Where to spend your Christmas cash

Where to spend €400 (or more) for two, five or seven guests?!

Honor your charitable benefactors by sharing the goods… at 1,913 meters in elevation: as a duo in a cozy suite with a clawfoot bathtub (€430), or with a group of friends in a seven-person cabin (€520). The sweeping views of the Mer de Glace valley glacier at the Montenvers refuge will have your head spinning… Yodelayheehoo!

Where to spend €145?

On the mountain side! In an old gîte that’s been transformed into an ultra-comfortable bed & breakfast, from your Slalom bedroom, gaze at the sun as it turns in for the night over the Orres massif. This place will have you dreaming with your eyes wide open!

Where to spend €100 for two?

At Robert Compagnon’s restaurant, the young chef behind Rigmarole, who has been touched by the sacred fire. On the 12-course menu of miniatures: infernal grilled meats and other treats, from a man who keeps the flames blazing until curfew…

Where to spend €69?

Live out the American dream at Stoney Clove Bakery, the incredible closet-sized pastry shop on rue Greneta. For the festive season, Philip, Beth & Cassandra are baking up XXL holiday cakes: chocolate peppermint, rainbow, coconut-passion fruit curd… Yummy!

Where to spend €20?

In all good bookstores! Let yourself get wrapped up in the story of a flashy con artist who pulls a fast one on the small French foodosphere, by devouring La Louve by Paul-Henry Bizon (Gallimard, €20).

Where to spend €19?

At one of our favorite lunch spots in all of Paris, Au Cadoret (incredible homemade boudin, retro ham and cheese croissants) or at the Café du Coin (pizzetta dripping with melted mozzarella, delicious pine nut tarts and Gwell ice cream). Unfussy Parisian grub!

Where to spend €17?

On rue des Petites Écuries, with a decadent pizza fritta with guanciale, topped with delicious ricotta de bufflonne, dried ricotta and extremely fresh basil, concocted and served con amore by the best pizzaiola in our guide: Graziella Buontempo. Buon Appetito!

Where to spend €12.90?

Brand spanking new and hot off the presses, don’t forget to grab a copy of the 2018 vintage of Le Guide Fooding. Devour it here or in all good bookstores.

Where to spend €1.90?

At the Moussié brother’s place, of course! While chowing down on a well seasoned deviled egg, on the high terrace of Bouillon Pigalle. Make sure to bring an extra ten bucks to flesh out your snack with sausage and mashed potatoes or steak tartare and fries…

Coline Le Houezec

Photo © Terminal Neige – Refuge / D.André / S.Abrial / L. Di Orio