Paris: little black travelbook

16th April 2015

I’ve been asked to share my all-time-favourite Paris hotspots a lot lately. A good reason to start blogging again and present you the places where I could grab lunch every day, where I would love to sip cocktails now, the shops where I need a full Visa card before I enter and the hotels where I wish I could wake up every single morning. Let me take you to … P A R I S.

// Sleep //

Hotel du Temps: Charming hotel in the 9th arrondissement. (11, Rue de Montholon, www.hotel-du-temps.fr) 

Hotel Paradis: Cute boutique hotel near Gare du Nord. (41, Rue des Petites-Écuries, www.hotelparadisparis.com)

Hotel Emile: Sleep here if location is key for you, Hotel Emile lies in the middle of the Marais district. (2, Rue Malher, www.hotelemile.com)

Mama Shelter: A bit further away but definitely one of my favourite places to stay. Hip atmosphere and a parking lot just aside; easy when travelling to Paris by car. Be sure to eat a pizza at their pizzeria and drink cocktails in their bar on Saturday night. Watch free movies on the iMac computer in your room. Mama has it all. (109, Rue de Bagnolet, www.mamashelter.com/paris)

Le Studio 22: Live as a real Parisienne in this amazing apartment in the Marais district. (22, Rue de Picardie, www.lestudio22.com)

Hotel Amour: Romantic hotel in the Pigalle district, close to Montmartre and the Sacré Coeur. Their restaurant is great, even if you don’t sleep at Hotel Amour. (8, Rue Navarin, www.hotelamourparis.fr)

Generator Hostel Paris: Design on a budget. That’s the way aha aha, I like it aha aha! (11, Place du Colonel Fabien, www.generatorhostels.com)

Hotel Fabric: Sleep in a former textile factory. (31, Rue de la Folie Méricourt, Oberkampf, www.hotelfabric.com)

Le Citizen: A nice hotel in the middle of the Canal Saint Martin area. (96, Quai de Jemappes, www.lecitizenhotel.com)

// EAT //

DINNER – reserve ahead!

Anahi: Argentinian restaurant in the Marais district. Hip, but charming restaurant and – most importantly – amazing food. (49, Rue Volta, Marais, +33 1 48 87 88 24, www.anahirestaurant.fr)

Candelaria: Find Mexican taco’s, nacho’s with guacamole and delicious cocktails at Candelaria. Eat lunch at their table next to the kitchen, go through the door in the back and enter their hidden cocktailbar for dinner or apero with cocktails. Isabel Marant is in front. Can this get even better? (52, Rue de Saintonge, Marais, +33 1 42 74 41 28, www.candelariaparis.com)

Le Mary Celeste: Small plates to share, oysters and delicious cocktails. From the same owners as Candelaria (says enough ♡). (1, Rue Commines, Marais, +33 9 80 72 98 83, www.lemaryceleste.com)

Beef and Fish Club: Go to Fish Club if you are into Peruvian fish tapas. Choose Beef Club if you prefer fingerlicking good meat. Both restaurants are worth trying. Drink amazing cocktails in their überhip bar Le Ballroom du Beefclub, hidden in between both restaurants. (58, Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Louvre, www.eccbeefclub.com +33 9 54 37 13 65/ www.eccfishclub.com +33 1 40 26 68 75)

La Maison Mère: Good food, nice atmosphere. They also serve a good brunch on Sunday. (4, Rue de Navarin, Pigalle, +33 1 42 81 11 00, www.lamaisonmere.fr)

Le derriere: Good food, trendy atmosphere. Their interior is unique as you eat in different areas of the house. Your table can be either in the dining room or in the bedroom. (69, Rue des Gravilliers, Marais, +33 1 44 61 91 95, www.derriere-resto.com)

Amici Miei: Great Italian food, come here if you love thin crusted pizza’s. They don’t take reservations, so come in time if you want to avoid the queu. (44, Rue Saint Sabin, Marais, +33 1 42 71 82 62)

Hotel Amour: Trendy atmosphere, good food. (8, Rue de Navarin, Pigalle, +33 1 48 78 31 80, www.hotelamourparis.fr)

Beaucoup: Good restaurant in the Marais district. (7, Rue Froissart, +33 1 42 77 38 47, www.beaucoup-resto.com)

BREAKFAST – BRUNCH – LUNCH – COFFEE & CAKE

Le Marché des Enfant Rouges: Small food market, with jummie food stalls. Great when the weather is nice. (39, Rue de Bretagne, Marais)

Café Charlot: French bistrot with the best brunch in Paris. You’ll not leave with an empty stomach. That’s for sure. (38, Rue de Bretagne, Marais, +33 1 44 54 03 30, www.cafecharlotparis.com)

HolyBelly: Come here for breakfast, lunch or coffee and cake. Holybelly is the place to be in the hip Canal Saint Martin area. There will be a queue, but it’s worth the wait. Delicious food, great coffee, good service and a beautiful interior. Don’t miss out on this one. (19, Rue Lucien Sampaix, Canal Saint Martin, http://holybel.ly)

Ten belles: Tiny coffee hotspot. Probably the best coffee in Paris. (10, Rue de la Grange aux Belles, Canal Saint Martin, www.tenbelles.com)

Les Pinces: Lobster with french fries and a salad on the side for 25 euros. Like! (29, Rue du Bourg Tibourg, Marais, +33 9 83 56 47 93, www.lespinces.com)

L’as du falaffel: To grab the best pita in town, on the go. Located in the cute street Rue des Rosiers – pita street – in the Marais district. Queue for this venue. (32-34, Rue des Rosiers, Marais, +33 1 48 87 63 60)

