La Mosquée de Paris
You really feel like you’ve taken a day trip to Morocco the moment you set foot in this peaceful Parisian mosque, founded in 1920 with the support of Arab nations, with its adjoining hammam and restaurant. During the summer, guests sit in the lovely tree-shaded courtyard filled with birdsong, and in winter lounge on comfy cushioned benches amid horseshoe arches, pot-bellied lamps and large copper tray tables. Moroccan, Algerian and Tunisian craftsmen were employed in creating the interior, with its polychrome faience tiles, porphyry stone fountains and cedarwood doors. Succulent pieces of lamb or chicken dressed in rich, tasty sauces are served with couscous or as tagines. The sweet-toothed can sip sugary fresh mint tea, poured at a great height into delicate glasses, while nibbling on perfumed pastries. Once you’ve satiated yourself on sticky pastries, sweat the extra calories out at the hammam steam room next door. Try the excellent value ‘La Formule Orientale‘ where, for 58 Euro, you get entry to the hammam, a short massage and set menu in the restaurant.