The Best Kept Secret in Paris: City Guide

This isn’t just click-bait. I’m for serious.

Now that I’m back in Toronto and settled home, I want to share my Paris city guide. It’s a city I’ve travelled to often and the first European city I ever traveled to sans parents when I was 15. It will always remain special and I can see us having a pied à terre there one day.

STAY

Remember that best kept secret? Well here she is: the suite with private terrace at the Best Western Premier Opéra Liège.

It’s where Ash and I have stayed when we celebrated our engagement and our one year wedding anniversary.

When in Europe, I don’t find I spend all that much time in my hotel room, but having the big terrace is SO worth it (think of the apéro).

EAT

Chez Julien, 1 rue du Pont Louis-Philippe

Charming terrace, historical monument, amazing food. This bistro is one of my favourites in the city!

Buvette, 28 rue Henry Monnier

Rustic-chic café, great spot close to the hotel.

L’estaminet, 33 rue de Navarin

Loulou, 107 rue de Rivoli

Nestled in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the Loulou terrace is to die for. I suggest going here for lunch after a visit at the Louvre. The fresh salads are great and the truffle risotto is probably the best thing I’ve eaten.

Stylish,

down to the menu.

Four Seasons Hotel George V, 31 avenue George V

If you don’t eat here, at least go for a glass of champagne before dinner! Iconic art-deco landmark is a must.

Hôtel Costes, 239 rue Saint-Honoré

MUST! I loved the vibe here, very artistic, young and hip. The food was amazing and the nights get wild. I only have this blurry film photo (but it also proves my aforementioned comment).

Café Kitsuné, 51 galeriede Montpensier

Coffee and a stroll through the Jardin du Palais-Royal = my heaven.

Hoxton, 30-32 rue du Sentier

It’s a beautiful hotel and I definitely would’ve loved to eat here, but we didn’t have the time. I went for coffee one morning during my Chanel press trip.


DO

Bateau mouche

Boat ride on the Seine during the Tour Eiffel light show, definitely would recommend this! Plan it so you’re there for the light show (9-11 PM).

Jardin des Tuileries, Place de la Concorde

Musée du Louvre, rue de Rivoli

I would definitely carve out at least half a day to walk through the museum. If you’re planning on visiting the Mona Lisa, give yourself an extra 2 hours as there’s almost always a queue.

Jardin du Palais-Royal, 2 Galerie de Montpensier

Paris has such wonderful outdoor spaces and sitting by the fountain for coffee or taking a stroll by the dog park is so calming.

SHOP

Le Marais

Great neighbourhood for vintage! Merci is also a great concept store.

BHV

Definitely more high-end, but I was there during sale season, so it was well worth it!

Boulevard Haussmann

Galeries Lafayette, Printemps and Citadium are some of my favourite department stores.

L’Appartement Sézane, 1 rue Saint-Fiacre

Beautiful space and amazing ready-to-wear pieces. They’re starting to come out with new sustainable and ethically-made items like a purse dyed with beets that’s 100% biodegradable in 2 years. What’s not to love?

Vintage System Shop, 17 rue Barbette

Ran by an angel from LA, this is a great vintage shop. I always find unique pieces and this time, I snagged a mini purse that’s très à la mode.

Mad Vintage

This is great if you’re looking for denim or leather jackets. It’s more of a rocker feel, but I definitely suggest checking out one (or all!) of their locations.

Bobby, 89 rue Réaumur

I saved the best for last. Amazing vintage with a focus on high-end pieces. I found vintage Chanel here and could’ve spent hours in the two-storey shop.