While quicker to get to than a lot of places in the UK, Paris feels a world away from London. While its cliche to say so, there is definitely a romance about it...at least for a visitor. One thing I noticed more so on this short visit than previous ones was how the city manages to thrive with independent stores. While London has become colonised by Prets, convenience supermarkets and other multi-chain operations, I am always surprised by how toy stores, second hand book shops, green grocers and the ubiquitous boulangeries are not forced out by deep pocketed corporates in the centre.
Grand Pigalle Hotel. I was surprised how reasonable the rates were at this hotel for what you get. Great Location in the 9th arrondisment. You can walk to Garde de Nord. Modern art deco design with lots of tassels, brass and dark colours. There is a restaurant and bar downstairs but did no try this. It's also close by Rue de Martyrs which has a number of great places to buy food.
29 Rue Victor Massé
Right next to the Grand Pigalle Hotel. Had a late dinner there. Great selection of natural wines and buzzy ambiance. I tried to get into the New York Buvette last year for brunch but did not realise how popular it was.
28 Rue Henry Monnier
Inexplicably we were originally heading for pancakes for breakfast in Paris! I heard so many good things about Holybely but in all honestly I was secretly happy when we got told there was a 45 minute wait. On a whim we headed over to Du pain et des idees after getting take away coffees from Holybely as it was 2 minutes around the corner and had the most delicious breakfast of an assortment of French pastries. We sat outside and got talking to an American who runs a blog called My Parisian Life who gave us some great recommendations.
34 Rue Yves Toudic
This place was pure Parisian decadence. Deep reds and burgundies. Lots of velour. All the staff looked like they had just come off the catwalk. It was buzzing and felt like the place to be. The people watching was out of this world, Russian oligarchs, Young families, Fashion bloggers, glamorous elderly couples. It's not for everyone, expensive, a bit pretentious but if you want to be transported into a different world for an evening this is the place to be. Dress to impress.
239-241 Rue Saint Honoré
StoneyClove Bakery: An American style bakery serving cookies, pies which I had seen a recommendation for. Great for picking up treats to fuel you through a day of pounding the pavements.
71, Rue Greneta
EMPREINTES : A lovely light and airy space which showcases the work of French artisans. Lots of lovely pottery and ceramics in an expertly curated space.
5 Rue de Picardie
The Sezane Apartment: Womanswear line housed in a beautiful building. It has the whole lifestyle ethos going on with clothing alongside general merchandise in a chic setting.
1 Rue Saint-Fiacre
20 Rue Bachaumont
L'Atelier Singulier : A pop up housing a range of French artisans from leather bags to porcelain and jewellery
Atelier Couronees: A small concept design store.
6 Rue du Château d'Eau
Other places I did not get to go that were on my list:
192 avenue de Versailles
Clamato: A seafood restaurant with no reservations.
80 Rue de Charonne
Des Gars dan la Cuisine : A recommended restaurant in the Marais.
72 Rue Vieille du Temple