Mmmoza: Italian heaven in Paris. They sell the best buffalo mozzarella ever. Come here for anti pasta plates, delicious sandwiches and a good glass of Italian wine. The place is tiny (only 2 tables) so pick up some food and eat it in the park across the street. (57, Rue de Bretagne, Marais, +33 1 42 71 82 98)

Café Kitsune: Small coffee bar near Palais Royal. It’s all about coffee and fox shaped cookies here. (51, Galerie de Montpensier, Louvre, +33 1 40 15 62 31)

Rose Bakery: Porridge, fresh juices and eggs with salmon for breakfast. Salads, quiches and sandwiches for lunch. And mouthwatering green tea cake at 4. You choose. (30, Rue Debelleyme, Marais / 46, Rue des Martyrs, Pigalle)

Café Pinson: Healthy as hell. Matcha tea check! Juices check! For the unhealthy boyfriends: there is café latte and cake as well. (6, Rue du Forez, Marais / 58, Rue du Faubourg, Paris 10e, www.cafepinson.fr)

// DRINKS //

Le Perchoir: Rooftop terrace in Paris. They serve dinner too. L’amour pour toujours! (14, Rue Crespin du Gast, arrondissement 11, www.leperchoir.fr)

Le Ballroom du Beefclub: Hidden in a cellar in between Fish and Beef Club. Great vibe. (58, Rue Jean Jacques Rousseau, Louvre)

Glass: Cocktails & good music. (7, Rue Frochot, Pigalle, www.glassparis.com)

// SHOP //

The Marais district is great to explore on Sunday afternoon, as most of the shops open around 2 PM.

Merci: Since their opening in 2009 the coolest concept store in town. Great fashion selection, interior stuff and hard to resist stationary items. Drink coffee in their Used Book Café or have lunch in their Cinema Café. Not open on Sunday! (111, Boulevard Beaumarchais, Marais, www.merci-merci.com)

Cuisse de Grenouille: I wish every single item of my boyfriend’s closet came from Cuisse de Grenouille. Great man clothing shop. Surfer’s vibe; need I say more? (5, Rue Froissart, Marais, www.cuissedegrenouille.com)

French Trotters: Great clothing selection both for men and women. FYI: don’t miss this street as all the buzz is on Rue Vieille du Temple and the side streets around. (128, Rue Vieille du Temple, Marais, www.frenchtrotters.fr)

The Broken Arm: Fashion heaven and coffee place in one. What are you waiting for? (12, Rue Perrée, Marais, www.the-broken-arm.com)

Muji: Best stationary ever. Rue des Francs Bourgeois is also a must go street in the Marais. (47, Rue des Francs Bourgeois, Marais, www.muji.eu)

Mariage Frères: Must stop for tea aficionados. Great tea selection packed in the most beautiful boxes. They also sell nice tea pots and cups. Great to take home as a souvenir. Pass by their tea house: ideal for a 4 o’clock delight. (30, Rue du Bourg Tibourg, Marais, www.mariagefreres.com, have a look on their website for more addresses in Paris)

Bonton: Cutest baby clothes shop in the world. Mummies-to-be will drive crazy here. In their cellar they sell a great interior selection as well. (5, Boulevard des Filles du Calvaires, Marais, www.bonton.fr)

Centre Commercial: Fa-fa-fa-fashion paradise. (2, Rue de Marseille, www.centrecommercial.cc)

Colonel: Great interior shop if you are into Swedish design. (14, Avenue Richerand, Canal Saint Martin, www.moncolonel.fr)

OFR.: Inspiring bookshop. (20, Rue Dupetit-Thouars, Marais, www.ofrsystem.com)

Colette: Iconic concept store in Paris and the best place for fashion inspiration. All the big names are sold here. They also sell a great selection of coffee table books and funny gadgets. Their Waterbar in the cellar is a great option for lunch if you are in the Palais Royal area. (213, Rue Saint Honoré, www.colette.fr)

// SEE //

Don’t want to leave Paris without some Eiffel Tower watching? Trocadero is a good place for staring at this iconic landmark. If you want the full skyline view of Paris (including the Eiffel Tower) you should head to Tour Montparnasse or the rooftop terrace of Printemps shopping center.

Don’t miss out on Place de la Concorde and Jardin des Tuileries for a real Paris feeling. Touristy, but beautiful. In need of more touristy stuff? Visit Sacré Coeur and the Montmartre area, Notre Dame and walk along the river Seine

Stroll around in the Marais area (best.shopping.area.ever), Saint Germain (Place Saint Sulpice! Oh!) and Canal Saint Martin (toss stones from the bridges as Amélie Poulin used to do). Definitely the most charming areas in Paris. And don’t forget to do some window shopping around Rue Saint Honoré.

If I have to choose two of my favourite museums I would say those would be Musée D’Orsay (romantic impressionism, www.musee-orsay.fr) and Palais Galliera (expositions that will lead you into fashion heaven, www.palaisgalliera.paris.fr). But do check out if there are running interesting expo’s at Centre Pompidou (modern art, www.centrepompidou.fr), Petit Palais (www.petitpalais.paris.fr) and Palais de Tokyo (www.palaisdetokyo.com) as well. And visit the Louvre (www.louvre.fr) if you haven’t yet, if only to finish your Paris bucketlist. Buy tickets online in advance.

Jardin du Luxembourg: great place to hang out when the sun is out in Paris.

Not so long ago the Fondation Louis Vuitton opened. Take the metro to Bois de Boulogne and stare at the sublime architecture by Frank Gehry. Check in advance if there are interesting expo’s when you are visiting and take a picnic with you when the weather is nice.

Bateaux Mouches: boat trip on the Rive Seine -> touristy as hell, but oh so romantic.

Bon voyage! x

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