Lori's Paris: Where to stay, eat, shop and more
We’re not sure we know anyone that hasn’t fallen a little bit in love with Paris the first time they go. Everyone at Braintree HQ is certainly under the cosmopolitan city’s spell. And Lori, our BTHOUGHTFUL contributor, is no different. Here she is with some of the things she adores most – and thinks you will too…
“Ahh… The City of Light, my heart flutters at the mere mention of Paris; one of my favourite European city destinations. Full of amour and chic city living, I’ve pulled together my top spots for exploring Paris in spring.” – Lori
For those of you who like contemporary urban design mixed with the cosiness of home, head over to the wonderful Hotel Mareuil. It’s perfectly situated between Le Marais and Place de la République. The bustling neighbourhood surrounding the hotel is full of boutique shops, cool bars and restaurants and only a minute from the metro, so perfect for exploring the city.
For a more luxurious stay then head out of the city centre to the recently opened Molitor Hotel. After originally closing its doors in 1989, the former famous swimming baths became a regular haunt for artists. Now revamped and reopened, this luxury spa hotel will really make you swoon.
When it comes to food it’s hard to know where to start as the choices are endless. Here are a few of our favourites from around the city:
L’As du Fallafel
It might not look like much but the lengthy lunchtime queue says different. People flock to the heart of Le Marais to try out the best falafel in Paris, and they’re not wrong. Seating at the restaurant is a bit of a squeeze, but worth it for every delicious bite.
For a late night snack, head over to Scalpello where you pay for how much you eat, quite literally. This pizza by weight is the perfect pit stop if you’re peckish and in Saint Germain.
Les Deux Margots
Famous for its reputation as the rendezvous of the literary and intellectual élite of the city, Les Deux Margots is the place to be seen. Although often busy and on the pricey side, choose to enjoy a Chocolat Chaud and sit outside to keep the price down.
Du Pan et des Idees
Travel back in time to this beautiful bakery, which some say is the best in Paris. Du Pan et des Idees reopened it’s doors in 2002, but originally dates back to 1889. You’ll find the local Parisians here picking up their sweet pastries before heading off to work.
Just moments from the Filles du Calvaire Metro station, Papier Tigre is perfect for lovers of stationary and design.
This is a shop more like a magazine, a certain theatre fills the air as collections of furniture, fashion and products alike are laid out for you to lust over.
If you have children then this is THE shop to head too. Bonton oozes cool and even has a photo booth and props so you and your little ones take fun snaps for a souvenir.
The Shakespeare and Company Bookshop is a beautiful ramshackle building that should be on everyone’s must-visit list. It’s on the Left Bank of the Seine river and is an iconic literary landmark – and the most famous bookshop in Paris. Many incredible authors have graced its doors.
Best approached from across the river, the impressive Palais de Tokyo <> is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon, especially for lovers of Modern Art. Both the works displayed and the architecture are breathtaking and the coffee is good too!
Ooh… The beautiful Saint Martin Canal! I would recommend anyone travelling to Paris to take a Sunday stroll along here when the roads become pedestrianised, allowing a taste of Parisian life as families spill onto the streets, children enjoy ice creams and boats pass through the locks. Bliss.