paris ice cream map

An ever-evolving list of my favourite ice cream spots in Paris. A mixture of small, artisanal places and modern, crazy flavours and techniques (liquid nitrogen!) to best enjoy the summer sun, wherever you are in the city… more

fou de patisserie cut

Your one-stop shop for all of Paris’ star pâtissiers: cakes, tartes and éclairs by Philippe Conticini (Pâtisserie des Rêves); Hugues Pouget (Hugo & Victor); Pierre Hermé… more

azotea - orange mint gin dessert

On a short weekend, I rarely visit one restaurant twice over. Nor do I get the same dessert twice. But La Azotea’s orange zabaglione, mint ice cream and gin granita won me over. The staff were generally friendly, the cooks working from a cupboard-sized kitchen to turn out inventive plates, from traditional croquetas to chickpeas to… more

aires sevilla - hammam

As a special treat for Mother’s Day, I took my mamma for a couple of hours relaxation in the underground baths in Seville. There is a steam room, scented with herbs and … more

miznon paris

My absolute favourite lunch spot in the Marais. I normally treat myself to a stuffed cabbage or lamb kebab pita, with a roasted sweet potato or the lemony green-bean salad on the side. more

marseille map extract

For a short weekend by the sea, Marseille is only three hours from Paris by TGV. Expect bright sunshine, even in winter, great seafood, and a character all of its own… more

pavilion des canaux

The Pavillon des Canaux provides a haven: decorated like the Mad Hatter’s house, with a pink bedroom, green living room and blue bathroom, strung with plants and stuffed with comfy chairs… more