lundi 2 mai 2011

*Paris Guide


Oh why am I taking on this formidable task of writing a Paris guide? Maybe just as someone has said, you do not need yet another guidebook to tell you to go to the Eiffel Tower. I aim to note down places that I have adored in the past, and places that I would love to visit later this month - this is a guidebook for the goldfish-minded.

This guide is greatly inspired by the GuideParis published annually by ofrsystem (blogged by me last year here, and you can purchase a copy here - it's well worth it!), Sofia's Guide to Paris in NY Times, and most important of all, Lo-fi Paris by Tommy. Her latest post on Paris - Paris, I miss you - is incredible.

Also, make sure you check out the Paris posts at Katie's thank you, ok and Danica's oh, hello there as well!

*will be updated in June again.





PLACES THAT I HAVE BEEN/ENJOYED


*LOUVRE AND ÉLYSÉES

1eme et 8eme arrondissement
Métro: Les Halles, Étienne Marcel, Louvre Rivoli, Palais Royal Musée du Louvre, Tuileries, Concorde

Place des Pyramides
75001

A huge showcase of the most beautiful artwork. Also contains a cafe/bar to sit outdoor for a glorious mojito, watching the sunset.

Place de la Concorde
Jardin Des Tuileries
75001




For Les Nymphéas by Monet, and other amazing works of beaux arts.



A Short Walk by the Seine
along Port de la Concorde; from Pont de la Concorde to Pont des Arts



Where you get a beautiful view of La Pasarelle Solfénino, admire the Pont Alexandre III from afar, put a lover's lock on Pont des Arts.



Jardin des Tuileries

Rue de Rivoli

75001


For lounging in the sun, people-watching.

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*OPÉRA

9eme arrondissement
Métro: Madeleine, Opéra, Chaussée d’Antin, Havre Caumartin

Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris

Just because it is magnificent inside and outside. Need to get tickets early online if you would like to see an opera/ballet!

64 Boulevard Haussmann
75009

The preferred department store (rather than Lafayette).

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*LE MARAIS

3eme et 4eme arrondissement
Métro: Rambuteau, Hôtel de Ville, St Paul, Pont Marie, Sully Morland, Bastille, Chemin Vert, Saint Sébastien Froissart, Filles du Calvaire, Arts et Métiers

My favourite quarter of Paris.

111 boulevard Beaumarchais

75003

A bit like the Liberty in London, a bit smaller but a lot more playful and quirky! Katie of thank you, ok just wrote a post about what Merci has to offer.

Along Rue Saint-Paul
75004

A tiny, almost provincial vintage in the middle of Paris, with curated galleries, antique shops and lovely cafes. They filmed the opening scenes in Before Sunset around here.

Au Petit Bonheur La Chance

13 rue Saint-Paul

75004




Filled with vintage treasures, bric-a-brac and the most charming café au lait bowls. For more pictures see here!



39 Rue de Bretagne
75003


The oldest food market in Paris - perfect for a good nom-nom (Japanese bento, fresh food, fruits de mers) in the sunshine. Opens daily (except Mondays).

Place Georges Pompidou
75004


the museum of modern arts - and you can get a good panoramic view of Paris on the top floor.

112 rue Vieille du Temple
75003

With the best decor and ambience of all.

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*MONTMARTRE AND PIGALLE

18eme arrondissement
Métro: Abbesses, Pigalle




24 rue Lamarck
75018

A hotel right right next to Sacré-Coeur - with the best breakfast crossiants and a beautiful view.


6 Rue Francoeur
75018

A film school in the middle of Montmartre - marked by an intriguing entrance and courtyard.



Rose Bakery

46 rue des Martyrs

75009




Making English food taste so good. For fresh, organic tarts, cakes and soups.

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*SAINT-GERMAIN

5eme et 6eme arrondissement
Métro: Odéon, Mabillon, St Germain des Prés, St Sulpice, Sèvres Babylone, Rennes, St Placide



Café de Flore
112 Boulevard Saint-Germain

75006


For the feel of the literary Paris, past and present (with un café and A Moveable Feast at hand)


46 rue du Bac

75007

The most curious 'taxidermy boutique' - a gallery of naturalist history and strange animals. They even had a collaboration with Opening Ceremony lately!

