AU REVOIR LONDRES, BONJOUR PARIS...
I always liked Paris but never loved it. I have been twice before and always felt like something was missing. That little je ne sais quoi between liking and loving a place. After these four days, I can safely say; Paris Je t’aime. The wicker-chaired terraces, the bistros, the architecture and the fashion have all contributed to me loving this city.
No wonder some of the greatest writers are from Paris. Just walking around the cobbled streets of Montmartre and by the Seine at night is so inspiring. La Ville Lumière has so much to offer and the best thing is that it is just a hop away from London. Here are some of the things we have been up to whilst being there for a long weekend getaway.
We stayed at The Hoxton and I think it is the nicest one out of the lot so far. The courtyard with all the parasols makes you feel like you’re somewhere in the South of France. Add a glass or two of rosé and you never want to leave again. The food is also really good and if you’re ever in the area – or not – go there for just a drink or a nice meal.
We ate twice at Popolare, which is one of the famous Big Mamma Group restaurants. And it never disappoints, that’s probably why there’s always a long queue and you have to wait quite a bit before devouring your pasta and all the appetizers. The food is really good and the whole atmosphere is great. For lunch, we went to an authentic falafel place called Miznon. Nothing fancy but delicious and affordable Israeli food. If you’re after a proper brunch, go to HollyBelly5, they have everything from granola to pancakes with bacon.
Un café au lait et un croissant s’il vous plaît. Go to Café Kitsuné, a café in the Jardin du Palais Royal. Amazing location, great coffee and if you happen to walk past a boulangerie on your way there, get yourself a croissant to eat with the coffee, trust me it doesn’t get better.
Two museums I would definitely recommend are the Rodin museum, Have a stroll around the garden with all the beautiful sculptures. The Brancusi Atelier at Centre Pompidou is another one everyone should go to. As I love his work, it was really nice to see it all in one place as if you’re in his atelier.
If you go there for shopping, avoid the month of August as pretty much half of the shops are shut for the summer holidays. (I would personally recommend it as it wasn’t busy and felt a lot calmer). Le Marais is really nice to walk around and do some shopping. All the main shops are there with small independent ones too (majority of them were closed). I left The Frankie Shop with a wishlist the length of the Eiffel Tower. Another shop that I always love to browse around is The Conran Shop, it’s the best destination for some interior inspiration.
We love just walking around and exploring this way. The first evening, it was still warm and we decided to walk from the 2ème Arrondissement to the Eiffel Tower. It was the nicest walk through Jardin Des Tuileries, over Place de la Concorde, along the Seine. With the sun slowly going down leaving the city in the most amazing light. We took electric scooters a couple of times which was a lot of fun and a good way to get around and still see a bit of the city.