Monday, 6 March 2017 Paris, France

City Break Guide: Paris, France

The city of love... Paris. For a Reading Week getaway and in celebration of my boyfriend's birthday, we decided to book a long weekend trip to Paris. It was beautiful and I really fell in love with Paris – its architecture, food and fashion. 

For our stay, we booked with Le Pigalle Hotel, which was in the 9th arrondissement. Although it was a little far out from the centre of Paris' main attractions like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre sat (40 minute walk), it was nearby the Montmartre area, Sacré Coeur, and the Moulin Rouge. The staff were friendly and helpful; there was an in-room iPad which had their own curated music playlist and selection of recommended restaurants;and the amenities from Le Labo were a treat and so luxurious. And most importantly, the bed was unbelievably cosy and comforable. 

Start your day getting breakfast at Sebastian de Gourmand, grab some coffee, millefeuille (yum! best thing ever) and a savoury croissant to go. (5/5) Right opposite you'll see Jardin des Tuileries, a massive, beautiful garden - take a walk and peruse the grounds. From here, you can visit the other tourist attractions in the first arrondissement, like the Louvre and Palais Royal. A pit stop in between, I would recommend, grabbing your preferred choice of hot beverage (mine, matcha latte) in Cafe Kitsune which is located inside Palais Royal. 

A weekend brunch spot is Hardware Societé, located in the 18th arrondissement, a great choice if you're on your way to Sacré Coeur. An aussie-inspired café, serving a variety of delicious and Instagram-worthy dishes, both savoury and sweet. We ordered their special of french toast and their on menu scrambled eggs – both so yummy. (5/5) Afterwards, continue exploring the Montmartre area, and for a pick me up, I'd recommend eating a few croissants and pain au chocolat from Le Grenier à Pain (5/5) – they're seriously amazing, all flakey and buttery, yum! From there, to burn off the calorific pastries, do some (window) shopping at Galeries Lafayette and Champs-Élysées.

For lunch I'd recommend grabbing a caffeine pick me up at Telescope Coffee, (4/5) but grab it to go, and head on to the road over for some delicious ramen at Hakata Choten, (3/5) and when you see the queue you'll see why I recommended to coffee to go – to keep you warm and for endurance! The Japanese food scene is huge in Paris, partly because Japanese culinary graduates opening up their own restaurants, so the food is amazing. If that's not your scene, then walk to Eric Kayser (there are quite a few stores spread across Paris), it's an artisan boulangerie, serving a variety of baguettes and sweet treats. (4/5)

It's not a trip to Paris if you don't eat your weight in pastries! These are my patisserie recommendations: of course, stop by the famous Laduree, (5/5) and treat yourself to a box of macarons. A Paris trip is not complete without devouring some. Angelina (4/5) is beloved by all, and a cup of their delectable hot chocolate cannot be missed. For something a little different, after visiting the Eiffel Tower, take a (long) walk to Mori Yoshida, and you'll find a patisserie which mixes French patisserie techniques with Japanese creativity. (4/5)

Dinner options, I'd recommend going to Pottoka, a restaurant we discovered and fell in love – the food was fresh, extremely delicious and beautifully plated. (5/5) It's packed during lunch and dinner with locals, so definitely make a reservation. If you're willing to queue, steak and frites at Le Relais de l'Entrecôte was great value for money and really flavourful; the steak was cooked perfectly, the sauce complimented it well, and you can't ever go wrong with a plateful of fries. (4/5) Unfortunately, we weren't able to book a table for Yam'Tcha, but if you can, I've heard it's a must for baos, especially the runny stilton cheese. 

Paris was definitely such a treat, and it's definitely on my to-visit-again list. I feel like I left my heart there, it was such a romantic and dreamy city. What are your Paris recommendations? I'd love to know for my next visit.

1 comment

  1. Stunning pics darling! I'd like to visit Paris one day and your guide is perfect!!


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