Last weekend, I popped off for a wonderful weekend in Paris with LM. We stayed at the beautiful Hotel de la Tremoille, which I will be writing more about tomorrow. But for now, I wanted to share with you some of the lovely things we did, saw, ate and embraced in Paris…
We’ve both been before, so had already seen many of the tourist spots, like the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Élysées… This was a trip for the smaller and special moments. We wanted to scratch the surface a little, revel in the city and walk around as a local might. (If a local had a massive map and was constantly lost.)
In 1903 the confectioner Antoine Rumpelmayer founded Angelina, where Proust and Coco Chanel rubbed shoulders with the biggest names in fashion… it’s now THE hot chocolate haunt for Parisians and Poppy – it was absolutely amazing. It’s ACTUAL hot chocolate. No wishy washy powdery nonsense here… I suggest you go there as soon as you touch down in Paris and work your way through all the cakes while you’re at it.
226 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
Papier + has been designing its own products since 1976 and I wanted to eat everything I could see. If you know what I mean. Gorgeous stuff.
9 rue du Pont Louis Philippe, 75004 Paris
Tucked just behind the abbey of Saint-Germain, lies La Maison du Chou, where they are making little cream puffs, piped with vanilla, coffee or chocolate cream and filled to order. Delicious.
La Maison du Chou
7 rue de Furstenberg, 75006
Merci Merci is a beautiful clothing and home design store, with a delightful café and used book store attached. It’s in the heart of the historic district of Haut-Marais and is the perfect place to sit, read, eat scones (they sell cakes) and buy gorgeous bits of the home (it’s pricey, but when in Paris…)
111 boulevard Beaumarchais 75003 Paris
APC is a French brand, which means that it’s rather hard to find its womenswear range in the UK. I loved what I saw and also loved this amazing spiral staircase in the middle of the store… it’s worth a visit for this alone…
I am a huge fan of Scandi style and design and this shop was a delight to discover. It’s quite minimal and uncluttered, and every piece had its space to shine. A little mooch in here is a must if you’re a Nordic design lover.
20, rue Lucien Sampaix , 75010 Paris
This gorgeous little patisserie is known mostly for its amazing madeleines, however we got there too late (2pm!) and they’d already gone! But I can vouch for the gorgeous pretty pastries, and it’s no wonder, as Blé Sucré’s chef, Fabrice Le Bourdat, used to be the pastry chef at the three-Michelin-starred restaurant Le Bristol. He eventually opened his own shop, and delights the folk of Paris with his famous iced madeleines… Or if you prefer ice cream, a scoop of his homemade salted butter caramel ice cream is apparently to die for.. especially when eaten in the leafy Square Trousseau opposite the café…
7 Rue Antoine Vollon 75012 Paris
This store was just lovely. Bright and colourful and full of knowledgeable staff who will help you find the ultimate specs for your lovely face.
7 rue Jean Du Bellay, 75004 Paris
We went here for lunch and it was excellent. Really fresh, large portions, reasonably priced and amazing french fries. The atmosphere was fun and buzzy and a real mix of tourists and locals were gleefully devouring all kinds of lovely looking traditional French dishes, among others. I have also heard that they do a pretty special brunch…
Les Bonnes Soeurs
Rue du Pas de la Mule 75004 Paris
I was already familiar with Loft, having been into their Notting Hill store a few times, but this is the first time I discovered their delicious candles… I could have been forgiven for thinking I’d stumbled into a bakery, for the one they had burning was vanilla with brown sugar and sweet almond. LM had to drag me out of the shop for fear I’d try to eat it.
LOFT Design by…
56, rue de Rennes, 75006 Paris
We were lucky enough to catch this jazz band by accident, but if you want to ensure you don’t miss them, they keep their website frequently updated with their up-coming performances…
Thinly stacked layers of meringue are held together with, and then covered entirely in cream – this is a Merveilleux. There are all kinds of places where you can pick one up, but I would suggest that in Paris, this is Merveilleux Mecca.
24 Rue du Pont Louis Phillipe, 75004 Paris
A haunt for vintage clothes, mid-century furniture, retro bits and pieces and unusual artefacts.. a great little spot for a peruse…
97 Rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris
We popped in here for lunch and the crêpes were delicious. They’re filling but not enormous either, so you’ll definitely have room for a chocolate, cream and banana crêpe after you’ve polished off your spinach, mushroom and goat’s cheese one…
Lulu la Nantaise
67, rue de Lancry, Paris
16. Spot a Deuz Chevaux
Christian Constant, owner of many a Michelin star, now devotes himself to simpler cooking. Café Constant is one of four restaurants he owns in the same street, and is a small bistro, with a permanent queue out the front door. It doesn’t take bookings, but do go anyway – you may have to wait for an hour, but you can enjoy a drink at the bar while you wait and you will be ever so pleased you did.
139 Rue Saint-Dominique – 75007 Paris
18. See Paris in bloom
April in Paris is stunning. Fragrant blooms were exploding all over the city, making me smile and putting a spring in my Parisian step.
What are your favourite things to do in Paris?
A bientôt mes amis,