The city of eternal love, sparkling lights, and this little cheesecake that seals the exquisite taste of Paris (which will in time receive its own delightful post – watch this space).
At OnTheLyst we love staying around Arrondissements 1 ou 8. Location wise it is just right, it’s beautiful, it’s busy and still French. Of course, Hotel Plaza Athénée and Le Meurice don’t need to be introduced, and are all round favourites. For a less opulent hotel, the Westin Vendôme is simply parfait for a short stay. It is steps away from the picturesque Jardin Tuileries on one side, and within walking distance to the famous Rue Saint-Honoré on the other side. There you can spend countless hours and Euros visiting the numerous designer shops; and if you can’t find your size in your favourite pair of Chanel’s don’t worry as there will be another store round the block! Weather permitting, you can relax by the lake in Jardin Tuileries and enjoy a flower shaped delicious ice cream from Amorino. In the evening walk to Hotel Costes restaurant and bar, perfect for a night out.
After you’ve done your sightseeing (be it, La Tour Eiffel, Musée du Louvre, Centre Pompidou, Sacré Coeur, Notre Dame, île Saint-Louis, Pont des Arts…the list is endless) make a reservation at L’Avenue on Avenue Montaigne for lunch. Once there, ask for a table on the terrace to enjoy views of the Eiffel Tower as well as some people watching. Tip I: We absolutely love the tuna tartare and the creamy morels rigatoni!
Le Marais, one of the city’s oldest districts, is filled with art museums, cool boutiques, and cute cafés; it is definitely a quartier to visit. One place we recommend is La Favorite for its extensive food menu; go for breakfast or a cup of chocolat chaud with a side of patisserie du jour. Tip I: On Sundays they serve French Toast for brunch!
On the other side of town, Printemps and Galleries Lafayette are Paris’ infamous department stores. They have a good selection of designer merchandise ranging from women’s and men’s apparel, footwear, jewelry and accessories. Tip I: Don’t forget tax free in Paris is only given on the day of the purchase. Tip II: You can show your passport at the information desk in both department stores to receive a 10% discount card. Click here for Printemps discount card valid until 31/12/2014. Tip III: Be sure to check out Café Pouchkine at Printemps for their sweet Medovnik (honey) cake – it is to die for!
Now for restaurants, Le Relais de l’Entrecôte is a must when in Paree. They serve and only serve, the most delicious no frills, unlimited steak et frites drizzled with their special mustard butter sauce. Our favourite location is the one just off Champs Elysées, hidden in the side streets, you will spot it from the long queue of people waiting to be seated before its 7pm opening time. Tip I: the restaurant doesn’t take reservations but don’t be put off by the queue, there is a fast turnaround and it definitely is worth the wait.
Burger Spot: Located in a quiet street just off Rue Saint-Honoré, you will find a hidden gem called Ferdi. Known to have the best burgers in town, its cosy and relaxed atmosphere make it even more inviting. The perfect sized sesame bun, enfolding the juicy patty and homemade burger sauce, will undoubtedly satisfy that burger craving you’ve been trying oh so hard to fight! Tip I: the restaurant is very small so make sure to book a day ahead. Tip II: Make sure to order the Chocolate fondant for dessert, it’s definitely worth those extra calories!
Dinner: Matignon, Kong, and Hotel Costes are all excellent options for a night out. The food is great in all three restaurants, but the vibe and atmosphere are a little different. Kong, while having an Asian fusion cuisine, boasts a Philipp Starck interior making it super modern with high domed glass ceilings and beautiful views of the sky and city beyond. There is a bar on the lower floor, a perfect spot for a drink before heading out to experience the Parisian nightlife. Matignon, sees a cooler and younger international crowd; step outside onto the terrace for some fresh air and Parisian lights. Hotel Costes is so far our favourite. It is part of the same group of restaurants as L’Avenue, La Societe and Ginger. The food is remarkable, the restaurant itself is très cool with its dim lighting, cosy atmosphere, and beautiful indoor-open-air terrace. By 1am head to Le Titty Twister for an NYC vibe nightclub with non-stop R&B and Hip-Hop beats.
Ps. No trip to Paris would be complete without trying macarons at Pierre Herme! The latest featured flavour of the month is Jardin Subtil: citrus fruits, lemon & espelette chilli pepper.
There are so many more amazing places, and so many more wonderful things to do in Paris, try living there for a year – we would know! So come back soon for more things to add to your Paris Lyst.
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