Ellen Russell

Posted on June 26, 2023 by Susie Hollands

A resident of les Yvelines, to the south-west of Paris, Ellen has lived in the Île-de-France region for many years. She moved out of the capital a few years ago, to be “nearer to the beach”, and now has the best of both worlds living between Paris and Normandie.

Ellen describes herself as a “people person” and loves every moment of her work, helping clients to achieve their dream. Also a keen fitness advocate, Ellen previously ran her own upmarket sports centre with private coaching.

Favourite local bar?
I love the legendary Le Rosa Bonheur, which has three lovely locations – one in the Buttes Chaumont park and the other two on the banks of the Seine. Also, Le Perchoir, in Ménilmontant, is one of the city’s best rooftop terraces.

Favourite local café/restaurant?
My dad was a chef and, when we were young, he always spoke so highly of France, Paris and French cuisine. When I arrived here, I knew I was where I was supposed to be. Today, my favourites include the mythical Parisian haunt Chez Chartier, which has two addresses – one on Grands Boulevards and the other in Montparnasse. Also, the traditional pizzeria, ‘Da Graziella’, in the 10th – and Café de l’ Homme, in the heart of Passy, offers an unobstructed view over the Eiffel Tower.

Local indulgence?
You can’t really beat the old classic of some good French bread and a nice slice of cheese!

Guilty pleasure?
I must confess I have a soft spot for the les macarons of Pierre Hermé with their perfect pastel colours and delicious soft centre.

The best thing about your quartier?
Having the best of both worlds – between Paris and the sea! When I’m in Paris, I especially love to see the Tour Eiffel.

Amoureuse de Paris!