A weekend in Paris is not only a good idea, it’s a special getaway that can’t be matched by any other experience. My husband Chris and I were lucky enough to head to the city of love for a cheeky long weekend in March. We escaped one of the last cold weekends in New York on a European escape in the search for cheese, wine and inspiration. Although we have both travelled and explored Paris many years ago, this trip was as special as we hoped. We were together and made no plans other then a few restaurant reservations.
STAY: We as usual put the fate of our accommodation choice in the masters of good boutique hotels – Mr and Mrs Smith Hotels. We wanted to stay in a busy hot spot without the tourist disaster that is The Marais. We booked a small French design hotel I have been lusting over on Instagram for a few years named Hotel Panache. Located in the the 9th Arrondissement it’s a pocket of authentic Parisian charm. The rooms were decorated in a palette of lavender and sage green/grey with the most exquisite monogrammed carpet. The rooms are unusually spacious and look down onto a bustling street or open up to a bijou balcony with the noise of the Parisian streets below. A perfect soundtrack for my daily afternoon naps. The neighbourhoods’ coveted galleries are also the perfect setting for a stroll of window shopping or art sourcing.
We dined at the hotel’s restaurant on the first night and the kitchen whipped up the most tantalising gastro-fare. The Sunday brunch will have you running for bed in a pastry-and-poached-egg-induced daze.
SHOP: We stumbled upon a store that only opened in January with a little cafe inside. O/HP/E specialize in handmade objects made on site in their design studio. Located at 27 rue du Château d’Eau, Paris 75010 this design store was filled with handmade ceramics and special objects for your table. They don’t even have a website so here is the link to their Instagram page. The green wall and timber installation were beautiful and I loved that we could munch on some homemade pastries as we shopped for items that could fit in our carry on. We bought some ceramic glazed dipped tea cups that I have been using every morning since.
DINNER: We were recommended to go to one of the restaurants by Big Mamma group. Nobody in Paris wanted to buy an old Corsican restaurant that was over 32 years old located in Saint-Antoine. It had the bones of an Italian trattoria with brick walls, old stones and was the perfect venue to open up the fifth Italian restaurant – East Mama. All the produce is from local farms in Italy, specializing in wood fired pizza and homemade pasta. The dishes are served on old loved ( and sometimes chipped) Italian Deruta pottery plates and bowls. We shared a couple of starters from the cheese and charcuterie selection before digging into a truffle pasta with mascarpone and fungi and a burrata pizza. For daily food and cooking inspiration follow them on Instagram.
BRUNCH: We went to the incredible Hardware Societe just near Montmartre. It is an Australian cafe so you know the food is going be beautiful and fresh. They also have a cafe in Melbourne, Australia. Designed with furniture by Ton, this eatery looked over the top of the pretty houses on the hill and was relaxed with a delicious menu including teas from all over the world served in antique tea cups . This one is located up the hill near Sacre’-Coeur so once you have made it up the hundreds of stairs, retreat here and enjoy the view.
EXPLORE: Over a long weekend we ended exploring and sun seek at Sacre’-Coeur twice. The view is amazing with rolling hills designed for day dreaming about a Parisian lifestyle and marveling at the 12th century architecture. This tourist spot is so much more peaceful on a weekday with plenty of room to picnic or you can always head to Hardware Societe for a spot of lunch, It’s a 5 min walk from Sacre’-Coeur so why not do both? Overindulgence is always on the menu for a successful holiday.