A weekend in Paris

Merci Paris

Paris. I make no secret of it being my favourite place to be. For me, Paris delivers on every level. There is romance and history everywhere you look, and picture perfect buildings, shopfronts, parks and not forgetting the Parisians themselves. There’s always amazing new restaurants and cool bars to discover, you could easily wile away a whole day just people watching outside a cafe. I’m completely charmed by the Parisian way of life, I’d move there in a heartbeat if the opportunity arose.

It had been four years since we last visited together, so last Friday, Marc and I hopped over the channel to spend four days doing exactly what we do best; eating, drinking and exploring.

The best way to enjoy Paris I find is to leave the tourist traps and do as the Parisians do. We always use Airbnb because we like to have the freedom to make our own breakfast and lunches, plus we’re very nosey. We find Le Marais (3rd Arrondisment) to be our area of choice in Paris. It’s the combination of winding little cobbled streets, independent boutiques, really good shopping and the best falafel money can buy, that has us returning to this area time and time again. I’ll let the pictures do the talking, but here’s an updated list of some of my recommendations:

To do:

  • My love of a sunset picnic knows no bounds and we found a pretty magical spot, right on the pointy tip of ile de la cite, the bigger of the two islands in the middle of the river where the Notre Dame is situated. Take a bottle of wine (or buy one from the street sellers there) and some nibbles, and get the most incredible view from the middle of the Seine.
  • The Pompidou Centre – free on the first Sunday of every month. The best view of the city from the top floor in my opinion, and there are some awesome prints in the gift shop too.
  • Bastille Market – immerse yourself in Parisian culture at the largest open air market in Paris. Warning: sensory overload likely.
  • Canal St Martin – only worth visiting on a nice day. Nice cafe’s line the canal.
  • Merci – an awesome department store with everything you can think of and a really good cafe bar.
  • Saint Germain – gallery after showroom after atelier after gallery. A new area I’ve not discovered before, great for wandering, particularly if you’re interested in art.

 

Eat and drink:

  • Verjus – owned by an american couple who used to run supper clubs. Popular with foodies, expect an extra special experience with an inventive tasting menu. Book ahead of your trip and go hungry.
  • Miznon – this cool, buzzing Lebanese restaurant is the place to be. Get the whole charred cauliflower! It looks chaotic but they’ve got it well managed so don’t be put off if you have to queue- everyone gets a seat. Closed on Saturdays for Shabbat, but very lively even on Sunday evenings.
  • Pozzetto – delicious ice cream in the middle of the buzzing 3rd arrondissement. Try the milk and cream, and the pistachio is divine.
  • Marcel – French tapas in a gorgeous restaurant along Canal Saint Martin.
  • L’As Du Fallafel – here is where you can find that ‘best falafel in Paris’ I mentioned earlier. Looks like a regular takeaway but there’s a constant queue for their falafel, hummus and eggplant pittas.
  • Le Nemours – I have to visit this old fashioned bar every time I go to Paris as it really is the best people watching spot. It’s the beautiful old building with big pillars outside next to Le Palais Royal. the waiters are charming (rare in Paris) the wine is excellent and you could watch the world go by for hours here.

 

Paris park

Paris Park 2

Paris rooftops

paris fountain

 

Paris ring

A few weeks ago, I was very kindly sent this moonstone and ruby rose gold ring from Browns Family Jewellers, and since we had this trip planned, I thought Paris would be the perfect backdrop for a few outfit shots. It’s a very elegant ring and with my normally very minimalist taste in jewellery, I can’t quite put my finger on why this piece stood out to me.

I find rose gold to be really flattering for lots of skin tones, and there’s something about mixing rose gold with silver pieces, such as this tri-dagger silver ring from Missoma, that I think looks really cool and effortless. Mixing metals in a way ‘dresses-down’ fine jewellery and makes it more wearable, day-to-day as opposed to reserving just for special occasions.

With the weather soaring above 30 degree C in Paris, I stuck to my fail-safe combination of re-worked Levi denim mini skirt, loose fit grey tee and sliders for a day of exploring Paris.

Paris street style

Paris street style 2

Paris ring 2

paris ring 3

Paris street style 3

Merci Paris Shop

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Merci shop paris

Ph. my own.

Big thanks to Browns Family Jewellers for gifting me the ring.

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