Paris is one of those cities everyone knows and loves, full of iconic places, immense history and a huge landmark of all things lifestyle from fashion to art to design and music. It is of course a city full of charm that I deeply love and am always happy to visit time and time again, making new discoveries, enjoying the diverse exhibitions and of course making a bit of stylish shopping. Below a list of my favorite places, and places I heard of and still want to try.
FOOD & DRINKS
Season Paris – Lunch, coffee
Season is a lovely restaurant situated in the Marais. Atmosphere is relaxed, interior is spare, yet very stylish with rough walls and a minimal circular neon lighting. Highlight is the nutritious menu of healthy bowls full of veggie, quinoa, avocado, but also more varied dishes such as burritos and shakshuka.
1 Rue Charles-François Dupuis
Très Particulier – drinks
This is one of my favorite spots in Paris, and a very Parisian one at that. Located in the Montmartre area, this bar is in a sort of hidden, beautiful street. The bar is part of the Hotel Très Particulier, a building once owned by the Hermès family. The entire place is somehow reserved and discrete, and it’s a favorite of movie stars such as as Tom Hanks and Scarlett Johansson. The interior is a wonder: black and white chequered floor, red velvet armchairs and touches of green giving it the greenhouse feeling. The indoor bathroom is a place interiorista can crush on, as stylish as any bathroom may be. Cocktails and baristas are on fleek.
23, avenue Junot, Pavillon D
Marcel – dinner
Marcel is another one of my Parisian favorites. There are a few locations in town, all of them with Marcel’s signature interior: grey walls, light bulbs illumination. Minimal, industrial and cool. Menu is varied and the atmosphere relaxed.
15 Rue de Babylone or 1 Villa Léandre
Monsier Bleu – lunch, dinner
I was lucky to visit this beautiful restaurant for work, shooting its interior. I cannot recommend the food, as I have not tried it, but the interior design is a wonder! Located at the Palais The Tokyo, it is the art deco inspired work of one of my favorite architects, Joseph Dirand. It has enormous ceilings, black marble walls and green velvet seats. So fancy and luxurious, yet somehow also very discreet and not ostentatious. Oh, and not to be forgotten. It has THE view of the Tour Eiffell from is terrace.
20 Avenue de New York
Café de Flore – breakfast, coffee
“Le Flore” is a Parisian must, as over-priced as it unfortunately is, one cannot miss a copy of Le Monde, a croissant and café in this landmark Parisian spot.
172 Boulevard Saint-Germain
Water Bar – Colette – lunch, coffee
Colette being one of the best concept stores out there, I really enjoy their Water Bar downstairs. This café/restaurant is, as the name says, famous for its insane selection of water types and brands. Though a bit on the expensive side, I really enjoyed their Croque Madame with elegantly styled salad, as well as the quirky wall art and set-up of of the place.
213 Rue Saint-Honoré
Le Night Flight – drinks
This is the bar of Hotel Le Bachaumont, located in the super nice area of Montorgueil. It serves delicious cocktails, most famous one being the one bearing the bar’s name, Night Flight. The interior is as cool as the adjacent restaurant and hotel. The crowd is young and lively.
18 Rue Bachaumont
Though the interior style is not my favorite, this hotel deserves to be mentioned for the special design and comfortable experience. The interior is intensely dark, most walls of the purest black, and subtly ornamented around the character of “Eugène”, while maintaining very elegant standards. The French breakfast is delicious, the linens soft and the reception kind and helpful. While quite expensive, it is very easy to find good offers, which makes it an affordable option for most.
6 Rue Buffault
This is definitely one of the most stylish hotels in Paris, from a design point of view especially. It is a favorite of Garance Doré, and very rightly so. The lobby and restaurant is characterized by a very traditional and somehow old atmosphere, countered and accentuated by rock music and a youthful team of waiters and hotel concierge. The rooms are each decorated in a different style, and the true highlight here is the Suite. Here, the entire walls are decorated in a palm-tree-motif House of Hackney wallpaper, which makes one feel in a secluded jungle. The suite has a wonderful bar corner, with all the shiny tools to make oneself a delicious cocktail, as well as a vinyl player that continues the motif of The ensuite bathroom is entirely tiled in light marble, has a beautiful standalone bathtub and breathtaking rooftops view, showing Montmartre in the background.
