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By popular demand 😉 some of my favorite places in Paris (updated February 2016): | La Trésorerie in Paris
La Trésorerie /// 11, rue du Château d'Eau /// 75010 Paris /// a mix between Dille & Kamille and Merci: goodies for home & kitchen. | Kidimo in Paris
Kidimo /// 227, rue Saint Denis /// 75002 Paris /// Vintage letters for your home from France, Eastern Europe and South America. | Merci shop in Paris
Merci /// 111, boulevard de Beaumarchais /// 75003 /// Merci doesn't need an introduction, right? Trend setting homewares, goodies, furniture, fashion and more. The Used Books Café is a nice place for lunch or drinks. Also visit Bon Ton (kids furniture, fashion & goodies) and get inside the photomaton. | Adeline Klam in Paris
Adeline Klam /// 54, boulevard Richard Lenoir /// 75011 Paris /// Japanese paper goods, stationery, pillows, photo albums, Japanese fabrics, DIY books, wooden toys and more. | Papier Plus in Paris
Papier Plus /// 9, rue du Pont Louis-Philippe /// 75004 Paris /// Quality paper goods in a wide range of colors, since 1976. | Paris rooftops
Rooftop view over Paris /// Take the escalators to the top floor of Printemps Haussmann for a 360° view over Paris, 100% free and without standing in line /// 64, boulevard Haussmann /// 75009 Paris. | Institut Suédois in Paris
Institut Suédois /// 11, rue Payenne /// 75003 /// Delicious Swedish kanelbullar and nice art exhibitions & concerts at the Swedish Institute. | Les Succulents Cactus shop in Paris
Les Succulents Cactus /// 111, rue de Turenne /// 75003 Paris /// Cactus & succulents a.k.a. Urban Jungle Bloggers paradise. | E. Dehillerin cookware shop in Paris
E. Dehillerin /// 18-20, rue Coquillière /// 75001 Paris /// Traditional kitchen utensil paradise, for chefs & foodies. It's a true cavern of Ali Baba with cookware from basement to ceiling. | Papier Tigre in Paris
Papier Tigre /// 5, rue des Filles du Calvaire /// 75003 Paris /// Beautiful paper goods with a humorous twist. | Green Factory in Paris
Green Factory /// A new Urban Jungle Bloggers paradise in Paris: a workshop & boutique close to the Canal Saint Martin, where owner Noam propose creative terrariums that need very little attention. | Piscine Molitor Paris
Molitor rooftop garden /// Avenue de la Porte Molitor /// 75016 Paris /// Relax in one of the Moroso Tropicalia chairs, with a view on the Eiffel tower, after a dive into the famous piscine. | Jack Gomme in Paris
Jack Gomme /// 16, rue St-Claude /// 75003 Paris /// leather goods made in France since 1985. I particularly like their clutches. | The Broken Arm boutique café in ParisThe Broken Arm /// 12, rue Perrée /// 75003 Paris /// Good coffee & very well curated shopping (fashion, accessories, books…). | Klin d'oeil boutique & galerie in Paris
Klin d'oeil boutique & galerie /// 6, rue Deguerry /// 75011 Paris /// The clan of Klin d'oeil now have a fabulous new boutique & gallery (open since January 2016). If you love color, plants and handmade, this is the place to go. | La Grande Epicerie in Paris
La Grande Epicerie (at Le Bon Marché) /// 38, rue de Sèvres /// 75007 Paris /// Food from around the country & world (I go there for the nice packaging design), nearby you'll find The Conran Shop. | Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil in Paris
Jardin des Serres d'Autueil /// 1 avenue Gordon-Bennett /// 75016 /// Nineteenth century greenhouses with a giant palm tree, tropical plants, cacti, Monstera… an Urban Jungle Bloggers paradise! | Mushkane boutique in Paris
Muskhane /// 3, rue Pastourelle /// 75003 Paris /// rugs, cushions, baskets and objets in felt and wool from South Asia. | my Paris tips #travelguide #hotspots
For the best coffee in town, check out Lindsey's fab coffee guide (I had coffee at Fondation Café the other day and it was really good). | Le Comptoir Général in Paris
Le Comptoir Général /// 80, Quai de Jemmapes /// 75010 Paris /// An urban jungle where you can get a coffee, a haircut, buy plants, listen to music: a creative hotspot that doesn't feel like Paris. At. All. | Passage de l'Ancre in Paris
Paris isn't particularly colorful, apart from the beautiful grey rooftops, so if you crave some color, take a walk through the Passage de l'Ancre, a small private passage in the 3rd. /// 30, rue de Turbigo /// 75003 Paris. | Rue Crémieux in Paris
More unexpected color in the most Instagrammed street in Paris: la Rue Crémieux, with its colorful houses (including a small hostel-hotel!), potted plants and cats /// Rue Crémieux /// 75012 Paris

