Today some snapshots from the opening of the exhibition “L’art du jardin” at Grand Palais in Paris. It has been the most beautiful garden installation I have ever seen. The perfect inspiration for urban garden lovers, so fun and crazy. Did you see the cute tricycle lawn-mower by ATYPYK? A brilliant idea for keeping the kids busy on Sundays.
Here is my little Paris review. This time we were staying at a cute apartment in Le Marais. The area is extremely historic, arty, young and very very busy. For shopping and inspiration I totally enjoy the Rue Vieille-du-Temple neighborhood. Don’t miss to pass by MERCI, have a coffee at the Institut Suedois and for dinner try the traditional “Les Philosophes” or the hip and very Pink Flamingo pizza place.
For the classic superhip & chic go to Collette, Astier de Villatte, Ba&sh at Rue Saint-Honoré. Enjoy the cool shops and the beautiful architecture at Palais Royal and say Bonjour to Mona Lisa at the Louvre.
For the real deal – the less touristic Paris, try the 9th arrondissement (around Rue Condorcet & Rue Navarin), find beautiful vintage outfits at Chezel, have lunch at Hôtel Amour and take a tea at Musée de la Vie Romantique.
Last but not least – my latest discovery – Rue de Grenelle at Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Classy and very inspiring. Don’t miss to check out the Maison Martin Margiela shop and the most fun Bonton kids shop.
Voilà! I’m driving back home with plenty of nice memories, Champagne in the boot and a Vogue on the backseat.
My all time favorite place to take a very Parisian break, is the Swedish Institute (SI) in Le Marais.
This wonderful Parisian ‘Hôtel particulier’ is one of the most beautiful places where you can discover Swedish culture, art and design. I love the Café with all the yummy Swedish pastries and the cozy scandinavian atmosphere. Make sure you pay a visit to the garden. It’s magic!
Ps: Isn’t it crazy to go all the way to Paris to have a perfect Swedish coffee moment? I guess it’s all about the mix. Simply perfect!
11 rue Payenne, 75003 Paris
Le Miroir is my favorite place to wine & dine¹ when I’m in Montmartre. It’s the kind of neighborhood bistro you wish to find when you are hungry in Paris. Perfect for a yummy lunch² or a cozy dinner. Just make sure you reserve a table.
¹ the “cafe gourmand” takes you to the moon and back!
² if you have spend all your money and you want to enjoy French cuisine, go there for lunch!
The lunch menu is absolutely affordable and the food is amazing.
94 rue des Martyrs, 75018 Paris
If you’re planing a stroll trough the charming ‘Le Marais’ area, you should pay a visit to my latest discovery. Odetta a cute little vintage boutique, which offers a great selection of vintage designer clothes, accessories and furniture.
76 rue des Tournelles, 75003 Paris
(Métro: Chemin Vert)
After all the shopping in the creative Bermuda triangle of Rue Custine, you shouldn’t continue your Paris tour without a lunch at the wine shop “La Cave du Nansouty”. Great food, good wine and a very sympathetic waiter makes this little tour in the 18th arrondissement complete. All the three shops share a great sense of humor and a passion for the unexpected! Enjoy!
La Cave du Nansouty
38 rue Custine, 75018 Paris
(just behind the bus stop Cusine-Ramey; Métro: Château Rouge)
There is no trip to Paris without a quick stop at the “World’s first Atypyk store”. It’s always so much fun to discover new products and ideas. Since the Les Mauvaises Graines store has moved into the neighborhood it’s double worth it to discover the area on the bottom of Sacré-Cœur in Montmartre.
17 rue Lambert, 75018 Paris
(Métro: Château Rouge)
My passion for concept stores took me all the way to the less touristic part of Montmartre in Paris.
The urban gardening store Les Mauvaises Graines is a really cool and original place, run by two very sympathetic guys, who turned out to be the neighbors and lunch-mates of the Atypyk boys. What a nice surprise! We had agood lunch all together and I’ve been so happy about the new discovery.
Les Mauvaises Graines
25 rue Custine, 75018 Paris
(Métro: Château Rouge)