Paris; Je T’Aime

Posted by Suzi | February 14, 2012

Ok so this year’s Maison D’Object may have come and gone without causing too much of a major stir in the style stakes; but Paris, as a backdrop to the design show, will always provide the drama.

Looking for little je ne said quoi by the Siene? Allow me to whisk you off to the City of Light for Valentines Day….




1. Hotel du Petit Moulin

If you like your luxury hotels understated; never check-in here. Once the oldest boulangerie in the city- then given a whimsical revamp by Christian Lacroix- this flamboyant, typically tiny, 17-roomed B&B is an ode to bohemian Paris. Nearly always full, if you do get lucky, take command of the guest-only bar (perfect for pre/post night out clandestine cocktails).


2. Lauderee

While Lauderee’s lethal little macaroons are now available globally (they sell at least 15,000 a day), nothing quite compares to the original Rue Royale tearoom. Built in 1862, the unchanging Empire-style pistachio green interiors were one of first spots in Paris ladies could dine alone- and it still feels unashamedly treat-like.



3. Jardin du Luxemburg 

Inspired by the Italian baroque; rub shoulders with pretty Sorbonne students and French men playing boulles with a stroll around these 60 acre gardens. From a tour around the delicate interiors of Marie de Medici’s Palais du Luxemburg to the urban orchards, which still produce honey- there’s lots to do as well as stopping to smell the flowers.



4.  The Ritz 

A night here may be eye-wateringly expensive but there are few places as historIcally romantic to stop for a kir royale. From the lobby’s octagonal form, which inspired the classic Chanel watch shape, to the fragrance of fresh flowers everywhere; César Ritz used to insist on every interior accessory flattering a lady’s skin.



5. Hotel Costes 

In amidst the luxurious red velvet bar and low flickering candle-light (the hotel has scented it’s own candles specially), it’s hard not to feel like you’re in a very well heeled opium den. Glamorous and slightly naughty feeling; a bite to eat at courtyard restaurant is also highly recommended.



6. Pont des Arts 

The most beautiful bridge in Paris built for sunset a deux- take a champagne picnic.



7. Maison Margiela Hotel

The hot opening of 2011 from the fashion house that can do no wrong. Whilst it’s worth peeking in to see how they’re attempting to redefine the rules of luxury, my sources tell me it’s not the most comfortable place to stay (Arsey Receptionist to Said Friend, when complaining about waiting 20 minutes for a room key 3am: “Are you in some kind of rush madame?”)


8.  Artcurial

From Hermes handbags to original Le Corbusier furniture; set in a beautiful 19th century mansion, this auction house holds some of the finest sales in the world. Specialising in modern and contemporary art and vintage photographs- the shop is amazing (with 18, 000 20th Century Art books in stock) and there’s a chic cafe stop at too. 


9. Perishing Hall

Fabulous decor! Visit after-dark, when Andrée Putman’s interior becomes bathed in sassy red light.



10. Astier de Villate

Unearth a world of beautiful 18th/19th century inspired ceramics at the label’s chic St Honore’s HQ. Still family-owned, each piece is made the original way in the traditional Bastille workshop and features unique markings.


11. Chez Louisette 

If you are out seeking vintage furniture/fashion at Paris’s largest flea market Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen, do not miss lunch at this crazy bistro. With inexpensive but delicious French food, shabby service (say hello to the chubby cheeked waitress, Martine, for the best table) and an Edith Piaf tribute singer- it’s one hell of a Sunday lunch.



12. George V Hotel

Another iconic Parisian hotel- where famous movie stars, athletes and artists tend to get a little shut eye when in town. Worth popping to see the classic interior which has featured in numerous films/fashion shoots.


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