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Paris Je t’aime

Posted: Nov 06 2019

It’s official. I am in love. Those of you who have been to Paris will know what I’m talking about – the narrow cobbled streets, the perfectly formed macaroons, the way the sun sets over the River Seine….Paris has a way of taking your heart and not letting go. I recently visited the city with my DH and although I’d been there before I found myself falling in love all over again. We’d previously stayed in the Latin district and in the trendy Marais; this time we stayed in the 9th district, a lovely area filled with cafes, restaurants, and quaint shops. There are a million guides written about Paris but I thought I’d share with you my top picks from my stay there.

STAY

Les Plume – 10 rue Lamartine

I may be biased as the hotel is owned by a friend, but Les Plume is a must for travelers looking for an intimate boutique hotel filled with Parisian charm. Decorated in a romantic literary theme, each room features love-inspired rooms based on famous French lovers such as George Sand and Alfred ,and Victor Hugo and Juliette. Les Plume is centrally located next to two metro stations and a 5 minute walk to the foodie street Rue des Martyrs.

FOODIE SHOPS

Kusmi Tea – 56 rue de Seine

After sightseeing and shopping it’s nice to take a moment to relax with a cup of tea before continuing on with the day. The history of Kusmi Tea is somewhat like a reading a Russian novel; the year was 1867, when the first teahouse was opened in St. Petersburg. Now more than 140 years later, Kusmi Tea is still serving their delicious brew to tea lovers in Paris. If you aren’t sure which brew is for you I suggest purchasing a sampler assortment of their 12 top-selling teas.

La Chambre aux Confitures – 9 rue des Martyrs

This small shop is entirely dedicated to jams with mouthwatering flavors like apricot lavender, raspberry with rose, and peach with ginger. The best part is that tasting is allowed! It’s the perfect place to pick up gifts for your loved ones back home.

Epicerie Provencale – 38 rue de Sevres

“La Grande” supermarket is a must stop when in Paris. You can spend hours browsing the vast isles of products from Italy, Britain, U.S, and of course France. From chocolates and jams to cheeses and wines – you’ll find everything you need here for a picnic on the Seine.

SNACKS

Popelini -29 rue Debelleyme

A sweet shop that exclusively makes “choux la creme” cream puffs in every imaginable flavor – what more could a woman want? My favorites are the dulce de leche, rose, and coffee. A must visit.

Berthillon – 31 rue St-Louis

Hands-down this is the “go-to” ice cream spot when in Paris with over 70 delicious flavors to choose from to satisfy anyone’s sweet-tooth. There are fruit-flavoured sorbets, such as cassis blackberry and hazelnut and nougat au miel for those who want something richer. I went with the salty butter caramel in a waffle cone to enjoy during my walk in Ile Saint Louis.

L’as du Falafel – 34 rue de Roisiers

You can’t go wrong when ordering this Mediterranean street food in Paris. The falafel sandwich is served in a perfectly warm pita with made to order falafel balls, crunchy carrots, and of course tahini and spicy sauce. There is an art to eating this while standing but the mess is worth it!

Laduree – 16 rue Royale

A girl cannot visit Paris without stopping at Laduree, a Parisian favorite for their airy and melty macarons, that first opened in 1862. They offer permanent flavors, as well as seasonal flavors – the flagship macaron creation is l’lspahan, which is filled with fresh raspberries and a ganache made from rosewater and lychee. The colorful macarons are delicately packed in a pastel green box with a matching pink ribbon. Think luxury and sweet!

RESTAURANTS

Rose Bakery – 46 rue des Martyrs

This is a great place to pop into if you want something light and healthy. They serve the most delicious scones and spot on coffee. On offer are also great salads, pizzettes, fresh juices, and quiches which are made using quality local and organic ingredients. Try to get there early because it’s always packed.

Breizh Cafe – 109 rue Vieille du Temple

A cute little bustling cafe with hands-down probably the best crepes in Paris. The crepes are made of buckwheat and are best with a cup of their apple cider.

Le Ciel de Paris – 33 ave Maine

This is a retro glam restaurant with stunning views of Paris that is perfect for a special occasion. Try to make reservations for a window seat to truly get the best experience here.

Nomiya Paris – Palais de Tokyo

What can be more romantic than sitting in a glass box atop the Palais de Tokyo with breath-taking views of the Eiffel Tower? The restaurant only seats 10 and you’ll see the chef prepare the food right in front of you. An experience not to be missed.

SHOPPING

Antoine & Lili – 90 rue Martyrs

Their store front in bright fuchsia will lure you in but it’s the eclectic merchandise that will keep you coming back. Stocked with great pieces from their own line and around the world – their clothing and accessories are intricate with an ethnic flair. They also sell unique toys which make great gifts for kids.

Princesse Tam Tam – 79 rue St Antoine

Every woman knows the importance of a great bra and Princess Tam Tam provides you with just that with styles ranging from the classic to the playful. Flirty camisoles and comfy pyjamas are also on offer and the shop assistants will properly measure and size you. Ladies, you will not be disappointed.

Merci – 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais 75003

This is my favorite store in Paris. Not only do all the proceeds go to charity, it also features a wonderful cafe, library and florist. Filled with carefully selected clothing, accessories and home goods there is something for everyone here. Be sure to have dessert in their outdoor garden.

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