October 20, 2012
Our last day in Paris…
Oh, Paris.
Before our afternoon departure to Morocco – the fourth stop on our 5 week honeymoon – Ben and I went for lunch at Septime with my friend Peta (who has been living in France and was joining us for a week). We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect farewell Paris lunch.
Septime is a truly beautiful bistro in the 11th arrondissement. It oozes casual sophistication. At Septime, quality produce is celebrated, nurtured and encouraged into supreme deliciousness. Their food is clean, delicate, purposeful and inspiring.

On this day we were a little rushed due to our impending departure, nevertheless we had a truly beautiful meal and were very well looked after. The lunch menu at Septime involves three courses (with a number of choices), and is 26 euros – incredible value.Septime will remain a favourite corner of mine, a place I will dearly recommend to fellow foodie travellers. Let me show you why…

Bread and fresh sliced salami to start.

Raw tuna with cucumber, red currants and goats cheese. Fresh. Favourite.
Fava bean puree with peach foam, broad beans and almonds. This subtle puree with vibrant foam was a nice interplay of flavours.
Oh, yes, please.


Whiting with squash, pickled carrots and pumpkin, butter, thyme puree. Stunning. Intentional.

Pork belly with rhubarb and pickled sweet onions. Exciting. Divine.


Chocolate fudge log with basil and raspberry gelato. The chocolate log was incredibly rich and the gelato truly spectacular. Basil! It was all so brilliantly well-balanced, a combination of loving cuddles and sunshine twirls.


Goodbye, Paris. It’s been a dream. And what a dream to end with this sensational Septime lunch.
Heidi xo


Paris Notes

Length of stay

: 4 days – never enough time. This is my fourth visit, however, and so I had already seen many tourist sights. I would recommend staying at least 1 week for first timers.


: we stayed in a studio apartment in the Marais (Ref #016 via Special Apartments). It was stunning and very affordable. The owners were fantastic – very professional, helpful and friendly. The location was wonderful, although very much in the touristy section of the Marais. One issue was the heat – even with a fan we found this apartment to be quite hot at night (and the weather was not particularly warm when we were there, either). Having said that, we would not hesitate to stay again or book another apartment through this owner.

Where we ate

– see previous posts: A Pastry Tale, Septime and Paris Day 1, 2, 3 and 4.


: Paris, the city of light…what a special city. I’ll highlight the truly beautiful meal with my man at L’Ourcine. Hanging out at favourite spots – Jardin du Luxembourg, Musee Rodin and Musee l’Orangerie. Lunch at Septime, dinner at Josephine Chez Dumonet and crepes from Boulevard Raspail Organic Sunday Market. Dinner with friends at Chez Marianne (please, can I have another falafel?) and cocktails at Candelaria and Kong with my man and Peta. Having our own apartment in the Marais – special, so special. And really, just being able to just wander the streets of Paris for hours and hours…that’s the best thing to do in Paris. Wander in wonderment.

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  • Tiff October 20, 2012 at 9:43 am

    That. dessert. looks. divine.

    Thanks for taking us on your journey Heidi – it's not everyday you get to join a couple on their honeymoon!


  • seanjewellprints October 20, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    how was the fava puree with the peach.

  • Heidi October 20, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Tiff – haha true 🙂

    Sean – it was nice but not my fav dish at the lunch. The peach was lovely but the fava bean a little too earthy and subtle to really stand out. Quite nice together though!

    Heidi xo

  • Not Quite Nigella October 20, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Oh I've enjoyed these Paris posts so much! And yes 4 days isn't enough although I've never had that long there-only 1-2 days at a time!

  • Hannah Gilbert October 21, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Oh Heidi, I'm sad that Paris is now over. I've so loved the culinary journey that you have taken us all on! Need to visit again..just to do your eats xx

  • nancy October 21, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Oh, my goodness. I can't wait to visit Paris! It sounds like such a wonderful place… and this food looks amazing! That dessert dish just gets to me… the rich chocolate log balanced by the light raspberry gelati? Wow! Lucky girl. 🙂

  • Lisa @ Blithe Moments October 23, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Oh I'm sad that the Paris posts are finished, but excited that Morocco is to come. What a truly amazing honeymoon you had.

  • Heidi October 24, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Lorraine – well you simply must go again & stay longer, my dear!!

    Hannah – I need to go again, just to eat them all again myself!

    Nancy – so lucky 🙂

    Lisa – truly, so amazing!

    Heidi xo

  • Hannah October 24, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Cripes!! Google reader hasn't been sending me your most recent blogposts! *shakes fist at sky* Darling I'm sorry for having been absent as a result. Must try to figure this out.

  • Blithely Unaware October 27, 2012 at 5:35 pm


    Good God have mercy!!!

    The chocolate roll at the end !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You seriously couldn't get food like that in melbourne for $50

    amazing, and I am naturally JEALOUS



  • Heidi October 28, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Hannah – yes it was acting up, not happy!! But you're never absent, you're always wonderful 🙂

    Blithely Unaware – yes, you absolutely couldn't get this value in Melbourne! I was astounded. Miss it.

    Heidi xo

  • CC11 October 29, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Your Paris posts have brought back so many lovely memories- your entire adventure has been a delight to read xx