Did I mention I went to Paris recently? In case you missed my last blog post, Team House of Hawkes travelled to Paris to attend Maison & Objet. You can read all about our design adventure and awesome discoveries here, but I also wanted to tell you a bit about our stay in La Ville-Lumière (aka the City of Lights). It had been years since I was last in Paris. In fact, almost 20 years. I was in my early 20’s and back-packing Europe with my cousin and a friend when I last visited. Truth be told, memories of that last visit are somewhat blurry – no doubt a result of our thorough inspection of the nightlife Paris had to offer back then. Nonetheless, I was excited to get back and see what impression the city left of my older and, ahem, wiser self.
Charly lived in Paris some years ago, so she was the designated tour guide. Our first mission was finding a funky hotel and we think we aced that undertaking with the discovery of Hotel des Grands Boulevards. We actually came across this brand new and fabulously located boutique hotel quite by coincidence after we had singled out it’s sister property, Grand Pigalle Hotel, only to find out they had no availability. The staff member I had been in contact with kindly referred me to their new ‘baby’ that was just opening in the week that we were going to be there.
We had such a fabulous stay in this beautifully designed hotel with all the perquisites one would expect from a boutique hotel. If you’re planning a trip to gay Pareeee, I highly recommend it.
No trip to Paris is complete without a few memorable meals in quaint cafes and restaurants. Here’s a note of some of spots we loved and that were all nearby.
Comptoir de la Gastronomie – an absolute treat! We lunched at this gourmet deli and eatery on the day we arrived and I spent the next 24 hours hunting for the wine thoroughly enjoyed. The food was fab and the location ideal, just a few minutes walk from our hotel.
Bouillon Chartier – traditional fare in a legendary Parisian dining hall at, quite frankly, unbelievable prices. The service is slick and efficient and the atmosphere is festive to say the least. I had my doubts whilst waiting in an epic queue (although the sangria served to waiting patrons did help) but it was well worth the wait.
Au Rocher de Cancale – was an accidental discovery with excellent French cuisine in a beautiful and historic setting. The service was impeccable and the atmosphere, cosy. Don’t miss the paintings on the first floor!
Whilst we had very limited time to explore the shops & boutiques, we did make our way to Le BHV Marais, which I loved and kind of had to be dragged out of! I definitely plan on leaving more time to shop next time.