French 5 | 04.09.21 (ft. Alix & Hugo of @ahedgehoginthekitchen)

Welcome to the seventh edition of French 5, where I share a glimpse of France through language, places, food and drink, arts and culture, as well as a random fun fact.

In this week’s edition of French 5, we’re taking a closer look at Paris with Alix and Hugo of A Hedgehog in the Kitchen. This lovely couple shares some of their favourite foods and hidden gems from the City of Light. 

A big thank you to Alix and Hugo for contributing this week’s content and photos. If you have any feedback or ideas of what you’d like to see or who should be featured, please leave your comment below. 

Featuring || A Hedgehog in the Kitchen

Alix & Hugo Strickland Frénoy are a married couple and food and travel writers/photographers. Alix is from NYC and has been in love with Paris since the age of 4. She moved to Paris at 18 and never looked back. Hugo is French. They created A Hedgehog in the Kitchen to share their passion for world cuisine recipes, culinary tourism and Paris. They hope AHK inspires you to discover the world through International cuisine and helps you visit Paris like a local. 

01 Language || Flâner

We love the French concept of flâner, strolling without a particular purpose or direction. This is especially enjoyable in Paris where wandering will inevitably lead you down a beautiful street and towards something delicious. Flâner is our favourite word, as well as our favourite activity!

02 Places || Marché d’Aligre

It is hard to choose a favourite place in Paris. There are so many wonderful places that we love. One of our favourite spots is the Marché d’Aligre. We spend every Sunday morning at this market. We start our market morning early with an espresso and croissant, walk around the market to buy organic vegetables, stop at the fish and meat stands, pick up a selection of cheeses from our cheese guy (our favourite stand) and wrap up the morning with oysters and white wine at Le Baron Rouge. Le Baron Rouge is a Parisian institution where you will find locals and tourists alike slurping oysters from large plates, washed down with dry white wine, on Saturday and Sunday mornings. They also make an excellent cheese plate and fresh sardine rillettes, depending on the season. There is no experience like it.

03 Food & Drink || Cheese

We can never get enough of a delicious cheese and luckily, France has so many wonderful cheeses to choose from. Apparently, there are over 1500 cheeses in France and our mission is to try each and every one! We love going out and having some wine with a lovely cheese plate featuring a selection of hard and soft cheeses. We regularly bring home cheeses from the market and make our own cheese plate as well. Take a peek at our post all about how to make a French cheese plate to make your own at home. 

04 Culture || Musée des Arts Forains

There is so much to see and do in Paris. Even after 18 years living here, we are always discovering new things to do and new places to explore. One of our favourite activities is discovering some of the smaller, lesser-known, museums Paris has to offer. One of the best ones we’ve been to was the Musée des Arts Forains, the Parisian Fairgrounds Museum. It features a family’s private collection of interesting fairground finds. It is only open for short periods of time each year, but it is definitely worth a visit.

05 Fun Fact || Dogs

Apparently, there is one dog for every seven Parisians in Paris. We love that Paris is such a dog-friendly city, as we have two miniature yorkies, Violette and Chouchou, and we take them with us on all of our adventures. They love Parisian cafes, gardens and restaurants as much as we do.

Follow Friday || Helen Andreou of London Meets Paris

We recommend you check out Helen Andreou, she is a Francophile from England who runs the blog London Meets Paris.


To read all previous editions, visit our French 5 webpage

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