90 Rue René Boulange
This hotel is probably one of my favorite spots in terms of interior design. The style is hard to describe in a few words, but it boils down to elegant, chic, modern, without being overly affected. Located in a quite and secluded Montorgueil street, the hotel also has a bar (Le Night Flight) and a restaurant frequented by outside crowds. The restaurant is decorated with a wide selection of Gubi chairs, as are the rooms and the rest of the hotel. A true interior crush.
18 Rue Bachaumont
Other: Hotel Henriette.
SHOPPING & CO
Colette – concept store
Colette is THE concept store. Beautiful fashion, colourful objects, books books books, exclusive beauty brands, jewellery and an amazing Water Bar downstairs. It’s the best of everything cool, chic and edgy.
213 Rue Saint Honoré
Le Bon Marché – department store
One could say the world is now full of department stores collecting luxury brands and all sorts of shopping category. Still, Le Bon Marché is high on the list of personal favorites (together with Liberty in London), because of its beautiful interior & architecture, and the curation of spaces which makes the whole place look less massive and more of a collection of small beautiful retail corners. I was particularly stricken by The Library, which collects beautiful books, as well as their whole Home category. This was the first ever modern department store, existing since 1838!
24 Rue de Sèvres
Merci – interior store
Merci is primarily an interior store, and so cool at that! The whole space has a cool vibe to it, you would likely find nice tunes playing from their collection of Marshall speakers (on sale, of course), and some small installations here and there. One can find all the possible decoration items, and the style tends to be more alternative and laid back than glamorous. The entrance has a famous red 500 car welcoming the guests, and next to it one can also find an artsy café designed as a library serving fresh meals and refreshing drinks.
111 Boulevard Beaumarchais
The Conran Shop – interior store
The Conran Shop is an interior store focused on well-known interior design pieces and brands. On top of its own By Conran collection, one can find beautiful designs by brands such as Gubi, Eames etc.
117 Rue du Bac
Shakespeare & Co – bookstore
Hardly a better place to be, Shakespeare & Co has got to be the most beautiful library (at least for Fiction & Non-Fiction) in the world. Situated on the shore of the Seine, just in front of Notre-Dame, this little old English bookstore is a paradise for bookworms, full of history and charm. The original store, was in fact a gathering place for the great expat writers such as Joyce, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald. Writers, artists, and intellectuals were invited to sleep among the shop’s shelves and piles of books.
37 rue de la Bûcherie
Les Mariages Frères – tea
Existing since 1854, these teas are unbelievably fancy and delicious, their stores even more so. My personal favorite is called Marco Polo, but one can find so many exotic and non- blends collected in beautiful jars and boxes.
Various locations in Paris
SEE & DO
Le Grand Palais is not only a beautiful, majestic building, a palace indeed, but also displays some of the most extensive, beautiful and complete exhibitions in the city. Ever got the feeling of going to see an exhibition of an important artist only to be presented 2-3 major artworks and then a ****load of sketches and memorabilia? This won’t happen at the Grand Palais, the gigantic exhibition space and the high quality curatorial team make space for the most fantastic exhibitions.
3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower
The Musée d’Orsay is set in an old train station, which adds to the charm of the space. It normally features big and high quality exhibitions as the Grand Palais does, but on top of this has a great permanent collection of beloved Impressionist artworks. A must see!
1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur
Montmartre & Le Sacre Coeur are in my opinion a symbol of Paris much more than the Tour Eiffel. The “butte” (hill) of Montmartre has traditionally been a place for artists, painters, creatives. The little streets are lined with small cafes, boutique and all sorts of artsy corner, while the Sacre Coeur Cathedral is a white architectural dream. Climbing up to it while offer beautiful views over Paris.
35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre
Le Marais is a neighbourhood full of little streets, shops, cafes, restaurants. It’s the trendiest area of Paris, and it’s so much more cozy and comfortable to navigate than bigger commercial areas such as the Champs Elysées or the Opéra area.
My iPhone 6S shots