I have recently returned from the dreamiest stay in Paris. My best friend, Grace, and I had secured tickets to see Dita Von Teese at the Crazy Horse and decided to make a long weekend of it over Easter.
We stayed at the oh-so-cute Hotel Paradis in the 10th Arrondissement. It was a great location – the area appears a little rough around the edges but is filled with hidden gems. It is a little like the Parisian version of Shoreditch.
The hotel interiors are super stylish – this was no surprise having been designed by Dorothée Meilichzon, the designer behind London’s Experimental Cocktail Club.
Each floor of the hotel has different wallpaper – how fun is the heron print that was on our floor?!
On our first evening, we visited the bar opposite our hotel, Les Petites Ecuries, which has an outside terrace with an impressive living wall. The food was great and the atmosphere was really fun. We sat on the terrace late into the night sipping cocktails with the locals.
The next day was all about exploring the streets of gay Pareee!
We found a local cafe for a classic French breakfast.
I love how everything in Paris is effortlessly chic.
Fuelled on coffee and pain au chocolat, our next stop was Passages des Panoramas, the oldest covered arcade in Paris, filled with sweet little bars, cafes and restaurants.
Next up was another beautiful covered passage on Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau to visit the Christian Louboutin shop and the Louboutin approved cobbler next door. I was hoping to get my Loubies re-heeled but unfortunately there was a three week waiting list. However, if you are in Paris for a longer period and your shoes need some love, this is the place to go!
We had a pitstop at Les Fines Gueles for some wine and cheese – a highly recommended spot.
Ready for more exploring (and perhaps a little tipsy!) we headed to the Louvre and took a stroll along the Seine.
You can’t help but marvel at the magnificent doors that line the streets of Paris.
We made our way to the famous Shakespeare & Co bookshop, opposite the Notre Dame de Paris.
We spent the afternoon shopping and hit up Dyptique for a new scent followed by two concept stores, Merci and Collette.
Merci had a great interiors section – pretty expensive but filled with inspiration for the new house!
Before returning to the hotel, we popped back into Passages des Panoramas for a drink at Stern, a bar and restaurant we had spotted that morning. The interiors were impossible to capture on camera but trust me, it’s worth a visit (and yes that is a winged wolf in the window!)
That evening we were off to see Dita Von Teese so picked up a bottle of bubble to drink whilst we got our glam on. After a million selfies, we were finally ready!
Pre-show dinner was at Farago, a pinchos bar with urban industrial decor, a party vibe and huuge cocktails. Fun times!
Dita von Teese was of course phenomenal. Her star performance involved a diamond encrusted bathtub!
The Crazy Horse venue was really fun too and we found the infamous double loo.
After a very late night, we had a bit of a slow start the next morning. We wanted to brunch at Eggs & Co but the queue was huge and we needed to make up time. We therefore decided to settle for Cafe de Flore across the road instead, a popular tourist destination. Whilst the food was expensive and a tad underwhelming, the sun was shining and we enjoyed sitting out on the terrace.
We walked along the banks of the Seine until we reached the Eiffel Tower.
That afternoon we visited the Wasteland exhibition at the Mona Bismarck American Centre, which overlooks the Eiffel Tower. Whilst I enjoyed the exhibition, I enjoyed the glamorous building even more – what I would give for a house like this!
On our walk back to the hotel, the heavens opened so we took shelter (and an opportunity for more wine and cheese) at Mini Palais, the restaurant situated inside the Grand Palais.
We walked almost everywhere over the course of the weekend and only got the metro or an Uber a handful of times. Walking was such a nice way to see Paris with its pretty shops and incredible doors. We were stopping every two seconds to take pictures!
We donned our glad rags for dinner that night at Derriere, a restaurant owned by the man behind Sketch in London.
Located in the heart of Marais, the entrance is via a courtyard garden.
The restaurant is eclectically dressed as a house. The lounge features a ping pong table and the bedroom contains a double bed!
Upon arrival, you are given a choice of rooms to dine in. Naturally we chose to dine in the bedroom.
Everything about the decor was brilliant, in particular the secret smoking room accessed by going through an armoire.
We stayed late into the night chatting with friends we had made at the end of the bed!
Breakfast on our last day in Paris was in the courtyard of the glorious Hotel Costes. We really had saved the best until last! The hotel is super sumptuous – there are candles, red velvet and roses everywhere you turn. It even has its own flower shop, parfumerie and spa. It would make an amazing stay for a honeymoon or special occasion.
After breakfast, there was time for more door spotting!
Next stop was the department store, Printemps, for a spot of shopping and to check out its roof terrance with panoramic views over Paris.
After a spot of meandering around Ile St-Louis that afternoon, it was time to say au revoir à Paris. There certainly will be a next time!