|Read on for more pics!|
We stopped by to
see our friend who was preparing to leave Paris. Every time we go abroad, we
always try to meet up with old friends so that we can at least see each other
He's such a
talented photographer. I remember, when we met Jeff for the first time, I was so impressed with how good his English is
because his French accent disappears. He's a magician haha!
Anyway, so we were
running all over Paris preparing for a small, intimate celebration with family
in Paris and when Jeff told us that he was preparing to leave, oh my gosh, we
had to see him ASAP! Once you start having your own friends based everywhere abroad,
you understand how important it is to try and see each other because who knows
the next time we'll get the chance!
We stopped by Ralph's, the namesake Ralph Lauren
Restaurant tucked away in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the chic & fashionable
6th arrondissement (6e / 6ème).
You'll see the Ralph Lauren boutique from the outside,
and then you'll realize there's a corridor in the archway.
|This photo of Ralph's is courtesy of TripAdvisor (to give you an idea of the entrance/what to look for)|
The menu is displayed on the wall outside (but it's easy to miss).
|Look for the gold frame to tell you what's on the menu then walk inside down the corridor to the courtyard!|
Walk into the corridor that's in
between the two storefronts. There will
be a Host desk at the end of the corridor and just before the open courtyard.
If you don't see anyone there ready to take a reservation or seat you, enter
the courtyard and go to the left.
|You'll see this at the end of the archway. If no one is there, politely walk into the courtyard and to the left back towards the bar to see if someone can assist you. |
The left entrance to the inside building will take you
to the hosts just before the lovely bar area. There should be a couple of
people inside ready to assist you.
P.S. If you need the restroom, it's when you first
enter that left side area and downstairs (usually in Paris, it's always down).
Just an FYI. Always good to know!
We happened to make it during an in between hour, so
the kitchen was actually closed (and I believe prepping for dinner service).
Still, they let us sit in the back by the bar and we ordered a trio of desserts
with café. Everyone was
really friendly, the ambience was calm and nice, and I loved the décor. The bar is gorgeous. You can get a glimpse of it behind Ryan.
|Isn't the bar behind Ryan gorgeous? Ryan is, too, of course!|
There was a pair of chic older girlfriends who seemed
to be catching up over a glass of wine in their corner of the room under a huge painting of a hunting dog, and later
on, a group of 3 ladies came in for a café by the gorgeous, tall window. I'm
always conscientious about being respectful with photos, so you won't see the
other guests in my pics here.
Outside, it had just sprinkled a bit, so they were in between clearing it but also setting up for dinner. You
can see how intimate and welcoming the courtyard is. I liked it a lot because
it reminds me of my childhood garden and how my parents loved turning every
nook and cranny into functional seating space.
interested to check it out for yourself in person:
The Ralph Lauren Restaurant
173 boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006
In the 6ème
12-6 PM, 7-11 PM (12h - 18h, &
19h - 23h)
For reservations: +33 1 44 77 76 00
To get there:
Line 4 to either Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Line 4 to Saint-Sulpice
Line 10 to Mabillon
Line 4 is the hot pink/fuchsia purple one
Line 10 is the dark gold/mustard colored one