Paris insider tips with Jérôme Guy – Sofitel Le Faubourg, Paris

Jérôme Guy - Paris insider tips - My French Life™Imagine the ultimate Paris insider: their eyes and ears always open; their finger on the pulse.

So often they go unnoticed – our eyes pass over them but theirs never forget us. They are the lifeblood of the city, and they know each secret twist and turn, laneway, terrace and hidden staircase.

You’ll find they’ll open doors all over the French capital – not just as you enter their hotel. They are the concierges of the French capital, and we’ve set out to share their secrets with you.

This time, we asked chief concierge Jérôme Guy of Sofitel Le Faubourg for his insider tips and secrets.

So, where do guests at one of the most luxurious Parisian hotels spend their time?

Discover with us…

What is the most frequently asked question by guests of Sofitel Le Faubourg and what is the answer?

The main question we get is “Where can I eat tonight?” and the answer varies completely. We suggest several bistrots in Paris because everyone needs to eat at a bistrot during their stay in Paris – it’s the French thing to do!

What is the one place you think our readers must visit in or around the 8ème arrondissement?

The Grand Palais is something everyone needs to visit – but that’s quite touristy! However, the Musée Fragonard is a museum that isn’t too famous and is quite quiet.

The Musée Jacquemart-André is a very interesting place because the building itself is very nice and they always do temporary exhibitions that aren’t too crowded!

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What is the one dish you think our readers must try while in Paris?

There is one dish I really don’t like, however, if you want to have the French experience this is the dish to try – it’s la Tête de Veau. Restaurant Benoît on rue Saint Martin specialises in this dish – if you can eat this, than you can eat anything!

What’s hot right now in Paris?

Food wise, I would say Monsieur Bleu – it has a new address and it’s overlooking the Eiffel Tour.

Favourite places in Paris

To eat & drink

After work, I like going to Sir Winston near the Arc de Triomphe. I usually go after midnight, which is more fun! There is a lot of variety in terms of the people going there – I love it!

Sir Winston - Paris insider tips - My French Life™

To eat I enjoy going to Paparazzi, which is a pizza place. They serve you a maxi pizza that takes up two plates.

For a day trip

I like going to the Loire Valley mostly because of the castles. I like the fact that each castle has a different history. I find it interesting how the castles’ history is linked to the French history – the perfect area for tourists!

There also are a lot of activities such as kayaking, balloon rides etc. – it’s a lot of fun!

Thank you, Jérôme, for taking the time to share your stories, tips and insights with readers of!

Sofitel Le Faubourg
15 rue Boissy d’Anglas, 75008 Paris
Métro: Madeleine
Images courtesy Sofitel Le Faubourg
Except 4. Sir Winston, by Sarah Deforche on Flickr.
5. Diane’s Garden, Loire Valley, by Minerva Bloom via Fotopedia.


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Judy MacMahon

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One Comment

  1. Celia Delpy Dec 9, 2013 at 9:31 AM - Reply

    Thank you so much for your tips! I live in Paris and I dined at Monsieur Bleu last week after reading your recommendation. It was super.

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