Ladurée

21 rue Bonaparte

75006


My particular favourite branch - with an interesting oriental decor inside the tea room.

8 rue du Cherche-Midi

75006


I love the flans there, and bread of course.

51 rue du Four
75006

The red shoes, ballet shoes, dancing shoes.

La Criée de Babylone
45 rue Babylone
75006

A charming restaurant for a carafe of white wine, a huge seafood platter and crème brûlée to finish. Mmmmmm.

57 rue de Babylone
75007


A independent cinema converted from an old Japanese style pagoda. Beautiful interior inside the pagoda, and a sad story behind the building of the pagoda as well.

24 Rue Sèvres
75007

A very chic, magical department store.

Sadaharu Aoki
35 rue de Vaugirard

75006

A Japanese x Parisien collaboration - nobody does a green éclair better!

Jardin du Luxembourg

15 rue de Vaugirard

75291



If Tuileries is a breath of chic, then Luxembourg carries an air of tranquility - An oasis of St-Germain.

La Piscine de Pontoise

19 rue de Pontoise 

75005

For a quick swim - also where they filmed Krzysztof Kieslowski's Bleu.

Diptyque

34 Boulevard Saint Germain

75005


The original Diptyque store - perfect for a little souvenir for self :)


37 Rue Bûcherie
75005

An English bookshop which remains influential in the literary world. The 2nd floor library is filled with first editions of great books, a old bed (for writers who could not afford lounging) and a piano.

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*ILE ST-LOUIS

Our favourite picnic spot, overlooking Notre-Dame while drinking wine and nibbling for hours. Until the sun starts to go down.

PLACES THAT I HAVE YET TO VISIT


For the mean time, please visit our google map for Paris (Red for food, green for museums and blue for miscellaneous)

FINAL TIPS

1. Walk lots - Paris is lovely to walk in, and it gives you better bearing around the city.
2. Explore - don't be afraid to go into intriguing places, small streets. The best reward of exploring is often finding a farmer's market, or a beautiful shop round the corner.
3. Eat on the go - for all those patisseries and boulangeries on the way (plus, you save on tips!)



(all other pictures by me from past trips)

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16 commentaires:

Fleurette a dit…

Lovely post!
Haha, another camera question: did you use analogue camera for all the photos in this post?

I am your lung a dit…

You have succeeded in capturing the atmosphere of Paris so well in your pictures.
I can't wait to go back this summer.

lin a dit…

I love your guide, perfect for when I visit. Thanks for doing one!

danica a dit…

the world can always use another paris guide, especially if it is as lovely as this!

SY a dit…

Lovely guide to a place i always wanted to visit - thanks so much! xxx

imaginedream a dit…

WHOA NUTS BABY! LES COMPREHENSIVE! TRES MAGNIFIQUE! BIEN BIEN!

:p

Mel a dit…

Oh your pictures are so beautiful! I'm very intrigued - are you using film? Cuz I'm a big film lover! Great post!

K. a dit…

Thanks everyone :)

fleurette and mel: Yes they are all analogue photos. I love my film cameras too much!

maomao a dit…

your blog makes me miss paris so much! so beautiful!

Vanessa Rudloff a dit…

I love love love this!!! I wish I had found your blog while I was there, but definitely want one for when I return....
Love your style, dahling. Keep it coming!

Tia a dit…

I just bookmarked this post to use for un umpcoming trop to Paris. Love the way you introduce your favorite spots.

Cheers,

Tia (http://intuitionista.com/)

Faridah a dit…

This guide is truly stunning. Your pictures beautifully represent each. Thank you so much for so generously sharing these tips. I plan to go to Paris as my next overseas trip, and this post will be bookmarked for it!

x

Alyson Redding a dit…

This is incredible! How I wish I'd had this the past few times I have gone. Next time, whenever that may be - I am printing this out & keeping these pages near to me always.

Pure gold!

You should publish this through Lulu or something. I will buy a copy! http://www.lulu.com/

heart in a cage a dit…

Great post!! If only I could go back to Paris this summer! :(

bloesem a dit…

this is the best paris guide i ever read! : ) i am starting to fear my 4 days in july will be too short a time!

(and i have no clue why i only found your blog today. it's amazing! beautiful photography...)

Ina Kristin a dit…

Lovely blogpost!
I'm printing this for my trip this weekend. Thank you fra Norway:)