The city of lights…
The city of love…
The city that makes you feel…
There are as many reasons as there are layers of a croissant to adore Paris in all its critic and praise.
The humble home to the macaroon, grand romantic gestures beyond anything your heart can comprehend and not to mention the most breathtaking apartments and fashion, which make you want to change postcodes stat.
Only the foggy lights in the winter and the sight of your significant other’s dewy eyes in the morning, sipping espresso for the first and probably last time can make you feel the way Paris does.
Just keep reading…
Le Petit Prince de Paris
Slotted into its former tavern walls in the 5th Arrondissement is one of the most delightful and celebrated restaurants in Paris. Not far from the Pantheon, Le Petit Prince de Paris brings cuisine, culture and romance all in one with its depth of history and utmost flavourful eats; Poached egg on artichoke heart with truffle bits. It’s the ultimate spot to turn into your ‘local’ even if only for a night or two.
Le Petit Prince de Paris, 12 Rue de Lanneau, 75005 Paris
So you’ve woken up on a Saturday morning feeling fresh and ready to take on Paris (maybe just the neighbourhood) as a local goer, craving fresh fruit and a petit conversation in Français. This is when you tend the idyllic market that is Marché Maubert. Not too big, but not too small it is abundant with succulent tangerines, fresh blooms, baguettes and more to fill your wandering appetite. It is also a lovely way to practice some French – “deux carottes s’il vous plait?” Place Maubert, 75005 Paris, France
Hotel Le Bellechasse
Aside from being a hotel by the iconic French designer Christian Lacroix, laden with Lacroix wall paper and heavenly furnishings designed to make you feel like you are the luxury; it is nothing less than you’d expect from quirky, laced with love and flare. When you look out the window you’re suddenly among luscious trees and a classic Parisian view. Located on the left bank a street away from the steps of the Musée d’Orsay, you’re surrounded by a quiet area filled with bars, genuine cafes and art filled spaces. Or start the day with elegance and stay for breakfast in the buffet room, which is also by the way, a Christian Lacroix haven.
Hotel Le Bellechasse, 8 Rue de Bellechasse, 75007 Paris, France
Hotel Particulier Montmarte
“...the atmosphere is light, chic and romantic. It’s a setting for your special moments in this home away from home…”
Situated in the infamous Montmarte, Hotel Particulier invades your eyes ever so politely with luxuriance and enchants you at first glance, no matter how hard you try to act nonchalant about it. Its 900m2 gardens, reminiscent of the ones surrounding Paris already, welcome intimate rendezvous, candle-lit dinners, walks for mindfulness and all the bisous (kisses) from your S.O.
Hotel Particulier Montmarte, 23 Avenue Junot, Pavillion D, 75018 Paris
Forget decadent pastries and luxurious goods, there isn’t possibly a more soul captivating space other than the Museum of Auguste Rodin. One of the most celebrated sculptors in artistic history, he communicated feeling to the most unwilling, so purely through sculptures. Among the works such as ‘The Thinker’ and ‘The Kiss’, there is an incredible rose garden, which captivates you and the landscaping guides you through the grounds. The Museum is home to Dior fashion shows amongst other luscious events. While you’re there, avoid imitating the statues for that Instagram shot. Head to the gift shop instead (which is amazing) and indulge in a coffee table book or small trinket to fit in your purse. 79 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris, France
Walk, walk, walk!
It’s true there are a multitude of museums to visit, sights to see and Ladurées to frequent all over Paris, but we urge you to go a day or two without an agenda. All of a sudden you’re left with the luscious and free ideals of wondering the streets and river edges of Paris with no plans, no time limit, no worries. Just walking can allow you to see all the small things you may not have noticed or appreciated when you had only 24 minutes to walk to the Louvre before you had to make it over to the Eiffel Tower to meet your friends for cheese and champagne on the grass. Open your eyes to the street art, the delicate courtyards hidden behind the gates with brass doorknobs and vines lacing up the walls to terraces as you look up. Look in all the small shops you pass and admire the way Paris makes you feel… we promise, you will be graced with a sense of light and wonderment at what you will see.
Galeries Lafayette Paris
Galeries Lafayette Haussmann has been the hub of affordable to luxury fashion finds since it first opened in 1894. Being one of the biggest fashion leaders globally, it is truly a divine place to go and max out all your cards you promised yourself you wouldn’t. It houses more than 3,500 brands from all over the globe including French stunners, Maje and Sandro (definitely worth a look). Along with being adorned with 25 restaurants inside, you can even book yourself in for personal shopping. The building itself, interior and exterior, are utterly breathtaking with gold details and bright, delicate lights lacing the edges of the balconies. The ceiling is a whole new story – magnifique!
40 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris, France
If you’re a famous someone or a traveller who just stumbled upon this store, it’s exactly where you should be and where you should be seen. Vogue street-style photographers outside with fashion visionaries inside – Colette is the store that houses all the ultimate brands you should have in your suitcase. Simone Rocha and Saint Laurent grace the racks, while luxe candles and design magazines line the shelves making it impossible to leave empty handed. Then visit the restaurant/café upstairs where you can find granola and pressed elderflower drink. It’s an incredible venue, even if you are just looking. Inspiring for your style and a great place to people watch… or squeeze past, as it can get quite busy!
213 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris, France
Celia Darling Vintage
Now for a spot of vintage shopping. Celia Darling is one of the stores talked about the most in terms of vintage. In the 9th Arrondissement, a few luxury finds are to be seen in here. Burberry trench coats and LBD’s, but mostly the pieces that you desperately need to make that outfit work are to be bought and loved. The perfect, worn in leather jacket you saw in Vogue last week? That one with the buttery soft texture? That can be found here. Along with the ultimate oversized knit, paired with the Chloé boots you caved and splurged on at Colette. Bite the croissant and just do it.
5 Rue Henry Monnier, 75009 Paris, France