We first met Patrick managing Le Bistro Restaurant on the harbor in Gustavia St. Barths. Le Bistro was his home restaurant December through April in St. Barths. Patrick was heading to St. Tropez to manage the famous and illustrious port side Café de Paris, sister restaurant to Le Strand, and Nikki Beach Club, all of St. Tropez. From May to October, we knew we could rendevous with Patrick at the tres, tres cool Café de Paris.
My “mother and three daughters” St. Tropez dream vacation in May found us “Bon Soireeing” (Good Evening) our way into Café de Paris the second evening with pleasant introductions all around.
Apertifs, dinner al fresco at a bistro on the port, dessert and digestifs soon took us to the midnight hour. As I was sent to retrieve the car, the three girls ended the evening sipping on a glass of palest Rosé with their newest friend, Patrick – his witty and convivial, entertaining self.
Café de Paris was our go-to-place for many visits for a midmorning café, refreshing orangina, mid-afternoon light fare, cocktails or delicious dinner, always with a smile or wave from Patrick.
St. Tropez wooed Mr. Blackberry and me back in June. Patrick’s outgoing personality and organization skills rocketed Café de Paris to much success that season.
Mr. “B” and I will find Patrick managing the famous and must be seen at Nikki Beach on Pampelonne in St. Tropez, summer 2011. Stay tuned.
Patriciá is a beautiful, French lady who owns six charming boutiques named Sunday. She winters and manages her beach front boutique at Do Brazil Restaurant on Shell Beach, St. Barths and then leaves to summer in St. Tropez where the other five shops are located. Two Sunday locations are in the heart of St. Tropez and three more located conveniently at Beach Clubs on Pampelonne Beach.
If you are looking for a multi-lingual, lovely French St. Tropez based contact and go-to-person, this is friendly Sandrine. Home based in St. Tropez, Sandrine knows everyone and she can be your personal concierge. Contact her at www.blissandprivilege.com.
My amazing and attractive French girlfriend Rhonda owns the famous, best shop for fabulous finds called In Joy. In Joy is located on Rue des Remparts, on the same street where you can locate La Ponche. Rhonda, originally from Australia, has lived in St. Tropez for 35 years and owns and manages the tres, tres cool ladies boutique In Joy. Also on market days in St. Tropez, Tuesday and Saturday, Rhonda brings beautiful clothes to her market stall and you can find treasures galore!
Also, look for the British, French speaking Lorna who assists in In Joy, whenever Rhonda is on a buying trip to the exotic Far East. She is super friendly and another person to get to know.
At the fabulous, unique, classically St. Tropezian La Ponche Hotel and Restaurant (www.laponche.com) please greet the elegant, classic French beauty Simone, owner of the famous spot.
Simone is a gracious, welcoming, fabulous hostess who will seat you at your reserved table set in the square next to the petite beach, where Brigitte Bardot (www.brigittebardot.com) filmed “And God Created Woman” (1956) famously produced by her then husband, director Roger Vadim (www.rogervadim.com).
The French beauty and infamously famous French film start, Brigitte Bardot (www.brigittebardot.com) is a long time residence of St. Tropez, the once tiny laid back fishing village she made famous. Be on the lookout for this very private, elegant and renowned French icon, “B.B.,” shopping the narrow streets of St. Tropez.
At the totally tres, tres terrific Le Quai on the Port, you might catch a glimpse of the brilliant, handsome and terrific owner of this truly, time tested, place-to-be-seen establishment.
With your toes in the sand, go here for the once a week exclusive cocktail hour fashion shows as you yacht watch and people watch, drinking the pinkest champagne and nibbling on great food. Go here every chance you get!
At the Tahiti Beach Club on Pampelonne Beach is the Beachside Manager extraordinare, Stéphane. He is super friendly and over sees his 200 beach lounges with clock work precision. Be sure to say hello!
As for this charming, handsome staffer at Nikki Beach Club St. Tropez, he is always friendly and has an at-your-service attitude. Ask for him at Le Bistro in the winter months in St. Barths.