Visiting Paris recently, I was so excited to not having any firm plans or itinerary. Although I feel endlessly lucky to travel as part of my job, it’s so rare Joe and I get to visit a city together- and even rarer that we get to do it at our own, leisurely pace. Because of that, there seemed to have been a bit of a ‘to-visit’ list building up in my notes, so I was very excited indeed to be able to tick some of my most lusted-over destinations off on our latest visit, and of course share them with you afterwards!
Now, this hotel was top of my list for our trip to Paris. Having heard about it opening through the powers that be (a.k.a Charlotte), it flew straight to the top of my list- and I’m pretty sure they had me at he…headboard. With each room designed in the most beautiful period-meets-art-deco design (the pastels! the rich navy tones!), everything from the grand beds, lavish courtyard (giant shell and all) and attention to detail won me over. Additionally, with the hotel being moments from some of my favourite spots in the city (read: The Hoxton, Popolare and Sézane) it feels like a really central part of town to get to everywhere from, and I can see why it’s already become so popular with tourists and locals alike.
17 Boulevard Poissonnière, 75002 Paris, France
If you’re after a quintessential Parisian courtyard to enjoy a pre-5pm drink (fries and fresh bread too, naturally) then this is your spot. With the hotel and bar being a pretty perfect combination of Kate Moss circa 2007 and a Wes Anderson Grand Budapest dream, it’s a twee rock ‘n’ roll fantasy- with a real lived in, relaxed aesthetic too. Although it’s not the most polished bar, it was a cool spot to start off our evening, and Joe and I loved catching some rays in the hidden courtyard before grabbing dinner afterwards.
18 Rue de la Fidélité, 75010 Paris, France
Having visited PNY with Carrie for her hen a couple of years ago (after naturally having a big ol’ breakfast), I was desperate to come back and properly sample their pretty infamous burgers. Arriving about an hour after opening, we managed to bag a table without much of a queue, and settled in to sample their cheese burger and special fried chicken number- both of which were bloody marvellous. Teamed with the addition of their incredible fries and even a cheeky desert, we both agreed it was the best burger we’d had in Paris (and I even spotted a Chanel campaign video had been shot there too)!
Various locations, our favourite is 1 Rue Perrée, 75003 Paris, France
A mix of gorgeous home wares and delicious healthy breakfast, cakes and coffee, this little shop and eatery on Rue de Turenne is set out like a gorgeously cosy loft apartment- bathroom and all. Stocking artisan French brands as well being a little sister to Season Restaurant, it was one of our favourite little discoveries on this trip.
98 Rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris, France
French Trotters is a bit of an institution in Paris, and somewhere I can’t quite believe I hadn’t discovered until this time around. Stocking some of the finest womenswear and menswear brands, perfumes, gorgeous lifestyle pieces (we picked up two very cool plates in here), shoes and magazines a plenty- this store is a total treat- even if it’s just for an interiors inspired Instagram pic…
128 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris, France
The first of it’s kind, Oh My Cream! is a beauty concept store in Paris, specialising in creating the perfect skincare routine built upon some of the world’s best loved brands. Handpicking only the best, they believe in ‘only selecting products that are outstanding and filled with ultra-active ingredients’- making it a very special beauty spot indeed (plus, it’s super gorgeous inside, which may or may not help sway you).
17 Rue Debelleyme, 75003 Paris, France
I’ll be honest, the reason this shot up on my places to visit was because of how beautiful it looked from the outside. Although I’d checked the menu, I was pretty clueless behind it’s backstory, location or very much else at all- the power of Instagram, eh? Admittedly, Holiday Cafe is a little out of the way (if you happen to be into football, it’s very near Parc des Princes) but once you’re there you’ll realise it’s totally worth the metro ride. With a small but fresh and delicious menu, it’s the perfect place to people watch- before heading to the next spot very close by…
192 Avenue de Versailles, 75016 Paris, France
Stocking everything from their sunshine (and absolutely gorgeous) Holiday slogan sweats, mens and womenswear plus it’s namesake magazine, the Holiday Magazine shop is a design and clothing heaven on the Paris suburbs. On top of that, the girl working in there (whose name has completely escaped me) was by far one of the kindest, most passionate and interested shop assistants ever- so go for her, even if you don’t plan on spending the bucks.
11 Rue Parent de Rosan, 75016 Paris, France
You’ll probably know this place is close by from the queue of (for lack of a better word), hipsters lined up outside. Having been a fan of the label in my ~indie years~, and most recently the clothing- this little coffee shop tucked away in the Jardin du Palais Royal is the perfect spot for some mid-afternoon people watching in some of the cities most gorgeous grounds.
Jardin du Palais Royal, 51 Galerie de Montpensier, 75001 Paris, France
If like Joe and I, you’re a bit of a nerd for a video game, Le Fantôme is the perfect place for some drinks and competitiveness. Although I have a long way to go on the Pac Man front- it’s the perfect set up for drinks, food, photoboothin’ and a great throwback at that too.
36 Rue de Paradis, 75010 Paris, France