Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Travel Guide: Paris


I was fortunate enough to visit Paris this year. Although I was only in the city for six days, I feel like I saw so many things. Like everyone, I fell in love with it's cobblestone streets and alleys, and classic architecture. For me, Paris is so full of inspiration. Yes, you can visit the classic Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame and Sainte-Chapelle, see the beautiful view from the Arc de Triomphe, the amazing work stored at The Louvre and the Centre Pompidou, and you can relax and people watch in the Jardin du Luxembourg and Place des Vosges (which I highly recommend). But there's just so much more to Paris than that. There's such a lively culture that is present. Everywhere you turn, there's just there that makes you fall deeper in love with Paris. The beauty of Paris never ceases to amaze me. The city is absolutely magical. 



















Shop
Astier de Villatte | Shop 
173 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris, France
I'm a sucker for pretty ceramics. 


Merci | Concept Store 
111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris, France
Three floors of quality goodness - go crazy! And, in the meantime, make sure you sit down and relax in their cosy book cafe. 

A.P.C Atelier de Production et de Creation | Clothing 
Various locations
Want to nail Parisian chic? This is your destination.  

Buly 1803 | Beauty 
6 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris, France, France 
The interior takes you back to another time. Dreamy. 




Eat
Septime | Restaurant 
80 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris, France
Book well in advance! The menu is simple and fresh. 

Du Pain et Des Idées | Bakery
34 Rue Yves Toudic, 75010 Paris, France
Boulangerie of my dreams. 

Hollybelly | Cafe
Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France
For all you sassy brunchers out there.

Telescope Cafe | Cafe
5 Rue Villedo, 75001 Paris, France
Having trouble finding good coffee in Paris? Go here. And do yourself a favour, and have a delicious baked good too!

Pierre Hermé | Macarons
72 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris, France
Not just macarons. Delicious macarons. I repeat, delicious macarons!

L’Éclair de GénieÉclairs
14 Rue Pavéev ,75004 Paris, France
I'm not one to eat éclairs. But, not only are these super pretty, there's a range of flavours to choose from! 

Berthillon | Ice Cream
31 Rue Saint-Louis en l'Île, 75004 Paris, France
Beware of line. 



Neighbourhoods
Le Marais | Neighbourhood
One of Paris' oldest and most interesting area, Le Marais is historically charming. The neighbourhood is perfect for shopping and, of course, exploring the winding cobblestone streets. 

Montemarte | Neighbourhood
 At first, you may feel uncertain about this neighbourhood when constantly being confronted by relentless peddlers of souvenirs. But, idle away in Montemarte's back streets, and wonder the beautiful historical streets and alleys before making your way to the Sacré Cœur. From there, take in true Parisian charm. 

Saint Germain | Neighbourhood
I may be a little biased (since we stayed in this neighbourhood), but it is one of the prettiest! It is great to stay if you love shopping and irresistible sweets. 

Île Saint-Louis | Neighbourhood
Best to visit during quiet times (that is, the morning) to avoid an influx of tourists. From this little island, you can take in magnificent views of the city. Île Saint-Louis is perfect for summer picnics by the river. 

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