Paris photo diary and travel guide

Paris is  a city that inspires you to look up to the sky, to get lost in, or just to sit and enjoy the gardens. A city that welcomes those with a big appetite and dress their best, but yet so effortlessly.

My first time in Paris was last year. It was autumn in Paris, with traces of summer. Just perfect.

Paris is now my favourite city, as Sofia Coppola said "Paris has a way of restoring your faith". So true. 

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The list below are my personal recommendations, and the list is not very "touristy". I am sure there are more to add (an excuse to go back). Enjoy.

 

Stay

Hotel De Nell - The beautiful interior design by Jean Michell Wilmotte, the signature Japanese tub me want to stay here forever. The concierge is excellent, they organized all of our restaurant bookings during our stay. Their restaurant La Regalade serves simple french dishes.

Le Pigalle - The cool new kid on the block, think of Ace Hotel but in the Pigalle. Great location, a stone's throw from Moulin Rouge and shops. The service is casual but attentive and the modern and very homely interior design. 

 

Eat

Du Pain Et Des Idees - If you can only have a piece of pastry in Paris, it has to be be escargot pistache chocolat.

Septime - Possibly the best new modern bistro in Paris. No menu, full of surprises and fantastic wine pairing. This is my favourite restaurant in Paris.

Le Chateubriand - A modern fusion restaurant by rockstar chef Inaki Aizpitarte. Again, no menu so please do yourself a favour, surprise yourself and don't bother reading reviews prior. The service is fantastic but yet casual. Highly recommended. They have a strict booking system so do book in advance.

Caviar Kaspia  - For the ultimate caviar indulgence and Carine Rotfield's favourite.

Bistro Paul Bert - Anthony Bourdain's favourite hearty french bistro. The set menu is huge and the best option if you want to try their best dishes. For those with a big appetite, you will love this place.

Au Passage - Another Bourdain's favourite, a hip and modern bistro in Le Marais with a different menu eevryday.

Le Relais de l'Entrecôte - The best steak-frites that I have ever tried. If I can only pick one dish in Paris, this is it.

La Maison Plisson - A modern and hip restaurant, grocer and butcher. Reasonable price and just a few stores down from Merci.

L'éclair de Génie - You will see swarms of teenage girls instagramming these éclairs in the store, that's because they are not just beautiful, they the best éclairs that I have tried.

Pierre Hermé - I am not too crazy about macarons until I tried Pierre Hermé, believe the hype.

 

Coffee

Café Kitsuné and Telescope near Jardin Du Royal Palais

Coutome Café in Saint Germaine

Craft Café in République

 

Shop

Merci - The most popular store in Paris with their signature red Fiat, selling high end clothing, accessories, home decor and their famous table linens. Try to visit during weekdays as it gets a bit touristy on the weekend. 

Le Bon Marche - How a department store should be, spacey, luxe and peaceful. My favourite department store, if you want to enjoy a department store without swarms of tourists hoarding designer bags like at Galeries Lafayette or Primtemps, this is the place.

Collette - The pioneer of high fashion and lifestyle store, this is worth a visit but again it gets really packed with tourists as the space is not as big.

Papier Tigre - My favourite stationery and home accessory store.

Delphine Pariente - Beautiful delicate jewellery, and you can get them initialed and personalized. I spent a lot of money here.

The Broken Arm - A high end clothing store for men with a popular café.

French Trotters - Other thank stocking their own brand, they carry cool brands from around the world like Opening Ceremony, Mackintosh, Porter and so on.

Maison Kitsuné - Trés french, with their signature t-shirts and preppy cool clothes for men and women.

La Trésorerie - Beautiful homeware and furniture store, they do amazing table linens.

 

Museum

Le Lourve - I highly recommend queuing downstairs for a shorter line.

Le Palais Tokyo - The queue is not as bad as Le Lourve, and the reason why I visited was for an Andy Warhol exhibition.

 

The gardens

Jardin Des Tuileries - If I can sit in this garden here all day everyday, for the rest of my life until my last breath, I would. My first destination in Paris, we went there around 7am. It was beautiful and perfect, definitely one of the best moments in my life.

Jardin Du Royal Palais - Surrounded by beautiful shops like Serge Lutens, Acne, Stella McCartney, this is another favourite garden of mine.

Jardin Du Luxembourg - A breathtaking garden surrounded by luxe apartments in one of the most beautiful suburb in Paris, Saint Germain.

 

Others

Trocadéro - The best spot to see the Eiffel Tower. If you are hungry hop over to Café Du Trocadéro for a classic simple french breakfast.

Crazy Horse - Super sexy modern burlesque show, and there is no chance that you will take your eyes off the dancers.

Dirty Dick - A hip little Tiki bar just across from Le Pigalle.

 

Photos by me shot with iPhone6 or Canon Powershot S110