If you have more time: | Chantilly castle in the snow
In stead of visiting the Castle of Versailles, I warmly recommend you to visit the Château de Chantilly. It houses the largest collection of paintings after the Louvre, a splendid library, wonderful gardens. And nearby you'll find the Horse Museum, several beautiful hotels including the Auberge du Jeu de Paume, race tracks & forests for a nice long walk. And of course, don't forget to get yourself a hot chocolate with crème Chantilly a.k.a. whipped cream in the tea room of the castle 😉 | Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace Le Bourget
Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace (Air & Space museum). Even if you're not an aircraft nerd, you can have a great time at the oldest Paris airport. The halls are a little vintage, or beautifully renovated like the former departure hall, and you can visit the inside of a Concorde, see some real "wings" and the first hot air balloons, there are flight simulators and more. I love this place. Very kids friendly too! | Paris rooftops
And my best Paris tip ever: walk around! You don't need a cab, a bunch of metro tickets and a nice pair of shoes (and some good company!) is all you need. Take a metro to a random spot on the map and get out, walk around, explore. Don't be afraid to miss the touristic spots! Simply sit down for coffee, pick something from a bakery, have a little pique nique, visit a gallery or museum. When publishing this guide there was a fabulous exhibition of Dries van Noten at les Arts Décoratifs.

Have a great time in Paris! Profites-en bien!

22 thoughts on “My Paris tips

  1. Great line-up of Paris tips! I still need to visit some from your list! But I will be in Paris very soon so I'll have the opportunity:-) Thanks for this!!

    1. Hihi just do it ;) Take the car and drive here! Or even better, hop on a Thalys! Although I'd avoid coming in August as most cool shops will be closed for summer break. But on te other hand it's actually pretty nice too: calm and deserted. See you soon in Paris or Chantilly! xx

  2. Wat een heerlijke stad toch Parijs! Ik ben er echt veel te lang niet geweest. Het is niet eens zo heel erg ver rijden vanaf hier. Misschien in de zomer toch maar weer eens doen.

    1. Ja zeker doen, Mireille! Het is goed te doen voor 'n (lang) weekend, wij rijden het regelmatig in tegengestelde richting ;) En als je gaat, beter niet in Augustus, want dan is de stad leeg (heeft ook wel weer wat, maar alle leuke winkels & cafeetjes zijn gesloten). Oh en zeker even proberen te reserveren bij restaurant Septime voor een exquise lunch (of diner). Ik heb er alleen maar lyrische verhalen over gehoord, lijkt me echt iets voor jullie a.k.a. The Holy Kauw ;) xx

  3. I leave for home on Wed. You've added to my last day list! I'll just have to walk a little faster. I do so enjoy everything you write. Already making my list for my return. Thanks!

  4. you are right about taking the metro to anywhere and just walking around and then walk back to your hotel or apartment i did that for two months. the best way to see the city, explore different neighborhoods and stay thin. Paris is a fabulous walking city.

    1. You're right, Brenda! Walking around allows to indulge in pastries, cheese, wine ;) Did you have any favorite places in the city?

  5. This is great and many I don't know. OK, we have to have a meetup in Paris. You, Giova, Igor… anyone else.

    I have to admit I've never really been a fan of Papier+ BUT rather of Calligrane (same road) who sadly closed down.

    Bookmarked. Merci bien x

    1. Oh yeah, always happy to meet up with bloggers in Paris. Let's make it happen later this year! I never visited Calligrane when it still existed though. Sounds like a calligraphy & filigrane kind of shop? See you soon in Paris, Tina!

    1. Thanks Geraldine! I think there are a few that you'll love (like La Trésorerie and Adeline Klam). Hope to see you soon in Paris!

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