Adrian Moore is the Assistant Chef Concierge at Mandarin Oriental, Paris, a contemporary hotel, with service inspired by its Oriental heritage. Adrian was born in Toronto, Canada, and grew up Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. Let’s find out where Adrian advises his guests to go when in Paris…
His favourite locale when enjoying a day off
I love my neighbourhood in the 10th arondissement, near the Canal Saint Martin, which is an old shipping canal built under Napoleon III. There is eclectic shopping, natural wine bars and some tasty restaurants. Also, I go to Belleville for delicious Thai or Chinese food as often as I can (go to Krung Thep for Paris’ best Thai, and Le Grand Bol for fabulous lamb with cumin, homemade noodles and five-spice beef).
Where he takes his own guests when they visit
I almost never have time to entertain! But one of the aforementioned places for sure.
It’s a rainy day but we want to explore, what we should do
Stay on a heated terrace and drink rosé, watching the world go by, or head to one of our amazing new museums, like the Fondation Louis Vuitton, a Frank Gehry-designed masterpiece with a revolving selection of contemporary art
What he recommends as night-time entertainment
For me, restaurants are the ultimate entertainment. Paris is not the greatest city for live shows, to tell the truth, but we have so much to offer in terms of gastronomy, from three-star Michelin flagships to edgy, creative bistros.
Key phrases visitors should learn
Bonjour – Hello.
S’il vous plait – Please.
Merci – Thank you.
Never be afraid to say bonjour. The French consider it rude for visitors not to say hello when entering an establishment.
Where to find the best shopping and souvenirs
Our street, the rue Saint Honoré (and its continuation, the rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré) is the most prestigious shopping street in town. The old Jewish district, Le Marais, has the rue Vieille du Temple (APC and French Trotters are two excellent, trendy boutiques) and the Left Bank around Saint Germain is great, especially the Bon Marché, France’s first department store and its food shop La Grand Epicerie.
A child-friendly thing to do or place to go
Depends much on the child, but the century-and-a-half-old Jardin d’Acclimatation park is great for small children with a selection of easy rides, games and wild animals (behind fences of course).
His best kept secret or favourite hidden treasure
A chilled Peroni at Bugsey’s near the Elysees Palace, a burger at Mr. T in the Marais, a stroll along the Canal Saint Martin, dinner with a loved one anywhere.
The best way to get to the airport
Chauffeur-driven car, Uber or taxi (although Paris taxis have a lot to learn from other countries like the UK or Japan). Public transport to the airport is stressful.
Best time of the year to visit
Any time, rain, sun or snow.
Anything else we should know when visiting
Do your research and figure out what you want to do. Too many people rely on friends’ ‘must-see/-eat/-do’ lists and end up not enjoying their experience. Get a good idea of the experience you’re looking for and create a relationship with your hotel concierge.
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