La Vie Parisienne

March 01, 2016

"Give me coffee for the things I can change and wine for the things I can't." 

We've all heard the prayer. In wandering through the streets of Cebu, I never thought it possessed the treasure that would encompass all the things I needed in order to make my 5-day escape away from Manila as magical as it did. I'd heard Justin use and interchange the words "chill," "lights," "nice," "wine," and "cheese" in his sentences when he was introducing me to the idea of going here. I was a little hesitant to go at first as all that's on my mind was beach beach beach. But, needless to say, I bought his suggestion and ventured to his and his friends' favorite chill spot one fine, rosy night.


Located on Gorordo Avenue in Lahug, La Vie Parisienne is the first French boulangerie, pastry shop and wine library to ever hit the grounds of Cebu. Upon entering, you will immediately see the pastry section where you can grab freshly baked goods such as croissants, rolls, tarts, quiches and a whole lot of variety of breads. The moment I walked in, I knew this was the place for any food and/or food enthusiasts like me. (You can only imagine how wide my eyes got when I saw those fabulous croissants!) As well as sandwiches and a decent selection of cheeses, there are a plenty of other delightful treats surrounding the table, such as jams, spreads, coffee and cold cuts.

Pies, tarts, quiches, and rolls at the pastry area

To the right from the entrance is the wine cellar that contains La Vie's prized wide selection of French wines. I'm going to be honest and say that I only have limited knowledge in all things alcohol. However, I think I can safely bet that this dreamy little library is a temple where all regular wine drinkers in Cebu can rejoice in unity. Ranging from as low as P300 up to ten times over per bottle, you can already have yourself a whiff of Paris! I suppose of all the winning qualities of La Vie, the one that tops it all, for me, is how everything is just affordable and easily available for people of all kinds and classes to enjoy and celebrate. (No need to save up a month's worth of allowance for a fancy place!)


Now, let's go to the garden. This is easily my favorite area for obvious reasons: it's open, there's fine music playing, and, most of all, there are purple lights -- and lots of 'em. I don't know if you've noticed, but inside my 19-year-old shell still lives the 9-year-old girl who giggles at pretty, sparkly things and easily gets swooned by Disney princess movies. I'm that helpless. I may have even squealed when I saw the lovely and carefully designed tents which were reminiscent of Cinderella's magic pumpkin carriage. A romantic atmosphere with some wine under the tickling lilac lights -- do I even have to say that this is the perfect place for a fairytale evening? It's funny that I even doubted Justin's suggestion, because now, I can't even wait to pop in again the next time I'm in Cebu!


Just a side-trip suggestion after you finish a bottle of wine (or two) at La Vie Parisienne, you might want to head out to Tops Lookout (or simply "Tops") on Busay and Nivel Hills if you're still after some more magic. My camera had died already when I got here, but to describe the place in a sentence: Tops is pretty much a night market complete with music and a string of little food shops... Only you're on a mountain, under a canopy of stars, and have a sparkling view Cebu City at night.

x


Tops Lookout // Photo from bestofcebu.sunstar.com.ph
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