And the food doesn't disappoint either. Who knew id become such a fan of Moroccan cuisine.
And don't be surprised (or shy) if they get you to dance too, its somewhat expected and lots of fun...
Trying to leave El Fenn to venture out into Marrakech is not easy for the best reasons.
It had the loveliest spaces to explore and discover. Kind of like your staying at your fabulous friends house who has great style.
You cant walk down a corridor without finding something interesting to look at or a peacock chair to pose on (much to my husbands annoyance)
So when you do decide to leave, it had better be worth missing out on such a gorgeous place.
But le Jardin IS totally worth it. In fact id say its an absolute must. Its a super cute restaurant in the courtyard garden of a 16th Century riad
It would be worth a trip for the super cute styling alone (who would have thought id love somewhere almost entirely decorated in shades of green), but Le Jardin was one of the best lunches iv had in Marrakech to date.
As with many places iv visited in Marrakech, I found the interior design of El Jardin to be so unique and inspiring. Le jardin is all flower chairs, jewel tones green tile and fiddle leaf fig trees.
Order a mint lemonade while you take in the vibe and peruse the menu.
I ordered the Chicken and pear tagine and i'm not exaggerating when I say i'm still dreaming of it now. My husband ordered the chicken cous cous with apricots and pistachios which was equally as good so we ended up sharing.
We ordered the Tart poire tatin with spiced caramel sauce to finish which again was incredible.
And we finished with a pot of my favourite mint tea, which I could drink by the bucket load and am still trying to master at home!
After the best first day ever in Amsterdam flower shopping, we were ready for another day exploring the city of tulips and canals.
While we were putting together our itinerary for places to eat in Amsterdam, we came across Pluk. It’s one of those places that you cant miss while researching places to eat in Amsterdam, its totally insta famous
And for good reason. Pluk is this little cafe come shop in the 9 streets and serves fresh breakfast and lunches with a side of cuteness. Everything is not only gorgeous, but you can eat healthily here and not realise because it all tastes so good.
And for those (namely, me) who fancy something a little bit naughtier they have the most delicious freshly baked cakes!
Cappuccinos come with free love hearts and a baby stoopwafel! Thats me sold...
Blue dress Here
Pluk is definitely worth a lunch or cake stop. Id be sure to stick it on your itinerary
A Travel, beauty and lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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