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Elena Kalmykova’s Best of Paris: My Top 3 picks for special end-of-summer outings

You may wonder why we are talking summer here since it is already September. Well, simply because summer officially ends in France on the 23 September and the weather is still looking quite promising for the French capital.

This means there is still a chance to sip on some refreshing cocktails at a fancy rooftop bar, hang out with family and friends in a pop-up café and eat that last ice-cream of the season.

Mademoiselle Mouche

Mademoiselle Mouche is a ritzy spot for an apéro to savour the summer vibe. In honour of the Roaring Twenties, Mademoiselle Mouche has prepared delicious cocktails, swingy DJ sets and a fancy open-air terrace to welcome Parisians to a fabulous rooftop on the Bateaux-Mouches pier in the 8th arrondissement.

Mademoiselle Mouche’s cocktail menu offers 13 recipes for 13 euros full of pleasant surprises with drinks’ names evocative of emblematic characters of the 1920s. Two personal favourites include – but are not limited to – the Malicious (St Martin Rum, passionfruit puree, pineapple juice, vanilla syrup), not too sweet on the palate, is tailored to anyone in love with exotic fruit.

As for the Gourgandine (vodka, strawberry puree, basil, cranberry juice, bird pepper), it is delightfully sweet and has a tangy spiciness, just enough to wake the taste buds.

And should you want to start the party early on a Saturday, Le Club (the neighbouring panoramic restaurant) serves its Sunday brunch menu on Saturdays in form of a picnic on its grassy lawn with no need to step off the boat.


Wednesdays thru Sundays, 18:00 to 01:00

Tontine at Perchoir Ménilmontant

For a casual dinner with family or friends, Perchoir Ménilmontant – a spacious rooftop bar in the 11th arrondissement – is hosting Tontine, a new gourmet pop-up concept spot, until the end of the year.

Tontine is an Asian street food-style family restaurant created by Phamily First, the agency behind the Food Court Galeries Lafayette on the Champs-Élysees. Céline Pham, the head chef of this arty pop-up space, is serving some of her some signature dishes as well as welcoming several talented emerging chefs who prepare exclusive delicacies for the occasion.

Céline is celebrated for her “bánh mì en croûte,” a mix of the Vietnamese and French specialities created in collaboration with the famous Parisian charcuterie La Maison Vérot.

Hours are:

Tuesday to Friday 18:00 to 02:00

Saturday  16:00 to 02:00

Une Glace à Paris

Two talented founders of this ice-cream shop – Emmanuel Ryon, Meilleur Ouvrier de France, World Pastry Champion, and Olivier Ménard, a pastry chef who worked previously with Pierre Hermé and at Harrods in London – readily share their immoderate passion for ice cream with amateurs of this timeless dessert.

Since 2015, Emmanuel and Olivier have been serving exceptional quality ice cream and iced desserts in their stores as well as exporting their creations to other boutiques, malls and cafés. At Une Glace à Paris, ice-cream is made with carefully selected ingredients, featuring traditional as well as unique and ultra-creative tastes and textures that evolve according to the seasons.

Its impeccable quality and the chefs’ creative approach to the production process is the reason why I consider it to be by far one of the best I have tried on my lookouts and researches for the cream of the crop of the ice-
cream world.

Specialities include smoked vanilla ice-cream from India, chocolate, hibiscus and wild strawberry, orange, carrot and ginger sorbets. A personal favourite of mine so far is lemon and tonka bean sorbet: being a fan of all things lemon, I could not resist its’ fresh, light, pure taste with tangy zesty notes in the main notes and a hint of spiciness in the end.


Open every day

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 13:00 to 23:30

Friday, 13:00 to 00:00

Saturday, 10:00 to 00:00

Sunday 10:00 to 23:00

About the author:

Elena Kalmykova is a pastry chef from Moscow, Russia currently working at a 5-star hotel in Paris.

With a course at Ferrandi and an internship at Café Pouchkine behind her, she is looking forward to exploring more of Paris gastronomy scene and trendy destinations, then sharing her experiences on Dispatches.

Follow her around Paris on Instagram: @elena__kalmykova

See all of her posts here including her insights into the French foodie scene.

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